‘Caribbean island one of first to welcome back visitors

 By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Rebooting Caribbean tourism

Silversea Silver Shadow and Celebrity Summit in Antigua

Caribbean islands are slowly reopening.  Antigua, part of  a dual nation, with Barbuda is among the first to welcome back visitors. A popular cruise port, the tiny 108 mile island is one of my husband and my favorites.  We love walking around Heritage Quay from our ship.

Our last visit was on an Easter Sunday and the town was alive with the hypnotic sounds of church choirs.

Antiqua's Carlisle Bay resort

A church in Heritage Quay Antigua

Caribbean tourism reboot

The Travel Diva doing her job on the dock in Antigua

So I was happy to hear that not only is Antigua accepting visitors but the island’s top hotels,


Carlisle Bay Resort, is reopening on Oct. 10.

But sadly, cruise ships may not see the light of day until 2021.

A jetsetter’s paradise



The stylish  87-suite resort is accepting its first guests on October 10, 2020 since closing in March.  Carlisle Bay caters to jetsetters and well-heeled travelers. They go for the privacy and serenity.  It also appeals to couples and families by accommodating them on opposite sides of the property.

The resort utilizes extreme protocols to help prevent any spread of the virus.   It also runs a bunch of kid-friendly specials. One of which is kids stay free during the holidays (Dec. 21 to Jan. 3) when sharing a suite with parents.

Caribbean tourism reboot

And to keep the young ones happy there’s a new and safe hands-on learning program.  The kids reconnect with peers with such fun tactile activities as pizza-making classes, outdoor movies and popcorn nights. There’s also T-shirt tie dye sessions, nature walks and more.

 Adult activities

People are cooking at home more than ever due to lockdowns.  So to help guests learn culinary skills Carlisle Bay is hosting  live and interactive cooking demonstrations led by the resort’s Executive Chef. Guests will learn the art of local Antiguan delicacies and desserts, and receive a personal recipe booklet to recreate dishes at home.

Other adult diversions include  intimate outdoor fireside performances by local musicians on the beach under the stars  featuring a special local punch cocktail each week.

 Spa and wellness options

Yoga at Carlisle Bay Resort Antigua

Yoga on the beach

The  Carlisle Bay is greeting guests back with a state-of-the-art gym and outdoor yoga pavilion. The area’s are open by reservation only. Equipment undergoes thorough sanitization.

To help keep visitors in shape the hotel is offering outdoor fitness classes,  beachfront mat Pilates, yoga, kayak tours, and private rainforest hikes.

 Pamper-plus packages

Caribbean tourism reboot

Massage at Carlisle Bay Resort spa

Everybody needs stress reduction these days. And the Carlisle provides the perfect panacea massages and body treatments.  One of its signature services is a 120-minute  ESPA Immune Boosting Spa Treatment.

Carlisle Bay is announcing several new hotel packages for the fall and winter season at www.carlisle-bay.com.

 Getting there and restrictions

Antigua and Barbuda are only accepting tourists who show a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR taken within seven days of entry.

Tests are available for a $100 fee upon arrival. Masks  and social distancing guidelines are mandatory. And, anyone arriving on a yacht or ferry must quarantine and follow rules outlined by Port Health. There is also temperature screenings as well as health declaration forms to fill out.  For more information, visit https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/.

Plan your Caribbean vacation with an able bodies Pavlus travel specialist at 800-528-9300 or on the web at pavlus.com.




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