Carlisle Bay

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Set in a sweeping bay on a ravishing beach with a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest, the Carlisle Bay is list in The Leading Small Hotels of the World. Nothing short of 5 star elegance, this resort does not disappoint.

Overview
Carlisle Bay Antigua is a truly exciting new resort in the Caribbean. Located on the unspoilt south coast of Antigua, this resort is sister hotel to the award-winning One Aldwych in London. Bringing chic contemporary luxury to the beach, cool calm interiors and 80 spacious ocean-facing suites. There are two outstanding restaurants, East and Indigo on the Beach and three great bars.
 
The fabulous, friendly service and serene ambiance of Carlisle Bay is sure to leave every visitor wanting more. Guest will also enjoy the exceptional Blue Spa with 100% pure and natural products, gymnasium, yoga and pilates with personal training.
 
Location: Carlisle Bay is situated on the magnificent undeveloped south coast of Antigua. 30 minutes drive from the airport and St Johns, 20 minutes from Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • kspb1234 : Brighton, United Kingdom
Perfect

Everything about this hotel is perfect and laid back yet quality. The pick up transfer via the hotel is a must. We stayed at a seafront suite and it had amazing views to the sea. My husband was very ill and the team and manager John were so lovely to him and went out of their way to help and assist him. This hotel appeals to everyone: children are kept on the other beach which was great, as it's not cheap and sometimes you need space away from noise. The bay is heaven. Food is outstanding. We loved it so much rebooked for next year. Truly a little hidden gem!

  • Mark H :
Haswell's summer

We stayed in august 2017 fab weather. Don't trust those weather apps the sun shone all the time hardly any rain locally known as liquid sunshine. Food was really good lovely breakfast on our veranda We also had a boat trip and picnic with Marvin and his team Beautiful evening sunset with great rum punch We had a family suit right on beach our 2 older offspring 21&19 loved it great mix of people to chat to lovely friendly staff

  • yummymummyBerks : Berkshire
Small, Family Friendly Resort with High Service Levels, Stunning Beach but a number of let downs...

We visited Carlisle Bay beg of July for 2 weeks with 2 young children. It's worth noting that this is regarded end of season in Antigua and in August to mid Sept resorts close down as hurricane season. It's a small (80ish) room low rise resort, lovely small feel to it and staff get to know you quickly. Level of service high throughout resort (bear in mind it was less than 50% capacity). Rooms:We had an Ocean Front Suite with patio doors opening out onto private terrace and beach. Beach couldn't be better, amazingly safe waters for our young children, clean beach, very comfortable loungers and half empty. I have rated Carlisle Bay Average as we had a number of issues: We arrived to a room that was dirty and in need of refurbishment. We were moved to an alternative room a few hours later but this was after most of unpacking had happened, so this messed up the first afternoon in resort. The bathrooms basically need ripping out (they are very tired, grubby and in need of updating), the cleaning teams need to stop using only a broom and mop and be furnished with hoovers then a mop , there were black hairs over floors in places, pillows were covered in black hairs inside pillow cases, security safe was hanging off the wall in 2nd bedroom.... The hotel took the complaint seriously and once they had moved us they did all they could to remedy our concerns. Manager Kevin is extremely personable and reactive to any concerns throughout stay. The new room we were moved to had same tired bathroom, but bedrooms and bedding all fine. Patio door handle fell off a week in as patio sliding door too stiff to open and toilet leaked over floor three times... Again all fixed but hassle you don't expect at over £1K a night.... Go for top floor Balcony ocean view rooms as you won't hear the constant noise of dragging chairs and furniture travel down when you are in bed trying to get to sleep.Restaurants: This was a disappointment as they advertise 4 restaurants... one is indeed adult only (jetty) so that left us 3 to use, one of them is the pizza place next to pool (excellent wood fired pizzas I must add) but not open in evenings (one night only till 8pm I think), so that pretty much left 2 others East and the main restaurant... East was only open 3 nights a week you have to ask when it's open as not published anywhere, so that leaves only the main restaurant.... which is good quality food with great service but not worth the price tag. It overlooks the beach and has ceiling fans so no air conditioning, so with 101degrees recorded temperatures whilst we were there and 85% humidity, we struggled in heat to eat in there, especially at lunchtimes and one evening we were all overrun with flying ants, so we retired to room for room service. Be aware for room service you pay the usual Tax and Service Charge extras but they also slap on a $10 tray charge (!!) so not cheap.Pool Area: only one pool, but nice size and empty a lot of the time... our kids and their friends loved it..Kids Club (for under 7's): complimentary, nice activities you can dip in and out of, nice caring staff, air conditioned indoor room, outside big climbing frame and paddling pool for youngens... our kids enjoyed crab hunting and racing, hobey cat sailing, turtle watching on a boat and scavenge hunt in grounds :-) Complimentary Extras: very nice touches include afternoon tea on a tray free of charge wherever you are in resort, bar service on beach (but some days we were only asked once, although they bring fresh fruit round every morning and fill up a cool box with chilled bottles of water for every sun lounger), complimentary snacks in room, soft drinks and water every day (most 5 star hotels charge for all of this!).Summary: despite criticisms above, Carlisle Bay and it's Manager Kevin work very hard to ensure every member of staff are friendly and helpful... and it's consistent across resort. It is very family friendly and a great layout. One of the few resorts that offers a Suite with a small 2nd bedroom with twin beds (ideal for kids) for most 5 star resorts you would have to book a 2nd adjoining room or 2 bedroom suite costing more. Just choose the time of year you go (Dec to Feb is apparently best), it was too hot and humid when we were there and I must stress my husband and I got bitten badly by mosquitos and sand flies, as neither Deet sprays or the one they give you in the room worked! other guests had some lovely bites too ! The limited restaurant situation was a spoiler. If they rip out and replace bathrooms, do some maintenance on rooms where needed and re-think daily cleaning process, the resort would meet most expectations of a 5 star resort in tropical setting with beautiful beach and lovely staff.

  • drespice : Los Angeles, California
Best experience ever! From booking through checkout we were pampered in style with exceptional hospitality!

This was the absolute best trip my wife and I have ever taken. We were considering traveling to Antigua and decided upon Carliisle Bay after speaking with the best reservation specialist(s) ever. Upon our arrival our concierge made sure that every possible immenity was available to us. The entire staff waited on us hand and foot and my new bride was over the moon with happiness.The room was breathtaking and the views were for a lifetime. Our driver, Sastri gave us a wonderful historic tour of the island. He too embodied great customer service and hospitality The beach is quiet and peaceful with exceptional service.The entire staff waited on us hand and foot and my new bride was over the moon with happiness. I believe that we will come back to Carlisle Bay many years to come.

  • Eleni Z :
A little slice of heaven in the Caribbean!

Our family vacation at Carlisle Bay hotel in Antigua far surpassed our expectations. From the moment we arrived we were treated like family. As we made our way through the lobby were greeted by the lush greenery that lines the walkway to the ocean suites. Our room was spotless and very spacious and our view of the water was unbeatable. The breakfast menu offers a wide variety of fresh fruits, pastries, eggs, yogurt, french toast and many other delicious items. We opted to dine at East, The Jetty Grill, and Ottimo during our seven day stay, as we wanted to experience some of the local cuisine as well. The food at each of these restaurants was top notch. Andrey, the chef at Ottimo, was a pleasure to talk to and get to know. He made our experience dining by the pool on our last day so memorable. The pizza was excellent too! We also enjoyed the complimentary afternoon tea which is made available to guests anywhere on the property.We also took advantage of the many complimentary water sports that are offered at Carlisle Bay - kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and tubing. The gentlemen who work there were extremely helpful and friendly. Though the captivating views of the Caribbean from this lovely resort were second to none, our vacation was truly made special because of the incredible staff at Carlisle Bay. Okera and Jason on the beach and Omarrie at the front desk made us feel right at home. Not only do they provide extraordinary customer service, they are also genuine and kind. They went above and beyond to ensure our stay was nothing less than perfect. We were very sad to leave the resort and the people. This hotel is a real gem and we hope to visit again in the future!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Breakfast daily
  • Afternoon tea
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Tennis
  • Introductory yoga and pilates
  • Movies in onsite theatre
  • Use of beach chairs and towels
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  • 80 spacious ocean-facing suites
  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Water sports
  • 9 tennis courts
  • Yoga
  • Gym
  • Pilates
  • Private screening room
  • 24 hour room service
  • Express overnight laundry and one hour pressing
  • Dry cleaning
  • Internet access (fee)
Ocean Facing Suites include:
  • Cool calm spacious interiors
  • Bespoke furniture
  • Luxurious silks
  • Crisp white Frette bed linen
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Large day bed on every balcony and terrace
  • Pure and natural bath products
  • Stunning original photography
  • Fresh fruit delivered daily
  • Private balcony or terrace
  • Breathtaking ocean views from every single suite
  • Fully stocked minibar
  • Hairdryers
  • DVD and CD players
  • Satellite TV
  • Gaggia espresso machine
  • Bedside fibre optic reading lights
  • Mobile telephones available for hire (fee)
  • Wireless Broadband internet access (fee)
  • In room safe
2 and 3 Bedrooms Suites also available. Please inquire for details.
Kids Corner:  For children aged between 3-12, there is a comprehensive program of supervised activities from Monday to Saturday from 10.00am - 6.30pm. Complimentary activities include face painting, jewellery making, beach olympics, puppet making, treasure hunts, tie-dye and, for children aged over eight, kayaking with the watersports team.  In addition a children's movie is shown each day in the screening room. Babysitting is available 24 hours a day.

Please note that children cannot be accommodated in Ocean Suites but the Beach and Carlisle Suites are ideal for families.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details. 

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  • Carlisle Bay
    Antigua,Antigua And Barbuda

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Carlisle Bay Antigua
Old Rd, Saint Mary's 00000 Antigua

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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