We went to Jumby bay in dec 2013 after the holidays with some friends. We've been to a number of high end resorts in the carribean & elsewhere & our friends raved about Jumby bay. There's a lot to rave about- gorgeous property, lovely views of the sea & ocean, great spa. Our room was a fantastic villa with a private plunge pool- literally one of the nicest suites I've ever seen-with an outdoor shower on a private patio. The resort gives you bikes to zip around the island, which is tiny but charming, with sheep wandering around. We had never been to a luxury resort that was all inclusive & were curious as to how it would be. We are not fans of the all-inclusive concept generally. Jumby bay proved there are some advantages to all- inclusive but also some downsides. On the plus side, you grab beers & drinks whenever you feel like, without signing a large tab afterwards reminding you of how expensive drinks are at a resort! Jumby bay also has great water sports, so we took 30 min waterskiing lessons for a few days. There was a bit of an issue with respect to signing up for water sports-some people would sign up for multiple spots in one day, leaving none available but the resort addressed it. We also took a phenomenal sunset cruise which was really relaxing. In our view the downside really was the food. It wasn't very good, especially when you have to eat the same things for 5 days in a row. For example, not all restaurants are open every night & you had to make a reservation. The resort would tell you that one place was full so you'd have to eat at the other one & it just seemed like they recycled the food at various restaurants (ie Asian night 2 days in a row at different restaurants). Overall, we didn't think the food was up to the standards of a high end resort. While we enjoyed our time there & think the resort property is lovely, we hope the management considers putting some resources into the restaurants & improving the food, even if it's not all-inclusive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 300-acre private island located just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort casts a spell of serene enchantment. A naturalist's haven that plays host to a variety of wildlife a midst the tropical foliage and pristine, white sand beaches, this all-inclusive hideaway is recognized world-wide as a private island resort paradise. With 40 luxurious resort rooms and suites, and a host of privately owned residences, Jumby Bay's exemplary hospitality is something that has long been lauded by the Caribbean's most discerning travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Hotel St. John`s
- Jumby Bay Antigua
- Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish