The breathtaking Caribbean has long beckoned travelers eager to soak up the sun and bask in the warm breezes. There is simply no better place in the world to relax into the island lifestyle. It’s here in this luxury destination that we find Jumby Bay Island, a five-star luxury resort in the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands.
A Caribbean Luxury Destination
Encountered by Columbus in 1493, Jumby Bay or Long Island sits off the shore of Antigua. Named for the Antiguan word “jumbee”, meaning playful spirit, this 300 acre island is home to three indigenous species: Persian Black-Headed Sheep, the White Egret and the Hawksbill Turtle, the latter returning every year to nest on the beach. As such, the residents and the Oetker family are devoted to the island’s sustainability and conservation.
Just a six minute scenic cruise from Antigua, the island is home to Jumby Bay Island, a five-star luxury resort, as well as 21 private residences. Careful attention has been paid to preserve the timelessness of the island. Its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and charming people create the perfect island sanctuary.
Exclusive Guest Accommodations
This exclusive getaway has 40 luxury rooms and suites. At 1,713 square feet, the Estate Suite is the largest one bedroom suite on the island. The private master bedroom has an outdoor garden with a large soaking tub and rain shower. And a private butler pantry makes this suite an excellent choice for entertaining. Overlooking the water, this lovely suite has the option to connect to neighboring suites to accommodate larger parties.
In addition, there are 14 distinct villas to choose from, ranging from two to four bedrooms. A favorite, the Alaire, is decorated with the whites and pastel colors of the Caribbean. Light and breezy with its sea views and open floor plan, this 4,081 square foot villa has direct access to a small beach. The master suite takes up the entire third floor. The master bath has dual vanities, a free standing soaking tub, a rainfall shower and a private balcony. With 270º views from the terrace, basking in the loungers under the pergola is a wonderful way to pass the day away. Alaire also has a 24’x14’ heated pool and a golf cart to explore the island. Moreover, guests benefit from a dedicated housekeeper.
In addition to the resort’s rooms, suites and villas, guests looking for even more seclusion can also choose to stay in one of the resort’s private residences.
Outstanding Dining Choices
Jumby Bay Island offers incredible dining options. In fact, the luxury resort’s signature restaurant, The Estate House, earned the reputation of the best fine dining establishment in the Caribbean. Classical techniques elevate the menu’s Caribbean cuisine. The ambiance also cannot be beat as the restaurant occupies an 1830’s plantation house remaining from the island’s sugar plantation. In addition to the main restaurant, The Estate House is home to the 1830 Bar and three private dining rooms all decorated with work by local artisans.
The resort’s other main restaurant is The Jumby Bay Veranda which features rustic Italian plates made with ingredients grown on the resort grounds. For a more casual meal, check out The Pool Grille for light fare and cocktails served poolside. Or stop by The Beach Shack for some authentic grab and go Caribbean street food!
A stay at this luxury destination would be incomplete without a dinner at Jumby Bay Farm. Created to provide resort chef’s with the freshest of ingredients, the farm grows herbs, fruits, vegetables. Indeed, a flock of chickens even produce eggs for the resort! Moreover, guests can reserve a spot to enjoy a sumptuous farm-to-table dinner under the stars right on the farm.
Exciting Water Adventures
Jumby Bay Island has two stunning beaches for guests to enjoy. Jumby Bay Beach sweeps over ½ mile and offers a wealth of bohios, hammocks and sun chairs to accommodate guests eager to lounge and take in the sea breezes. Tranquil Pasture Bay Beach sits on the northern side of the island on the Atlantic Ocean. This quiet and secluded beach is where the Hawksbill sea turtles return every year. The stretch of sand is an outstanding locale for a picnic. If so desired, resort staff will bring you a hamper with the perfect seaside meal.
Of course, this luxury resort has countless opportunities for fun on the water. Enjoy sea kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailboating, water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Also, 22 Knots, the watersports center, provide lessons and guided snorkel tours as well as a sailing academy. Additionally, this exclusive getaway has three pools: the beachfront Jumby Bay Pool, family-friendly Veranda and the Infinity Pool at The Pool Grille.
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Furthermore, with water as turquoise and beautiful as the Caribbean, a day on the sea can’t be beat. Charter a private yacht or schedule an excursion on the resort’s own luxury yacht, Yennecot, a 45-foot custom-built catamaran.
Expertly combining modern practices with the ancient techniques of the West Indies has earned Jumby Bay Spa the prestigious title of the Caribbean’s Best Resort Spa. All services at the spa begin with a foot ritual designed to start treatments on the proverbial “right foot.” Choose from an extensive menu of massages, skin care, body treatments and salon services. A spa favorite is the West Indian Symphony. This relaxing treatment includes a body scrub, body wrap, foot massage and a facial.
In addition to the five treatment rooms, guests can enjoy the steam room and sauna. An open-air lounge and plunge pool overlook the sea making it a lovely spot to relax before and after treatments. In addition, classes are available at the fitness center and yoga pavilion. And don’t forget to stop by the boutique!
Jumby Bay Island is an excellent luxury destination for families on vacation. In addition to the wealth of activities available to guests of all ages, this exclusive getaway also has adventures that cater to younger guests. The Jumby Explorers program is tailored for children aged three to 11. Kids will cook, explore local wildlife, engage in science activities, learn about pirates, dance and sing, and spend the day at the beach.
Teenagers can play volleyball on the beach or take a class in mocktail mixology. Jumby Bay Spa also has a menu of services designed for teens. And at the right time of year, they can visit the beach to observe Hawksbill turtle nesting and help with the release of hatchlings.
And when parents need a respite from entertaining the kids, nanny and babysitting services are available.
So when you’re ready to escape the winter, head to the luxury destination of Jumby Bay Island. Your Caribbean island paradise awaits!