Why We Love Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

July 24, 2015

Planning a vacation to Antigua? Jumby Bay has everything you’re looking for in a resort — starting with the perfect beach.

Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Aerial
Jumby Bay is a private 300-acre island off the northern coast of Antigua that’s home to 56 multimillion-dollar estate homes and a Rosewood resort. Accessible by boat only, you won’t find cars, retail stores or even aboveground power lines. Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Bar
Once off the resort’s private ferry, you’re escorted to an open-air seating area, where you’re offered cold lemongrass-scented towels and icy rum cocktails. A personal concierge checks you in while you enjoy the view from a breezy outdoor couch. Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Rosewood
In addition to a handful of multimillion-dollar estate homes available for rent, the resort has 40 suites and 17 villas; most have views of the sea, and many have private plunge pools, as well as outdoor showers and soaking tubs. Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Beach
Jumby Bay’s sprawling white-sand beach is decked out with dozens of shady thatch-roof palapas, where servers routinely walk by with hors d’oeuvres, fresh-squeezed juices, rum cocktails and ice-cream sandwiches. David LaHuta
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Restaurant
At the Verandah, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with an unending view of the Caribbean. The open-air restaurant is one of the resort’s three dining venues; nearly 50 percent of the food served at Jumby Bay is sourced locally. Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Kayak
Like drinks and meals, water sports are included in the price of your stay. Borrow a kayak, Hobie Cat or stand-up paddle board, or even try water skiing and wakeboarding. Also included are circumnavigations of the island aboard a Bimini-topped powerboat. Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Bicycling
Every guest suite comes equipped with beach-cruiser bicycles to explore the island. Pedal down sandy lanes adjacent to the beach or on cement pathways that meander past wandering goats and enormous estate homes. Courtesy Jumby Bay
The ultimate table for two? Reserve this Tiki torch-lit spot on the beach, where your bespoke five-course meal can even be accompanied by live music. Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Estate
Once an 1830s-era colonial cottage, the Estate House is now Jumby Bay’s fine-dining restaurant, where Caribbean-inspired Italian cuisine is served nightly (try the seafood risotto). Courtesy Jumby Bay
Jumby Bay Resort Antigua Docks
All trips to Jumby Bay begin and end at the dock, where you’ll board the resort’s ferry for the 10-minute crossing to the mainland upon departure. Fortunately it’s only a seven-minute drive to the airport, so you won’t have far to travel. Courtesy Jumby Bay

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