Carlisle Bay

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

A natural harbour in the most remote corner of the island, defined by a fine crescent of sand, is straight out of an ideal Caribbean press release. The lush countryside, the warm disposition of the people and genuine hospitality is what distinguishes Antigua from other Caribbean islands. Its turquoise waters are surrounded by emerald green hills and plenty of swaying palms, perfectly framing this 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. Look out for Super Chill Out packages throughout the year; with yoga, 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

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

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 ocean views. 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 bay 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 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, Ottimo! or East restaurant. Drinks including all cocktails, spirits, house wine, beers and soft drinks. Premium spirits and wines are excluded from the fully inclusive rates and may be purchased at an additional charge.

Half Board option: includes 3-course lunch 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 (children must be 12 years and older).

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

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

Beach Terrace Suites are located with direct access onto the shoreline. All Beach Terrace Suites have a spacious open-plan layout, 1 king-size bed with living area plus an additional second bedroom or study. Some have terraces (ideal for small children), others are with a balcony on a higher floor. Sleeping 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 adults or 2 adults and 4 children with a central waterfront location. Carlisle Suite A also has a kitchen, and Carlise Suite B has an L-shaped terrace with uniterrupted panoramic views.

  • Kids eat free: up to 2 children (up to and including 12 years) when booking All Inclusive for travel between 23 Apr-14 Dec '19 when booking a Beach Terrace Suite.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Nov '19 and adults save up to 30% off the accommodation cost for travel between 4 Jan-30 Nov '20 when booking a Garden Suite or Bay Suite when staying a minimum of 3 nights. Discount not applicable on board basis supplements.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Nov '19 and adults save up to 40% off the accommodation cost for travel between 4 Jan-30 Nov '20 when booking an Ocean Suite when staying a minimum of 3 nights. Discount not applicable on board basis supplements.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Nov '19 and adults save up to 40% off the accommodation cost for travel between 4 Jan-13 Feb '20, 24 Feb-27 Mar '20, 15 Apr-17 Oct '20 and 29 Oct-30 Nov '20 when booking a Beach Balcony Suite and Beach Terrace Suite when staying a minimum of 3 nights. Discount not applicable on board basis supplements.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Kids eat free: up to two children (2-12 years) receive a complimentary upgrade to All Inclusive when booking a Beach Balcony Suite or Beach Terrace Suite for travel between 23 Apr-14 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free room upgrade: book by 30 Sep '19 and receive a free upgrade to an Ocean Suite when booking a Garden Suite for travel between 22 Aug-20 Dec '19, and 4 Jan-20 Dec '20 when staying a minimum of 4 nights.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

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 seafood and salads overlooking the resort’s Jetty and Caribbean Sea.

Swimming pool. Blue 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). 9 tennis courts with professional tuition upon request* and champagne tennis mixers. PADI dive school*, complimentary non-motorised water sports including snorkelling, kayaking, wind surfing 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.

7 nights between 25 Dec '19—1 Jan '19/'20.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: children 12 years and under are not permitted to stay in Ocean Suites. Children under 15 years old are not permitted to stay in the Bay Suite room types.

Please note: hotel is closed between 24 Aug-11 Oct '19.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very relaxing resort

Aug 22, 2019 37saharg Kuwait City, Kuwait

The hotel resort is just amazing 😉 the suite was great overlooking an exquisite view , the whole staff was so welcoming and very good , room service was excellent in preparation and also time to service , I just loved it . Although there are two issues I did not like ,one the resort is so far away from everything , which had nothing to do with… Read more
The hotel resort is just amazing 😉 the suite was great overlooking an exquisite view , the whole staff was so welcoming and very good , room service was excellent in preparation and also time to service , I just loved it . Although there are two issues I did not like ,one the resort is so far away from everything , which had nothing to do with how incredible the resort is ; the other which can be definitely improved is their spa , the message was not to the hotel standards . Overall it was an exquisite great experience which I am looking forward to repeat again Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A paradise on earth

Aug 15, 2019 montecatiniduck Montecatini Terme, Italy

Rooms spotless, staff always helpful and friendly. The beach with its palm trees and comfy beach chairs, endless supply of Wadadli (beer), any cocktail you may want, afternoon tea makes it sooooo relaxing. We stayed for a week and I felt 10 years younger. You’ll find the best music at the Jetty Grill. Shame they insist on playing elevator music in… Read more
Rooms spotless, staff always helpful and friendly. The beach with its palm trees and comfy beach chairs, endless supply of Wadadli (beer), any cocktail you may want, afternoon tea makes it sooooo relaxing. We stayed for a week and I felt 10 years younger. You’ll find the best music at the Jetty Grill. Shame they insist on playing elevator music in the other restaurants at the resort. I’m in the Caribbean and expect the local music. It would make all the difference. Tried all the restaurants during our stay; enjoyed the food although towards the end I was just concentrating on lobsters. Nice small size with firm flesh. Could eat them all/every day. I would like to praise the staff that made this stay really perfect. I was told that they spray for sand-flies, mosquitoes and other bugs and must say I was hardly bitten (usually I’m feasted on). I think that dawn and dusk is the time you should be careful with these little buggers. Otherwise, I can only highly recommend this establishment. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great stay with one (annoying) catch

Aug 6, 2019 javierdaviddiaz

So this would have been a perfect stay and 5 star rating except for one issue which was patently absurd and put a bad taste in our mouth about management. I'll get to that in a second. First, THE GOOD. The service we got was outstanding, very attentive staff, and very nice amenities, especially at the beach where we got a cooler of water every… Read more
So this would have been a perfect stay and 5 star rating except for one issue which was patently absurd and put a bad taste in our mouth about management. I'll get to that in a second. First, THE GOOD. The service we got was outstanding, very attentive staff, and very nice amenities, especially at the beach where we got a cooler of water every day. The beach was gorgeous and well-maintained. The rooms were very well maintained, modern, and the bed was very comfy contrary to some reviews I have seen. We stayed in the oceanfront rooms and they were excellent. Breakfast was top notch and included in our room price, lunch was excellent, and most dinners were 5 star. Yes, they could get pricey but its the tropics. Expect to pay about 25-35 US per entree. The Jetty Dinner was worth the price. I'd like to call out two very specific employees, Michel, one of the assistant managers was welcoming, kind, and made our stay so pleasant. My wife loved speaking to him in French and he was amazing. The other employee was Dwight, he was spectacular, always making our stay that much better. It seemed that he was everywhere at once, taking care of all of the things that guests needed so they would not have to lift a finger. I took to calling him the swiss army knife because he could do anything. Both employees deserve a hearty raise. THE BAD (and very annoying) - I booked my trip through Expedia, so I knew I would need a hotel transfer from the airport. I called the hotel directly and the woman who took my transfer booking told me that the hotel would take care of it. When I arrived, they were great, and had someone there to greet us. Knowing that sometimes there are miscommunications on what "taking care of it" means in the Caribbean, I specifically asked the woman when I was there if I should pay the taxi. The woman at the airport confirmed that the transfer was complimentary, which I thought was a nice touch. So I went about my way. On the last day, when I got my hotel bill, they had charged me $58 each way for the transfer to and from the airport. I had to go to the desk on three separate occasions and they basically told me I must have been mistaken and would not remove the charge. Finally, after my third complaint, they removed the single $58 for the first transfer. However, they then tacked it on to another transfer I had taken to Jolly Harbor hoping I wouldn't notice. How do i know this? Jolly Harbor is about 12 minutes from the hotel. The airport is 40 minutes away. They charged me $80 for a one way transfer to Jolly Harbor. My return trip from Jolly Harbor with a local taxi, provided by the excursion I was on, was $22 with tip. This was so sneaky and nasty, I was appalled. However, I had to catch my car to the airport so I did not have the time or the patience to fight this and did not want to ruin my vacation or raise my blood pressure fighting with the manager who did not even have the decency to come out and speak with me. A top hotel would have just comped me the two rides and called it a day knowing that they had likely earned a repeat customer and especially considering I had spent a significant amount on the trip and not to toot my own horn but I regularly tipped over 25% because the service we got was so good and the staff was tremendous. I spent thousands of dollars on a 6 day stay during their very low season and they nickel-and-dimed me for less than $100. It was ridiculous. It may be the only thing that keeps me from coming back to Carlisle Bay for my next stay as there are many other fine hotels on the island. I'll have to think about it because save for this incident, I really did enjoy my stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Hotel

Aug 5, 2019 Andrew P

I cannot speak highly enough of this amazing hotel. The staff were all incredible and the facilities, food and activities were superb. We cannot wait to return. Caters very well for families with a great range of things to do. Also has a good range of restaurants, all with excellent food and wine.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing and friendly

Jul 27, 2019 sroberts744 London, United Kingdom

Very friendly staff, excellent food especially breakfast. We were very well looked after. Beautiful location, right on the beach. Rooms were well appointed and cool, very clean. Every member of staff was friendly and polite