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Location and how to get there: Jumby Bay is located less than 15 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport, which is served by ten airlines, including; American, American Eagle, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BWIA, Continental, Air Canada, Condor, Delta and LIAT. After clearing customs, guests are greeted by resort staff and are escorted to the resort’s catamaran for a 10-minute cruise to the exclusive island resort.

Number of rooms: 40 Rooms, 12 Villas, 7 Private Estate homes.

Price range: Summer rates start at $775 – $1950 and fall rates start at $875 – $2325. Rates include; breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, cocktails by the glass and use of non-motorized water sport equipment.

Time of year to go: Jumby enjoys beautiful weather year round, and rarely sees rain!

Antigua was established as Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base by Admiral Horatio Nelson in 1784. Little did he know, that over 200 years later it would be transformed into one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations. Antigua’s 365 white and pink sand beaches–yes that’s one for every day of the year–crystal clear turquoise water and the warmth and the hospitality of the Antiguans, makes this island perfect for every Diva in need of sun and sand. From the historic sites of St. John’s Cathedral and Nelson’s Dockyard, to exploring underground caves at Indian Town, Antigua has it all, including Paradise Casino – the largest casino in the Eastern Caribbean.

Set on a 300-acre private island, Jumby Bay, casts a spell of serene enchantment. Nestled two miles off the coast of Antigua, the exclusive resort is noted for its landscape lush, with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees and abundant foliage. A naturalist’s haven, the island features three superb, white sand beaches. Jumby Bay, a secluded hideaway accessible only by boat, is known worldwide for providing discerning Divas with world-class service and distinguished amenities.

Why is this location so great for women? Jumby Bay is a fabulous destination for women looking to get away from it all. This private island offers an exclusive experience for those looking to unwind and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere the Caribbean has to offer. The island is only three miles around, and with no cars on the island, guests need not worry about transportation, all guests leisurely stroll, or enjoy relaxing bike rides around the island. Since the island does not allow cars, shopping malls, beach vendors, or jet skis, guest enjoy utter peace and quiet. For those looking to stay busy, Jumby Bay features a professional Croquet Lawn, three tennis courts (two lit for night play), and a variety of water sports and day trips to surrounding islands. Antigua, which is just a 10 minute boat ride on the Jumby Ferry, offers shopping, golf, and a great nightlife.

Services: Jumby Bay arranges the transfer from the airport, to the ferry dock where the Jumby Bay boat escorts guests to the resort, the roundtrip fee is as follows: Adults: $50 per person, Children 2-12 years old: $25 per child, under 2 years old: free. 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, Private Butler service is available at an extra cost for those girlfriends staying in a private estate home. There is also a Jumby Bay Sorbet Butler that visits the beach once a day to deliver guests complimentary sorbet while they relax under the Caribbean Sun. There is also a business center on Jumby that provides Internet service, if you cannot break away from your e-mail.

Hotel Restaurants & Bars: A bastion of old-world refinement, the Estate House Bar is an intimate setting for pre-dinner, or a late-night gathering. Private club-chic, with a hint of the exotic, features a baby grand piano, set against whimsical wall murals of swaying palms and overlooks the ocean and croquet fields. Dinner is served at the historic Estate House, Jumby Bay’s signature restaurant, located in the 230-year-old Colonial plantation manor. Crisp white tablecloths, candlelight and fine porcelain edged in copper, and the melodic swirl of Ellington, Gershwin, Fitzgerald, set a romantic mood in which to enjoy, signature menus reflecting modern European inspirations. An ideal spot for cocktails and conversation, The Verandah Bar is the true social center of Jumby Bay. Relaxed yet elegant, The Verandah features an open grill and serves light and healthy dishes. inspired by fresh local ingredients, with the fusion of Caribbean and European cuisine. Lunch and dinner may be enjoyed on beaches in front of the restaurant, and guests are welcomed in the evening by the soft glow of tiki torches. The Beach Bar is located midway down Jumby Bay Beach.

Health club, pool: Jumby has a wonderful gym that overlooks the tennis courts and a 25-meter lap pool.

Bath products in rooms: All guests are welcomed with Lady Primrose bath products.

Specials for women/girlfriends: Jumby is a great destination for groups of women, the villas, or private estate homes are the perfect location! Each comes with their own kitchens, living areas, some with private beach access, pools and tennis courts. It is a truly elegant haven.

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, P.O. Box 243, St. John’s, Antigua West Indies

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