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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We are enormous fans of the Oetker Collection Hotels. Having been to most of them Jumby Bay Island was on our to do list. Before I share my experience, I have to say the Oetker Hotels are the very best hotels in the world. Raising the experience Bar of hospitality like no other Hoteliers.
So this June 19 my loved one and I set out for Jumby Bay Island. We wined and dinned and relaxed four amazing days and nights. We have never been to an all inclusive and this resort has it all. Water Sports, fine cuisine and top shelf spirits. This sustainable beauty of an island is so peaceful and breath taking. A turquoise sea so alluring you could not help but spend all day in the magnificent water. No cars at all just electric golf carts.
The Staff has infectious smiles and kindness is the islands Mantra! We will absolutely be back!
I stayed in Jumby Bay Island Resort for nearly two weeks to attend a family wedding. On previous holidays there has always been it was nice but...
However on JBI everything was superb, the staff are kind and helpful, the accommodation was excellent and the food was fresh, locally sourced and freshly prepared.
The wildlife is part of where you are, which is how it needs to be, the scenery and atmosphere were incredible, they have their own nursery to grow plants plus a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the island. Plus no cars on the island, you get everywhere either by walking, bicycle or golf buggy.
I will return as it is the best holiday I have every experienced.
If you have been rather naughty at times through your life and think it's only 50/50 whether you will make it through the 'Pearly Gates' I can wholeheartedly recommend
a trip to Jumby Bay before you shuffle off your mortal coil. It's as near to Heaven on Earth as you will find.
It was our first trip and all being well won't be our last.
We stayed in a Rondavel room with lovely sea views across the bay.There is plenty of outside space with a table and chairs,2 sun loungers,umbrella and hammock.
The beds are very comfy with a mattress literally 2 feet thick!
The 2 bikes per room give you a great opportunity to explore the Island although there are a couple of hills to overcome!
The food is exquisite wherever you choose to eat and the free flowing Taittinger is a lovely way to help wash it all down.
The staff from top to bottom are all superb.Always ready to help with a smile.
The beach is stunning and there are many loungers available so no one needs to rush down to the beach at some ungodly hour to save one!
If you do decide to put that book down and get off your sun lounger there is a plethora of water sports to try out.Once again the water sports team are very helpful and patient if like me, you are not that great in the water. We went on 2 out of 3 snorkelling trips available and my wife went off on a kayak tour around parts of the Island that you can only be reached from the sea. It's worth mentioning these are all included in the A/I package.
Just one further piece of advice would be to take aqua shoes if you do not like the sensation of sea grass beneath your feet when in the sea as it grows quite close to the beach. Apparently we were told that it had been cleared a few years back at a substantial cost but has grown back - If it was maintained on an annual basis in the close season rather being left I'm sure the cost would be far more manageable.There was no seaweed.
Anyway this is only a minor issue and certainly do not let it put you off visiting this wonderful Island.It certainly hasn't put us off and we plan to return next year with our daughters.
This was our third trip to Jumby Bay Island. It continues to get better and better! From arriving at the airport onwards we were looked after at the highest level right up to arriving back at the airport for departure.
The staff are all wonderful. The service is superb. The food is excellent. The hotel continues to strive to improve and offer more for guests.
Our room was comfortable and immaculately clean. The view from our terrace was wonderful.
Jumby Bay Island is relaxed, laid back and a truly happy place!
I am already counting the days to our next visit! It is paradise!
I have no words to describe the resort, people and food other than, perfection. Everything about Jumby is exactly as you would imagine. From the private sedan service to turn down at night. There is not a detail that is missed. How do you describe something that is so incredibly executed without sounding redundant to other reviews? So many thanks to the following individuals:
I’m sure we are missing some as this review is now 6 months late, but I would be remiss to not rave it. We will 100% be returning.