On a recent trip to Antigua some of the Exceptional Villas team had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the exclusive private island of Long Bay off Antigua’s coast. The place is known as Jumby Bay Resort and is one of the most exclusive, 5 star, all inclusive resorts in the world!
We touched down in Antigua’s V.C Bird Airport, 30 degrees Celsius and the sun was shining. We were greeted by one of the lovely Jumby Bay resort representatives who escorted us through immigration and brought us to meet our driver Peter.
We were taken on a 5 minute drive to the Dock where we were met by more wonderful staff from Jumby Bay. They looked after our bags and, once we got onto the boat, we were whisked away on the 7 minute boat ride to the exclusive island of Jumby Bay with a rum punch in hand. We were all set for our 2 night stay.
Once we docked at Long Island, we were greeted by our wonderful host Melinda. We cannot say enough about Melinda; throughout our entire stay she was such wonderful company, a fantastic host, and was great fun to be around.
We checked in and a bell hop came to collect my colleague and I. We were brought on a buggy to our suites. The only methods of transport are buggies or your own personal bicycle parked outside your villa, making it a wonderful relaxing place to be. I stayed in a Pool Suite and my colleague stayed in a courtyard suite, both equally beautiful, the only difference was that the pool suites have a sea view and are closer to the beach.
On arrival at my suite my bags were waiting for me inside. I walked in the private entrance to my villa suite and was greeted with some tip bits and a bottle of Champagne…a great way to start our trip!
My luxury villa was incredible with a stunning view of the ocean. The pool suite was a very bright and airy, one bedroom villa with private terrace and lovely swimming pool. The terrace also had lovely sun loungers and a dining area perfect for dining alfresco. Both living room and bedroom had a TV and the mini bar was stocked daily for me. What an experience!
The bed was very large and was dressed with luxury crisp white linens. The bedroom had a lot of closet space with a dressing area and a huge bathroom. The bathroom had a double vanity mirror and both and indoor and outdoor showers in addition to a large outdoor free standing bath tub…surrounded by tropical plants.
Night One at Jumby Bay Resort
The first night we stayed at Jumby Bay a fantastic BBQ was held on the beach. White Night BBQ takes place every Sunday night…. The BBQ was out of the world a huge selection of 5 star food and delicious desserts; the setting was very romantic with the musicians playing and everyone had their own table right on the beach.
Day Two at Jumby Bay
For breakfast we dined at the Veranda. We ate a delightful breakfast. The Veranda is a very central part of the island and has a new bar, a colorful boutique, concierge area, and nice dining and lounge areas.
While relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in hand we enjoyed the wonderfully calm sea breeze and sunshine. We went for lunch to the pool grille bar overlooking the infinity pool and ocean. The Pool Grille and Bar is a perfect time-out for daytime dining. During the sun’s peak, sunbathers can choose to dine under the shaded canopy or order a lunchtime repast and cocktail from their lounger. Out in the open air, The Pool Grille offers fresh light snacks and a lovely lunch we enjoyed some great Mahi Mahi.
After lunch we had a drink with the famous Elaine at the Veranda bar….What a character! She called down to beach bar to prepare some more cocktails for us. The beach bar is a traditional open bungalow located midway down the shoreline on Jumby Bay Beach; The Beach Bar is the center of beach service. Here guests find cocktails, cold water, and fresh towels at the ready. We were sent down by Elaine so we could meet the famous Genevieve…another character! While at the bar we met with Lacey who looks after the waters sports and we decide to take a trip on the water that afternoon; it was eventful to say the least.
Night two at Jumby Bay
After a relaxing yet exciting day at Jumby bay we went for dinner with Melinda to the Estate House one the oldest building on the island that has been turned into a beautiful restaurant. Sion, the wonderful bar tender, made the cocktail of our choice in the bar upstairs. We dined on the lower level. The Estate House is a stylish Colonial Plantation House on the western edge of the island. Set overlooking the sea and the lights of Antigua and surrounded by a fragrant garden of palm trees, hibiscus and wild orchids, the classic colonial house (c. 1830) was once the centerpiece of the island sugar plantation. Now it’s a sanctuary of civilized dining highlighted by romantic sophistication with Italian-inspired cuisine. Our dinner was superb and it’s great to have all the various dining options and guests can opt to dine in their own villa too.
We were sad to be leaving Jumby bay the next day. Overall we have the most fantastic experience at Jumby bay; we could not have asked for a better place to be in the world. It is one of the finest resorts in which I have stayed and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a calm and relaxing vacation with 7 star service, fantastic staff and world class experience in the Caribbean.