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“The Problem is the Price” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carlisle Bay Antigua

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Carlisle Bay Antigua
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Saint Mary's
Certificate of Excellence
New York, Ny
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“The Problem is the Price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2005

I haven't been to Carlisle Bay in a while but after reading the reviews feel compelled to write. My husband and I had an incredible vacation at Carlisle Bay -- we focused on the beautiful sea and the palm trees. Every day we padded from our beach chairs to the beachside restaurant. We found the beach restaurant staff friendly, the atmosphere beyond wonderful and the food really good (a glass of rose and a nice piece of fish seemed to the thing for us and everyone around us -- I am used to very high quality food and really thought the food was good.) In the evenings there was the airy bar with music playing. The rooms were pared down but aesthetically appealing with amenities. The resort is small and has an intimate, relaxed, boutique sort of atmosphere. We were really really happy at Carlisle Bay.

That said, Carlisle Bay is not worth what they charge. The service is very dicey. There are a lot of problems with room service, activity arrangements, spa continuously overbooked and noone available to sort out the problems. It is somewhat interesting that so many people cite how great the general manager is. In a good hotel you would never have reason to seek out the general manager -- at Carlisle Bay it is a must. The rooms are not great and they clearly have a maintenance / cleaning problem.

If it is going to ruin your vacation to know that you are really overpaying for what you are getting, don't go to Carlisle Bay. If you want a break to stare at turquoise water and palm trees in an intimate setting that is completely relaxing and you don't mind paying a lot for this -- Carlisle Bay is your place.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2005

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Carlise Bay and needless to say we were incredibly disappointed. For over $1,000 a night I would expect a lot more. First of all, we spent the entire 5 days of our trip picking up broken glass from the brown sand beach. The water in the bay was brown and we could not see our feet when we walked in 2 feet of water. There were very few activities or outings offered by the hotel and if there were they were ridiculously expensive. Our sheets were only changed once the entire time we were there. We called housekeeping and finally the manager to address the matter and after 3 requests our sheets were changed. There were swarms of birds in the restaurant where we at breakfast every day. There were several occasions that waiters would set down a tray full of food only to be devoured by birds and then served to customers. There are several other items that I could complain about, but my best piece of advice would be to read an issue of Wall Street Journal that was printed the week of February 14-21st of 2005 (not sure on the exact date). There is a large and descriptive article specifically about this resort and it is labeled "Trouble in Paradise".

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Property: Carlisle Bay Antigua
Address: Old Rd, Saint Mary's 00000, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Saint Mary's
#3 Spa Hotel in Saint Mary's
#4 Romantic Hotel in Saint Mary's
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Mary's
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Saint Mary's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Carlisle Bay Antigua 5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carlisle Bay on Antigua is one of the leading luxury Caribbean resorts, its accommodation designed to allow for both families and couples to holiday in peace. Both kinds of traveler have a dedicated end of the resort, which allows for everyone the tranquility of the spectacular beach. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Carlisle Bay Antigua Hotel Saint Mary`s
Carlisle Bay Hotel Antigua
Carlisle Bay Resort Antigua
Carlisle Bay Antigua Antigua And Barbuda

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