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Jumby Bay

A private island paradise with a playful spirit.

Two miles north of Antigua and just eight minutes by catamaran lies Jumby Bay, a resort that joins a few exclusive villas that call this pretty piece of paradise home.

Named after the Antiguan word ‘jumbee’, meaning playful spirit, Jumby Bay welcomes couples and families alike with its range of accommodation including chic suites for two, beachside villas and estate houses.



"With idyllic beaches to explore, foodie options abound and azure sea views at every turn, Jumby Bay has everything you need for a luxe Caribbean escape."

Things to do

The warm waters that surround Jumby Bay, plus its seven pristine beaches mean that water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling, swimming or simply sunbathing are very much on the agenda. The resort has plenty of space, over 300 acres, which you can explore by bicycle (all guests have their own to use for their stay), weaving through the lush, palm-lined pathways to one of the three pools, to the breezy beach-side spa for a West Indian inspired treatment or to the tennis courts, which can be lit in the cooler evenings.

To get to know the island a little better, try a rum tasting at the local sugar mill or learn about conservation of the island’s turtles at the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project, which has been running since 1987. You might like to hire Jumby Bay’s luxury yacht for a day trip to Antigua, too.


Talk to us about who you’re travelling with and we can advise on the best accommodation for you at Jumby Bay. Whether you choose a private residence, suite or villa, all come decorated in a modern style, with a white-on-white decor, accented by pale greys and nautical blues in breezy high-ceilinged rooms.  We like the newly refurbished Beachside Suites for two– hugely spacious and filled with light, with outdoor bathtubs clasped in greenery.

Families might like to opt for a villa or residence. Villas are scattered around the resort, each having its own secluded space, a pool and beachfront sea views. The residences suit larger groups with up to eight bedrooms. These vast, yet discreet living spaces are the epitome of tropical luxury and have flower-filled gardens and pools, and come with their own butler and chef, although you are of course welcome to eat at the hotel’s restaurants.

Food & Drink

Coming to the Caribbean means trying its lightly spiced, Creole-laced cuisine and Jumby Bay celebrates this at the classy Estate House restaurant and more casual Veranda, whilst making the most of its proximity to the sea with menus featuring a mouth-watering range of freshly caught spiny lobster, fish and seafood. The resort is all-inclusive, and one of the most generous and wide-ranging we’ve seen, which includes house champagne Taittinger. We’d recommend getting a taste for the local too with delectable cocktails such as an Antigua black daiquiri.

To experience first-hand some of Jumby Bay’s homegrown produce spend time at The Farm, located in the lush interior of the island, where you can admire the fruit and vegetables that grace your plate, plus enjoy a long-table dinner in the rural surroundings of the farm, with a rustic farm-to-table meal.

What Stands Out

This private paradise resort, suited to those that like to look that bit further from the norm, is just 2 nautical miles from Antigua, presenting an exclusive way to experience the Caribbean.

We think Jumby Bay’s high-quality all-inclusive program is a real asset, ensuring you have a stress-free holiday without compromise. Jumby Bay is also an excellent choice for those that like to be active; at the same time, the light and spacious villas and private residences are the perfect place to relax in privacy and peace, suiting large groups or multi-generational families.

Best For

Quite honestly, there really is something for everyone here, but we’ve noted that Jumby Bay is particularly good for families with slightly older or teenaged children. The kids’ club Jumby Explorers is an imaginative space for little ones to play, be creative and learn new skills. The resort also has a sailing academy, water sports, volleyball contests, mocktail mixology lessons and cookery classes to keep active teens busy. Those interested in conservation can visit the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project, where kids can have the privilege of witnessing hatching season or ‘adopt’ their own turtle.


The Verdict

A high-class Caribbean experience, Jumby Bay hits the spot with an incredible all-natural environment paired with top-notch service. Above all, it’s a place you’ll find easy to fall in love with.


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