For one of the quintessential Caribbean experiences – a sleek resort of white drapes and handmade rattan furniture with the brilliant blue sea on one side, lush tropical trees the other – book a room at the ever-enchanting, family-friendly Carlisle Bay Hotel. This dreamy resort is draped in cool, with its spacious suites’ all-white floor tiles, walls and linen, offsetting bursts of cobalt blue, lime green and dark wood brown elsewhere; a fitting nod towards the ocean waters and palm trees which await outside. Balancing their décor somewhere between minimalist-chic and deluxe beach cabin, it all works wonderfully well to make you feel both pampered and perfectly at home on the coast.
Then, when you’re not lounging on the terrace or taking a moment to luxuriate in your deep-soak bathtub, the Carlisle Bay Hotel offers so much more to keep you enthused. Onsite and around the grounds, you’ll find exposed beams and indoor foliage, laidback though stylish bars, well-tendered gardens and effortless elegance everywhere. For those who like to stay busy while away, there’s a tennis court, gorgeous lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by daybeds and loungers, cinema, kids’ club and plentiful watersports too, from scuba diving to kayaks and windsurfing (all accessed via the resort’s very own beach, of course). If looking to venture a little further afield and explore more of Antigua, however, your personal concierge can arrange anything from helicopter tours to private boat hire, horse riding, even a zip-lining tour through the island’s jungle – fun for all the family!
These boundless activities, mixed with that heavenly location overlooking a secluded beach, hidden on Antigua’s south coast, really help the Carlisle Bay Hotel stand out among the best Caribbean resorts, as do the signature Blue Spa and four exquisite restaurants. In the former, expect holistic massages, facial and wrap therapies, a sauna, yoga studio and wellness area as well as a nicely modern gym, all surrounded by the tropical trees which envelop the whole hotel. And when the time comes to put down the snorkel, brush off the sand and unwind with a beautiful meal, there are few better spots than the al fresco dining terraces of Indigo on the beach, overlooking the Caribbean Ocean with fine food to match those sublime views. More tasty treats can be found at the refined East Restaurant and Italian-inspired Ottimo, if a wood-fired pizza is the order of the day, or beachside eatery Jetty Grill, for prime cuts and fresh seafood aplenty. After dinner, there are lounge-style bars and seats right on the bay itself, all making for truly romantic evenings with only candlelight, a cocktail and canopy of stars for company; what’s not to love about the exceptional Carlisle Bay Hotel?
Carlisle Bay Facilities
87 suites in 6 categories offering a range of views, either garden, ocean, or direct beach access. Molton Brown toiletries, a king-size bed, espresso machine, yoga mat, furnished balcony, walk-in shower and deep-soak bathtub all come as standard.
Old Road, Antigua, close to English Harbour and roughly 30 minutes from Antigua Airport by car.