Jumby Bay Island is a fabulous all-inclusive luxury retreat, set on its own enchanting 300-acre private island, two miles off the coast of Antigua.
When it was a privately owned estate, elegant partygoers famously waded into the surf at night carrying lanterns, laughing and chasing lobsters in what is still some of the clearest water in the Caribbean. Happily, there is something special about this island that means that this spirit has remained. It's a truly unique and wonderful place where couples can find privacy, as well as being fantastic for families as children can safely roam free and enjoy the outstanding Rosebuds kids' club.
A $28 million redevelopment saw the redesign of rooms, new suites, luxury villas and fully staffed private Estate Homes. From honeymooners to large groups; there's somewhere perfect for all to stay on a luxury Antigua holiday here.
Seclusion and elegance can be enjoyed across the variety of luxury accommodation. The traditional Rondavel Cottages boast a range of exclusive features, such as a rain shower, hammock and a private garden. Beachside Suites enjoy a gorgeous beach location, magnificent vaulted ceilings and an outdoor shower and soaking tub set in a calming private courtyard. Or opt for the Pool Suite, an elegant one-bedroom suite with an antique privacy gate, spacious terraces overlooking the sea and a private pool.
Dining options include the Verandah Restaurant and The Pool Grille, overlooking a fabulous oceanfront infinity pool, which seamlessly draws your eyes towards panoramic views of the sea. The most recent addition is the Beach Shack, situated on the pristine white sands of Jumby Bay Beach, serving breakfast and smoothies in the morning and delicious local “street food” for a grab-and-go lunch.
In 2016 Jumby Bay Island transformed its 1830 plantation house – The Estate House – to include a new restaurant and bar, a wine room and three private dining rooms, each with its own menu. The $6m restoration has created a centrepiece to the island resort which is truly spectacular, with the Sunday Rum Brunch a ‘must’ during your stay.
Then of course there’s the world-class SENSE Spa with its five treatment suites surrounding a dramatic sculpture garden, each suite having a private terrace overlooking the sea. Bliss!
Whether you've come to chase the lobsters, indulge in the spa or read a good book, make sure you spend at least one day in indolent relaxation, toes in the sand, cares carried out to sea on Antigua's warm trade winds…and let this island work its magic on you.
Jumby Bay Island, 5 minutes land and 8 minutes motor launch transfer from VC Bird International Airport.
This luxurious retreat comprises 40 beautifully refurbished rooms and suites, some with private infinity pools and many with dramatic views over the Caribbean Sea.
Jumby Bay’s oceanfront spa, Sense, is irresistible. The sumptuous treatments are inspired by indigenous natural elements such as sugar cane, molasses, spices and rum. For something a little more active, take advantage of the three tennis courts, croquet lawn, putting green, three miles of hiking trails, 25-metre lap pool and infinity pool, as well as a variety of watersports, including waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing. The nature walks, eco tours and weekly snorkelling trips to nearby Bird Island are also highly recommended. Every guestroom, suite and villa features its own bicycles so exploring the island’s three miles of stunning trails couldn’t be easier.
Another highlight is the seasonal Hawksbill Turtle Program, which runs from June to November. As the Pasture Bay Beach at Jumby Bay Island is one of the world's primary nesting sites for endangered hawksbill turtles, guests can sign up to take part in a turtle watch – so why not play an important role in helping these ancient reptiles?
Jumby Bay Island offers a wealth of exceptional dining options. Indulge in some freshly caught seafood, select prime and aged steaks and rotisserie chicken at the Verandah Restaurant, a stylish yet unpretentious venue situated directly next to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. For a more intimate experience, book a table at The Kitchen – up to eight guests can enjoy exclusive use of the Verandah’s kitchen, with a personal chef and sommelier on hand to help you make those all important decisions.
The resort also offers a variety of unique entertainment experiences, such as watching movies under the stars at the Verandah or on blankets in the sand. The island is perfect for romantic evening strolls, as the beaches are lined with flaming tiki torches; afterwards, a romantic turndown with scattered bougainvillea petals, candlelight, Champagne and strawberries will make the perfect end to a perfect day.
A weekly beach barbeque with a live steel band, dancing and bonfires are sure to ignite a festive atmosphere, while a resident astrologer can point out the crystal clear constellations that twinkle above the glimmering Caribbean Sea.