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 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.

  • Booking bonus: book by 14 Dec '20 and adults save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 4 Jan- 14 Dec '20. Discount not applicable on board basis supplements. Excludes Carlisle Suites.  

    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-1 Jan.

* 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 22 Aug-9 Oct '20.

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (793)
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  • Average (65)
  • Poor (33)
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Sep 14, 2020 samcV9668KF

This is a luxurious hotel with a very good and dynamic staff. Excellent and various food. Beautiful beach and beautiful view. Beautiful structure and beautiful rooms Lots of watersports activities. Fantastic
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Spring Break & Covid 19

Mar 25, 2020 Steelerman365 Vancouver, Canada

We were on the fence about whether or not we should cancel our spring break vacation because of the covid 19 pandemic. We decided that life is too short and decided to leave on March 13 for 2 weeks as planned. Greeted at St John Airport by a host and SUV from Carlisle Bay for our ride to the resort. The roads are terrible but that is to be… Read more
We were on the fence about whether or not we should cancel our spring break vacation because of the covid 19 pandemic. We decided that life is too short and decided to leave on March 13 for 2 weeks as planned. Greeted at St John Airport by a host and SUV from Carlisle Bay for our ride to the resort. The roads are terrible but that is to be expected on these islands. Greeted at lobby by staff and our rooms were ready for us. The rooms are perfect for a family as we were only 3 this vacay. Because of the outbreak the breakfast buffet was cancelled and was a la cart only. The East restaurant was only open every other day also as expected. I would definitely go there again under better circumstances as we had to cut our trip short by 3 days due to AC flights not flying after Thursday. The staff was amazing! Seon looked after us, Latisha was great and Larry the concierge too! They took the time to remember our name and always treated us as if we were the only guests (actually the last week, there were only a few guests left) Outstanding Service!!!! Thanks again Carlisle Bay! I hope you all come out of this soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic Resort

Mar 24, 2020 charlestZ3368AW

I spent five days at Carlisle Bay at the end of February with my grandmother. We both loved the resort. The property itself is picturesque. The restaurants are all excellent, the jetty grill, in particular, was fantastic. the resort has a quiet, laid back vibe. It is suitable for families or people looking for a more relaxing vacation. The staff… Read more
I spent five days at Carlisle Bay at the end of February with my grandmother. We both loved the resort. The property itself is picturesque. The restaurants are all excellent, the jetty grill, in particular, was fantastic. the resort has a quiet, laid back vibe. It is suitable for families or people looking for a more relaxing vacation. The staff is always attentive and friendly. I never had trouble getting a drink from one of the three bars on the property. The bartenders, especially Jason, Marlon, and Benn, were great for casual conversation and good service.. They always had a rum and coke ready for me. I can't say enough good things about Carlisle Bay, go and you will not regret it. We had the vacation of a life time. I can't wait to go back some day. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Dining Experience at Indigo Restaurant

Mar 21, 2020 alexandrina55 St. John's, Antigua

This restaurant is designed for people with not exceedingly large appetites . For indeed, the portions are small as can be expected in gourmet dining, but very tasty. I must mention Sadeke who waited on our table with excellence, not in your face but very attentive. I must also mention the manager Michael , who came over to our table just to… Read more
This restaurant is designed for people with not exceedingly large appetites . For indeed, the portions are small as can be expected in gourmet dining, but very tasty. I must mention Sadeke who waited on our table with excellence, not in your face but very attentive. I must also mention the manager Michael , who came over to our table just to say hi. Food was good, service was good, ambience was good. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, but property needs renovation

Feb 22, 2020 world_traveler_ct Stamford, CT, USA

Visited Carlisle Bay with family and stayed in Ocean Suite. The accommodations are definitely spacious (as others pointed out), but very basic and in need of renovations. The furnishings are not what you would expect in a luxury room/suite and the bathroom area (tiles, sinks, faucets) are on a par with 3- to 4-star properties elsewhere. Lastly, if… Read more
Visited Carlisle Bay with family and stayed in Ocean Suite. The accommodations are definitely spacious (as others pointed out), but very basic and in need of renovations. The furnishings are not what you would expect in a luxury room/suite and the bathroom area (tiles, sinks, faucets) are on a par with 3- to 4-star properties elsewhere. Lastly, if you end up in an Ocean Suite on the third floor, make sure you are up for climbing wooden stairs which get quite slippery when it rains. The resort appears to be very popular with two demographics: families with small children and retirees from UK. The beach is great and so are the beach lounges - very comfortable and plentiful. The food offering is a mixed bag. We had dinners at Indigo, East and Jetty - and all were quite good, albeit expensive (dinner for 4 with moderate amount of drinks is average of $400-$500). However, breakfast was subpar, with a buffet selection that looked barely appetizing and not being replenished timely. Lunch at Ottimo was average at best. Most of the staff we came across with was wonderful and ready to assist. The front desk was especially fantastic and Tony was an absolute superstar. To be fair, Carlisle Bay's price point is lower than that of Jumby Bay, Curtain Bluff or, for example, Four Seasons Anguilla. At the same time, Carlisle Bay is part of the Leading Hotels of the World, Platinum Hotels & Resorts and is highly rated by Andrew Harper. So one would expect a true 5-star experience and accommodations at such property. Regretfully, this was not the case. Read less