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Opened in 2003, the immaculate Carlisle Bay resort is set on the unspoilt south coast of Antigua and offers chic, five-star accommodation.
The hotel overlooks a beautiful white sand beach in an unspoilt bay, with a backdrop of tropical forest. The suites are spacious and have cool, calm interiors, private balconies and ocean views.
As well as its beautiful sandy beach, Carlisle Bay offers a range of watersports, with professional instruction available for windsurfing and sailing (Antigua is particularly good for these sports because of its reliable breezes).
Also available are kayaking, kite-surfing, fishing, boat charters, snorkelling trips to the nearby reefs and a PADI-certified diving centre.
On land, facilities include nine tennis courts (four of which are floodlit), a stunning freeform swimming pool and a spa. There is also a state-of-the-art gym, with personal training and yoga instruction available. In addition to its excellent restaurants, the hotel has three bars.
For children, there's a kids club located in the hotel's tropical gardens, with a 'jungle gym', sandpit, paddling pool and four mini tennis courts. The resort's luxurious private cinema also shows children's movies daily.
Two of Antigua's best restaurants belong to the hotel; Indigo on the Beach serving barbeques, salads and grills, and East offering Asian cuisine.
Tom, Original Traveller