Jumby Bay, Antigua
Jumby Bay Island
An Oetker Collection Hotel
What it is
A 300-acre island transformed into the ultimate Caribbean play-land.
What it isn't
Teeming with tourists. You’ll feel like you own this private island—yet have the doting staff and umpteen amenities of any megaresort.
What we think
If the Caribbean often feels overwhelming to you—so built-up and over-visited it’s practically paradise lost—consider Jumby Bay Island paradise found. At this storied, exclusive property (now part of the Oetker Collection, which includes the Eden Rock in St. Barths and the Bristol in Paris) with just 40 villas, you’ll be sharing the pristine white sand beaches with the occasional migratory bird but not many other people. The terra cotta–roofed villas and guest rooms have a leisurely, open-air plantation vibe, with mahogany four-poster beds, wraparound terraces and outdoor garden snowers. The food is so fresh (it’s mostly local), you’ll feel like you’ve invested in a detox spa getaway—without the pressure of boot camp. Don’t miss dining in the circa 1830 plantation home, just revamped to the tune of $6 million. Jumby Bay is attentive to children, with tailored kids' programs (zip lining! cooking courses!) and even calm inlets for kiddo-approved beach play. But—perk of all perks—the island itself isn’t overrun with wee ones.
You're here because
"Exclusive" and "laid-back" are synonyms in your dictionary. An island that's private, car-free, and spread out is perfect for a family vacation that's both luxurious and low-key.
Wandering through the island’s lush pasture grasses, you feel blissfully alone—until you encounter a flock of black and white sheep, descendants of the ones that first landed here four centuries ago. You never thought you’d be jealous of a sheep but—wow, what a life.
Restaurants & Bars
The Estate House – Mediterranean-inspired fine-dining cuisine with unique local Caribbean ingredients
The Verandah – Mediterranean cuisine with freshly caught seafood, aged steaks, and weekly barbeque parties
The Pool Grille – Fresh snacks, Light lunch, Cooling treats
The Beach Shack - Local street food and grab-and-go Caribbean lunch options
1830 Bar - overlooking the gardens of Jumby Bay, offerings cocktails with local West Indian spices
The Verandah Bar - beachside bar open until 11pm
The Beach Bar - midway along the shoreline of Jumby Bay Beach, offering a sundry of drinks and treats
The Pool Grille Bar - overlooking the ocean, offering refreshing cocktails and smoothies
A 10-minute high-speed boat ride from Antigua. The resort’s fleet of bicycles will be your preferred mode of transport for whirls around the island, wind dancing in your hair.