There are few places around the world more magical than Jumby Bay Island. The renowned escape is a long-time Inspiring Travel Company favourite, offering the quintessential private island paradise. Jumby has a reputation for offering nothing short of perfection – from its idyllic locale to impeccable standards of service. Should you be seeking inspiration for your next holiday, we cordially invite you to discover the unbeatable magic of Jumby Bay, as described by our expert team…
Located just off Antigua, the island is easily reached from the airport via a short road and water transfer, and yet feels a world apart once you set foot on its shores. To make your journey even more seamless, Jumby Bay guests are fast-tracked through security upon arrival at Antigua’s airport before being whisked to paradise by private transfer. On arrival, you’ll be greeted by name and presented with a refreshing cocktail – the holiday experience well and truly underway.
Inspiring Travel Company Relationship Manager Nina Earl-Grey found the Jumby Bay service to be a highlight of her stay: “I love how everyone knows your name, and being greeted with my favourite drink made me feel totally spoilt. Another highlight for me was the daily mint choc chip ice cream sandwiches that were hand-delivered to my sun lounger!”
Now part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, the island is famous for its no car policy, and is encircled by a picturesque cycle path so visitors can explore the lush greenery at leisure. Seclusion, privacy and tranquillity really are the orders of the day here, and this is very much a private island escape.
Our Senior Digital Marketing Executive Sophie Cahill visited the island in autumn 2018 and was wowed by the utter serenity: “Jumby Bay is, without a doubt, my favourite place in the world. On our first morning there my partner and I enjoyed a laid-back bike ride around the whole island. Although the resort was at full capacity during our stay, we didn’t see a single other guest for the whole ride. We felt like we had the whole island to ourselves!”
Testament to the relaxed and exclusive atmosphere, private Estate Homes and Villas are dotted around the island, offering a real home away from home in a variety of styles and sizes. Perfect for those seeking subtle and understated luxury, each uniquely-designed Estate Home reflects the style and personality of its private owner. There’s also a selection of deluxe rooms and suites available for those who prefer to locate themselves within the heart of the resort.
Whichever accommodation style you choose, you’ll benefit from a truly inclusive experience that extends far beyond the exceptional cuisine to include almost every aspect of your island life, from free-flowing champagne to a range of amazing watersports. “The fact that I could go out on the boat for donutting at any time of the day was incredible,” said Nina. “I’m a child at heart!”.
Sophie visited just as a major refurbishment was completed, and got to see the iconic Verandah Restaurant’s new styling and décor, as well as the beachfront infinity pool. “The Verandah is what you see first when you arrive, and it’s stunning – open, airy and contemporary, yet authentic and perfect for the island. We enjoyed many leisurely lunches here, listening to the waves as we dined.”
Jumby Bay isn’t just a paradise for grown up escapes, either. With so many spacious accommodation options families will find plenty of room to spread out, and the island’s 300 acres are ripe for exploration. With no cars or traffic to worry about it’s the perfect safe, serene canvas for adventures, and there’s plenty of fascinating wildlife to spot too – including turtles, who nest on the beaches here! Camp Jumby is the place for your little ones to make unforgettable memories; the kids’ club’s range of activities include nature tours, art, music, cooking classes and educational wildlife experiences.
There’s really no right or wrong way to enjoy the Jumby Bay Island experience – whether you choose to luxuriate on one of the serene beaches, take to the water, indulge in endless gourmet delights, be pampered at the award-winning spa or head out to explore the picture-perfect landscape. One thing not to be missed, however, is the weekly White Night Barbecue Party, which was one of Sophie’s favourite things about her stay. “The range of gourmet fare on offer is truly staggering – from lobster and steak to freshly-cooked pancakes with all the toppings. The live band adds to the incredible party atmosphere.”
Inspired to discover what makes Jumby Bay Island so special for yourself? Give our Travel Specialists a call for more first-hand insight and a bespoke, personalised quote.