Carlisle Bay, Antigua Launches New Series of Immersive Wellness Retreats

Carlisle Bay Seaside Resort in Antigua expands the horizons of its guests.

Nestled in an idyllic crescent-shaped bay on the south coast of Antigua, Carlisle Bay is known for its enviable white sand and palm-fringed shores, the resort’s verdant flora, and the island’s picturesque rainforest hills.

The two-story beach houses with the resort’s 87 contemporary beachfront suites feature terraces and balconies, plus an al fresco dining pavilion, Jetty Grill and water sports center on this private stretch of beach with the resort’s pool. zone, spa, yoga pavilion and tennis courts, as well as other amenities located in the back garden.

Now a resort known for beach holidays combined with time on the water and exploring Antigua in general, it is putting a new focus on wellness.

This month, the beach escape marked the launch of a new Wellness Retreat series, integrating wellness experiences ranging from yoga, meditation and Pilates to spa treatments, Caribbean gastronomy and active excursions that immerse you in the natural environment both in the water and on land. .

Embark on a sailing or snorkeling tour, head out to the water in a kayak or kayak and climb Mount Obama, then partake in an outdoor cooking class using some of the island’s most nutritious fresh ingredients, as well as vegetables and herbs from the resort. own garden. Dine on classic Caribbean dishes at Jetty Grill, sample local seafood at Indigo on the Beach, and sample healthy Asian fare at East Restaurant. Casual Italian dishes are served at the Ottimo poolside restaurant.

Instead of setting up a strict wellness regimen, each three-day retreat is designed to help guests re-tune and re-balance this idyllic setting with the opportunity to indulge in healing Caribbean cuisine, learn more about Antigua and, if you can, try the resort’s rum-based cocktails. . They can also be seen at a cocktail masterclass at the Indigo Bar or under the stars at Coconut Grove.

Each day begins with yoga and meditation—each morning focuses on a different challenge, from core engagement to alignment and stability—to the sound of the ocean in a garden-surrounded yoga pavilion.

Days are then spent on guided rainforest hikes to viewpoints overlooking the island and ocean, reef snorkeling by boat into Cades Bay, engaging in cooking, and participating in mindfulness meditation sessions in the afternoon. The Signal Hill hike leads to lookouts overlooking Carlisle Bay.

This schedule allows plenty of time for relaxation, more time for swimming and treatments at the resort’s spa offering CARA Organic Beauty and ESPA holistic treatments, and additional amenities including a post-treatment relaxation area.

Ultimately, this retreat aims to improve guests’ physical and mental well-being, help build resilience and focus, as well as develop anxiety and stress management skills, and make the most of their time on the island. At the resort, you can sign up for tennis lessons and work on your fitness through personal training. Motor sports such as jet skiing and wakeboarding are offered in the nearby cove so as not to disturb the tranquility of the resort’s private cove, where turtles can often be seen bobbing in the water.

The next wellness retreats bringing it all together in this scenic setting are scheduled for October 7-10, November 4-7 and December 9-12, 2022.

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