Jumby Bay

A Rose­wood Re­sort, An­tigua

Country Life Every Week - - Great Escape Antigua -

Here is a place in which wor­ries should be left at the air­port as you slide into a cool, chauf­feur-driven car and onto the pri­vate ferry that will de­liver you to the 300-acre pri­vate is­land Jumby Bay, part of the rose­wood group. Per­fect for fam­i­lies and hon­ey­moon cou­ples alike, there is enough space to es­cape, but not enough to get lost.

There are no cars—just golf bug­gies and bikes—so the hus­tle and bus­tle of the An­tiguan main­land is for­got­ten, but the vi­brancy of is­land life can be felt in the joyful staff, the juici­est fish tacos and the sound of a steel band in the air.

The ho­tel com­prises 40 rooms and suites and there are also pri­vate res­i­dences avail­able to rent— or some­times even to buy, should the rum be strong enough. Stay in a beach­front suite, where you’ll find a rus­tic, roll­top bath­tub and shower out­side, a vast bed and an im­pres­sively stocked mini bar. The best news is that it’s all in­clu­sive, from the ex­cel­lent child­care to the wa­ter­sports. Why not learn to wake surf—it’s not as hard as it looks— or try out one of the sail­ing boats?

The in­struc­tors will show you the ropes with true Caribbean charm.

The es­tate House bar and restau­rant, once the cen­tre­piece of the is­land’s sugar plan­ta­tion, has been newly re­fur­bished in a Colo­nial style, in­clud­ing pri­vate din­ing rooms with trompe-l’oeil fres­cos. Here you will find smart din­ing with­out stuffi­ness—be sure to try a killer cock­tail from the imag­i­na­tive menu. HC All-in­clu­sive room rate starts from about $1,150 (£930) per night (www.rose­wood­ho­tels. com/en/jumby-bay-an­tigua)

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