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Jumby Bay: The Playful Spirit of Antigua

Jumby Bay Island is a paradise for all ages, embracing fun and adventure even in its very name the Antiguan word jumbee means "playful spirit."- Jumby Bay Resort

Set in a stunning, tranquil location, With its long white beaches, manicured garden paths and translucent turquoise sea, Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, is set on a pristine private island only accessible by a five minute boat ride off the coast of Antigua. It is a lavish 300 acre tropical paradise home to estate homes, villas, and lavish suites.

The estate homes accommodations are owned by an association of homeowners and is a member of the revered Oetker Collection that includes such icons as Le Bristol in Paris and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera. The estate homes are strung along the coast like precious pearls and are truly a paradise of understated, idyllic luxury living. The interiors are each unique and different but always elegantly appointed. These can be booked upon availability by Skyline Destinations. By request they can be staffed for your stay.

Skyline Destinations accommodations of choice are the villas, particularly lovely is Harbor View Villa number 203. Large families or groups of friends traveling together should consider booking one of the villas, all with pools and some with small beaches. Each Harbor View Villa, situated on the south coast, has a magnificent two-tiered living area that opens seamlessly onto a pool deck, making the Caribbean colors and fragrances as much a part of the interior as the modern art on the walls. The Pond Bay villas are tucked away in the northwest part of the island, close to unspoiled Pasture Beach.

Housed in clusters of whitewashed bungalows, the spacious suites have an open floor plan with large living areas, colonial four-poster beds, teak furnishings and antique prints and original artwork that add splashes of color to the otherwise elegantly subdued palette of chocolate and beige. Most suites also have an outdoor bathing area with a soaking tub and a rainfall shower in small, sun-dappled courtyard.

With not a car in sight, bicycles are available and neatly parked outside the villas, so you can meander along the lush cycle paths and manicured lawns, which link the accommodations, beaches and restaurants.

In terms of activities, days at Jumby center on relaxing in the sun with the occasional dip in the warm sea, though water activities like snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing, are also available and complimentary. Along with palms, the beach is sprinkled with loungers, thatch umbrellas and white day beds. Jumby is inclusive, so there’s nothing to sign when you accept the bottled water, fresh juices, tropical sorbets, or your favorite bottle of champagne on ice that are brought to your beach pad throughout the day.

If you’re here between June and November, don’t miss a nighttime excursion to see the hawksbill turtles at Pasture Beach. The resort’s renowned turtle program is truly an experience. After sunset, guests are treated to a guided evening stroll on Pasture Beach for sightings of these critically endangered animals.

Antigua is one of my very favorite islands. The beaches are pristine and the water translucent ombre shades of blue green. Jumby Bay is a heavenly jewel just slightly removed from the mainland and a harbor of luxury.

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