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At a Glance
Sink into serenity at the Cara Spa as your cares are soothed away by expert hands, where the gentle rustle of swaying trees and balmy Caribbean breeze transports you to inner calm.
Fall into the azure waters and powder sand of Carlisle Bay, where rainforests fringe the resort and contemporary elegance makes for a dreamy escape.
Feast on fresh seafood seductively laced with exotic spices from the orient at East, one of Antigua’s most sought after and stylish restaurants. Shake off the sand and dress to impress.
Live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasies as you recline in the dappled palm shade of a deserted island, turquoise waters sparkling as you sample delights from your private picnic hamper. Charter a boat for halcyon afternoon none will forget.
Feel your breath catch as you glimpse the island views opening up before, explore one of the stunning hiking trails – where will your feet take you?
Why should adults have all the fun when adventure awaits? The "Cool Kids Club" where the only limit is imagination, keeps your little ones in the thick of it, from aged 6 months to teens!
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Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua is one of the Caribbean's most exclusive resorts. A contemporary and luxurious hotel situated in a quiet cove on the unspoilt south coast, with a backdrop of lush tropical rainforest, it is a haven for relaxation and watersports.
A member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, Carlisle Bay has firmly established itself as the place to stay on Antigua.
The hotel offers 82 luxuriously appointed suites with cool, calm interiors and fantastic ocean views from your own private terrace or balcony. The rooms have been interior designed by Mary Fox Linton and combine stylish minimalism with comfort – nothing has been forgotten here, right down to the Gaggia coffee machines provided in each room and oversize day beds available on every balcony or terrace.
Carlisle Bay has four outstanding restaurants; Indigo on the Beach offering delicious healthy grills, barbecues and seafood, East restaurant serving mouth-watering Asian cuisine in a stunning contemporary space, Ottimo! located by the pool and featuring a wood-burning pizza oven and classic Italian dishes and The Jetty Grill - a casual venue for adults only, offering light lunches, a selection of fresh grills and wine by the carafe - all served just steps away from the ocean.
There are also three bars, the exceptional Spa featuring six luxurious treatment rooms, saunas, plunge pools, hair salon, chill-out zone and a yoga and pilates pavilion, a fitness centre with an array of fitness lessons (payable locally) and fitness classes (first class is complimentary), a library, no less than nine tennis courts and a luxurious private screening room for movies – kids movies in the early afternoon and adults post dinner.
An experienced team operate a variety of watersports including sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving (no jet skis!) and kayaking adventures. You can explore the surrounding area with a boat excursion, an island tour, or guided hike through the rainforest directly from the beach. As an incredibly family friendly resort, Carlisle Bay has excellent facilities for children, including clubs suitable for all ages with a very experienced team, comprehensive programme and wonderful indoor and outdoor space for children to explore.
Carlisle Bay offers six Garden Suites, 30 Beach Suites (with small separate bedroom for children therefore ideal for families), 42 Ocean Suites, 4 Carlisle Suites with three bedrooms and two Bay suites, ideal for couples. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, rooms feature cool, calm interiors, bespoke furniture, luxurious silks, crisp Frette bed linen and breathtaking ocean views from your own private terrace or balcony.
The rooms are fully equipped with up to date technology: complimentary Wi-Fi, DVD and CD players, satellite TV, bedside optic reading lights and Gaggia espresso machine.
The Garden Suites are a spacious 72m², with split level, open-plan bedroom/sitting room. They have king size beds and sleep up to two adults. The luxury suites have lush, tropical garden views and partial ocean views.
Two pairs of Garden Suites can interconnect.
The Ocean Suites are a spacious 72m², with a split level, open-plan bedroom/sitting room. They have king size beds and sleep up to two adults. These luxury ocean view rooms are set in the tropical gardens. Four pairs of Ocean Suites can interconnect making them ideal for families.
|Beach Balcony Suite||
Positioned just steps away from the water, these suites (68m²) have a studio-style king bedroom with beach facing balcony and a separate study or second bedroom with twin beds. These suites sleep two adults and two children aged 6 - 15.
|Bay View Suite||
Ideal for couples, the ocean front Bay Suites are a spacious 72m², intended for adults only and located on a calm, private stretch of beach. Private butler service, vodka & rum bar and Temple Spa luxury bath products are just a few of the enhanced suite amenities. Adjacent to The Jetty, romantic dinners for two can be pre-arranged by your butler for that special Caribbean experience while dining under the stars. The interiors are designed with an open air feel, with a king size four poster bed, living room featuring crisp white fabric with hints of colour, floor to ceiling sliding doors allowing natural sunlight to enhance the setting and an expansive terrace or balcony with large day bed offering stunning Caribbean Sea views. The bathrooms are very large with double sink vanity, sunken bathtub and separate glass enclosed shower with rainforest views.
|Beach Terrace Suite||
Positioned just steps away from the water, these ground level suites are a spacious 68m² and have a studio-style bedroom with king size bed and sitting area with balcony or terrace plus a separate study or second bedroom with twin beds. These suites sleep up to two adults and two children under 15.
|Carlisle Suite A||
These large suites are a spacious 163m² and have three double bedrooms, two with king size beds and the third with twin beds, all with ensuite bathrooms. There is also a large sitting room, and separate kitchen. Both the sitting room and the master bedroom open out onto the double width beachfront balcony. The suites can sleep up to six adults, or two adults and four children.
|Carlisle Suite B||
These suites measure 245m² and have three ensuite bedrooms, two with king size beds and the third with twin beds. The suites also feature a large sitting room and separate kitchen. The sitting room, master bedroom and first bedroom open out onto an L-shaped, beachfront balcony or terrace. The suites can sleep up to six adults, or two adults and four children.
Children are well catered for at Carlisle Bay with a range of clubs and activities ensuring that younger guests have a unforgettable holiday and parents feel at ease leaving children in safe hands. "Cool Crèche" is for 6 months - 3 years (an hourly charge for under 2s applies). "Cool Kids" is for children aged from 4 - 6 (open daily from 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm). Complimentary kids high tea is served daily from 5 - 6pm at Ottimo! restaurant.
Well designed indoor and outdoor areas include a sand pit, paddling pool, jungle gym, mini tennis court and tricycles. Activities range from painting to treasure hunts, turtle watching to tennis coaching. The resort organises programmes during the school holidays - "Crew Blue" for kids aged 7 - 12 years of age and "Crush" for teens aged over 13. The hotel also organises fun and appropriate activities, from zip-lining to Hobie Cat racing and sting ray excursions to sports tournaments.
Children's movies are shown in the afternoons in the screening room and complimentary high tea is provided. A comprehensive and healthy children's menu is available, which caters for even the fussiest of eaters with no charge for children from 2 to 12 years and babysitting can be arranged on request.
In-room facilities here for the smallest children are attentive and the concierge can arrange anything you may require.
Operating during the school holidays, Crush is specifically aimed at 13 to 18 year olds. They have their own chill-out space, complete with a Wii entertainment system, pool and fussball table, and the option of exclusive teen activities and events, including private movie screenings. There are a host of adrenaline inducing activities available all year round, including wakeboarding, waterskiing, zip-lining through the rainforest, tubing, tennis workshops and yachting.
A complimentary programme specifically designed for children between 7 and 12 and only running during the school holidays, Crew Blue offers a range of fully supervised daytime activities. From mini-Olympics to mega-doughnut rides, from designing a t-shirt to going on a mangrove tour, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
There are four restaurants serving local, Italian and Asian cuisines. Guests can order from an extensive menu and have their food brought to the beach or the pool. The Jetty Grill is an adult-only restaurant located adjacent to the beach. A private romantic dinner on the Jetty can also be arranged for couples. For a cooling drink by the pool, or a cocktail before dinner, there are three stylish bars to choose from. The resort features a swimming pool, Spa, sauna, plunge pool, hair salon, yoga pavilion, gym, nine tennis courts (four floodlit), library with books and CDs and a screening room (with films for children and adults).
|Restaurants and bars||
Indigo on the Beach - as its name suggests, has a spectacular beachfront setting. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features delicious light and healthy food with an accent on grills, fresh seafood and salads. The menus are flexible, so you can order breakfast any time that suits you. Open daily from 7am to 10pm. Opposite is the Indigo on the Beach Bar overlooking the secluded bay. Open from 9am to late, it serves freshly squeezed juices, afternoon tea and delicious cocktails.
East offers an eclectic mix of Thai, Japanese, Indian and Vietnamese food, in a beautiful setting and is a unique dining experience in Antigua. Open for dinner from 6.30pm til 10pm, families with children are requested to eat early.
Ottimo!, meaning "excellent" in Italian, offers classic Italian dishes including delicious antipasto and homemade gelato. Lunch is from 11.30am to 3.30pm, and dinner on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9.30pm. Ottimo! also has a children's menu.
Guests can enjoy a drink after a swim at the Jetty Bar - or can even reserve a table to eat privately here one evening (this is very popular so needs to be booked in advance). The Pavilion Bar is an uber chic venue where you can have a light snack or a pre or after dinner drink.
Guests can eat at East or Indigo on the Beach then enjoy a movie in the luxurious screening room. The room can even be booked for private screenings.
Carlisle Bay offers a fantastic range of watersports, including Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling, and the resort watersports team are always on hand for help and advice, as well as escorting guests out to the reef and taking them on local boat excursions. Windsurfing and sailing clinics are held on most days and use of equipment is complimentary. Motorised watersports are not available from the beach, in order to preserve the tranquillity of the resort, but are available in an adjacent bay.
With its fabulous rainforest setting, Carlisle Bay's Blue Spa offers guests the ultimate in relaxation. Voted by Condé Nast readers in 2012 as the best Spa in the Caribbean, there are six luxurious treatment rooms, including one for couples. Choose from an indulgent list of treatments, therapies or even a Spa package, which could include a massage, facial and a foot scrub for example.
The Blue Spa gym has with the latest equipment, and a personal trainer can devise an individual schedule for you. There are also yoga and pilates classes held in the gardens.
|The Jetty Grill||
The Jetty Grill is an adult-only restaurant located adjacent to the beach. Grilled meats, fresh seafood, crisp salads and wines by the carafe are daily favourites at this casual venue overlooking the resort’s Jetty and Caribbean Sea.
As a smaller resort there are an impressive array of activities available at Carlisle Bay. Complimentary activities at the resort include sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, gym and tennis.
At an additional charge you can also go scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, water skiing and kite-surfing nearby. There are also two off-site 18 hole golf courses.
There are two 18 hole golf courses on Antigua - Jolly Harbour is five miles from Carlisle Bay (green fees $40 for 18 holes), and Cedar Valley is 14 miles away (green fees are $45 for 18 holes). Guests will need to provide the name of their club at home and their handicap. Advance tee time bookings are advised.
With several major international yacht races being held in Antigua, it goes without saying this is a sailing paradise. Carlisle Bay offers complimentary use of equipment and daily clinics to improve your existing skills.
Carlisle Bay is a haven for both beginners and advanced PADI qualified divers. You can gain your qualifications here through expert tuition or just enjoy a couple of reef dives. Cades Reef, situated in Carlisle Bay, is a two-mile stretch of reef, with excellent visibility and is home to a large variety of coral and marine life.
Carlisle Bay boasts nine tennis courts - eight hard courts and one grass, four of which are lit for night play. Equipment is available on a complimentary basis, and guests can also take advantage of the resident pro, who can teach all ages and abilities. Activity programmes include children's tennis, challenge matches and round robins.
Clare Leigh (Staff)
Having experienced Carlisle Bay myself I can clearly see why it is such a favourite with a lot of our guests. Set in between tropical rain forests and the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, the accommodation is all just a few steps away from the gentle lapping turquoise waters. Just as I got to my sun lounger I was presented with a cool box filled to the brim with cold bottles of water to see me through the day! I could also have opted to have my afternoon tea on my sun lounger too, instead I had it on the seats looking out over the jetty. A cucumber sandwich has never tasted so good!
Dining options are a plenty here, I enjoyed dinner at Indigo On The Beach and lunch at the Jetty Grill, which is geared more towards adults and only has 9 tables. I loved choosing what I wanted to eat and watching it being cooked, while selecting fresh salads to accompany it.
There is a great range of accommodation and the Beach Terrace Suites work well for families as they are on the ground level with direct access to the beach. They have a small separate bedroom for two children who should sleep really well if they have been in the Kids Club enjoying activities from turtle watching to hunting for shells. There is even a small splash pool for the children to cool down in!
Mrs Amy Mahon (Guest)
Excellent resort, wonderful staff, food very good and good variety, including the room service. Occasionally the service was very slow but only occasionally, generally everyone was attentive and incredibly helpful and when we did chase something up they responded quickly. The accommodation was nice, not massively luxurious, especially the child's boxroom but nice and clean and everything functioned well. Lovely view. Good coffee machine, free water, crisps, milk etc and the wifi worked. Kids club was very good. The beach is divine. The pool was lovely. The resort is very compact and it is overall beautifully kept so it was ideal for a holiday with a 3 year old. Indeed she asks us most weekends if we can go back to Antigua and we look forward to returning!
Sarah Turner (Staff)
Carlisle Bay is located in the more lush part of Antigua in the south, the area where the much coveted Antigua Black Pineapple grows. The resort is very happily situated between the ocean and the rainforest along a beautiful stretch of beach. Almost all the accommodation is on the beachfront so offers a lovely view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. It's very easy to get around Carlisle Bay with everything within short walking distance.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
A firm favourite for our Scott Dunn guests. Perfect accommodation for both adults and families; contemporary and chic in style. The hotel is located on a wonderful stretch of beach and perfect for swimming in the bay. There is a watersports centre offering sailing, paddle boarding and snorkelling. The snorkelling is best further out, round the headland rather than in the shallow waters.
Three restaurants to choose from; Indigo - the all day dining restaurant, East - the Asian restaurant and then a restaurant on the beach which is open at lunch for adults only offering freshly grilled fish and meat.
Victoria Douglas (Staff)
One of our most popular Caribbean resorts and I was lucky enough to recently discover why. The style here is chic and contemporary with Caribbean influences all set in a tropical paradise. The sounds of the tropical gardens humming by night will stay with me forever. I loved the beach here, excellent size to wander along with a local village at the far end so you can see a little local Antiguan life and the bay here is so calm and the waters perfect for swimming staying relatively shallow for a good time.
The way the resort is split between families and adults is genius, so at the beach suites side of the resort you have families all playing and interacting together in front of their rooms and then adults can enjoy the peace and serenity at the ocean front suite side where the jetty bar offers adult only dining at lunchtimes when you'll find most families at the pizza oven.
The food here was the best that I experienced during my stay in Antigua and I was also lucky enough to enjoy a vitamin C facial that was so good I drifted off to sleep!
Standing out particularly for me as a mum was the kids club. Most definitely the best on offer in Antigua and the new manager here is experienced as a teacher and child centre manager from the UK and has a lot of vision and passion for the children's holiday experience. I'd very happily return here with my family. The design is well thought-out as well with sand pits, paddling pools, jungle gyms and great spaces to run around.
I'd urge anyone with kids of primary school age to visit here and older kids will also be well entertained with 9 tennis courts and a great water sports facility. Generally, if the kids are happy then parents will be happy, however Carlisle Bay ensures that there is high level dining and quality in all aspects that make a great holiday so parents also have an indulgent stay. I'm a big fan!
Katie May (Staff)
I had a lovely stay at Carlisle Bay. I think they've got the balance of a family resort that it also suitable for couples just right.
I had a ground floor Ocean Suite and I loved being able to step off my terrace and just walk a few paces over the grass to the beach. I really liked being able order breakfast to my terrace. A great help when I had an early start, or if I was just being lazy!
Juliet Morris (Staff)
I absolutely loved my stay at Carlisle Bay and I can now see why it is such a popular and successful option for our guests. The beach is gorgeous and ideal for families with young children and the Beach Suites are fabulous. I stayed in an Ocean Suite which was very comfortable and offered everything I needed, but it is worth noting that if you are on the top (3rd) floor, you don't always get a great sea view as the top of the palm trees can restrict the view somewhat. I think the hotel works very well for families as well as for couples and honeymooners as the adult rooms are all located at one end of the beach while the family accommodation is at the other end.
The facilities are excellent; kids club, tennis courts, gym, spa, watersports and all the great dining options. The food and wine was superb. I loved the atmosphere at the hotel. It is so relaxed allowing guests to really chill out, but they still offer incredibly high standards of service. All the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I felt very welcomed.
Sarah Tichacek (Staff)
I was really impressed with Carlisle Bay, the rooms were really spacious and very well designed. They rooms all mostly have a sea view and are just moments from the beach. The food is really lovely and there is a good choice of restaurants.
The beach is lovely and long, they bring you iced water in little cool boxes, and afternoon tea which are nice touches. The bay is very pretty with lovely blue water, and perfect for the complimentary watersports on offer.
Gemma Dobson (Staff)
For me the best thing about Carlisle Bay is the layout and location of their Beach Terrace Suites, they have a large master bedroom with a separate dressing room which doubles as a second bedroom that can sleep two children comfortably giving you lots of space to enjoy as a family. The suite has a lovely terrace that opens directly onto the beautiful sandy beach meaning that if you have younger children you can still sit with your feet in the sand whilst they're taking their afternoon nap!
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Location & directions
Carlisle Bay is situated in a quiet cove on the unspoilt south coast of Antigua with a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest. The hotel is a 30 minute drive from the capital St John’s, and 20 minutes from Nelson’s Dockyard and English Harbour.
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On the northeast corner of Antigua, V.C. Bird International Airport is the point of entry for visitors arriving by air (nine hours from London). Carlisle Bay is approximately just 30 minutes from the airport.
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