Jumby Bay, an all-inclusive Rosewood Resort on an island two miles off Antigua’s coast, was already opulent but then ramped it up with a $28-milion redesign and renovation completed in late 2009. The resort, named in 2008 as the World’s Best Caribbean Resort by readers of Travel + Leisure, added a new spa and dining experiences in addition to redesigning guest rooms and adding 28 new suites. The resort and its three, white-sandy beaches, is also home to the Hawksbill Turtle Project, which studies the creatures that call Jumby Bay home.
All-Inclusive Jumby Bay Rooms
The resort has 40 refurbished rooms, suites and luxury vacation villa rentals spread over nearly a third of the island. They come with Caloi bicycles, twice-daily housekeeping, in-room dining, Italian linens, flat-screen TV, Bose sound systems, in-room safes, and Internet.
The room categories are:
Rondavel: These rooms are located in octagonal-shaped cottages with wrap-around terraces with ocean views.
Rondavel one-bedroom suite: These offer a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom with large walk-in shower and private outdoor garden with rain shower.
Beachside courtyard suite: These beachside suites have vaulted ceilings and a sitting area which opens to the bedroom. The bathroom has a dressing area, indoor rain shower, double vanity and outdoor shower and soaking tub.
Pool suite: An antique privacy gate and entry courtyard front a one-bedroom suite with 1,346 square feet of space, featuring a grand room with vaulted ceiling, living area, separate master bedroom with bathroom and private outdoor garden with rain shower and tub. Terraces overlook the sea and private pool.
Rosewood estate suite: A courtyard with fountain and entry vestibule leads to a spacious living room, living and dining areas open onto an infinity-edge pool with ocean views. The master bedroom has a spacious bathroom, powder room and outdoor garden all within a four-walled courtyard with deep pedestal tub and rain shower. A private butler pantry for in-suite dining and an office complete this accommodation. The suite also offers the option of one or two additional connecting suites.
All-Inclusive Jumby Bay Restaurants
The Estate House is a stylish Spanish colonial plantation house on the island’s west edge, overlooking the ocean and lights of Antigua, surrounded by palm trees, hibiscus and wild orchids. The house, built in 1839, was once the centerpiece of the island’s sugar plantation and now features Mediterranean-inspired cuisine including lobster risotto, grilled fish and grilled lamb. It serves dinner and afternoon tea Monday through Saturday.
The Verandah & Kitchen features a new bar, expanded boutique, concierge area, enhanced dining and lounge areas and a residential-style kitchen with wood-burning oven. The open-air restaurant is set next to the sea and serves all meals daily, including grilled lobster, prime and aged steaks and a variety of fresh desserts. Meals are served on the beach. Guests may take part in cooking classes here as well.
The Pool Grille is set between the ocean and oceanfront infinity pool, offering light, healthy and casual breakfast and lunch fare and a variety of drinks. Open during high season, the grille is also open nights for family-style dining. In the off season, the terrace is a popular venue for weddings.
The Beach Bar is a traditional open bungalow located midway down the shoreline on Jumby Bay Beach where drinks are offered as well as cooking classes, picnic hampers, torch-lit beach dinners, in-suite service and children’s menus.
All-Inclusive Jumby Bay Activities
Guests have access to three tennis courts, infinity pool and 25-meter freshwater lap pool, all non-motorized water sports, snorkeling gear and guided snorkel tours, sun floats and Sunfish sailboats, croquet and use of putting green, fitness center, resort bikes, sunset cocktail cruises, nightly movies and daily print-out of stories from the New York Times. Sense, a Rosewood spa, has also been added where guests, for extra charge, can get a variety of treatments and massages.
All-Inclusive Jumby Bay Information
Antigua, West Indies
Rates from $1,150 a night