Planning a trip to the Caribbean has at least one challenge: the discriminating traveler knows there is no shortage of spectacular island getaways that offer varying degrees of privacy, exclusivity, and accessibility.
This season, Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, has set the bar for desirability. Two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay is indicative of how the rare exclusivity that reigned on this tiny island nation in the 1980s has come roaring back, in no small way. Antigua is now the preeminent destination for the absolute best food and service in the Caribbean.
And then there’s the accommodations, views, history, and a unique eye toward conservation and sustainability. In short, look no further this year when planning your week away, your unrivaled destination wedding, or a simple escape from reality for just a few days. Yes, a quick non-stop jaunt from any East Coast hub makes the former possible without much of a sweat. Tropical foliage and pristine white beaches characterize this secluded hideaway, accessible only by boat, which, by the way, picks you up less than a mile from the newly renovated Antigua airport.
Legendary for servicing only the most discerning travelers with world-class service and distinguished amenities, Jumby Bay has long been lauded for its attention to detail. Ultimate service is the name of the game at this fairytale resort. Don’t be surprised if one of the professionals at the resort corrects you when you refer to the property as all inclusive . A more accurate description is all exclusive .
From the moment you set foot on Jumby Bay after debarking a private shuttle boat, you know that you’ve found paradise.
First, you are completely done lifting a finger if you so choose. While your bags are whisked away, you may be shown to The Verandah for a classic cocktail and an overview of the property. Everything passes through The Verandah, which has recently undergone enhancements — a new bar, expanded boutique, concierge area, dining, and lounge areas.
This is where you will likely find yourself for a dinner or two, and most certainly one of the most extraordinary breakfasts you’ve ever experienced on any island.
Whether on a budget, or going all out, every Jumby Bay accommodation can make you feel on top of the world. From the spacious villas and estate homes to the Beachside Courtyard Suites, nothing disappoints. Far from cozy (there is a premium placed on space here), the suites complement the beautiful island setting with a delightful combination of comfort and luxury. Nestled on the beach, each is traditionally appointed and offers a magnificent vaulted ceiling and a sitting area that opens to a luxurious bedroom. The bathroom contains a dressing area, an indoor rain shower, a double vanity as well as an outdoor shower and soaking tub set in your own calming private courtyard.
From twice-a day-housekeeping to complimentary bicycles to Nespresso to Lady Primrose bath products, everything is designed for unrivaled comfort. You may find that none of that matters when you take in the view from your private patio.
On at least one night, order room service and eat surrounded by palm trees under the moonlight. But not until after you’ve tried The Estate House. Surrounded by a fragrant garden of hibiscus and wild orchids — and punctuated by a croquet court — the classic colonial house (c. 1830) was once the centerpiece of the island’s sugar plantation.
Now it’s an open-air dining and drinking house highlighted by romantic sophistication and Italian-inspired cuisine; the menu changes daily and features local fish an farm-to-table options. Simply delicious.
Don’t eat before checking out the upper-level bar, and ask for Seon Athill, the resident mixologist-cum-aviator. After one or two of his extraordinary specialties, you’ll feel like you’re flying!
Days on Jumby can be as jam-packed or as lazy as you want.
On the island, relax poolside or have a picnic lunch prepared for a visit to Pasture Beach on the island’s windward side, a protected nesting site of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.
Wherever you are on the island, you’ll discover why it’s a haven for naturalists: the island plays host to a variety of wildlife, including sheep, the white egret, and the blue pelican.
Sense, a Rosewood Spa, is one of the most exciting elements of Jumby Bay’s more recent renewal. It has a unique ambiance and style, and the staff is known for their attention to detail. The five treatment rooms include a couple’s suite, and inspiration for the treatments comes from West Indies’ sugar cane, molasses, spices, and rum.
Of course, one of the island’s best features is the exotic Jumby Bay beach where you’ll also be catered to. Another towel and some SPF? No problem. Conch salad? In a jiffy.
One (or two) of that blue concoction that the person two cabanas over is drinking? Coming right up! (Order yours with a floater – you’ll be glad you did.)
Water sports, world-class snorkeling, or a game of tennis are options. But a must, however, is the elegant sunset cruise, complete with wine and gourmet snacks. And, don’t miss the
Pool Grille and the Beach Bar. Boasting tranquil views, the infinity pool and unrivaled daily food and cocktail menu may keep you occupied all day. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll be back after some freshening up for a casual buffet of some of the region’s most delicious fare.
After a few days here, you’ll want to stay forever. It’s possible. Exquisite estates are available for purchase or rent. It’s all good, and that’s exactly how you’ll feel when you visit Jumby Bay. All good, and loving it.