Welcome to Carlisle Bay, sophisticated and contemporary in style, this modern Caribbean classic is instilled with genuine West Indian conviviality. Located on a stunning horseshoe bay on the South Western shore of the island of Antigua, overlooking tranquil turquoise waters and swathed by lush rainforest, Carlisle Bay offers a haven of seclusion and relaxation.
Our resort is perfectly complemented by the serenity of Cara Organic Beauty Spa as well as a wide choice of superb activities and facilities including nine tennis courts, yoga pavilion, water sports centre, library and private screening room.
Spacious all-suite accommodation with ocean views and separate family areas allows each guest to enjoy one of the island’s finest beaches in one of the best 5-star Antigua resorts.
The Caribbean-inflected design of the resort is simple and befitting of its stunning natural setting. Décor throughout is contemporary yet elegant and the meticulous attention to detail means that every convenience is provided for. Quiet, restful colours and maximum use of light bring the idyllic outside in.
The diverse choice of restaurants and bars at Carlisle Bay will allow you to indulge in style; with options ranging from casual, on-the-beach dining to more formal settings, all with locally sourced produce and ingredients from the chef’s own garden.
While Carlisle Bay offers impeccable luxury and service it manages to combine this with a laid-back, unfussy atmosphere you will want to return to again and again.
The 87 exquisitely-appointed suites at Carlisle Bay offer sweeping ocean views through floor to ceiling windows. All feature a balcony or covered terrace with comfortable day beds perfect for a leisurely day enjoying the Caribbean sunshine.
Suite sizes range from 72-150 square metres and all have open-plan sitting rooms. The décor is contemporary with calming colours and quietly sumptuous furnishings. Spacious, uncluttered and filled with light, the Caribbean hotel suites at Carlisle Bay perfectly reflect their stunning surroundings.
Only four of these exclusive suites have been created at Carlisle Bay ensuring that they are impeccable and unsurpassed in every detail. As a result, the Carlisle Suites are the ultimate choice for resort accommodation in the Caribbean.
Spacious, sun-filled and magnificently appointed they are ideal for sharing with other couples or for small family groups. The oceanfront terraces are large with uninterrupted views which are all your own.
There are two types of Carlisle Suite each comprising two king-size bedded rooms and one twin bedded room, all ensuite. Both also feature large sitting room areas extending onto the outdoor terraces, offering expanded living areas for your family or group.
Carlisle Suite A also boasts a kitchen making it ideal for entertaining or preparing snacks and drinks. Carlisle Suite B has an L-shaped terrace giving you those uninterrupted views in every direction. Accommodates a maximum of six persons.
Beach Terrace Suite
The Beach Terrace Suites are the same in layout and configuration as the Beach Balcony Suites except that they are on ground level. Emerging from your spacious suite you will be directly on the beach which for children eager to participate in our many water activities will be a huge bonus!
The furnishings display the same discreet luxury and easy comfort with all modern conveniences included. The master bedroom boasts a king-size bed and the second bedroom has twin beds for up to two persons to the age of 15.
Baby cribs can be provided. Outdoor living is also provided for with a terrace, day beds and dining area for the family to get together and still never miss a moment of glorious Caribbean sunshine. Accommodates a maximum of 4 persons; 2 adults and 2 children.
Celebrate romance with an exclusive Bay Suite, the newest accommodation choice at Carlisle Bay. A haven of privacy, bespoke luxury and utter indulgence they are perfect for a honeymoon stay, for wedding couples or those celebrating a milestone.
They are reserved for adults only and are located at the quieter, more private end of our magnificent crescent-shaped beach. When you awake in the morning, step out into a warm tropical embrace of sand and sea and enjoy spectacular views of the ocean.
Each suite has a private butler service, Vodka and Rum Bar set up and luxuriant Temple Spa toiletries, among many other special touches. Your butler will be happy to organise a dinner for two on the adjacent jetty under the Caribbean moonlight for the ultimate romantic experience. Two adults only.
Situated whereat one end of the beach, the Ocean Suites offer expansive views of the water from their floor to ceiling windows. Light-filled with a discreetly elegant décor they are ideal for escaping or re-connecting. Generously spacious with floor areas of 72 square metres (770 square feet) the Ocean Suites are split-level and have open-plan bedrooms and sitting areas.
Bathrooms are large and feature a bath and walk-in shower as well as gorgeous toiletries, thick soft towels and plush robes. Four pairs of Ocean Suites can interconnect should you wish to keep friends or family close by for your wedding or celebration at Carlisle Bay. Accommodates a maximum of 3 persons.
Opening onto the lush tropical foliage of the gardens and with partial views of the ocean, the Garden Suites at Carlisle Bay offer a special island experience. The sweet scent of the gardens mixed with the gentle ocean breeze is a combination that will revive body and mind.
At a spacious 72 square metres (770 square feet) and with a split-level, open-plan design they deliver a sense of ease and luxuriant comfort. Sleeping two adults with a king-size bed, guests will awake to the sounds and views of the ocean and the island.
These luxury Caribbean suites are perfect for a romantic Caribbean escape. Alternatively, two pairs of Garden Suites interconnect to suit families or groups of friends. Accommodates a maximum of 3 persons and children of any age.
Indigo on the Beach
Indigo on the Beach allows you to dine or enjoy a refreshing drink without ever leaving those stunning ocean views. The open-sided room and terrace with wooden floors merge with the sand and sea.
Stroll in whenever you feel like a snack or a much-needed chilled drink, bare feet are fine with us. Come evening, dinner is served as the sun sets over the ocean. Indigo on the Beach offers the flexibility and variety that is just what your vacation calls for.
The freshness and availability of superb ingredients, cooked with care, produces delicious options from light bites to evening meals. And of course, we never forget the little ones – they have their very own menu! Serving seafood, salads, freshly baked breads and satisfying pasta dishes Indigo on the Beach is popular throughout the day.
With a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Antigua, East also attracts many visitors from around the island. Entering through tall, carved Indonesian doors the dark wood and fuschia interior is seductive. Japanese, Thai and Indonesian dishes all feature on the menu, expertly created by our multi-national culinary team.
Choices include freshly-caught seafood, duck, beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian options, all prepared with the tantalising flavours of the east. This is a sophisticated and stylish dining experience and perfect for celebrating a special time together.
Dinner in East is your chance to shake off the sand, dress up and create holiday memories to treasure for years to come. East is also an ideal venue for a wedding breakfast or a family occasion. Speak to us if you would like to organise a booking for your celebration.
A feast of authentic Italian dining in a less formal setting, poolside under the shade. Ottimo! is often the first choice for lunch or a casual dinner with the family. The wood-fired oven produces the most sublime pizzas while the menu also includes antipasti, crispy salads and gelato to cool off. Ottimo! looks after the younger guests too with its Little Ottimo! menu.
This is a holiday dining experience that appeals to everyone. You will have the chance to spend time together and enjoy really good food simply prepared. This is what Ottimo! delivers.
The Jetty Grill
The Jetty Grill boasts another superb setting, overlooking the Carlisle Bay jetty and those clear blue Caribbean waters. Adult-only dining, it still retains a relaxed atmosphere making the most of the unrivalled views and gentle sea breezes.
The rich aromas of grilling meats, fresh seafood and a carafe of fruity wine in such a magical setting will create a lasting holiday feeling. Food is locally-sourced and the menu reflects a Caribbean fusion of these wonderful, fresh ingredients. This is a great place to sit back and enjoy simple yet exquisite food in that special unhurried atmosphere of the Caribbean.
The Pavilion Bar is a beautiful space in a traditional Caribbean style, open-sided with wooden shutters to allow the luscious scents of rainforest and ocean to waft into the interior. Acting as the focal point of the resort, the Pavilion Bar is cosy and yet elegant, spacious yet intimate.
Perfect for an aperitif before dinner in East Restaurant next door or for a quiet lunchtime drink of delicious fruit punch – just you and a good book. Lighting is soft, chairs and sofas are for sinking into and the décor is in keeping with the chilled-out atmosphere.
Indigo Bar is an easy place to wander into at any hour for a zingy fruit punch, a cocktail or a glass of wine. No need to dress up or make a plan, just drop in and take it from there. That is one of the many joys of holidaying on a Caribbean island!
Indigo Bar is a popular place to meet up with friends and family to relive the day or to look forward to tomorrow. Open-sided to the beach and with soft lighting, rattan chairs and comfy sofas it is the venue to retire to at the end of another great day on Antigua!
The Coconut Grove
If you are looking for privacy and tranquility you will find it at Coconut Grove, situated as it is on a secluded stretch of white sand behind the main beach. Comfortable seats are positioned around small tables and sheltered by gently swaying palm-fronds.
Lovely for taking some time out with drink in hand and the space to think or chat. Couples often retreat here. To be here at sunset under the light of tiki torches and with the Caribbean waters lapping gently on the shore is to know you are enjoying the holiday of a lifetime.
The Jetty Bar
As you step ashore after a dream day on the water sailing on Carlisle Bay’s luxury yacht or kayaking along the coast, make your way to the nearby Jetty Bar. Here you can dig your toes into the sand and watch the evening colours change. Enjoy a light snack and a cold beer or a sundowner while sitting around the fire pit reflecting on a day of perfect leisure.
The fire pit is made from an authentic ‘copper’, originally used to boil cane juice. Fresh coconuts also feature in the Jetty Bar giving you that unmistakable taste of the Caribbean. There is a fun, light-hearted atmosphere here, making it a great place to kick back and catch up with friends and family.
CARA Organic Beauty Spa – Resort in Antigua
Restore inner harmony and balance by allowing CARA Organic Beauty Spa at Carlisle Bay to take you on a journey, tuning into the elements, to reconnect with body, mind and soul.
CARA Organic Beauty encompasses a more natural and therapeutic way of living; in addition to our luxurious facial treatments and deeply restorative massage therapies, we have a variety of holistic oﬀerings, regular yoga classes and intensive health retreats available.
CARA Organic Beauty is proud to partner with ESPA; ESPA are guided by a holistic philosophy, caring for your whole wellbeing, focusing on creating natural skincare products that deliver both instant benefits and also work beneath the skin’s surface to protect the long-term health and beauty of the skin.
Working with biochemists, skin experts and aromatherapists, ESPA takes the knowledge from traditional holistic therapies and combine this with the scientific power of the purest natural ingredients from around the world, developing a range of natural products and treatments to help you to have beautiful skin and inner calm.
Adjacent to Cara Organic Beauty Spa you will find the Carlisle Bay fitness centre in a spacious, air-conditioned area. Featuring the most up-to-date Technogym equipment, it will allow you to seamlessly continue your normal fitness routine while on vacation.
Alternatively, the fitness centre at Carlisle Bay can provide the ideal opportunity to take your first steps on the path to fitness. This could be the start of the change to your lifestyle you have been seeking.
Located in a quiet corner of our tropical gardens the yoga pavilion is a serene space, designed exclusively for more meditative pursuits. Surrounded by the rich colours of the foliage and the quiet rustling of the palm fronds it is a place ideally suited to unwinding and de-stressing. Both private and group lessons of yoga and Pilates take place here from sunrise to sundown.
The classes and private instruction cater equally for the veteran student as much as those who would like to experience these disciplines for the first time. The expert instructors will provide instruction tailored to your level and the encouragement you need to make this a life-long practice.
Let the beauty and hair salon at Blue Spa provide the finishing touches after a blissful day of spa pampering. Emerging from the spa you will feel wonderful – refreshed, relaxed and restored. A manicure, pedicure or a new hair style will leave you feeling polished and ready for the evening ahead.
This is the ideal way to spend the day before a special dinner at East Restaurant or a wedding at Carlisle Bay. The beauty salon also offers a selection of treatments for teen guests allowing mum and daughter to spend some quality time together on their Caribbean holiday.
This is no ordinary library of dusty books and dark furniture. Carlisle Bay boasts a contemporary library featuring a collection of books collated by consultant Philip Blackwell including bestsellers, the most highly rated travel books, best beach reads and many others. It is a cool space to take time out and curl up with a book, a magazine or your laptop.
Fibre-optic lighting of changing colours creates a restful atmosphere allowing you to clear your mind and lose yourself in your material. Fully air-conditioned and with Wi-Fi, computers and printers as well as comfy seats and interesting books it a great place to driftaway for a few hours.
The Bay Boutique reflects the luxury and style for which the resort is known; showcasing a sophisticated array of carefully selected international designers.
Furthermore, The Bay Boutique has partnered with swim and resort wear brands Heidi Klein and Love Brand to create Carlisle Bay collections, designed exclusively for the resort. The Bay Boutique is open daily from 10am – 6pm.
The Gift Shop at Carlisle Bay opens daily from 8am to 4pm and stocks many essentials you may have forgotten to pack including toiletries, extra clothes for the little ones and games to keep them occupied in quieter moments of your holiday.
It also offers a selection of gifts with a range of unique local crafts to bring home with you to remind you of your stay in Antigua or to bring a little piece of paradise to friends and family.
Available to hire for meetings and events the Screening Room is also used for movie nights at Carlisle Bay. Guests can sink down into the blue Italian leather seats with popcorn in hand and lose themselves for a time. It has an authentic cinema feel and is stylish and classy – equally suited to the big blockbuster movie or the vintage black and white.
Seating 45 people it is a state-of-the-art multimedia venue with DVD projection, 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound and an adjustable screen (from widescreen to cinemascope). The Screening Room at Carlisle Bay is also popular with corporate clients as an extra resource in staff incentive getaways, brainstorming trips and team bonding sessions.
Cool Kids Club
A good family holiday means happy children! When you see the excitement on their faces each morning as they race off to meet their new friends, you know you are on a winning holiday. At Carlisle Bay we offer organised kids’ activities for all those from tots to teens.
Children can start in our Cool Kids Club from 2 to 7 years old and when you return year after year, they can graduate to our Crew Blue and Crush Programmes for older children and early teens.
Carlisle Bay children’s clubs are run by qualified childcare professionals who really love what they do. With fabulous facilities including a range of watersports, tennis courts, perfect white sand beaches and even a movie screening room, the possibilities for fun children’s activities are limitless!
Caribbean Cool Kids Club is open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 12.30pm and in the afternoons from 1.15pm to 4.15pm
Celebrate your wedding in Antigua
Carlisle Bay offers bespoke, destination wedding experiences which will fulfil your every wish for your Caribbean wedding in Antigua. From an intimate ceremony where you exchange vows silhouetted against the shimmering blue waters on our private jetty to a magical beach wedding in front of friends and family, Carlisle bay offers all possibilities for your special day.
The flexibility and choice extends to your wedding reception so whether you dream of a romantic wedding breakfast for two or a beach banquet for 90 we will create a sumptuous menu and present it to you in a breath-taking setting.
Weddings at Carlisle Bay are highly personalised celebrations and our team of experienced Wedding Coordinators will be there from the start to advise, plan and help organise your Antigua wedding. We wish that your day will reflect your personalities and the love you have in your hearts for each other.
We offer an introductory wedding package with our compliments to all wedding couples. From there you can choose to build an experience, adding on the extras that will complete your destination wedding.
Wedding and honeymoon in Antigua
Carlisle Bay is also an idyllic honeymoon and holiday destination. Therefore you can begin your honeymoon, just the two of you, straight away or you can stay on with family and friends for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday that will be treasured by all for years to come.
Our Wedding Coordinators will also do everything possible to assist you with arrangements, local service and legal paperwork particular to getting married in Antigua.
Carlisle Bay as a venue in Antigua for your destination wedding offers a relaxed, personal and romantic experience, one which you will never forget. Contact us today and let’s make a plan!
Carlisle Bay is the ultimate Caribbean meeting and event destination. A complete takeover of the resort for your team will ensure privacy, exclusivity and the space to concentrate on your important objectives. Whether celebrating a successful business year or looking for a venue for talking and learning Carlisle Bay is perfectly situated and resourced to deliver.
Alternatively use of our meeting room for your small conference or brainstorming session will focus the minds as well as having the advantage of completely removing your staff from the everyday workplace.
Think outside the box and choose somewhere truly first class and unique for your next event. With dining and leisure options as well as all-suite spacious accommodation our professional event team can create the exact package you are looking for and arrange every detail for you.
Our meeting and event service is a bespoke service working with you and your group to optimise the results achieved from your time spent at Carlisle Bay.
Things To Do In Antigua And Barbuda
Nothing has been overlooked when it comes to providing a complete Caribbean resort experience at Carlisle Bay. Should you decide never to leave the resort you will find everything you could possibly want right here. From the gentler pursuits of reading, movies and yoga to the thrills of watersports and the availability of our prestigious tennis facilities.
Children are very welcome and are cherished by all the team at Carlisle Bay. Entertainment through the Cool Kids Club will keep them busy and more importantly happy during their stay.
Alternatively, if the purpose of your Caribbean family holiday is to connect again as a family, taking part in activities together is a fun way to do this. Should you wish to explore beyond the resort this can easily be arranged by land, sea or even air. Contact us to discuss how you can best enjoy your time at Carlisle Bay, availing of our extensive first-rate facilities.
Carlisle Bay offers a comprehensive range of complimentary non-motorised watersports on site, including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, raft-building and snorkeling. All are suitable for beginners and expert tuition and equipment is provided.
Motorised watersports are provided in a neighbouring cove to prevent disturbances to the tranquility of Carlisle Bay. These are chargeable activities. Try waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing for the greatest thrill of your holiday!
Carlisle Bay also boasts a large free form pool and water sports centre with a scuba diving facility. For those who love the open sea and stay dry then why not hire the resort’s new luxury yacht for a day’s cruise? Watersports are a central feature of Carlisle Bay and everything has been provided to give our guests a first-rate experience.
Personalised Health Retreat
Make your health goals a reality while on holiday at Carlisle Bay with a Personalised Health retreat!
Your holistic health practitioner and yoga instructor for the retreat is Zoe Nash. Zoe will guide you through this retreat to achieve your health goals with a holistic health consultation, where she can assess your goals and prescribe the best treatment for you, along with valuable lifestyle recommendations and advice that you can take home with you.
Zoe will also guide you through creative and soulful daily yoga practices where the living philosophy of yoga will be experienced through embodiment and reflection. Teaching to inspire, her highest intention is to promote a feeling of balance and vitality, which leaves you feeling energized, yet relaxed after each session.
Carlisle Bay is unique among Caribbean hotels in providing extensive, high-quality tennis facilities for the use of resort guests. With three tennis courts and 1 pickleball court.
All equipment is provided, and we also run complimentary tennis clinics as part of the weekly activities programme. Head Tennis Pro’s Rennie George and Nigel Anthony offer the best instruction, tips and advice to help get you started or improve your game.
Join us for an old-fashioned rum punch and local Caribbean music at the Jetty Grill on Firepit Fridays. We are excited to host an evening celebrating the very best of local singer / songwriters. Hosted by local singer / songwriter, Arlen, at the Jetty Grill every Friday evening 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
Antigua Sailing Week Regatta | 29th of April – 5th of May 2023
During the last week of April each year, yachts from all over the world arrive in English and Falmouth Harbour to participate in one of the world’s premier sailing events, Antigua Sailing Week. This has become one of the preeminent yacht racing events in the Caribbean.
Antigua Art Trail
Get inspired by the work and craftmanship of Antiguan artists following the Antigua Art Trail. From traditional pottery to contemporary art galleries, this itinerary will show all art buffs the very best creative in the island.
Sting Ray City
Stingray City Antigua is very proud of our No.1 rating on Trip Advisor, having worked very hard to create such a unique experience. With the Stingrays free to come and go as they please we are one of the few fence-less animal interactions in the world.
Your friendly and knowledgeable guides are there to assist and answer any questions you have during your fun and amazing interactions with our friendly southern stingrays.
Experience the thrils of Kitesurfing in Antigua! Kiteboarding or kite surfing is a water sport born from the passion of living free and a symbiotic relationship with the elements thus allowing you traveling considerable distances harnessing the power of the wind. AKA (Aero Kiteboarding Academy) offers courses and activties for all skill levels
Zip Line Tours
The Antigua Rainforest Zipline Tour is a unique eco-tour through Antigua’s lush rainforest FOR ALL AGES!! Our youngest participant was 4 years old and our oldest to date was 99 years old. Here you embark on an unforgettable 18 element journey through the verdant forest, high above the trees.
Azure Divers offers scuba diving activities daily for beginners to experienced scuba divers for guests staying at Carlisle Bay. Courses are held in Carlisle Bay and certified divers will be picked up directly at the resort. All dive activities are conveniently charged to your room.
The Stables are very close to several beaches and to the historic sites of English Harbour. Ride in the cool of the morning and explore the rest of English Harbour in the afternoon. We offer some wonderful trail rides through the hills with scenic views, or treks to the beach with the opportunity to swim with your horse in the warm waters of this Caribbean island.
Our most popular ride is an hour’s gentle trek around our beautiful valley, with a wonderful splashy wade through the water in Falmouth Bay – cool with great views, and photo ops. All our rides are private with a maximum of 4 riders.
Exploring the stunning coastlines of Antigua, Montserrat and Barbuda from the comfort of a luxury helicopter is the perfect way to see the islands from a new perspective.
CalvinAir Helicopters offer fully-narrated aerial tours of Antigua, and neighbouring Island Montserrat, as well as custom charter experiences to suit every need. Why not plan a private charter and enjoy a beachside lunch on Antigua’s sister Island, Barbuda?
Boasting safety, luxury and the latest technology, CalvinAir’s Airbus EC130 helicopters’ spacious, climate-controlled cabins comfortably accommodate the pilot and up to 6 passengers. Their raised, forward-facing, theatre-style seating and absence of partitions to block the view, gives guests spectacular visibility from every seat.