Fodor's Expert Review Jumby Bay Island

Burma Rd., Antigua and Barbuda Fodor's Choice

This refined resort proffers all the makings of a classic Caribbean private island hideaway, right from the stylish airport private car pickup, private launch, dockside greeting, and registration at your leisure. The main beach is simply sublime—except when jets whoosh by. Fortunately, attendants cater to most whims, from fresh fruit sorbets to whatever personal experiences you might dream up. Privacy is paramount: you can bike along nature trails to the island's many secluded beaches (one lures nesting turtles in season), though the fantastic new beach bar and pool grill keep everyone happy and hopping. Luxuriant indoor-outdoor bathrooms, bamboo and granite accents, four-poster beds, and hand-painted tile work integrate modern amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, master switches, free Wi-Fi, dual rain shower heads, and Bose sound systems. The cuisine is impeccable. Birdsong and sea breeze fill the casual Verandah restaurant, which showcases an open kitchen with wood-burning oven and infinity pool with a seaview. Villa owners, including novelist Ken Follett, frequent the clubby 18th-century stone-and-mahogany Estate House dining room, which showcases a dazzling Italian menu.

PROS

  • isolated private island location
  • impeccable dining
  • inventive, complimentary children's programs

CONS

  • isolated private island location
  • jet noise occasionally disturbs the main beach
  • boat ride to the mainland

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Sophisticated
Beachfront
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 268-462–6000 | 800-749–1802-for reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

40 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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