Carlisle Bay in Antigua has the sophistication of a resort and the privacy of an exclusive retreat. The beautiful landscape paired with the staff’s attention to detail creates a storybook experience, especially for couples on their honeymoon seeking to soak in the sun and newlywed bliss.
At Carlisle Bay the decor is simple for a reason. The seaside view from each bungalow is simply luxurious. Each of the 82 rooms (starting at $575 per night for a garden suite) has a balcony, which overlooks the breathtakingly blue sea. One half of the resort is for adults only—perfect for honeymooners seeking a secluded escape. Nap on the cozy outdoor chaise or enjoy cocktails from the balcony, surrounded by lush greenery and chirping birds. Either way, you’ll quickly slip into island time.
Start the day with room service breakfast and enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie from your suite. Consider kicking off your honeymoon at East, one of the resort’s fantastic restaurants. The Asian-inspired cuisine—try the sushi—is light and savory, and the dim lighting and decor creates an intimate ambiance.
Never want to leave the beach? Cool off at Indigo with a cocktail and the Carlisle Bay Wrap or the Blue Spa Salad ($20-$26). The open-air concept and beachfront location makes dining a tropical getaway of its own. Other great options include Otimmo or The Jetty Bar & Grill, the island’s adults-only restaurant. Hop over to Cocobay Resort for drinks and appetizers, and sit outside to enjoy the perfect Caribbean view. Toast the beginning of your honeymoon with a drink at Coconut Grove or the Pavilion Bar.
Carlisle Bay offers the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure. Start the day with a couple’s massage at Blue Spa followed by snorkeling around the reef — snorkel gear, paddleboards, and kayak rentals are complimentary. After lunch, and maybe a few cocktails, snag a lounge chair or cabana for high tea on the beach. End the day with a yoga class on the jetty, with waves splashing through the boards under your feet and the sun setting over the water, you’re sure to reach Zen.
Want to explore the island? Consider ziplining through the rainforest with Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tours (packages begin at $79). Spend the whole day zipping through nine different course followed by lunch, drinks, and a swim at Stingray City Antigua for $155. If you’re looking for more romance, rent a boat for a sunset cruise (starting at $560) and have a champagne toast to a wonderful beginning. (carlisle-bay.com)
Flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua require one stop—usually in Miami. Once you’re on the island, hop in a shuttle or taxi for the 45-minute drive from the airport to Carlisle Bay.
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