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Caribbean tour – Antigua

Filed Under: Blog, Luxury Family Hotel Review, Winter Escapes Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Posted on 25th Nov 2013

Part 2 of Atarra’s Caribbean tour, touching down in Antigua…

“Next stop via LIAT (the Caribbean’s regional airline) was Antigua where there are 365 beaches, one for each day of the year! The island is steeped in so much history and renowned for its colonial British heritage such as the restored British Naval Base Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour and 18th century Great Fort George. Yachting and sailing are popular past times with the local community and tourists alike where the popular Antigua Sailing Week annual regatta is held in late April/early May.

I took a drive into St. John’s which is the lively capital of Antigua and Barbuda, filled with shops and restaurants as well as the charming market where you can find an abundance of crafts, tropical fruits and gain an insight into the laid back local life. My home for 3 nights was the elegant, contemporary and ever so luxurious Carlisle Bay located on south coast of Antigua against a backdrop of rolling hills and rainforest. The rooms offer cool minimalist décor, very spacious and comfortable. What really impressed me was the direct access to the beach especially from the Beach Terrace Suites which are designed with families in mind – ground floor location with a large terrace which opens directly on to the beach, master bedroom and living room in an open plan style and a separate room which can be converted into a bedroom for 2 children (I loved the deep soaking tub!).

Children absolutely love it here, they are made to feel like VIP’s from the minute they arrive when they are handed their very own welcome pack. The activities on offer are amazing from the kids’ movies on show at the cinema screening room, beach and pool toys and a complimentary high tea. Fully supervised activities with professional childcare staff takes place in the Cool Kids Club for little ones aged 2 – 6 yrs (complimentary) where there is a sand pit, paddling pool, jungle gym and mini tennis courts. The Crew Blue which is open during the school holidays is for ages 7 to 12 years  and Crush with a chill out lounge, table football, a pool table, Wii is for the 13 to 18 year old teens. Little ones from 6 months can also be looked after at charge.

Carlisle Bay has 3 restaurants –  East, serving pan-Asian cuisine, Indigo which is the more casual dining restaurant and Ottimo! located by the poolside serving classic Italian dishes. Complimentary afternoon tea is served daily from 1530 to 1700 and kids’ early dining with a sumptuous kids menu is served between 1700 and 1830 – very popular with the little guests!

The large free-form swimming pool located by Otimmo! is lovely, the beach is idyllic with white soft sand and shallow water, water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking eco adventure tours, boat excursions and snorkeling are available although there are no jet skis here. For the tennis enthusiasts there 9 tennis courts, for the Spa enthusiasts there is a 17,000 sq ft Spa as well as a state of the art gym, yoga and Pilates pavilion, a plunge pools, wet room, sauna…..the list is endless!”

Next stop on Atarra’s trip is the island of Anguilla, blog coming soon!

(Read part 1 of the tour, reviewing luxury family hotels in Barbardos, here>)

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