With a $28-million resort renewal debuting November 2009, Jumby Bay has taken a bold and stylish step forward in its quest for perfection in sophisticated luxury. A walk through the 300-acre private island reveals new and enhanced design elements that have contributed to the resort's rebirth. Guests can look forward to a new Jumby Bay including a new spa and resort dining experience, the complete redesign of guestrooms and 28 new suites, as well as the addition of new luxury Estate Homes.
The design by International Design Concepts (IDC) draws inspiration from Jumby Bay's surroundings—both the beauty of nature and the tradition of elegance that has long graced the private island. The resort embodies good taste, simple sophistication, casual elegance and a sense of calm through guest rooms, restaurants and public spaces. Comfortable interiors mirror the languid rhythms of the sea and the changing light of the sky for a renewed feeling of grace.
Color palettes are influenced by the Caribbean Sea, with tones of blue ranging from soft aqua and turquoise to vivid marine blues. Coral reefs and sand further inspired punches of bright coral and vivid jeweled tones reflective of reef marine life. Meanwhile, the frequent use of the pineapple portrays the traditional Caribbean symbol of "welcome" throughout the resort, with attendant comforts reflected in the choice of subtle patterns and soft textures throughout all interiors. At the resort's main entrance, a beautiful, stone-walled fountain featuring a fish spout creates a feeling of freshness and sense of arrival. Old Caribbean-style teak furniture with soft, classic lines and colorful outdoor fabrics offer guests to opportunity to sit and enjoy the ocean view and tropical landscaping. The Concierge area showcases timeless sophistication with natural finishes in soft tones of fawn and beige and furniture influenced by the décor of traditional Caribbean Great Houses.
The transformation of Jumby Bay added 28 new suite accommodations, bringing the resort total to 40 with an array of styles and layouts. Each offers beautiful Colonial-style four-poster beds carved with pineapples and banana leaf details are covered in fine Italian linens. Flooring of natural honed stone is similar to that found in many Caribbean homes. Vaulted ceilings and arched clerestory windows create a light atmosphere, complementing the deep wood tones of mahogany furnishings and balancing the soft natural tones of the flooring.
Furnishings are accented with British Colonial influences found in the Great Houses of the Caribbean. Natural sustainable materials used in the design—including sisal, sea grass and wicker—allude to the resort's tropical experience. Guest bathrooms are spacious, featuring custom millwork vanities with ebony granite and stone vessels. Indoor showers with dual rain showerheads and glass mosaic tiles are large enough for two. Guests can also bathe outdoors under the sun or stars in private showers and bathtubs set amid lush private gardens.
Rondavel Rooms: Eight rooms located in octagonal-shaped cottages and featuring wrap-around terraces with sea views. Each room has been renewed to reflect a special charm and elegance with four-poster beds, bathroom with private courtyard and outdoor garden shower.
Rondavel One Bedroom: Four renewed suites located in traditional Rondavel cottages with charming appointments including separate bedroom, living room, bathroom with large walk-in shower, private outdoor garden with rain shower and wrap-around terrace with hammock and sea views.
Beachside Courtyard Suite: Fifteen newly constructed suites nestled beachside with interiors that complement their beautiful island setting. Magnificent vaulted ceilings, sitting area opening to beautifully appointed bedroom. The bathroom offers a dressing area, indoor rain shower, double vanity as well as an outdoor shower and soaking tub set in a calming private courtyard.
Ocean View Pool Suite: Eleven suites with private pool and expansive terrace overlooking the sea. Antique privacy gate and entry courtyard lead to the elegant interiors of 1,346 square feet of living space including grand room with vaulted ceiling, living area, separate master bedroom with spacious bathroom and private outdoor garden with rain shower and tub. Expansive terraces overlooking the sea and a private pool provide the ultimate retreat for relaxation.
Rosewood Estate Suite: At 1,713 square feet per, these two one-bedroom suites offer the ultimate in space, privacy, luxury and service. Interior palette inspired by island sands, subtle beiges and cream blend together while British Colonial furnishings offer understated look of residential sophistication. A courtyard with fountain and entry vestibule lead to a spacious living room furnished with all of the amenities of home. The living and dining areas open onto an infinity-edge pool affording dramatic views of the Caribbean Sea. The master bedroom provides ultra privacy with a spacious bathroom, powder room and outdoor garden arranged for seclusion within a four-walled courtyard featuring a deep pedestal tub and blissful rain shower. A private butler pantry for in-suite dining and an office complete this accommodation. The suite also offers the option of one or two additional connecting suites.
Each of the existing 16 Villa accommodations underwent enhancements during the resort transformation, with most receiving interior upgrades such as bedding, drapery, linens, landscaping and updates to bathrooms and kitchens. Situated by the sea, Villas are gated with impressive, over-scaled wood door or Old World iron mongery. Inside, intimate seating area hand-chiseled stone flooring is surrounded by tropical flora, creating a relaxing welcome that soothes with the sound of bubbling water.
The causal elegance of villa interiors is inspired by romantic British Colonial style. Vaulted ceilings and arched clerestory windows create a light atmosphere, with similarly light, bright and breezy color schemes accenting traditional tropical patterns with tones of blue and green (all interiors are unique with different color schemes). These delicate colors are further accented by local artwork.
Villa bathrooms assure a romantic end to a day in the sun. Open showers without enclosures allow for sensual experiences. Bathrooms in villas are simple with oversized showers, stone tiles in colors which compliment the sand, most have small interior gardens, dual sinks, and large handcrafted mirrors. All have private pool overlooking the sea - each pool is designed to compliment the villa some infinity, some with hand crafted fountains.
Designed to offer expansive views of the sea and to create an indoor/outdoor living experience, these two- to four-bedroom villas are the ultimate in luxurious accommodation. Located on the south shore of the island, the villas are decorated with the most elegant furnishings and feature oversized living and dining areas, kitchen, TVs and DVD players, spacious bathrooms, private pool and outdoor dining areas.
New Estate Homes
Throughout the resort transformation, a limited number of new Estate Homes have been constructed, adding to the portfolio of an existing 31. Every home on the island is wholly owned by its residents, meaning that each master plan is designed with the homeowner in mind to ensure the living experience at Jumby Bay is the best in the world. Estate Homes vary in design and layouts, while key selling points for homes include ocean-front views, multiple acreage with dramatic landscaping, full-staff, five to six spacious bedrooms, and gorgeous swimming pools for each residence.
Jumby Bay's most discerning and private guests appreciate the option of exclusive and private home living, while still enjoying the world-renowned services and social environment for which the resort is famous. The estates available are situated on spacious and beautifully appointed grounds, teeming with bougainvillea and offering stunning views of the crystalline waters. Catering to every guest's whim, each estate is fully staffed with a private chef and fulltime housekeeping, many with a butler and house manager.
Sense, A Rosewood Spa®
The redesign also includes the addition of the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa® at Jumby Bay. Located just steps from the white sand beach, the open-air Sense spa is architecturally engaging, reminiscent of colonial design, while highlighting classic Mediterranean and Caribbean accents. Designed by Robert Moreland of MCM Design, the spa's unique design is influenced by the islands sugar mill ruin and boasts stone entryways, a terra cotta clay tile roof and tropical gardens that carefully weave throughout the space. Sense at Jumby Bay features five sumptuously designed personal spa suites, including a special Duet suite, with luxurious linens, individual showers and personal relaxation terraces that offer picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea. Vaulted ceilings and travertine tile floors encompass the treatment areas, while polished marble counters, teak cabinetry and Bose surround sound systems exuding sounds of the rippling waves of the Caribbean Sea create a warm and sensual space.
More than a restaurant and bar, The Verandah is the unofficial clubhouse of island owners and hub of the resort. Exciting enhancements—a new bar, expanded boutique, concierge area, enhanced dining and lounge areas, and a residential-style kitchen with a unique wood-burning oven—create welcoming experiences. The traditional Caribbean plantation style of The Verandah Restaurant is highlighted with newly designed bar and lounge areas facing the sea. The interior palette integrates both sea and sand, while furnishings in smartly tailed blue and white stripes are reminiscent of a summer seersucker suit. An air of casual beach chic pervades, grounded in tile flooring of various designs. The Verandah Bar is similarly tranquil, a seaside setting soothed by the sound of palms rustling in the wind and the overhead whirl of ceiling fans.
The Pool Grille
Swimmers and sun worshipers can beat the tropical heat within stylish surroundings at the new Pool Grille. Nestled beneath towering palms and between the Caribbean Sea and the resort's dramatic new Oceanfront Infinity Pool, the Grille was created for relaxation with al fresco dining at shaded tables, poolside settees and luxurious lounges. Step through dramatic entry doors to the casual lounge area beneath a partially covered terrace. Seating options include combination sofa and dining tables, with soothing fabrics splashed with color creating a beach bistro air. Diners enjoy light, healthy and casual fare on table settings with colorful glassware and handcrafted pottery. When the sun goes down, torches and lanterns are fired up to extend dining and drinking hours.
The Estate House
The fine dining focal point of Jumby Bay, The Estate House is a stylish Spanish Colonial plantation house, c. 1830, occupying the western edge of the island. Guests pass through a dramatic entrance into a Spanish-inspired courtyard with tile flooring, a trickling fountain and the flicker of candlelight. A pair of stone staircases lined with wood balustrades topped with carved pineapple finials head upstairs to the Estate Bar. A high vaulted ceiling, gleaming mahogany floor and walls decked with painted palms create the feel of a gentleman's club in pre-war Indochina or Casablanca. Deep green velvet settees and chaise lounges striped in elegant green, white and ochre are lit by carved and painted pineapple table lamps and arranged to encourage conviviality. There is lounge seating on the warp-around verandah.
Back on the ground floor, the Estate House Restaurant faces the water, partially covered by a vaulted roof that allows al fresco dining under the stars. Redesigned with exotic fabrics, the dining room has various nooks and niches with white linen-covered tables topped with bowls of floating petals, custom-designed copper-edged porcelain and candles that flicker beneath softly whirling rattan paddle fans. The newly refinished floor is terra cotta.