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Trip Report Jumby Bay Antigua..Add to Bucket List

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If there is one destination that needs to be added to your bucket list it is Jumby Bay.

The welcome: An exuberant, smiling staff member greeted us with open arms and offered us icy cold, aromatic towels. We were led to the open air reception area where Elaine proudly offered up a dark rum and passion fruit punch which was potent and delicious. Check-in was swift and seamless and within moments we were whisked away to our room in a golf cart already feeling island time inching its way in.

The room: The courtyard suite was very spacious and loaded with amenities. Snacks, wine, beer, soda, fruit juices and chocolate bars were offered as well as champagne on ice. Sunsets were glorious from our patio which overlooked the ocean and the island of Antigua. Soaking in the outdoor tub under the stars and showering in an outdoor garden was calming and refreshing.

Eats: Favorites included banana french toast, locally made yogurt, calamari, wasabi prawns, cold avocado soup, lamb T-bone, hotpot and White Night lobster and ribs. Oh...and all of the chocolate deserts. The restaurant venues were romantic and the service was excellent.

Fun: Cycling around the picturesque island, sitting in a field with the local sheep, kayaking, being dragged at top speeds through the waves on a tube and feeling like a kid again, snorkeling at Bird Island and hanging with Genny at the beach bar.

A Memorable moment: At 10PM one evening we were settling in for the night when we got "the turtle call". We scrambled for shorts and a T-shirt and hopped in an awaiting golf cart for a ride to Pasture Bay beach. We had signed up earlier in the week to be called should the rare Hawksbill turtle make her way to shore to lay eggs. For two hours we witnessed this beautiful sea creature prepare her nest in the sand, go into a trance and lay her eggs then make her way back into the ocean. The moment was surreal as many guests gathered together on the beach that evening and shared this unique experience under the stars.

Favorite Day: The picnic lunch at Pasture Bay beach was superb. After lounging on the nearly deserted beach for a few hours a staff member delivered our lunch and a bottle of champagne in a wicker picnic basket. Our linen white tablecloth covered table was setup under our palapa, the staff member poured us a glass of champagne and set up our appetizers and then quickly disappeared. We enjoyed cold avocado soup, tomatoes and mozzarella. BLT wraps, fries and a fruit and cheese plate. The setting could not have been more perfect.

Least favorite day: The day of departure was painful as we walked down the pristine beach towards the ferry dock. Leaving this breathtaking island and resort with it's warm and friendly people was difficult. Knowing that lazy days spent on the beach sipping rum punch, watching the sunset from the zero edge pool, being wined and dined like rock stars and being pampered in every way was about to end, we cried.

Jumby Bay is highly recommended and we will return to this paradise found. This was hands down the best resort we have been to in the caribbean. Life seems a bit sweeter since our visit to paradise.

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