Carlisle Bay in Antigua is the place to immerse yourself in the beauty and rich heritage of the Caribbean. It’s surrounded by a tranquil beach cove, which is often said to be the prettiest on the island, while emerald rainforests teeming with wildlife provide a spectacular backdrop. Continue reading below to find out why it’s our top pick for the Caribbean in 2019.
Something For Everyone
It may seem cliché, but Carlisle Bay really does have something for everyone. Couples and families alike will find activities and facilities to keep them as occupied, or relaxed, as they like. Make the most of the Caribbean sun as it warms the powder white sands of the bay or take to the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea with water sports.
Family Holidays in the Caribbean
Winning Best Long-Haul Hotel for Families at the Family Traveller Awards in 2018, Carlisle Bay is a fantastic choice for family holidays in the Caribbean. During the school holidays you’ll find a fun and vibrant atmosphere and activities for guests of all ages. The Cool Kids’ Club is run by professional staff who provide a programme of water sports, games and activities throughout the day, 7 days a week. Older children will love Crew Blue, which runs during the school holidays and offers them the chance to spend their time making new friends and trying their hand at everything from sailing to tennis.
Antigua is a perfect choice for families during any school holiday. It has flight times of eight and a half hours from London, making it almost medium haul, and is also just four hours behind the UK, so you’re less likely to suffer from jet lag.
Romantic Holidays for Couples
The hotel’s architecture and atmosphere are reminiscent of Antigua’s fascinating colonial past and allow you to immerse yourself in the romantic surroundings of Carlisle Bay. The interiors are designed in an understated British style, giving the resort a relaxed, elegant appeal. From afternoon tea accompanied by Champagne and fine surroundings to indulgent bare foot breakfasts, the hotel offers understated luxury perfectly suited to couples wanting to make the most of each other’s company.
From an Indulgent Spa to Sports and Activities
Whether you prefer to spend your holidays in the gentle hands of the experts in the spa or learning a new sport, Carlisle Bay has you covered. Antigua is perfectly located and gives you access to both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, meaning almost every water sport is at your fingertips here. Spend your days enjoying some well-earned rest and relaxation, treating yourself to massages, facials and more in the spa or ordering drinks and snacks straight to your lounger as you watch the world go by. Keep your fitness regime in order in the onsite gym, or enjoy the best of both worlds with a yoga class or private yoga session. Keen explorers can head into the nearby rainforest on a guided tour, with local experts on hand to point out the vibrant flora and fauna surrounding the resort. Alternatively, enjoy mountain biking, water skiing, snorkelling or even sailing during your stay.
Dine in Style
Carlisle Bay’s four restaurants cater to every taste and reflect the effortless elegance of the rest of the hotel. Listen to the sound of the waves as you enjoy market-fresh ingredients and gourmet dishes including lobster rolls, 5 spice roasted quail, surf and turf and more at Indigo on the Beach. For fine Asian dining, East offers chic surroundings and everything from dim sum to Peking duck, while Ottimo! will have you enjoying a selection of delectable Italian favourites by the pool. For adults-only dining, The Jetty Grill overlooks one of Antigua’s prettiest bays and blends fresh seafood and meats with an excellent wine list.
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