Jumby Bay Resort – All Inclusive
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best on the Beach
- Free ferry service to and from Antigua from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. (and even later by request)
- Both pools and the stretch of sugar-sand beach fronting the resort are serviced by cocktail waiters
- The weekly White Night beach party (yes, everyone dons ivory) where you can nosh on barbecued seafood and chill around a bonfire listening to a steel drum band
- From June through November, endangered hawksbill sea turtles lay their eggs on Pasture Bay Beach, and you can sign up to watch them at night
What To Know
- You have to cruise over to Antigua for non-hotel restaurants and bars
- Kids of all ages are welcomed and accommodated with children’s menus in restaurants and fun camp-style activities
- The resort shares the island with around 30 privately owned villas, many of which can be rented if you’re traveling with pals
- Prices are all-inclusive, though there’s an extra charge for airport transfers and room service
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
The sand and sea aren’t technically part of the decor, but they may as well be, as nature is a focal point of Jumby Bay. The resort pays homage to its dreamy surroundings with breezy indoor-outdoor spaces, stone floors that feel cool underfoot, and teak and rattan furniture topped with comfy cushions that invite you to relax. From the main pool area, bikable pathways (easily navigated on yours-for-your-stay Caloi beach cruisers) wind between lush landscaping toward rooms and suites tucked into secluded corners of the property.
Bed and Bath
Mahogany four-poster beds carved with a pineapple motif are situated beneath high vaulted ceilings that keep the guestrooms cool. Bathrooms are the real showstoppers, with his-and-hers stone sinks on black granite countertops, big bottles of Lady Primrose products and a courtyard where outdoor showers let you experience the thrill of sudsing up under the sky. Some rooms also feature deep soaking tubs you can lose whole evenings to, a wraparound terrace strung with a hammock, or a private infinity pool.
Spend your days bouncing between the pair of pools (one’s a 25-meter lap pool; the other, a luxurious infinity) or commandeer a lounge chair under a palm frond-roofed palapa on the beach. It’s entirely possible to be horizontal all day long, but water sports — waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking — await adrenaline seekers. Rates are all-inclusive, and the three on-site dining options include the casual beachside Verandah and the Pool Grille (think sandwiches, salads, pastas), plus Jumby’s signature restaurant, the Estate House, which is in an 1830s sugarcane plantation manse and where such dishes as salt-crusted locally caught snapper are served alfresco. Dinner should end with a nightcap (or begin with an aperitif) at the Estate House Bar, upstairs, which has a louche, British-colonial feel, with palms painted on the walls and rattan fans lazily swirling the air around.
In the Area
On-island diversions include three miles of bike trails and a handful of pristine beaches, from pocket coves to the long stretch of sand at Pasture Bay (where the resort will hook you up with a picnic of goodies such as poached salmon and heirloom tomato salad — just ask). Itching to get off campus? Hop on the ferry over to Antigua to be schooled in British naval history at the excellently preserved Nelson’s Dockyard, try on a few of the 365 beaches for size (yes, they say there’s one for every day of the year), and head up to the Shirley Heights Lookout for a Sunday night party where people line up for plates of jerk chicken and barbecued seafood, then let loose to live reggae and soca bands, Wadadli lager in hand. If there’s one night to go off your all-inclusive food plan, this would be it.
How to Get There
I really love the island! Gorgeous rooms, staff and service! Indeed We love the sunset and the paradise like haven. Me and my love would love to beach and this is one of my top notch. I will definitely recommend to my friends!
This is a splurge and at the price point I think it is reasonable to expect something special. And indeed it is however not really possible to award a full five stars.
Things that swung our rating?
The aspect of the island overlooking Antigua and the airport is a wee bit industrial – particularly at night - and not the most romantic by comparison with other resorts we have stayed in.
The beachside villas are around 50m back from the beach – the photo on the website is pretty misleading.
The wine choices for white and fizz are fine but all the reds are European. As a New World wine drinker Mr Fleetcat found this a little tough (but the Rioja was lovely).
The beach buffet night - where there is no other eating choice other than room service. I really don’t like buffets and really not fond of eating dinner on (albeit posh) plastic chairs on the beach. Really did not suit us at all.
We found the live music in the Veranda Restaurant always to be a bit too loud to be able to converse over so if you want a relaxing dinner try and get a table as far away from the musicians as possible.
The internet wasn’t great. Fine for browsing and even live streaming in the iPad but my IPTV box would not work as on checking speeds were only around 6mbps.
Finally we had lots, and lots of teenie tiny issues. Wine in room not replenished. Asked for butter - did not come. Wrong eggs at breakfast. Called for creamer – did not arrive. And more – each on their own nothing but this was all in the first 24 hours.
I’ve read above back and while all true it comes over as very harsh which is unfair on this gorgeous place. If you come with realistic expectations Jumby Bay is fabulous. The people are delightful and cannot do enough for you. The space is amazing and offers total peace.
Visited family on Jumby Bay Island off Antigau an exclusive resort forctge Rich and Famous of which I am neither! Fantastic place wonderful private £29mill plus houses palatial
If you wish for £5000 per week plus you sent rent a villa here.££££$$$$$$ millions of them
This was our second stay at this resort and it was just as great as the first one several years ago. The rooms are outstanding, the resort and the entire island is beautiful, the food is excellent, but the real attraction is the staff and service. The entire staff are the best we have seen anywhere in the world. They are friendly, helpful, and provide top notch service everywhere in the resort from the beach to the front desk to the restaurants. Everyone went out of their way to meet or exceed all of our requests. I know I will leave someone out but in particular Ife, Nioca, Giant, Roean, Amanda, Maureen, Alexa, Alana, Felix, Indi, Michelle, and Natasha really made our stay wonderful. Highly recommended.
First, you're met at the airport, get on a little boat where there are wonderful cool drinks waiting for you, music! God knows you need a drink for that long and lovely 20 minute boat ride! You arrive, your luggage disappears while you have a wonderful lunch of your choice, colorful, sweet fruit, pasta, seafood, salads, ANYTHING YOU WANT! No cars here, no phones. You're driven to your villa in an electric cart, walk in, and there is personalized stationery on the entrance table, welcoming you!!! The villa is sublime, and the outdoor garden shower is not to be missed. Every thought you ever have while there is anticipated in advance by some kind of magic!! Don't know how they do it! Every meal, ever activity (if you want them), every desire, every wish happens somehow. It's the only way to fly!!! Don't ever miss this! Put in on your bucket list~~~~