Resort Fact Sheet
Tropical foliage and pristine white beaches characterize Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, a secluded, all-inclusive Caribbean hideaway accessible only by boat from Antigua. Legendary for providing discerning travelers with world-class service and distinguished amenities, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort has long been lauded for its attention to detail, its stunning Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, three restaurants, four bars, sensational beach-front suites and breathtaking ocean-front infinity pools. The island also features two excellent sunbathing beaches, Jumby Bay Beach and Pasture Beach, plus winding paths lined with towering palms ideal for walking or biking.
Jumby Bay Island is a 300-acre private enclave just two miles north of Antigua in the West Indies. A haven for naturalists, the island plays host to a variety of wildlife including sheep, the White Egret, and the Blue Pelican. Pasture Beach, on the island's windward side, is a protected nesting site of the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle.
A Brief History
An ancient coral reef first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and claimed by the British in 1632, Jumby Bay Island takes its name from "jumbie," Antiguan colloquial for "playful spirit." Held by a series of owners including a family of sugar planters, the island was developed as an ultra-luxe resort and vacation community in the 1980s. Owned by a passionately committed group of homeowners, the resort is a reflection of their casual elegant island lifestyle.
The architecture by Robert Moreland of MCM Designs, and 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. Color palettes are influenced by the Caribbean Sea, with tones of blue ranging from soft aqua and turquoise to vivid marine hues. Coral reefs and sand further inspired punches of bright coral and vivid jeweled tones reflective of reef marine life.
Rooms & Suites
The luxurious hideaway features 40 accommodations. Just steps from Jumby Bay Beach, 28 suites offer spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, while 12 octagonal Rondavel Rooms occupy a simple and serene setting on the western side of the property. On the northern end of the resort, Pond Bay Terrace clusters 16 Beachside Courtyard Suites around a dramatic open-air courtyard and oceanfront infinity pool. Ten oceanfront Pool Suites offer dramatic views of Jumby Bay Beach, providing guests with a secluded hideaway that embodies the island's stylish good taste. Two Rosewood Estate Suites offer the ultimate in space, privacy, luxury and service along with the option of one or two additional connecting suites.
Villas & Estate Homes
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort offers a collection of privately owned luxury villas and estates, individually priced and available for rent exclusively through the resort. The villas and homes enjoy full access to Jumby Bay Resort’s world-renowned facilities and services, as well as close proximity to some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. Private Estate Homes offer dedicated personal staff of private chef, housekeeper and butler cater to guests’ every need, and ensure they are pampered in luxury.
Services & Amenities
- Guest, beach & pool attendants
- Rose Buds children's center, nanny services
- Business center
- Cooking classes, private dinners, picnic hampers
- Library & screening room
- Romantic turndown
- Al fresco baths
- 24-hour security
- In-room dining 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
- Complimentary high-speed Internet with WiFi
- Laundry & dry-cleaning service
- Bicycles for every guest
- Twice-daily housekeeping services
- Italian linens, terry robes, Heeley bath amenities
- 42" flat-screen TV with NXTV system, iPod docking station, Bose sound system, direct-dial telephone with voice mail
- Mini bar, Nespresso machine, in-room safe, iron with ironing board, hair dryer
- Individual air-conditioning & ceiling fan controls
At Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort every member of the staff knows your name and warmly welcomes you into the fold. Providing maximum service and privacy, Jumby Bay’s 24-hour concierge functions as an on-call butler and guests need only dial “0” for any and all requests: from scheduling a spa appointment, to arranging a sightseeing excursion.
VERANDAH RESTAURANT: More than a restaurant and bar, The Verandah is the crossroads of Jumby Bay Island—the unofficial clubhouse of island owners and hub of the resort. Situated on the western edge of Jumby Bay, everything passes through the Verandah, from the bar to the boutique, concierge area and dining and lounge areas.
Set next to the sparkling sea, the open-air Verandah Restaurant welcomes diners amid cool sea breezes. Stylish without pretension, the sun-filled setting is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are served daily, as well as our sumptuous afternoon tea and weekly White Night beach barbecue party.
Both breakfast and lunch include tapas offerings and an a la carte menu based on fresh seasonal selections. Dinner is served in a relaxed brasserie-under-the-stars setting, where guests can indulge in signature international dishes (from paella to chicken tikka masala), as well as locally caught seafood specialties and select prime steaks and spectacularly light desserts with local fruits.
VERANDAH BAR: As welcoming as your favorite neighborhood watering hole, The Verandah Bar fills a tranquil, seaside setting soothed by the sound of palms rustling in the wind. The bar is "island central" for cocktails, as well as the news of the day, and quickly becomes guests' favorite meeting place. Whether lounging below the whirling ceiling fans or milling about with drinks in hand, guests enjoy relaxing with cocktails from a unique selection of rums and resort originals like Antigua Smile (Crème de Banana, Rum, and Pineapple Juice) and Jumby Jamboree (Coconut, Banana, and Irish Cream sprinkled with Cinnamon).The bar's beverage menu also includes signature tropical cocktails and fresh fruit juices, an impressive selection of internationally acclaimed wine, as well as imported and domestic beers, sodas and spirits.
THE KITCHEN: The Kitchen at The Verandah Restaurant provides a unique experience for up to eight guests. Guests will enjoy use of the Verandah 'Kitchen' with a personal chef on hand to describe various ingredients used for the dishes, as well as a personal sommelier to recommend wines to complement each course.
POOL GRILLE: Boasting tranquil views of the infinity pool and Caribbean Sea, The Pool Grille offers an atmosphere equaled only by its delectable menus. Serving casual lunch fare, light snacks and an array of refreshing cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, fruit juices and teas, sunbathers can choose to dine under the shaded canopy or order from their lounger. By night, savor a variety of Caribbean-inspired dishes presented family-style in a decidedly relaxed but stylish atmosphere.
THE BEACH BAR: Set directly on Jumby Bay Beach and surrounded by a garden of towering palm trees, hibiscus and wild orchids, the Beach Bar is a traditional open bungalow and the center of beach service, where cocktails, cold water and fresh towels are available. A raised hand brings a frosty glass of water, delicious daiquiri or tray bearing a selection of freshly made fruit sorbets, scrumptious ice-cream sandwiches or Frappuccino’s. Private dinners can be arranged for an intimate gathering or a small group on the beach. Dedicated musical entertainment can also be provided. A personal server, who can advise on wine pairings, presents an exclusive menu prepared by the chef.
THE BEACH SHACK: The resort’s newest culinary experience offers guests an authentic Antiguan food experience in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, directly on the sands of Jumby Bay Beach. Inspired by
colorful West Indian style food shacks found in small villages throughout Antigua, the Beach Shack offers delicious local street-style food such as lobster, chicken wraps, rotis and locally caught fish ceviche. For lighter snacks, guests can create their own refreshing smoothies from native fruits like Antiguan Black Pineapple, guava and mango, and an assortment of other seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Sense, A Rosewood Spa® bestows a one-of-a-kind ambience, style and attention to detail, complete with five treatment rooms, including a Duet Suite for couples treatments. The elegant, open-air sanctuary offers a serene oceanfront setting that embraces the splendid surroundings of Jumby Bay, offering treatments that draw inspiration from indigenous natural elements such as sugar cane, molasses, spices and rum. Situated in a place of such great history, where the island's stories whisper like ocean breezes, the spa revives the spirit and enchants the soul.
Recreational amenities include complimentary water sports, snorkeling, three tennis courts (two lit for night play), three-miles of hiking trails, a croquet lawn, a putting green, a 25-meter lap pool and an infinity pool. There are Eco Tours and Nature Walks available along with Stargazing and Turtle Watches (seasonal). The resident tennis pro is available for coaching, and can arrange a match with other guests.
Outfitted with the latest in strength and cardiovascular equipment, the fitness center, located at The Verandah, is equipped with an array of weight training units. In addition, guests have access to state-of-the-art treadmills, isometric machines and stationary bicycles. Private yoga, Pilates, and personal training sessions can be scheduled by appointment.
Shop in sophisticated style at the resort boutique, located at The Verandah. The boutique offers a collection of ultra-luxe resort-wear including Heidi Klein, Alexis Bittar, Vilebrequin, Calypso and Eric Javits. Cosmetics and fragrances from Heeley, Jumby Bay logo-wear, as well as fine tabletop linens are also available.
Trips to the island’s main shopping district in St. John’s can be easily arranged. Browse for some of Antigua's wonderful native products such as pottery, carvings or Antiguan rum. Visit duty-free Heritage Quay, or Redcliffe Quay, for clothing, jewelry, local arts and crafts, Cuban cigars and other luxury items. Both the US Dollar and the Eastern Caribbean Dollar are accepted on Antigua and nearby islands.
Small Groups & Destination Weddings:
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort caters to small, executive meetings (20-40 people), incentives, social gatherings and destination weddings. Jumby Bay also offers the unique opportunity to reserve the entire island for an exclusive buy-out, creating a rare chance for guests to truly rejuvenate and refocus.
Since its early days of being adapted for use as a resort, the buildings of Jumby Bay have been constructed with the purpose of being respectful to the environment. All buildings make use of the most durable and proven materials for this climate, including plaster faced concrete and block walls, rot-resistant wood doors, windows and framing. The finish materials have also been chosen to maximize durability and reduced maintenance.
The 300-acre island has also implemented one of the most advanced utility systems in the Caribbean, including a power plant, desalination plant and sewer treatment center, all of which are self-contained. The island conserves its environment with the same passion. The only forms of transport are golf cart and bicycle, and an island nursery propagates thousands of trees, exotic flowers and native plants. The plant debris from throughout the island is also composted locally. Great care is taken to ensure the reef is not endangered, and the beaches have been set-aside as protected nesting areas for the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle.
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Hawksbill Turtle Program:
Jumby Bay Island is the site of the Hawksbill Turtle Program, a privately funded research project sponsored by island residents. The program celebrates its 29th anniversary in 2015, making it the longest-running scientific study of its kind. Each year, Hawksbills return to nest on the resort’s Pasture Bay Beach, a protected nesting area that has been drawing the now-endangered sea turtles since the age of the dinosaurs. Guests can sign up for “turtle watches” to watch the turtles nest.
For guests lured by the delights of Antigua, Jumby Bay’s private ferry makes the seven-minute trip to the mainland throughout the day, and the concierge can arrange for a guided tour of the island’s highlights. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, Antigua is rife with destinations not to be missed including Nelson’s Dockyards on the edge of English Harbor at the southern end of the island. The only existing Georgian naval dockyard in the world and home to Horatio Nelson and Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries, the dockyard’s restored buildings house picturesque restaurants, museums and shops featuring locally produced goods.
Overlooking the harbor, visitors will spy Shirley Heights, once one of Antigua’s most important defensive positions and a spectacular lookout point. Antiguans head to this well-loved area on Sunday evenings for traditional barbeque and live music. Shoppers are drawn to Redcliffe Quay in St. John’s, Antigua’s historic capital, and those in search of culture should explore the 1716 Court House, the oldest building in St. John’s, or the ancient tools and artifacts of the Museum ofAntigua and Barbuda.
Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport is serviced by North American airlines including Air Canada, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta and U.S. Airways; European air service includes British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The United States requires a passport for entry or re-entry from any traveler returning from the Caribbean islands, including U.S. citizens. Approximate Flight Times: New York - 4 hrs, Miami - 3 hrs, Baltimore - 4 hrs, Toronto - 4 hrs, Puerto Rico - 1 hr, London - 8 hrs, Frankfurt - 9 hrs, Paris - 8 hrs.
The Antiguan climate is one of the best in the Caribbean, and experiences little rainfall. Constant sea breezes and trade winds keep the air fresh and the temperature around 81 degrees Fahrenheit. From May to November, temperatures average around 89 degrees Fahrenheit.
Management: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Owner: Jumby Bay Island Company Ltd.