When we dream of getting away and escaping our usual routines, many of the same factors repeatedly come up. Sun, sand and sea, naturally, but we also crave privacy, luxury and seclusion to make up our perfect getaway. It may be a bit of a stereotype, but being fanned with a drink in hand, lying on the beach of a secluded island is often what we consider to be paradise. Well, we believe there is somewhere that fits the bill perfectly...
Discovered by Christopher Columbus, the island of Jumby Bay (from the Antiguan word jumbee, meaning playful spirit) has long been one of the finest places for luxury relaxation in the world. A short boat ride from Antigua, this retreat somehow manages to feel worlds away from anything else. This is what it means to escape.
The island is home to over four miles of perfect beaches which are spectacular on the eye and fiercely protected too, ensuring that sunsoakers have plenty of choice and opportunity to top up their tan and laze on the soft sand. Better still, it plays a big part in making Jumby Bay Antigua's best hotel and with good reason.
It all starts from your very own Beachside Courtyard Suite. Combining comfort with luxury throughout, your spacious suite will give you a taste of the high life. Open your patio doors to find the sandy beach a mere few metres away from your private courtyard, where you can watch the gentle waves lap the shore from your very own soaking tub.
In case that's not relaxing enough for you, Jumby Beach's decadent spa, Sense, will soon fix that. Embracing the calming atmosphere of the island, Sense draws upon the vibrant nature and sea breeze to create a soothing environment for it's indigenous healing traditions and treatments. Bamboo massages, signature aromatherapy and beauty treatments all await to leave you feeling as good as new. Handmade hammocks provide a real highlight leaving guests with a floating sensation as massage therapists attend to pressure points, alleviating stress.
Guests can also take to the waves for the ultimate in sea excursions with a private yacht charter on "Yennecot" where their excursion will be custom-made to suit their own desires. The crystal waters also play host to a range of complimentary water sports to get the heart racing and the adrenaline pumping. Take a popular snorkelling trip to nearby Bird Island, master the art of paddleboarding or race along the surface with a spot of waterskiing.
Round off each perfect day with a real taste of luxury with one of a number of dining experiences. Settle down to an evening of fine dining at The Estate House where you can dine on the romantic terrace, enjoying the very best in Caribbean cuisine or broaden your horizons with a delightful rum-tasting session. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxed evening on a fire-lit beach with a private beach bbq where butlers and the chef will assemble your very own bbq picnic. Finally, for a more exuberant beach experience, sample a five course tasting menu with a private beach dinner, after a cocktail reception under the starlit sky.