Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, JUMBY BAY ISLAND, Antigua
Only accessible by boat from Antigua, Jumby Bay closely guards its bounty, ensuring it retains its exclusivity. But from the moment you step ashore, your real-life Treasure Island experience is set to begin.
On a private island two miles from the Antiguan coast lies this jewel of a destination, its 300 acres covered in lush tropical gardens – home to egrets, pelicans and turtles; and long swathes of powdery beaches recognised as among the most exquisite in the world.
Everything at this recently-remodelled retreat is both picture-perfect and instantly restful; from the 40 rooms and suites housed in pretty cottages, through to the breathtakingly-private Villas and Estate Homes.
Tear yourself away from your own little private idyll, and you’ll find countless ways to spend your down-time. Chill out in true Caribbean style, stretched out on its pristine white beaches, swinging in a shady hammock, or at one of the two immaculate pools with pre-loaded iPods, chilled towels and homemade sorbets all on tap.
For more active pursuits, the waves await, with non-motorised watersports, excellent snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and sailboarding. There's also a brand new 36-foot luxury catamaran, 'Yennecot', moored in the harbour and ready to whisk guests off on a private excursion; the perfect opportunity to enjoy lounging in the Caribbean sun or an action-filled weekend of snorkeling, diving and exploring. Meanwhile back on land, there's croquet, a putting green, fitness centre, fantastic tennis club and the excellent Rose Buds kids’ club.