Carlisle Bay Antigua

Unmistakeable beachfront luxury

Carlisle Bay Antigua is a luxurious hotel designed in a modern plantation style that you enter via a unique jetty walkway lined with torches. The crescent-shaped beach is sectioned into an adults' area ideal for couples, and a family-friendly stretch hosting water sports and activities. Enjoy sundowners on the beach or daytime refreshments at any of four bars and lounges, and dine on fresh buffets, oceanfront seafood, à la carte Italian cuisine, and fine pan-Asian cuisine at one of the four restaurants. Bright, spacious and superbly-appointed suites are nestled within the tropical gardens and on the beach, and days can be spent at the Blue Spa enjoying treatments, practicing your swing at the extensive tennis facilities, or just relaxing on the sand and soaking up the cool tropical ambiance.

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Guide Price

€2,499 per person
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Tripadvisor rating 1095 Reviews
Shirley Heights

Hotel highlights

  • Contemporary plantation-style architecture
  • Picturesque crescent-shaped beach with adult and family sections

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 82 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 25 minutes from airport

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Boutique
  • H&J Recommended
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Kid's Club

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Carlisle Bay Antigua

  • Beach
  • approx. 25 minutes from airport
1095 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 771
  • Very Good 203
  • Average 63
  • Poor 33
  • Terrible 25

What to Expect

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  • Value
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Aug 15, 2019

A paradise on earth

Montecatini Terme, Italy

Rooms spotless, staff always helpful and friendly. The beach with its palm trees and comfy beach chairs, endless supply of Wadadli (beer), any cocktail you may want, afternoon tea makes it sooooo relaxing. We stayed for a week and I felt 10 years younger. You’ll find the best music at the Jetty Grill. Shame they insist on playing elevator music in the other restaurants at the resort. I’m in the Caribbean and expect the local music. It would make all the difference. Tried all the restaurants during our stay; enjoyed the food although towards the end I was just concentrating on lobsters. Nice small size with firm flesh. Could eat them all/every day. I would like to praise the staff that made this stay really perfect. I was told that they spray for sand-flies, mosquitoes and other bugs and must say I was hardly bitten (usually I’m feasted on). I think that dawn and dusk is the time you should be careful with these little buggers. Otherwise, I can only highly recommend this establishment.
Aug 06, 2019

A great stay with one (annoying) catch

So this would have been a perfect stay and 5 star rating except for one issue which was patently absurd and put a bad taste in our mouth about management. I'll get to that in a second. First, THE GOOD. The service we got was outstanding, very attentive staff, and very nice amenities, especially at the beach where we got a cooler of water every day. The beach was gorgeous and well-maintained. The rooms were very well maintained, modern, and the bed was very comfy contrary to some reviews I have seen. We stayed in the oceanfront rooms and they were excellent. Breakfast was top notch and included in our room price, lunch was excellent, and most dinners were 5 star. Yes, they could get pricey but its the tropics. Expect to pay about 25-35 US per entree. The Jetty Dinner was worth the price. I'd like to call out two very specific employees, Michel, one of the assistant managers was welcoming, kind, and made our stay so pleasant. My wife loved speaking to him in French and he was amazing. The other employee was Dwight, he was spectacular, always making our stay that much better. It seemed that he was everywhere at once, taking care of all of the things that guests needed so they would not have to lift a finger. I took to calling him the swiss army knife because he could do anything. Both employees deserve a hearty raise. THE BAD (and very annoying) - I booked my trip through Expedia, so I knew I would need a hotel transfer from the airport. I called the hotel directly and the woman who took my transfer booking told me that the hotel would take care of it. When I arrived, they were great, and had someone there to greet us. Knowing that sometimes there are miscommunications on what "taking care of it" means in the Caribbean, I specifically asked the woman when I was there if I should pay the taxi. The woman at the airport confirmed that the transfer was complimentary, which I thought was a nice touch. So I went about my way. On the last day, when I got my hotel bill, they had charged me $58 each way for the transfer to and from the airport. I had to go to the desk on three separate occasions and they basically told me I must have been mistaken and would not remove the charge. Finally, after my third complaint, they removed the single $58 for the first transfer. However, they then tacked it on to another transfer I had taken to Jolly Harbor hoping I wouldn't notice. How do i know this? Jolly Harbor is about 12 minutes from the hotel. The airport is 40 minutes away. They charged me $80 for a one way transfer to Jolly Harbor. My return trip from Jolly Harbor with a local taxi, provided by the excursion I was on, was $22 with tip. This was so sneaky and nasty, I was appalled. However, I had to catch my car to the airport so I did not have the time or the patience to fight this and did not want to ruin my vacation or raise my blood pressure fighting with the manager who did not even have the decency to come out and speak with me. A top hotel would have just comped me the two rides and called it a day knowing that they had likely earned a repeat customer and especially considering I had spent a significant amount on the trip and not to toot my own horn but I regularly tipped over 25% because the service we got was so good and the staff was tremendous. I spent thousands of dollars on a 6 day stay during their very low season and they nickel-and-dimed me for less than $100. It was ridiculous. It may be the only thing that keeps me from coming back to Carlisle Bay for my next stay as there are many other fine hotels on the island. I'll have to think about it because save for this incident, I really did enjoy my stay.
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