In common with many of our recommended properties, Jumby Bay Island, a 300-acre sanctuary located 15 minutes by speedboat off the northeast coast of Antigua, made good use of the mandatory downtime enforced by the pandemic. The resort’s 40 accommodations have been augmented by 12 spacious new Ocean View Suites, ranging from 1,199 to 3,042 square feet. Their architecture combines traditional and contemporary beach-house styles, with high ceilings, wide verandas and open-air baths. The six two- or three-bedroom suites come with private pools.
Since becoming part of the prestigious Oetker Collection in October 2017, Jumby Bay has undergone a steady program of improvements. Amenities now include an exceptional spa, where many treatments are inspired by the healing traditions of both the Caribbean and West Africa, with serums derived from local natural ingredients such as coconut, aloe, neem and lemongrass. The resort also offers a yoga pavilion, an 82-foot lap pool and a fitness center. Dining options include the Estate House for seafood-oriented island cooking and the waterfront Veranda brasserie. Cooking classes, a sailing academy and a Hawksbill turtle conservation program also help to explain why this retreat continues to be a consistent favorite of Andrew Harper members.