Carlisle Bay

Old Rd., Carlisle Bay, , Antigua and Barbuda

This cosmopolitan, boutique sister property of London's trendy One Aldwych hotel daringly eschews everything faux colonial and creole. The monochromatic, magazine-worthy result combines cool, classy minimalism with unsnobbish warmth. Vast, split-level accommodations emulate the Japanese decorative ideal of perfection through simplicity with white walls, black-and-white snapshots, mahogany-and-teak furnishings, mauve and peach fabrics, and chrome-and-glass accents. The bougainvillea garlanding the enormous balcony adds just the right amount of color, but renovations throughout 2015 added a warmer touch with softer powder blue and mint accents. Deluxe gadgetry runs the gamut from en suite plasma TV–DVDs, fiber-optic bed lights, and Nespresso machines to a movie-screening room and futuristically lighted library with Internet stations. The three innovatively trendy restaurants (including the poolside Italian, Ottimo!), complimentary nonmotorized water sports, and a soothing spa enhance the luxe ambience. There are kinks—particularly an admirable but inadequate attempt to separate families and romantically inclined couples—but the buff bodies toting cell phones make this a hip, happening see-and-be-seen scene.

PROS

  • luxury resort
  • attentive service
  • family-friendly

CONS

  • aggressively hip
  • lovely beach but often murky water
  • pricey restaurants
  • no elevators

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 268-484–0000 | 866-502–2855-reservations only

HOTEL DETAILS

82 suites
Rate Includes: Closed late Aug.–early Oct. Breakfast

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