A leading luxury resort in the Caribbean
Carlisle Bay is a luxury resort looking out over white sand, palm trees and turquoise water, with a backdrop of emerald green rainforest. Sophisticated and contemporary in style, this modern Caribbean classic on Antigua's south coast is instilled with genuine West Indian conviviality.
The accommodation is designed to allow for both families and couples to holiday in peace. Both kinds of traveller have a dedicated end of the resort, which allows for everyone to enjoy the tranquility of the spectacular beach.
The architecture is in the Caribbean vernacular with plantation shutters painted a cool grey against which the palms, lawns and forest appear all the more green. Hammocks hang among the trees.
By day, every room is filled with sunshine from sea-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private terraces. Many rooms lead directly onto the beach. Others have lawn and far-reaching ocean views.
Almost unique among Caribbean hotels, Carlisle Bay have nine well-maintained tennis courts, including four which are floodlit for cooler, night-time play and one for children to shoot some basketball hoops. Rackets and balls are provided on a complimentary basis.
This resort is an absolute paradise for any tennis lovers looking for a very special holiday experience.
Yachting and sailing
Caribbean yachting holidays are among Antigua's main draws. At Carlisle Bay, guests can learn to sail or improve their skills aboard a 40 foot keelboat on three day Royal Yachting Association courses offered through On Deck Racing. The island hosts two main events every year viz. Antigua Sailing Week and The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta which are considered amongst the world's premier sailing and yachting events.
Diving, snorkeling and watersports
Exploring the island
Carlisle Bay's eco tours get you into the hinterland, including the mangroves and reef systems of Antigua, with trips led by Antiguan eco-guide Eli Fuller. With snorkeling and picnics to enjoy, the half-and full-day charters might include an easy nature trail on Great Bird Island, or a bath in a natural Jacuzzi. Highlights include the Georgian-style English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard, and local arts and crafts boutiques.
While Carlisle Bay doesn't have its own golf course, customers can book guest tee times at the 18-hole Cedar Valley Golf Club, which is a great Caribbean golf course. Club hire can also be arranged.
Helicopters are available for private charters on a daily basis. Charters might include a volcano fly-around on Montserrat, or a tour of the 50 miles of clear water reef systems and beaches that give Antigua its character.
Deep sea fishing
Caribbean deep sea fishing is second to none in the waters off Antigua, with marlin, king fish, wahoo and barracuda all common. Various charters with exceptional skippers are available.
The Blue Spa (a multi-award winning Spa)
Spa's in the Caribbean do not get much better than Blue Spa, a two-floor pavilion with an elegant, meditative atmosphere. It offers indulgent treatments for men and women in a relaxing locale surrounded by the Antiguan rainforest.
The Antigua beauty salon at the Blue Spa offers manicures, pedicures, waxing and hairstyling, among other services.
A state-of-the-art health club and gym, open from 6am to 9pm daily, features Technogym equipment in a comfortable air-conditioned space adjacent to the spa. Trainers are available by request.
Yoga and pilates
The yoga pavilion, used for regular group and private classes in both yoga and pilates, is located in a peaceful corner of our tropical gardens. A private yoga or pilates session can be arranged on request at an additional cost. Group yoga and pilates classes are scheduled several times a week.
The library at Carlisle Bay has funky fiber optic lighting which changes color throughout the evening. Included in the collection, curated by consultant Philip Blackwell, are the top ten beach reads of leading travel journalists, as well as complimentary WIFI, computers and printers. Guests can relax in this contemporary space with its comfortable furniture and full air conditioning.
At Carlisle Bay, the secluded, turquoise pool is located behind the beach. There is a gently shelved shallow end for kids (making it a great place to learn to swim) and sun loungers shaded by both umbrellas and palms.
Carlisle Bay beach
The beach at Carlisle Bay is one of the island's most perfect examples: 500m long crescent beach of impeccably clean white sand within a secluded bay. This means the water remains calm, while the rainforest and coconut grove behind provide further shelter.
Restaurants and bars
Dining at Carlisle Bay is all about choosing the right restaurant to suit your mood, from a relaxed, foot-in-the-sand lunch delivered to your lounger in the Coconut Grove, to a romantic dinner for two at East, which is considered one of the island's finest Asian restaurants.
The Cool Kids Club
For 2 to 6 y.o., (complimentary): open every day.
The Teenage Club
For 7 to 19 y.o.: open every day.
Ive thought long and hard about writing this review. We lead fairly hectic lives and always try our best to get 4-5 days away in February. This year we found we could get a week away so rather than...
Almost without exception The Carlisle Bay is a truly great hotel. The setting is lovely. The views correspondingly spectacular. The sunsets delightful. Service is good too. The suites are spacious...
We had a wonderful holiday at the Carlisle Bay in Antigua. The room was beautiful, the staff kindly remembered us from the previous year's visit and made us very welcome. The lobby and bar are...
"I just want to thank you for organising my tennis holiday for me and my son! It was a great experience at Saddlebrook. One coach in particular was fantastic as he fixed my serve and gave me some great cues to take away. All in all a great trip!"
Neil, Sydney Australia