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20 fun facts we bet you didn't know about Jumby Bay Island Antigua

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  • By Kiri Gordon
  • Published 30 May 2022
  • Revised 27 February 2024

Jumby Bay Antigua is an idyllic and serene island, where visitors flock for pure escapism. Situated off the northern tip of the Parham Peninsula off the northeast coast of Antigua, the isle’s no automobile policy adds to this sense of calm, so you can just lap up the soft waves of the ocean and relax on the white sands in peace.

This beautifully appointed 300-acre Caribbean resort offers guests a week or two of unrivalled paradise, but that’s not all that’s interesting about this resort. Join us as we explore 20 Jumby Bay facts sure to have you searching for your passport by the time you finish.

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1. There are no cars allowed

One of the most interesting Jumby Bay Island Antigua facts is that the entire island is a car-free zone. This is why each suite comes with free bicycles, so you can still explore the island on palm tree paths that wind through the 300-acre private estate. The no-car policy is what adds to the chilled vibe of the island. It also means that little ones can roam freely, completely safe.

2. It's an all-inclusive resort that goes beyond the food and drink

Your every whim is taken care of as you step onto this luxurious island. You can indulge all day and night either with the á la carte or the grab-and-go Indian street-style food. Inclusive drinks go beyond the usual menu, with options such as Moët & Chandon Champagne, fine wines and cocktails. There are rum tastings and cooking classes included, water sports, island trips, kids’ clubs and fitness facilities – the list is endless!

Having fun in the crystal-clear waters

Having fun in the crystal-clear waters
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3. It's a quick transfer from the airport

Jumby Bay Island Antigua is located just 10-minutes from the northern coast of Antigua, which you can fly into before making the scenic boat ride to the island. Door-to-door it takes 20 minutes plus a 10-minute journey from the dock. It will all feel worth it as you set foot onto the private island sands surrounded by palm trees…

4. Jumby Bay has its own farm

There are four restaurants onsite, which are included in the all-inclusive package at Jumby Bay Island Antigua. The main restaurant is The Veranda, it’s located on the beach and provides á la carte options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dishes all incorporate ingredients from the resort's very own farm. The menu is predominantly Italian and includes freshly caught fish, pasta, steak and sweet desserts.

For a more casual affair, the Pool Grill and Bar provides casual dishes and drinks. You can head to the Estate House for fine dining with West Indian cuisine. Guests can also enjoy pop-up dining events such as beach BBQs, rustic meals on the farm, picnics, and private romantic beach dinners.

The Pool Grill & Bar at Jumby Bay Island Antigua

The Pool Grill & Bar at Jumby Bay Island Antigua

5. Ask for a 'Suzy Special' at the onsite bar

Head down to the beach to Genny’s Bar for casual drinks or grab-and-go Indian cuisine. You must sample a Caribbean rum at the old sugar mill, or go to the 1830 bar which is located in a plantation house. When you do, make sure you ask for a Suzy Special, which is a Bloody Mary with an Antiguan twist.

6. You can join several tastings

Of course, if you’re heading to the Caribbean, you’re thinking about food. Well, Jumby Bay Island Antigua delivers. The resort provides Afternoon Tea, cooking classes to replicate at home, Rum tastings, and even wine tastings – so your taste buds will be in for a real treat.

Friends indulging in the local cuisine

Friends indulging in the local cuisine

7. All activities and water sports are included

Once you’re done relaxing in the pools, you can take to the crystal waters for an action-packed adventure. The aquatic activities include water skiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, sail boating and snorkelling. So don’t forget your goggles!

8. There is a wildlife conservation to protect endangered turtles and sheep

In order to preserve the natural beauty and indigenous species here, there is the Hawksbill Turtle Project that helps animals to survive and thrive when they come to the island to nest. You will also see the Black-Headed Persian Sheep at the Wildlife Sanctuary and spot tropical birds like the Blue Pelican.

Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuary

9. You can lounge on a hammock or in a thatched bohio on the pristine beaches

Take a step onto the white-powder sand amongst the palm trees, where you can relax on a hammock or sip a cocktail at the bar. Pasture Bay Beach is a secluded crescent of wild beauty, where you can dip your toes in the turquoise waters and spot marine and birdlife. Look out for the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles.

If you are mulling over other spots with stunning Caribbean beaches, Barbados could be an option for you too.

10. There are three pools to dive into

There are three pools at the resort. The Veranda Pool is a family-friendly vibe where you can do your laps in a tropical garden setting. The Jumby Bay Pool is an infinity pool that cascades towards the ocean - the place to go for a relaxed atmosphere. The other infinity pool is located at the Grill Bar, which is the perfect spot for taking a relaxing dip before grabbing a bite to eat.

Expansive swimming pool at Jumby Bay Island Antigua

Expansive swimming pool at Jumby Bay Island Antigua

11. Relax for the evening by watching a film on the beach

Movie fan? Sit back and recline on one of the comfy loungers whilst a film is projected onto the big screen. Grab a box of popcorn and watch classic films featuring Bogart or James Bond under the twinkling stars with the sand between your toes. Paradise.

12. You can have a private tennis lesson

Get yourself ready for Wimbledon with a private lesson with tennis pro Jerry Williams - a Davis Cup veteran playing with the world's finest players such as Steffi Graf, Chanda Rubin and Mary Pierce.

Tennis lessons at the resort

Tennis lessons at the resort

13. You can explore the exotic fruits on a nature walk

Immerse yourself in nature where you’ll be able to soak up the incredibly bright flora and fauna. You can even get a tour with the gardeners, who will show you exotic fruits, herbs and spices. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot some ducks, sheep and tortoises.

14. It won the title of the Caribbean best resort spa in 2019

What makes this spa so special, beyond the bespoke treatments and West Indies traditional products, is the setting. The treatment rooms are situated right on the beach, so you can enjoy a facial or a massage with the sound of the soft waves and the warm sea breeze on your skin. 

Stunning infinity pool views

Stunning infinity pool views

15. You can learn how to reef fish

One of the most popular trips is a spot of reef fishing. Hop onto a fishing boat with one of the experienced crew and head out towards the calm waves. They’ll take you to the best fishing holes on the island.

16. Get together for a wine down at Happy Hour

From 4pm - 7pm every weekday it’s happy hour at Jumby Bay Bar and Lounge. Guests, homeowners and managers all gather for sunset drinks and canapes to wind down after a long day in the sun. It’s a time to relax and get to know the other visitors, staff and residents on the island.

Al-fresco drinks as the sun sets

Al-fresco drinks as the sun sets

17. You can enjoy a spot of golf on the mainland

Just 15-minutes from the resort, on the mainland, is the Cedar Valley Golf Course. It’s a stunning golf course that first opened in 1977, located in the hills of Antigua. You can also get golfing lessons for an additional cost.

18. You can book one of the secluded private residences

If you’re looking to spend a little more time on this serene island. You can book one of the island's 22 private residences. The homes are beautifully designed for everyday living, so whether you’re working or studying remotely, you can easily fit that into island life.

Accommodation at Jumby Bay Island Antigua

Accommodation at Jumby Bay Island Antigua

19. You could be one of the Jumby Bay owners

You could join the Jumby Bay owners and own one of the 56 Jumby Bay properties on a freehold basis.

20. It's a family-friendly resort

Jumby Bay is great for your little ones. With no traffic, it’s safe for them to roam freely. They will love the Jumby Explorers, where they’ll be treated to a medley of activities and events to keep them entertained. At the resort, they can enjoy a kiddies spa, water sports, a little chef programme, dancing and singing. Even teenagers are catered for, with mocktail mixology classes, sports and advanced conservation classes.

Kids splashing in the pool

Kids splashing in the pool

So, whether you want to hit the calm crystal waters for a spot of snorkelling, immerse yourself in nature at the spa or just drink cocktails at the pool bar, Jumby Bay Island Antigua has everything you need.

Whether you're searching for romantic couples retreats or want to make family memories, check out our Jumby Bay offers.

To discover more on Sandy Lane call us today on 0203 816 0985 or submit an online enquiry.

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