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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.
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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.
Why we love it
Two of Antigua's best restaurants belong to the hotel; Indigo on the Beach serving barbeques, salads and grills, and East offering Asian cuisine.