We like to find a warm spot each January and have traveled to many very nice island resorts…big and small. We've just returned from Jumby Bay and enjoyed our 5 quick days. I had some reservations about booking JB after reading some reviews on this board; but, on we went. I can understand a few negatives; however, I felt they were outweighed by positives.
*Staff is outstanding! They are truly the most friendly and accommodating in the entire Caribbean. They make the place special.
*Rooms (we were in an Oceanview Courtyard Suite in the 30's). Nice room, never used the outdoor tub…just seemed buggy to me in this enclosed outdoor space. Nice view and close to the beach, but I'd request the same room in the 20's. There were a few families with small children.
*Air conditioning was sufficient for us. Now, this was in Jan/Feb, so the humidity wasn't a big problem (being from the South, we are accustomed to that anyway) and there was a nice breeze each night.
*Food was better than expected. Usually chose the catch of the day…always good. The Estate House had better choices and a better wine list. JB is all-inclusive, so choosing from the wine list is an extra. Their house wines were fine.
*There were buffets at breakfast and lunch…or order from the menu. The buffet selections changed slightly each day and always fresh.
*The birds around (and in) the buffet were a topic in these reviews…maybe JB read the comments and took heed, because almost every dish had a cover. I've seen these beautiful birds at every island we've been to …not a biggie to us.
*Tennis courts looked very nice; the exercise room was air conditioned with music choices and top of the line equipment; computer room…only OK…only one computer worked, but the room was cool and never a wait. The pool is somewhat well hidden and was like having your own private pool…only used it once; and the massages were in-room and wonderful. Ask for Su Hua, the famous therapist at JB…you'll be glad you did.
*The water at the main beach is very clear and calm. Downside…virtually NO live coral, saw one fish, lots of seaweed/grass under water making the sand a fine, squishy feeling. There are so many huge starfish you have to be careful not to step on them. Conch washed up on the beach as well…everyone just throws them back in. The beach staff does a nice job of grooming the beach early each morning. Plenty of thatch umbrellas, floats and chairs with terry covers and towels available.
*Yes, you do have airplane noise! The Antigua airport (which was very typical of most island airports, if not even nicer, btw) is slightly visible from JB. Big jets from BA and Virgin do make their way right overhead and it can be loud. Other smaller planes are not as noticeable….that said, it doesn't last but a few seconds and wasn't a deal breaker for us.
*Getting to JB was easy transportation-wise. Direct flights whenever possible are key for us. The pick up and launch to Jumby was a breeze. Have a rum punch and relax!
Overall, we liked Jumby Bay. I'd place it up with Peter Island, Little Dix and Biras Creek…but definitely a smaller more secluded feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 300-acre private island located just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay Island casts a spell of serene enchantment. A naturalist's haven that plays host to a variety of wildlife amidst the tropical foliage and pristine, white sand beaches, this all-inclusive hideaway is recognized world-wide as a private island resort paradise. With 40 luxurious resort rooms and suites, and a host of privately owned residences, Jumby Bay's exemplary hospitality is something that has long been lauded by the Caribbean's most discerning travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Hotel St. John`s
- Jumby Bay Antigua
- Jumby Bay Island Antigua/Saint John Parish