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Antigua has 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. One is Carlisle Bay, which looks exactly as a Caribbean beach ought to: a backdrop of brilliant green forest leading to dazzling white sand and the infamous turquoise waves beyond. Nestled into the gorgeous landscape is Carlisle Bay Antigua resort, luxurious and deliciously secluded from the island’s more heavily-trafficked areas.
Inside, the resort forgoes the traditional Caribbean aesthetic in favour of a sleek contemporary look. From the lobby to each of the 87 suites, the tone is one of understated elegance. Rooms are stylish and crisp with dark wooden furnishings contrasting against walls of white and light grey. The muted colour scheme is brightened here and there by the occasional lively accent and by the tropical views as seen through floor-to-ceiling windows. All accommodations have espresso machines, terraces outfitted with daybeds (leisure is the name of the game here) and – most importantly – sea vistas.
Among the resort’s four restaurants is East, where Thai, Indonesian and Japanese cuisines are served in a sultry, romantic dining room. For a more dressed-down option, the Italian Ottimo! has familiar favourites (think pizza and gelato), and Indigo on the Beach is beach-casual at its best – bare feet welcome. Bar-wise, the secluded Coconut Grove is the perfect spot for a cocktail at sunset, while three other bars lend some welcome variety. The one caveat is that dinner reservations are mandatory at all restaurants, so a little pre-planning is necessary. Also note that there are specific evening dining hours for families with young children, and The Jetty Grill (which serves Caribbean fusion a stone’s throw from the water) is adults-only.
Despite its hushed sophistication, the hotel is surprisingly family-friendly with a kids’ clubs, teens club and plenty of entertainment options for all ages. Thoughtful design in accommodations are also appreciated; family-style suites are on one other side of the property while couples stay on the other. Exercise enthusiasts also have plenty of options: a bright fitness centre is reasonably well-equipped and exercise classes are held on a lovely yoga pavilion. Try wakeboarding if you’d like a more challenging workout, or play a few rounds of tennis on one of the resort’s nine courts. When you’ve tired yourself out and it’s time to relax, the small but excellent Blue Spa has a lovely menu of facials and body treatments inspired by the tropical paradise all around.
How to get here
30 minutes by car from Antigua V.C. International Airport
First-hand knowledge from LuxuryBARED members who've been here.
What I liked
This hotel is located on the mainland and is a great family friendly hotel.
Unlike other hotels i have visited in Antigua this one seems to be very popular with families with kids aged between 3 to 14. They have a great pool which is open all day and a restaurant next to it which serves lunch and dinner. Also beside the pool is an cinema where every day films are shown, it’s a great way for children to keep out of the sun. However there is also a kids club and a water sports centre where kids can go and have fun. I even tried the kayaking one day which was great fun.
Although there are lots of kids the beach is very relaxing, drinks and little snacks get delivered straight to your sun bed and the restaurants serve great food from seafood, Asian food and grilled food. Carlisle Bay does also appeal to couples, the Jetty Grill restaurant is only open to adults and the East restaurant by the pool advertise that children under 10 come before 7pm. The staff are really friendly and always make sure you have everything you need.
What I disliked
There was nothing I disliked about this hotel.
G.Parsons aged 15