Carlisle Bay

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Located in the most remote corner of the island, this naturalharbour, defined by a fine crescent of sand, is straight out of a Caribbeanpress release. The lush countryside, the warm disposition of the people andgenuine 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 theproprietor’s assured taste and magnificent attention to detail, from the lightsthat illuminate the garden at night, to the abundance of orchids, and thecustom-made furniture and interiors. A variety of bars and restaurants treatguests to delicious meals with gorgeous views, and spacious suites are theperfect place to return to after a day enjoying the Caribbean sun. Look out forSuper Chill Out packages throughout the year; with yoga, water sports, tennis,children’s club, afternoon tea and meals at four tantalising restaurants allincluded. 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 ocean views. All suites include complimentary bottled water, 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 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.

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.

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. 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). 9 tennis courts with professional tuition upon request* and champagne tennis mixers. PADI dive school*, complimentary non-motorised water sports including snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing 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 '21–2 Jan '22.

* Denotes local charge.

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

Please note: hotel is closed between 22 Aug-7 Oct '21.

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May 12, 2022 thetravellinggem Blackpool, United Kingdom

We came here for a trip in May amd read some of the reviews and came with an open mind, one thing I've learnt in life is some people are never happy and love to moan. When we arrived the lobby area and meeting from the staff was exceptional. We were quickly checked in and taken to our Beach Suite which for a family really is perfect, a main… Read more
We came here for a trip in May amd read some of the reviews and came with an open mind, one thing I've learnt in life is some people are never happy and love to moan. When we arrived the lobby area and meeting from the staff was exceptional. We were quickly checked in and taken to our Beach Suite which for a family really is perfect, a main bedroom with a bed looking out to the sea and a 2nd twin bedroom. We stayed on all inclusive and only a few things on the food menu we're a supplement, yes some of the drinks weren't included but they had a premium drink option for all types of drink so again nothing for anyone to worry about when it came to drinks. The food in the East Restaurant was fantastic as was the other two restaurants which we used for lunch and dinner. The beach is stunning , the sea was lovely and warm with amazing little platforms you can swim out to and sun bathe. One thing I would say if you have any issues with service then just let the manager know, they are very reactive to anything and rather than junp on here and moan simply let them know, there is really nothing go moan about unless it's just how you are but I can assure you it's a fantastic resort Read less
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May 2, 2022 anazaidan State of Sao Paulo

We stay there for 3 nights. The rooms are huge, confortable , beautiful and clean. The beach is perfect. Some points to improve In my opinion: the swimming pool area is very slippery and dangerous specially for kids. I think the food in all restaurants need a improvement. It is not bad but is not good either. I suggest that some employees under… Read more
We stay there for 3 nights. The rooms are huge, confortable , beautiful and clean. The beach is perfect. Some points to improve In my opinion: the swimming pool area is very slippery and dangerous specially for kids. I think the food in all restaurants need a improvement. It is not bad but is not good either. I suggest that some employees under go to a trainee to learn how to smile and be cordial with the guests specifically the ladies who helped with the breakfast buffet and the gays at the Marina. They make us feel that we are there to bother them . Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Noisy, slow service, poor response when we asked resort for help

May 2, 2022 VacayTime24

Children crying at all hours and could not sleep. Had to move rooms. Even then - children crying all day on the beach. Dinners often took 2 1/2 hours+ to deliver a simple meal. Had other issues. Called and asked to speak with management numerous times, never received a return call. Tried to ask for help again before posting a review; the resort… Read more
Children crying at all hours and could not sleep. Had to move rooms. Even then - children crying all day on the beach. Dinners often took 2 1/2 hours+ to deliver a simple meal. Had other issues. Called and asked to speak with management numerous times, never received a return call. Tried to ask for help again before posting a review; the resort simply responded with an apology and asked that we reconsider staying there again. Huh? Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, but hotel feels tired and service poor given its 5 star rating.

Apr 26, 2022 Flyer60068282941 Harpenden, United Kingdom

We spent four days at Carlisle Bay on the way home after an amazing 10 days’ sailing with our friends in the British Virgin Islands. Carlisle Bay is a lovely secluded bay on the beautiful island of Antigua but the hotel did not meet our expectations - which admittedly were high given the $1900 a night price tag. While the suite (suite A) was a… Read more
We spent four days at Carlisle Bay on the way home after an amazing 10 days’ sailing with our friends in the British Virgin Islands. Carlisle Bay is a lovely secluded bay on the beautiful island of Antigua but the hotel did not meet our expectations - which admittedly were high given the $1900 a night price tag. While the suite (suite A) was a great size for our family of five, with three generous bedrooms, the service level across the hotel was generally poor and inconsistent. I felt like we had to fight to get a drink anywhere. On the beach loungers there either is no service or it is very infrequent. At the bar in the evening, you have to go to the bar, no one comes to you. Small things perhaps, but these things really make a difference. At noon one day we asked a lady at the beach front restaurant, Indigo, which was empty at the time, if she could hold a table for 10 minutes while our kids dried off. “It’s free now but might not be in ten minutes, we don’t hold tables” came the answer. It rather sums this place up, not rude, not awful, but could have been much more helpful, costing nothing and making guests feel special in the process. Overall, just felt rather short-staffed and perhaps management needs strengthening / tightening up. Read less
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Apr 20, 2022 Ann-Fle

We have just arrived back in the UK from the most amazing 10 night stay at the Carlisle Bay. From the moment we landed in Antigua we were looked after from start to finish. The 2 bedroom ocean suite was beautiful very modern and a view like no other. The food is amazing, every restaurant and every dish that we tried especially the coconut shrimp… Read more
We have just arrived back in the UK from the most amazing 10 night stay at the Carlisle Bay. From the moment we landed in Antigua we were looked after from start to finish. The 2 bedroom ocean suite was beautiful very modern and a view like no other. The food is amazing, every restaurant and every dish that we tried especially the coconut shrimp starter a firm favourite. The sea is so calm and loved having the option of the pool too. The staff are amazing and are on hand to help with anything you may need. We felt like we wasn't ready to leave as it was such a relaxing holiday and so lovely to switch off and relax. Will definitely return in the future. Thank you to everyone at the hotel for making our stay a memorable one. Read less