Carlisle Bay

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Situated on Antigua’s unspoilt south coast, this natural harbour, defined by a fine crescent of sand, is straight out of a Caribbean press release. The lush countryside, the warm disposition of the people and genuine hospitality is what distinguishes Antigua from other Caribbean islands. Turquoise waters, surrounded by emerald green hills and swaying palms, perfectly frame this tranquil, all-suite hotel. Guests reap the benefit of the proprietor’s assured taste and magnificent attention to detail, from the lights that illuminate the garden at night, to the abundance of orchids, and the custom-made furniture and interiors. A variety of bars and restaurants treat guests to delicious meals with gorgeous views, and spacious suites are the perfect place to return to after a day enjoying the Caribbean sun. Indulge in their all-inclusive package; with yoga, Pilates, water sports, tennis, children’s club, afternoon tea and meals at four tantalising restaurants all included. This is the best way to experience Carlisle Bay!

Amenities

  • Hobie Cats
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Kids Club
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Nestling on the magnificent undeveloped south coast of Antigua — set in a sweeping bay on a ravishing beach with a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest. Transfer time from Antigua Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

87 spacious, contemporary suites. Cool, calm, luxurious interiors, each with a private balcony or terrace and breath-taking sea views. All suites include complimentary refillable water bottles, ESPA amenities, hairdryer, bathrobes, espresso machine and a fully-stocked minibar*. 

Garden Suites are spacious open-planned suites with a large bathroom, steps down to a separate living area and terrace or balcony with tropical garden or partial sea views, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: includes full breakfast, three-course lunch at Indigo on the Beach, The Jetty Grill (adults only) or at the restaurant by the pool, Ottimo!, daily afternoon tea, 3-course dinner from the à la carte menu at Indigo on the Beach, The Jetty Grill (adults only), Ottimo! pan-Asian restaurant, East. Drinks including all cocktails, spirits, house wine, beers and soft drinks. Premium spirits and bottles of wine are excluded from the fully inclusive rates and may be purchased at an additional charge.


Half Board option: includes 3-course dinner and coffee selected from the à la carte menus at Indigo on the Beach, East, Ottimo! and the Jetty grill (adults only). Does not include beverages.

Ocean Suites have a balcony with views over the gardens to the ocean, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 3 adults. 

Beach Balcony Suites have beach views, master bedroom with 1 king-size bed, and second bedroom with 2 single beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 

Bay Suites are oceanfront, adult-only suites featuring a four-poster king-sized bed, private butler and a beachside location, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Beach Terrace Suites are located with direct access onto the beach and unrivalled sea views. All Beach Terrace Suites have a spacious open-plan layout, 1 king-size bed with living area plus an additional second bedroom with 2 single beds. Sleeps maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Carlisle Suites have large sitting area which extends onto an outdoor terrace, 3 en-suite bedrooms and can sleep maximum 6 persons with a central waterfront location. Carlisle Suites come with a kitchenette, and either large terrace or wrap around balcony with uninterrupted panoramic views.

4 restaurants: Indigo on the Beach serving grills and healthy salads in an informal setting, Pan-Asian cuisine at East. Poolside Ottimo! serves classic Italian fare from a wood-burning oven and the adults-only Jetty Grill serves fresh Caribbean seafood and meats overlooking the resort’s Jetty and Caribbean Sea.

Swimming pool. CARA Organic Beauty Spa* offers a full and comprehensive spa menu. Yoga and Pilates classes* available in the Garden Pavilion or on The Jetty at sunset (the first class is complimentary). 5 tennis courts with professional tuition upon request* and Pickleball courts. PADI dive school*, complimentary non-motorised water sports including snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding and Hobie cats. Boat excursions*. Fitness centre. Screening room with movie nights. Creche*. Cool Kids Club with its own paddling pool, sand pit and jungle gym (2-6 years). Crew Blue activity programme for children 7-12 years, including raft building, five-a-side football, zip-wiring and star fish hunting (during school holidays).

Beauty salon*. Complimentary WiFi access.

Please note: a room levy of $5 per guest, per night applies to guests aged 6 years and above (payable locally, subject to change).

3 nights between 22 Dec–2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge. 

Please note: children under 18 years old are not permitted to stay in the Bay Suite room types.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful relaxing holiday at a very welcoming and gorgeous Antiguan beach resort.

Jun 19, 2024 designintravel Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday at Carlisle Bay. This stunning resort is set on one of the prettiest and largest bays on the island with spacious suites which are located right on the endless sandy beach. The sunsets are so pretty and the entire resort exudes calm and tranquility. There is an abundance of water sports, tennis, gym… Read more
We have just returned from a fabulous holiday at Carlisle Bay. This stunning resort is set on one of the prettiest and largest bays on the island with spacious suites which are located right on the endless sandy beach. The sunsets are so pretty and the entire resort exudes calm and tranquility. There is an abundance of water sports, tennis, gym and yoga available but if you just want to chill on the beach, enjoy the warm turquoise sea and be pampered with cocktails from beach service, this is the place for you. We were blown away by the wonderful food in every restaurant, the management and staff are very welcoming and caring, nothing is too much trouble. Car rental is very reasonably priced and nowhere is too far, there are 365 beaches in Antigua which should not be missed. We love Antigua and this trip did not disappoint. Thank you Carlisle Bay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Every Time I was Greeted During My Stay It Was By My Name - Every Time, Every Employee

Jun 18, 2024 Nathan B Marietta, Georgia

I agree with other reviewers that the rooms are ready to be refreshed. That aside, the bed and pillows were wonderful, the rooms are large and airy, and the grounds are immaculate. This a very well-run place with extremely well-trained employees. The team that took me for a snorkel (Garfield and . . . sorry!) were great. Had a safe and… Read more
I agree with other reviewers that the rooms are ready to be refreshed. That aside, the bed and pillows were wonderful, the rooms are large and airy, and the grounds are immaculate. This a very well-run place with extremely well-trained employees. The team that took me for a snorkel (Garfield and . . . sorry!) were great. Had a safe and amazing time on the reef. The restaurants on site are solid and selected to offer variety. Different places are open on different nights, so you might not always have a choice of all four. Some things were out of each meal—it's disappointing because it can further limit a fairly limited menu, but not surprising, given that Antigua is not exactly in the middle of a farmer's market. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Stay at Carlisle Bay

Jun 17, 2024 devonyc New York City, New York

My stay at Carlisle Bay was wonderful. I visited as a solo traveler needing complete relaxation and it was perfect. I didn't leave the resort once the entire week and was perfectly content. I would love to go back to see more of the island, but Carlisle Bay had everything I needed. A huge comfortable room, great restaurants - more options… Read more
My stay at Carlisle Bay was wonderful. I visited as a solo traveler needing complete relaxation and it was perfect. I didn't leave the resort once the entire week and was perfectly content. I would love to go back to see more of the island, but Carlisle Bay had everything I needed. A huge comfortable room, great restaurants - more options than most resorts this size have, a great beach and amazing service. I want to give a special shout out to the staff at Jetty Grill - Charmaine, Darlene and Jahmeeka were so wonderful to chat with and took such good care of me, that I ate there 3 of my 7 nights. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simply amazing

Jun 9, 2024 Darlz New York

My boyfriend and I were so in love with this resort! Our room was absolutely beautiful. The staff was incredible! Food at all the restaurants was excellent and breakfast everyday was delicious!!! We will definitely be back. So romantic and relaxing. Best vacation 💕
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An Unbeatable, Unforgettable Caribbean Vacation

Jun 7, 2024 611vicw Gosport

Quite possibly THE place to spend a Caribbean holiday. Fantastic surroundings, a wonderful beach, incredible rooms, four epic places to eat on site and to top it all a flawless crew of friendly, approachable, very capable staff who give their absolute best even when the temperatures are too much even for the guests! The place looks out on a… Read more
Quite possibly THE place to spend a Caribbean holiday. Fantastic surroundings, a wonderful beach, incredible rooms, four epic places to eat on site and to top it all a flawless crew of friendly, approachable, very capable staff who give their absolute best even when the temperatures are too much even for the guests! The place looks out on a beautiful sheltered bay with white, powdery sand with coral blue sea with which to enjoy a raft of adventures courtesy of on-site activities like sailing, paddleboarding and snorkelling. The four restaurants give you a delicious, varied set of menus with which to choose the finest cuisine and you won't tire of the multitude of cocktails and drinks available at the bars, one of which is right by the spacious swimming pool. Staff keep the place spotless - and are always there, ready to make you feel very special and very welcome. We enjoyed the great banter, fun and laughs with the bar and restaurant staff with whom we became almost family! Concierge and admin staff also were super polite and super efficient, attending to our every needs and the senior management were always attentive and always approachable. We must also mention the wonderful driver called Lava who took us everywhere we wanted and made extra special care we saw the very best of Antigua and understood its tremendous history. Ask for him at the main desk, you won't go far wrong with him. All in all, we had eleven unforgettable days in Carlisle Bay and would recommend it every time to the discerning holidaymaker who wants a little more than the standard sun and sand vacation. It is way, way better than that. Read less