If you’re a beach-lover, you should know about Antigua; the island claims to have 365 (“one for every day of the year”). Carlisle Bay sits one one, tucked within a deep cove that’s bookended by bluffs and small. The limited access means you don’t encounter people from different hotels — the vibe is serene and private, which differs from resorts.
Guestrooms sit in cottage-style buildings along the shore. Interiors are fashion and the same size whatever category you are in: most junior suites with extra-deep, private patios, and airy living areas soaking tubs. That said, the most appropriate for honeymooners are the Ocean Suites, place at the end of the home; this section is adult-only, ensuring privacy and quiet close to the kids club. Reserve a ground-floor suite and you may walk out your patio door to the beach — sweet!
Dining options include a casual beach bar with Caribbean buffet (believe grilled fish, curries and such), a fantastic Asian restaurant named East, plus a poolside Italian place with wood-burning oven. However, our favorite was open-air Indigo, which faces the beach.
On their jetty — completely romantic, book a dining experience for special events!
Try to keep you on land, however not Carlisle Bay. Establish from their dock to English Harbor, a circa-1700s dockyard that is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. Or do an island driving tour with a stop at Shirley Heights, home to killer views and a hopping Sunday afternoon barbecue with live music.
Before it turned into a resort the home started off as a tennis center. So in addition to sailing, paddle boards and snorkeling, there are nine tennis courts (four lit for night play) and also an onsite pro to aid with your game.
And they do destination weddings, of course! The most popular place is the beach, followed by a reception at Indigo. The home is small enough that you can do a takeover, using the hotel to yourselves and inviting 150-180 guests.
Obviously, you might not wish to do anything but see the sunset and chill out. With a view like this, who can blame you?