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Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Last Visited By Julia, Sales Team Manager

Carlisle Bay is a five star, luxury resort in a sweeping bay on the undeveloped south coast of Antigua against a backdrop of rolling hills and tropical rainforest, perfect for couples and families looking for a chic Caribbean setting.
Click here to find out more about why Antigua and Carlisle Bay in particular are excellent for family holidays. 

There are 82 spacious and luxurious suites which have been decorated in a contemporary style, some of which interconnect to cater for families. All suites have at least partial views of the ocean from the private balcony or terrace, many leading directly onto the beach.

Carlisle Bay has four restaurants: East which serves a delicious range of Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes; Indigo on the Beach which is open throughout the day and offers a separate buffet breakfast for families; The Jetty Bar & Grill, an informal beach option; and Ottimos with its own wood burning pizza oven serving Italian fare by the pool.  There are also two further bars – Pavilion Bar and Juice Bar within the Blue Spa.

The Blue Spa is an award-winning facility that offers a range of treatments, where guests can relax in the relaxing pavilion which is surrounded by rainforest. Activities available at the resort include complimentary non-motorised water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling and sailing, or guests can learn to scuba dive at the PADI dive centre. More leisurely options include yoga and pilates, available as part of a group session or as a private class. Guests can also make use of the nine tennis courts where coaching is also available, go to the gym where personal trainers are on hand, enjoy boat excursions or hike along trails through the rainforest.

Cool Kids Club caters for children aged between 6 months to 6 years every day from 8.30 until 4.15 with a lunch break when families can get together. Crew Blue and Crush organise activities for those aged 7 to twelve, including raft building, zip wiring and visits to Stingray City.

A special feature of Carlisle Bay is its sailing course. The resort has partnered with Ondeck Sailing to offer a new three night sailing break including a three day Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting Course. Aimed at complete novices, this course is an excellent introduction to sailing using a 40ft keelboat and covers the basics of safety, rope work, sail trim, winches, mooring and anchoring with plenty of time at the helm.  Experienced sailors can enjoy the sailing whilst building on their sailing knowledge with good breezes and warm temperatures!


Our Opinion

Last Visited By Julia, Sales Team Manager

Didn’t think it was possible to find a 5 star luxury hotel that has the perfect balance between a chic romantic get-away for couples, and a child friendly activity filled hotel for families? Well Carlisle Bay has spent years perfecting this very balance. This hotel is one of the most talked about in the Caribbean for very good reason. The 82 spacious suites scatter along the beautiful curved beachfront, and boast a chic contemporary feel throughout the décor.

I have visited this hotel a couple of times now, and the wow factor never seems to go away! From the very moment you come across the bridge over the immaculate lily pond, you know you are entering a world of extravagance, and are in for an Antigua holiday to leave you speechless. The swanky yet relaxed restaurants will tempt your taste buds on a daily basis, and the new addition of Ottimo is a real hit with the younger guests for lunch, offering traditional Italian pizzas from the wood burning pizza oven.

There are so many things I love about Carlisle Bay, but the thoughtfulness behind every detail of the resort is evident around every corner. Everyone should experience this hotel in their lifetime, from young to old, it will leave you feeling you have experienced a truly sumptuous Caribbean holiday!

- Julia

To read more about Julia's time at Carlisle Bay and other resorts, read the Antigua Trip Diary.


Fact File

Children: Cool Kids Club and new for the summer 'Crew Blue' programme for children 7-12 years.  Child rates apply for children 2-15 years.  Infants under 2 years stay free of charge.  Children up to 15 years stay free of charge with the 'Super Chill Out' offer.  (Call for details.)  'Crush' is an action-packed teenage programme dedicated to guests between 13 and 18 years (in school holidays only). Click here to find out more about why Antigua and Carlisle Bay in particular are excellent for family holidays. 
 
Airport: 30 minutes by car
 
Complimentary facilities: Daily film evenings. Water sports including snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.  Large free form swimming pool, nine tennis courts (four floodlit) with a beginners’ tennis clinic and round robin doubles tennis competition weekly.  State of the art gym with latest technogym equipment.  Guided nature walks in the rainforest.
 
Internet access: Available in the library
 
Activities: Yoga and Pilate pavilion, scuba diving, water skiing, wake boarding, dive centre, kite surfing, deep sea-fishing available nearby.  There is a gift shop with international contemporary clothing, gifts and magazines; also a luxurious private cinema showing films daily.
 
Tennis tasters: This includes three 60 minutes coaching sessions, 30 minute drill session, relaxing 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, unlimited use of the hotel's nine tennis courts and a Carlisle Bay Tennis cap. Call for details.
 
Restaurants/bars: Indigo on the Beach Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner; East Restaurant for dinner; Indigo on the Beach Bar; Pavilion Bar, Jetty Bar and the Juice Bar.
 
Meal arrangements:  Bed and breakfast (with afternoon tea), half board and full board options available.  The New Super Chill Out offer includes all meals and drinks, including breakfast, a three course lunch at Indigo or Ottimo, afternoon tea, a three course dinner at Indigo, Ottimo or East, drinks including cocktails, spirits, beers, soft drinks and wine. (This package does not include Premium Spirits and wines.)  The Super Chill Out Package is available between 14th April and 21st August and 10th October to 19th December 2015.
 
Accommodation
All suites have a fully stocked minibar, Gaggia espresso machine, fresh fruit delivery daily, a safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, CD/DVD player, international direct dialling, wireless broadband Internet access, air conditioning, ceiling fan, private terrace or balcony with luxurious day lounger. Suites accommodate up to six guests in three bedrooms.
 
Ocean and Garden Suites: 72sq.m/780 sq. ft. spacious, split level, open plan bedroom/sitting room with a balcony or terrace. King-size bed.  Ocean Suites have a full view of the bay.  Garden Suites have a partial view of the bay and are located near the beach.   These are suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.
 
Beach Balcony Suites: 68sq.m/730 sq. ft.  The bedroom has a king-size bed and sitting area plus a separate study or second bedroom with twin beds and a balcony (upper level). 
Beach Balcony Suites sleep up to three adults, or two adults and two children aged between 6 and 15.
 
Bay Suites: 72sqm/780sq. ft.  Newly created, these suites are perfect for couples looking to celebrate something special.  These six ocean front suites are for adults only and feature a private butler service.  The bedroom has a king-size bed and sitting area with a balcony with sea views. 
 
Beach Terrace Suites: 68sq/m730 sq. ft.  The bedroom has a king-size bed and sitting area plus a separate study or second bedroom with twin beds and a terrace (ground level). Beach Terrace Suites sleep up to three adults or two adults and two children up to age 15.
 
Carlisle Suites:150 sq. /1615 sq. ft.  Three double bedrooms, two with king-size beds and one with twin beds, all en suite, a large sitting room and kitchen. Carlisle Suites sleep up to six adults or up to two adults and four children.
 
Inter-connecting Ocean Suites: Carlisle Bay has six sets of suites which are ideal for families with children aged 12 years +.   These can also be booked for teenagers across a shared staircase from the parents' Ocean Suite.  There are two sets of inter-connecting Garden Suites.
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