Jumby Bay

While some of you weren’t even crawling, circa 1983, this ultra-glam 300-acre island getaway was looking after the rich and famous in the style to which they were becoming accustomed. And it’s still more than holding its own against the new kids in town, particularly after recent major botox a mere snip at some US$28 million. Enough to keep the eyebrows permanently raised one would have thought.

The mightily spruced-up Jumby Bay offers some terrific treats. The spacious new colonial-style accommodation includes courtyard suites, pool suites and estate suites – the latter come complete with courtyard, fountain and a private infinity pool and (of course) sensational sea views. The resort’s brand-spanking new oceanfront spa is an oasis of indulgence, with treatments that would lull even the most stressed-out CEO into a state of blissful composure.

Dining options here include the informal Verandah restaurant and the new bistro-style, open-air Pool Grille, with its stunning infinity pool that looks onto the open ocean and the knockout views beyond. The impressive, 1830s Spanish-colonial style Estate House offers fine dining in lush surroundings.

Mercifully, despite the spotlight and a bold new direction, Jumby Bay is still focused on quiet luxury and simple pleasures. There’s no hustle and bustle or razzmattaz but there is plenty to keep you occupied, if you so wish. The car-free isle offers numerous diversions: tennis, croquet, golf, sunset cruises, daytrips to nearby islands and all manner of non-motorized watersports (including deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, water-skiing and wake boarding). Bicycles are propped thoughtfully outside your suite should you fancy a leisurely ride around the island. In other words, it’s the kind of resort where you can just kick back and leave the details to someone else.

Magic.

  • For many, the real appeal of this island is its unspoiled natural beauty, abundant birdlife and the fact that it’s a principal nesting site of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle. Visit between July and November and you could witness newborn hatchlings scurrying across the sand to reach the water’s edge. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • For serious indulgence, book a private beach dinner, which includes personal chef, flowers, champagne, relentless pampering, pretty much everything you can imagine – as well as some things you can’t, such as someone who has raked and manicured the sand before you imprint your footstep, Crusoe-style, upon it. What will they come up with next’
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