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Antigua / Carlisle Bay

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As featured in Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites

One of our handpicked family hotels for 2017

Carlisle Bay, Antigua is a privately owned enclave that has raised the bar for contemporary excellence in the Caribbean, set upon a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest. Firstly, there’s the ravishing beach setting, where each end is dedicated either to couples or families. Then, there’s the true sense of arrival, as guests are welcomed into a magnificent open plan lobby. And not least, there are the spacious suites, with cool, calm interiors, a sitting area or bedroom that faces the sea and a private terrace or balcony, most affording fantastic ocean views. Choose from delicious grills, fresh seafood and salads at Indigo on the Beach, exciting pan-Asian cuisine in the vibrant surroundings of East, Italian fare, including freshly baked pizza, at the poolside restaurant Ottimo! or lunchtime bites at new adult-only venue, The Jetty Grill. Relax by the swimming pool, play tennis, practice yoga on the jetty, trek through the rainforest or enjoy the complimentary non-motorised watersports – sailing courses for novices and experienced sailors alike are available throughout the year. Further recreational facilities at Carlisle Bay include the award-winning Blue Spa, techno-equipped gymnasium, Yoga pavilion, an excellent children’s club and a luxurious screening room showing fabulous movies daily. If you are interested in Carlisle Bay, Antigua or any of our other hotels in Antigua, then please make an online enquiry or chat to us online; your luxury Caribbean holiday awaits.

from £2860pp

Prices include flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.

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Our pricing aims to give an indication of the prices in low and high season. Low season for Antigua is generally between the months of May to October, high season runs from mid December to Easter. Prices are based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and include return economy flights from London. Regional connections and single supplements are available on request. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.

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Claudia Winkleman visits Carlisle Bay

Perennially a multi-generational favourite, television presenter Claudia Winkleman and her family travelled with Carrier to Carlisle Bay, Antigua for their specially-tailored luxury family holiday. Discover why Claudia has given the 5 star resort her seal of approval and why she describes it as "the greatest hotel on earth" for busy mums in her Carlisle Bay review.


Sailing on your luxury Caribbean holiday

Proudly hosting two of the most significant boating events in the world each year – Antigua Sailing Week and the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – this beautiful Caribbean island is the ideal place to master this exhilarating sport. At Carlisle Bay, guests can partake in a three day sailing course offered by the Royal Yachting Association or charter a private boat to explore Antigua’s secluded coves and harbours.

Relaxation and play

Whether you’re on a luxury family holiday or seeking a quiet retreat, Carlisle Bay caters to both types of discerning traveller. Tennis aficionados can take advantage of professional lessons on one of the nine tennis courts, whilst those who love to spend their days on the beach can enjoy the numerous watersports on offer. Comprised of six treatment rooms, the Blue Spa at Carlisle Bay offers a wide range of indulgent treatments, including a soothing facial using skincare products from Voya. Private yoga and Pilates classes take place in the depths of the tropical gardens – the perfect serene location.

Cool Kids Club at Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Young travellers aged between six months and six years can join the Cool Kids Club at Carlisle Bay, where treasure hunts and arts & crafts sessions make up only a small fraction of the activities on offer. From raft building to zip-wiring, the Crew Blue program is ideal for those seeking more active pursuits, aimed at older children aged seven to twelve.

When is the best time to visit Antigua?

A year round destination, the best months to visit Antigua are generally during the drier winter months of December to April with temperatures averaging 24°C. The summer months between May and November can be more humid with showers and passing tropical storms a possibility, however visitors during these months may be rewarded with quieter beaches and excellent hotel offers.

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