Jumby Bay Island
Jumby Bay Island provides that quintessential five-star experience of absolute indulgence, privacy and every amenity at your fingertips, all wrapped in a distinctly styled sprawl of lush gardens and thatched beachside loungers; bliss. Look roughly two miles off the coast of Antigua, and you’ll spy a lush green desert island accented with bone-white beaches and a world-class resort, Jumby Bay, part of the prestigious Oetker Collection. The beauty here lies on several levels, first you have the pristine Caribbean bays lined with palm trees, yours to waltz along at leisure before taking a dip in the turquoise seas which encircle the island. Then, you have the authentic feeling of isolation, as visitor numbers are limited and the resort itself reigns supreme, something you will no doubt feel as you wander the well-maintained grounds, lap up some sun by the swimming pool or maybe enjoy a massage on the beach.
As blissfully natural as Jumby Bay Island Resort looks on the outside, merging as it does into its own tropical gardens and appearing perfectly at home overlooking the Caribbean Sea, don’t be fooled, as modern-day luxury is apparent at every turn here too. Beginning in the guestrooms and suites, you’ll find everything from iPod docking stations to DVD payers, James Heeley toiletries, fine bathrobes and much, much more hidden among each elegant, light space. Though the amenities don’t stop there as vintage rolltop bathtubs, private furnished patios, a lounge area, your own swimming pool and even bicycles to get around the island are all on offer, depending on exactly which room or suite you choose; not to mention those ever-present ocean views. If seeking a little more space and comfort, you may wish to opt for one of the private villas or homes which the resort also has access to, slightly away from the main buildings but offering a little more privacy nonetheless.
This private Caribbean island escape is then surprisingly family-friendly, a point which Jumby Bay Resort proudly makes by noting that there will not be a car in sight, and only residents or hotel guests to say hello to during your stay. There’s a fun kids’ club and plenty of onsite facilities to keep little ones entertained, and indeed desert island life can be quite active, with plentiful watersports, snorkelling, a tennis club and nearby golf course all there to fill the gaps between cocktails on the sun deck or a little R&R in Jumby’s spa. If looking to explore the Caribbean a little further however, why not jump aboard the hotel’s own speedboat for a little island hopping, an invigorating way to spend your day before returning to the fine dining delights of Jumby Bay Island’s four fantastic restaurants. Whether it’s the fresh flavours of Caribbean cuisine, delicate seafood dishes or something even heartier, inspired by the classics of international fare, you’ll find it all here, either al fresco under the stars, overlooking the ocean or perched on a bar stool by the beach; what more could any couple or family unit need while away? To look at, Jumby Bay Island Resort excels there too; picture a Mediterranean-style villa complex of white pillars, terracotta tiles and a large lagoon-like central swimming pool. While within, every effort has been made to keep you cool and shaded, calm and relaxed as light colours and soft furnishings blend with tropical plants and an overall airy feel to it all, just what’s needed during those hot Caribbean afternoons.
Jumby Bay Island Facilities
40 beautifully appointed rooms and suites (some with private infinity pools) 18 luxurious villas with two, three or four bedrooms and collection of estate homes.
Jumby Bay Island, 5 minutes land and 8 minutes motor launch from VC Bird International Airport.