This was our first visit to the Caribbean and Jumby Bay was indeed a fantastic debut. The boat transfer to the hotel is a spectacular way to arrive. Upon arrival we got upgraded to a Courtyard suite which is a spacious room, nicely decorated but not particular luxurious.
As other reviewers have pointed out the air-conditioning isn't great but we adjusted to it. I honestly don't understand the fuss about the outdoor bathroom. Personally, I don't find it charming to be in a rusty bathtub surrounded by insects but I realise that people value different things.
The beach and the sea are absolutely wonderful and we spent hours on the floats provided by the hotel. The service on the beach is OK but if you are in a hurry to get a drink it is definitely better to get it yourself by the bar. Don't expect Four Seasons pool/beach service with fresh fruit, Evian spritzes and sun glass cleaning. A bartender will pass by occasionally but that's it.
In general, we found the staff/service to be extremely personal and natural but you need to get used to the different attitude and approach.
Considering that it's an all-inclusive resort we found the food to be very good but with few highlights. I don't particular like the fact that the lunch buffet is left un-chilled in the heat for three hours (smoked salmon, cold meats etc.). The dinners at the Estate House were the best especially the desserts.
We enjoyed the bicycles as the distances are rather long. We spent some time on Pasture beach but the lack of towels and drinks made us prefer the main beach. The airport didn't bother us at all. Apart from Saturdays there is very little traffic and it is mainly small aircraft.
The gym is rather disappointing with very few machines in a very small space. Jumby Bay's strongest points are the spaciousness and the privacy. The stress related with bigger hotels is non-existent (lounge chair reservations, noisy neighbours etc.). The hotel was full during our stay and yet we felt alone. There is much better value for money in Asia but I definitely wouldn't mind coming back to Jumby Bay
- 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