Carlisle Bay, Antigua is one of the Caribbean's most exclusive resorts. A contemporary and luxurious hotel situated in a quiet cove on the unspoiled south coast, with a backdrop of lush tropical rainforest, it is a haven for relaxation and watersports.
At a Glance
Superb Children’s Club with a crèche for as young as 6 months – a rarity in the Caribbean
Impeccable and friendly service
Beach Terrace Suites ideal for families and relaxing Ocean Suites for couples
Delicious breakfasts with a different flavor smoothie each morning
11am fruit kebabs on the beach each morning
Afternoon tea served daily from 4pm
Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
If you would like to enjoy a Pan Asian meal at East yet the children prefer the menu at Indigo on the Beach, you can still all eat togetherGemma Dobson
The complimentary afternoon tea is appreciated after a hard day on the beach!Gemma Dobson
For the best snorkeling spot, head to the rocks at the eastern side of the bayMelissa Channe
Children can enjoy an early dinner between 5pm and 7pm at Ottimo! around the poolMelissa Channe
The Caribbean breakfast must be tried at least once, tasty salt fish with plantain and avocadoVictoria Douglas
For a change of scene visit Jackie O’s beach restaurant just 10 minutes drive from hereVictoria Douglas
For a quieter lunch, adults can head to Jetty Grill at the far end of the beach and enjoy grilled meats and fresh fishAlice Moseley
Children can enjoy watching a movie, complete with popcorn and drinks, in the 40 seater cinema at 2pm most days. You can also reserve the cinema privately on an evening!Clare Leigh
Make use of the resident tennis pro who offers a complimentary clinic on a Wednesday, followed by a tournament on a Friday!Clare Leigh
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Carlisle Bay
A member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, Carlisle Bay has rapidly 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 center 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, snorkeling, 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 program 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 color, 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 vacation 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 organizes programs during the school vacations - "Crew Blue" for kids aged 7 - 12 years of age and "Crush" for teens aged over 13. The hotel also organizes 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 vacations, 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 program specifically designed for children between 7 and 12 and only running during the school vacations, Crew Blue offers a range of fully supervised daytime activities. From mini-Olympics to mega-donut 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 snorkeling, 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. d 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 favorites 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, snorkeling, 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 programs include children's tennis, challenge matches and round robins.
Location & Directions
Carlisle Bay is situated in a quiet cove on the unspoiled 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.
When to go
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.