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Complimentary Wedding Package - minimum stay 7 nights

Carlisle Bay offers a spectacular setting for a destination wedding with its excellent year round weather, secluded bay and backdrop of tropical rainforest. You will exchange your vows in a beautiful barefoot ceremony on the beach, and whether it's an intimate ceremony for just the two of you or a celebration with family and friends you will assuredly have an unforgettable experience for you to treasure.

Our wedding planners will ensure that your wedding is individual and perfect, down to the last detail - you'll feel like you have the whole resort to yourselves. As a starting point we have an introductory offer complimentary to all our wedding couples. This will allow you to begin your wedding planning for your special day.

Exclusive Carlisle Bay Introductory Wedding Experience includes:

  • VIP immigration Fast Pass at V.C. Bird International Airport
  • One-tier wedding cake
  • Decorated arch at the beach for your wedding ceremony and photos
  • Bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere
  • Government fees
  • Ceremony set-up including chairs and celebrant table

To this complimentary package, many wedding couples add an all-inclusive stay, taking care of their accommodation, dining and refreshment requirements. If you have guests joining you then talk to us about the best accommodation packages to suit families and small groups.

Enhanced Wedding Experience

You can choose to enhance your Carlisle Bay wedding experience by adding a selection of romantic extras. Here are just a few of the options which can be arranged for you at Carlisle Bay:

  • Private candlelit jetty dinner for two
  • In-suite Champagne Breakfast on the morning after your celebration
  • Upgrade room to a stunning Bay Suite
  • Private boat excursion
  • Couples 50-minute massage at Blue Spa
  • Wedding dining

Wedding receptions and wedding breakfasts are the other aspect of your wedding experience that you will want to plan for. We understand that the needs of wedding couples vary and may simply involve a private dinner for two. Whatever your requirements we will ensure that your dreams are met and you celebrate this momentous occasion in style.

If your special day involves wedding guests, why not treat them to a beach banquet of the freshest local seafood or an intimate dinner with an exquisite Asian menu? We will happily liaise with the resort to ensure you have the Caribbean wedding you've always wanted and you and your guests have the most incredible Carlisle Bay experience.



Carlisle Bay is a luxury resort looking out over white sand, palm trees and turquoise water, with a backdrop of emerald green rainforest. Sophisticated and contemporary in style, this modern Caribbean classic on Antigua's south coast is instilled with genuine West Indian conviviality.

With a wonderful beach in a secluded bay, four outstanding restaurants, an exceptional spa and a philosophy founded on generous service, Carlisle Bay, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is simply stunning. The resort features spacious suites all with cool, calm contemporary interiors, terrace or balcony and breathtaking ocean views.

Carlisle Bay is situated on the magnificent undeveloped south coast of Antigua. The hotel is thirty minutes drive from V. C. Bird International Airport (ANU) and the tiny, bustling capital of St John's.


Dining at Carlisle Bay is all about choosing the right restaurant to suit your mood, from a relaxed, foot-in-the-sand lunch delivered to your lounger in the Coconut Grove, to a romantic dinner for two at East, which is considered one of the island's finest Asian restaurants. The culinary options await at four distinctive venues serving locally sourced ingredients which are always fresh and delicious.

Indigo on the beach is the relaxed heart of Carlisle Bay. Sea breezes fill the open-sided room and terrace. Tables are spread out over a rustic wooden floor on which bare feet are welcome at any time of day. Dishes tend toward the fresh and healthy - grilled seafood, crisp salads, home-made breads and pastas. A Caribbean beach barbecue is served here once a week.

East is one of Antigua's best restaurants - open for dinner only, attracting guests from all over the island, including those on honeymoon in Antigua. The fuchsia and dark wood interior has a sexy feel. The restaurant is entered via tall Indonesian carved doors. Japanese, Thai, and Indonesian dishes all appear on the menu, with sushi, sashimi and Balinese specialties among the main draws. Reservations essential.

Ottimo! is an Italian casual venue beside the pool, open for lunch and dinner with tables spread out in the shade. From the authentic wood-burning pizza oven emerges classic dishes using the freshest of Italian ingredients. Salads, antipasti and homemade gelato make this a destination at the midday sunshine hour – and with a Little Ottimo! menu for children, is enduringly popular with families.

The Jetty Grill is an adult's only restaurant located adjacent to the beach. Grilled meats, fresh seafood and wines by the carafe are daily favourites at this casual venue overlooking the resort’s Jetty and Caribbean Sea.

Beach & Jetty Dining Many guests at Carlisle Bay want to dine on the beach. The resort can set up private barbecues for celebrations, or just a table for two on the sand. Let the resort know what you want and they will do their utmost to fulfil your requirements, allowing you to make the most of a quiet location while enjoying private waiter service and the best of our resort's varied cuisine.

Bars & Lounges

Pavilion Bar occupies an elegant, open-sided Caribbean pavilion with traditional wooden shutters that open up to let the scents of sea and rainforest fill the air. With deep sofas, soft lighting and quiet corners for an intimate drink, this is a popular place for meeting for a cocktail before dining at East, which is located in an adjacent room, or sipping a thirst-quenching fruit punch while the sun is high in the sky.

Indigo Bar at Carlisle Bay is an open-sided bar beside the beach with simple rattan chairs and sofas where guests gather at any hour for cocktails, fruit punches and drinks.

The Coconut Grove located next door to Indigo Bar, is a pretty swathe of shaded sand behind the main beach where chairs and loungers offer couples a quiet place to hang out with a drink. The bar service here is available at any hour, and includes a pleasant afternoon tea provided to guests on a complimentary basis.

Jetty Bar is a fun, foot-in-the-sand bar where guests can catch a drink when coming in from the sea. Fresh coconuts and beers feature, along with light bites and sundowners served around the fire pit (made from an old 'copper', which was originally used to boil cane juice).

Sports & adventure

Non-motorised water sports are comprehensive and complimentary with a team of expert staff. Activities include sailing, kayaking in the mangrove, snorkelling, windsurfing and paddle boarding.

Motorised water sports such as waterskiing, wake boarding and tubing take place in a neighbouring cove in order to preserve the tranquility of Carlisle Bay for all of the resort's guests. Note these sports are chargeable.

Yachting & Sailing 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 which can be arranged with the resort. 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 snorkelling to be found.

Tennis - Almost unique among Caribbean hotels, we have nine well-maintained tennis courts, including four which are floodlit for cooler, night-time play and one for children to shoot some basketball hoops. Rackets and balls are provided on a complimentary basis. Professional instruction is also available for all levels, as are group and one-on-one lessons. Carlisle Bay also run complimentary clinics in their weekly activities program.

Health & Fitness

Blue Spa is a large facility with six treatment rooms, including a couple's treatment room and a wet room, a treatment range from Natura Bissé, a sauna, plunge pools, a hair salon, juice bar and state-of-the-art gymnasium with Technogym equipment and a team of personal trainers.

Yoga Pavilion is set in the lush tropical gardens offering yoga and Pilates classes.

Fitness Centre - A state-of-the-art health club and gym, open from 6am to 9pm daily, features Technogym equipment in a comfortable air-conditioned space adjacent to the spa.

Weddings at Carlisle Bay

A destination wedding at Carlisle Bay is a chic, relaxed occasion. The privacy of the location combined with the cuisine, discretion and genuine hospitality provides the ultimate in understated luxury.

A Caribbean beach wedding on Antigua can be as intimate or grand in scale as you like, from booking out the entire resort for family and friends, to a simple ceremony on the sand for the couple at the start of their vacation. Together with the resort, we can help you sort out everything you need, from bridal hair to fireworks to beach banquets of up to 90. The resort's approach is to make the event utterly bespoke to the wishes of the bride and groom while helping you to get through the legal paperwork required on Antigua and enjoy the ceremony you've always dreamed of.



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The resort is made up of 82 contemporary suites - all with ocean views. Some suites work best for couples; others are for families, with a relaxed contemporary design retained throughout.

The architecture is in the Caribbean vernacular with plantation shutters painted a cool grey against which the palms, lawns and forest appear all the more green. Hammocks hang among the trees.

By day, every room is filled with sunshine from sea-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private terraces with large daybeds. Many rooms lead directly onto the beach. Others have lawn and far-reaching ocean views.

The following amenities are common to all the suites:

  • Day bed on every balcony and terrace
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Telephone with international direct dial
  • Full HD LCD 42” screen TV with satellite channels
  • iPod docking station
  • DVD and CD players (upon request)
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the resort
  • In-room safe
  • Daily fresh fruit
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Fully stocked minibar
  • Espresso machine
  • Tea Forté; the exceptional tea experience
  • Hairdryer
  • Plush bathrobes
  • Antica Farmacista luxury bathroom products
  • Turndown service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Express overnight laundry
  • One-hour pressing service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Umbrellas
  • Yoga mat


Garden Suites are spacious, split-level rooms with an open-plan bedroom and sitting room. The king-size bed sleeps two adults. Views are predominantly of the gardens, which are full of tropical foliage, with partial views of the turquoise Caribbean waters. Two pairs of Garden Suites interconnect.

Ocean Suites are located on the calm end of the beach, our Ocean Suites are perfect for those in search of peace and quiet. They are split-level and have an open-plan bedroom-sitting room. They also have exceptional sea views, and have an uncluttered, luxury design. Four pairs of Ocean Suites can interconnect.

Bay Suites - The newly created Bay Suites at Carlisle Bay are ideal for couples. The resort's six direct ocean front suites, specifically intended for adults only, are spacious and understated. Private Butler service, Vodka & Rum bar set up and Temple Spa luxury bath products for Him & Her are a just few of the enhanced suite amenities. The preferred beach location is private and calm. Adjacent to The Jetty, romantic dinners for two can be pre-arranged by the butler for that special Caribbean experience while dining under the stars.

Beach Suites have a king-size bed and sitting area plus a separate study or second bedroom. Beach Balcony Suites sleep up to three adults, or two adults and two children aged between six and fifteen. Beach Terrace Suites sleep up to three adults, or two adults and two children up to the age of fifteen.

Carlisle Suites - The Carlisle Suites (two of each type) are the larges at Carlisle Bay. They are each around 180 sq. metres / 1,760 sq. feet or 245 sq. metres / 2,645 sq. feet in size and include three ensuite bedrooms and large private terraces, making them perfect for large families or groups of six.