Non-motorised watersports at our luxury Caribbean beach resort are comprehensive and complimentary with a team of expert staff. Activities include sailing, kayaking in the mangrove, snorkeling, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
Motorised watersports such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing take place in a neighbouring cove in order to preserve the tranquility of Carlisle Bay for all our guests. Note these sports are chargeable..
PADI Open-Water four-day certification courses are available, as well as Discover Scuba one-day courses to give beginners a taste of the experience. All the pool training is done at Carlisle Bay.
Carlisle Bay also offers the PADI Bubblemaker program introducing children aged 8 years and above to scuba diving, to a maximum depth of 2 metres.
Snorkeling equipment is provided free of charge, with complimentary excursions included in the weekly activities program.
Caribbean deep sea fishing is second to none in the waters off Antigua, with marlin, king fish, wahoo and barracuda all common. Various charters with exceptional skippers are available. As a guideline, it costs from $550 for six guests on a four-hour trip aboard the 40ft sport fishing boat Overdraft.
Caribbean yachting holidays are among Antigua’s main draws. At Carlisle Bay, guests can now learn to sail, or improve their skills aboard a 40ft keelboat, on three day Royal Yachting Association courses offered through On Deck Racing. Indeed boat charters are a popular way to explore Antigua’s 365 beaches, coves and historic harbours on sunset cruises, half-day picnic charters, picnic excursions and all-day cruises to the likes of Great Bird Island, which has some of the best hiking and snorkeling to be found.
Trips might include visits to sister island Barbuda on the 82ft-long catamaran, Excellence, or Wadadli Cats. Motor cruisers with Sunseekers as well as sail boat charters are also possible.
In mid-April, the island hosts Antigua Sailing Week, made up of five days of breathtaking races. This is one of the premier sailing events in the world – and a spectacle Carlisle Bay’s guests always enjoy.
The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is another of the island’s main draws, and considered among the world’s premier classic yachting events.
The library at Carlisle Bay has funky fibre optic lighting which changes colour throughout the evening. Included in the collection, curated by consultant Philip Blackwell, are the top ten beach reads of leading travel journalists, as well as complimentary WiFi, computers and printers. Guests can relax in this contemporary space with its comfortable furniture and full air conditioning.
Our Screening Room is a fully equipped multimedia space with DVD projection, 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound and an adjustable screen (widescreen to cinemascope) accommodating up to 45 with midnight-blue, Italian-made seats. We host movies here so you can curl up and enjoy with popcorn.
The gift shop at Carlisle Bay carries a fabulous array of carefully selected international clothing, gifts and holiday essentials.
Just some of the designers stocked include:
- L Space by Monica Wise - Sophisticated and fashion forward resortwear for on and off the beach
- Juliet Dunn (India) - Handcrafted glamorous ladies dresses, tunics, and kaftans made from the finest silk and cotton
- Tramontano Napoli (Italy) - Handmade genuine leather bags, belts and wallets
- Vilebrequin (France) - Swim trunks straight from St. Tropez
- Helen Kaminski (Australia) - Fashionable hats and beach bags
- Miranda Askie Jewellery (Antigua) - Locally designed unique pieces made from semi-precious stones, copper, brass and sterling silver
- aJeante’ (Antigua) - Elegant ladies clothing made from carefully selected, high quality, lightweight and natural fabrics by designer Jean-Marie Thomas
The gift shop is open daily from 9:00am to 6:30pm.
Our Caribbean Cool Kids Club (open seven days a week, from 8.30am to 12.30pm, and 1.15pm to 4.15pm) is suitable for children aged six months to six years, and is supervised by qualified childcare professionals. Activities might include lizard hunting, treasure hunts, and arts and crafts.
The kids club, which has its own paddling pool, sand pit and jungle gym, is free for children over 2, and $15 per hour for children from 6 months to 2 years.
For older children and teenagers, check out our Crew Blue & Crush programs.
Our Crew Blue program runs complimentary activities for children aged 7 to 12, including raft building, five-a-side football, zip-wiring and star fish hunting. It runs morning and afternoon Monday to Friday during all main US and UK school holiday and children are free to dip in and out.
For children from 6 months to 6 years, check out the Cool Kids Club.
At Carlisle Bay, our secluded, turquoise pool is located behind the beach. Sun loungers shaded by both umbrellas and palms await your relaxation. Ottimo! restaurant is towards the pool's rear, allowing guests to enjoy relaxed poolside dining during the day.
Our beach at Carlisle Bay is one of the island's most perfect examples: a 500m-long crescent beach of impeccably clean white sand within a secluded bay. This means the water remains calm, while the rainforest and coconut grove behind provide further shelter. One end of the beach is reserved for the Beach Suites favoured by families, the far end strictly for couples and adults. This is also where you will find Gwendolyn who runs a stall selling local goods near the Jetty Bar.
Our jetty area at Carlisle Bay is at one end of the 500m-long crescent beach. This where you will find our resort boat, our watersports centre, and Gwendolyn who runs a stall selling local goods near the Jetty Grill. It is a wonderful place to have dinner, with a private table set up on the simple wooden walkway reaching out across the sea.
The Carlisle Room, with rainforest views, can accommodate 50 for a wedding reception, 26 for a boardroom meeting and 26 for a sit-down dinner.
View a layout of Carlisle Bay.