Seeking a slice of seclusion and serenity? A fortunate few have found paradise on this small, picturesque private island called Jumby Bay, located just off Antigua's northeastern coastline.
At just 300 acres, Jumby Bay is an intimate getaway, however, its small stature is a big part of its charm. Here, you can enjoy a feeling of privacy and personalized service that is the pinnacle of luxury travel.
Luxurious vacationing can mean different things to different people. From renting private vacation villas to staying in all-inclusive resorts, we all have specific needs and desires when booking the ideal vacation. In this ultimate guide, we will take a look at what to consider when planning a Jumby Bay vacation.
Jumby Bay is the Caribbean island to visit when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Separated from the more bustling Antigua and Barbuda islands, visitors here can enjoy incredible white sandy beaches dotted with leafy palm trees, tranquil blue waters ideal for explorations, and excellent restaurants. And the best part is that you only have to share it with a handful of others.
Guests arriving on this island are picked up at the dock in Antigua by a private boat charter which delivers them to their private villa or residence at Jumby Bay. A gourmet buffet awaits, and the ocean beckons.
Call your concierge to reserve a beachfront table for dinner. This type of VIP treatment continues throughout your stay and is a big part of why so many opt for Jumby Bay. The resort is all-inclusive, so you’ll never have to carry a wallet or sign for a meal.
Jumby Bay has one five-star hotel, the Jumby Bay Island hotel managed by the Oetker Collection. This hotel features 40 luxury suites and 11 villas.
Jumby Bay also boasts 22 private villas available for rent
The island has three restaurants with all meals included when booked via the resort hotel.
Other resort amenities include the highly-rated Sense by Rosewood resort spa and a 24-hour fitness center.
Relaxing on a beach with a cocktail in hand is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when one maps out their day at Jumby Bay, but it is certainly not all this gorgeous island has to offer. There are plenty of activities, from water sports to tennis for visitors of all ages.
First off, every bookable lodging on the island comes with complimentary bicycles to enjoy leisurely travel around the island. Wake up early and bike ride to the eastern shoreline for a one-of-a-kind sunrise over the water.
Or why not enjoy that sunrise from the deck of the resort’s yacht? Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing charters regularly launch from the docks. Snorkeling and scuba diving offer an exciting adventure just off the shores of Jumby Bay. You might even enjoy some island jumping to see even more of the area.
Other, more traditional activities and experiences on the island include tennis, swimming at private or resort pools, guided yoga, workouts in a fully-equipped fitness center, or spending a relaxing day at the spa while the kids are having fun at the Kids’ Club.
For a truly exceptional vacation experience on Jumby Bay, we recommend a stay in one of the private multi-bedroom villas. These luxury vacation homes are all located within steps of a beach and come outfitted with an array of amenities.
Most feature their own private pools, state-of-the-art kitchens, and large en-suite bathrooms that feel like your own individual spa. All villa guests can enjoy their own personal chef and butler service.
The villas at Jumby Bay are a perfect place for those planning a “working vacation” thanks to being fully outfitted for work-at-home professionals. Within these villas, you can enjoy gorgeous views in the lap of luxury, have your every need taken care of by your personal concierge and chef, and sneak off to the study to do work when needed.
The Lazy Lizard is a sprawling six-bedroom villa located directly on a white sand beach. This is a gorgeous estate-like villa ideal for those traveling with a group of friends as each of the six bedrooms is located within its own separate building or villa.
There are two master bedroom suites on the beachfront, with a private pathway to the beach. They are located on either side of the main communal building that boasts the primary living room, kitchen, dining area, media space, and the fully outfitted office room.
Behind the main building, opposite the beach, is a stunning 6,000 square foot pool featuring a dining pavilion. The four other private bedroom suites are each located in their own separate villa around the pool.
Other amenities at the Lazy Lizard include a private tennis court, on-site fitness center, golf carts and bicycles for easy transportation, private chef and housekeeping services, and manicured gardens to meander and relax within.
Delphis is a spectacular Jumby Bay resort property. The unique collection of buildings and sleeping pavilions spans 3.2 lush acres along a southern peninsula offering gorgeous Caribbean views on two fronts.
That means 500 meters of coastline abutting the rented villa, a private dock, and a unique mangrove boardwalk that leads to the very tip of the peninsular property and ends in a funky bar and dining area entitled The Lookout. The Lookout even has its own small swimming area that nicely complements the larger pool connected to the main building and overlooking the ocean.
This luxury vacation rental features five bedrooms, each within its own private pavilion separated from the main house. The main house features a wonderful array of luxurious rooms that include a media area and a modern, fully-equipped kitchen. But you don't have to cook for yourself. A private chef, butler, and housekeeper can take over the planning and making of meals and snacks.
The Lazy Lizard and Delphis private villas are gorgeous properties, but they certainly are not the only villas that Jumby Bay Island has to offer.
Our team at WIMCO can help you sort through all of the available villas to find the perfect match of location, amenities, and size for your vacationing group and make the reservation.
You would be hard-pressed to find a more perfectly outfitted home than the luxury villas at Jumby Bay Island. However, not everyone traveling to this idyllic island needs a sprawling estate. Those traveling as a couple or small group might prefer a smaller yet still luxurious retreat.. In this case we recommend staying in one of the Jumby Bay hotel suites.
Included in this portfolio are 12 new Ocean View Suites that will be available starting in November 2022. These new suites are contemporary beach house-style suites with lofty ceilings and wide verandas opening to private garden areas. Choose a pool suite with your private pool or opt for a beachside suite overlooking the Caribbean.
When you rent one of the private villas or any of the private suites in Jumby Bay Island Resort, you are also getting access to an onsite butler, housekeeper, and chef. The private chef will work with you before your arrival to plan your desired meals, favorite dishes and snacks to have on hand.
While having a private chef is convenient, sometimes you may want to enjoy a meal in one of the island’s famous restaurants. Especially if you are planning on a longer stay on this tropical island. Here again, you have some outstanding choices.
The Estate House.An incredible fine dining restaurant, The Estate House combines West Indies culinary traditions with modern flavors to create savory and filling meals perfect after a long day on the beach.
The Jumby Bay Bar & Lounge.Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jumby Bay Bar & Lounge is a more casual dining location on the beach. This restaurant boasts a communal fire pit and is best known for its small plate and cocktails menus.
The Pool Grille.Another casual location, The Pool Grille is the ideal dining choice for those who can't bear to leave the water. This casual bistro lies alongside a beachfront infinity pool overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Jumby Bay Island also hosts several different pop-up dining and drink locations that vary by the day and season. Such pop-up locations include on-the-beach white table dinners and farm-to-table dinners amidst an organic farm setting.
All villas at Jumby Bay Island are designed to be lived in full time. These are fully outfitted estates that are filled with everything you would expect out of your primary home and more.
Every villa on the island comes with a full household staff, who will even shop and cook for you if desired. Should you need to fly out for an in-person meeting or other such events, the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua is less than an hour away by boat charter and taxi.
VC Bird International Airport in Antigua is the primary conduit for getting to and from Jumby Bay. Conveniently, there is a dock neighboring this airport, with both private and resort docks on Jumby Bay.
A swift 10-minute boat transport is a great way to get to and from Antigua and the airport itself. There is also a helipad located on the island for a direct flight between the two islands.
A word of caution, however: Antigua has the only international airport in the region, and while it gets a lot of flights, it does not get a lot of regular flights. Make sure to check your transfer times and check them again when traveling through the VC Bird International Airport.
When you book with WIMCO, our concierge team will arrange all the travel details to and from Jumby Bay Island, Antigua, making sure you enjoy fast and seamless arrivals and departures at every stage of your journey.
There are island resorts that are much bigger than Jumby Bay with thousands of guests there at any one time. Whereas at this private island resort like Jumby Bay it may just be you and your family and a handful of other groups.
Larger resorts all have their benefits, however the intimate community feeling you’ll find at Jumby Bay truly sets it apart.
Most of the time on this island, there will be between 30 to 100 parties booked. Those parties and the resort's service staff are going to be the only ones on the island. This makes it so that you can easily get to know, laugh, dine, and enjoy the other amenities with other guests, whether you stay for just a week or for a longer stay. This pleasant social experience is one of the unique benefits of vacationing on Jumby Bay.
Add to this all of the other fantastic amenities that the villas and suites include, and what you have is a tropical slice of paradise perfect for your family or friend group.
Jumby Bay is very much family-friendly, with a children's program and plenty of amenities for kids of all ages to enjoy.
The main island of Antigua is incredibly close. So close that daily tours can be arranged to the mainland, famous for its nightlife and festivals. You can also take the 10-minute ferry ride. Barbuda and Monserrat have close ports too and exciting island attractions for Caribbean visitors.
Yes, weddings and corporate events are very popular activities on Jumby Bay. Whatever type of private event you're thinking of, at just about any size, this resort island will have a way of making it perfect.
You now know the best attributes of Jumby Bay Resort and Villas. Are you ready to experience it for yourself? Contact our team at WIMCO to discuss what type of villa or hotel suite best meets your needs and make this dream getaway a real-life vacation.