Jumby Bay: A Classic Revisited
We love Jumby Bay for many reasons: To begin with, it's right off Antigua on Long Island, one of the few private islands that are easily accessible (a ten-minute boat ride from the airport). And the $5.6 million refurbishment is truly impressive, including a divine new pool, dreamy redone rooms, and outdoor baths. Most of all we love the managing director, Englishman Peter Bowling, formerly of Cotton House on Mustique and Villa Nova on Barbados. Having begun his career here—yes, here at Jumby—15 years ago, he knows the resort like few others. Our only quibble? The rumble of jets taking off from Antigua. Rooms, $1,050-$3,500. 268-462-6000; 888-767-3966; www.jumbybayresort.com.
Room to Get: Curtain Bluff
The new Grace Bay and Morris Bay suites are among the chicest rooms you'll find in the Caribbean. Each has mahogany fourposter beds, antiques, Sea Island cotton upholstery, sea grass rugs, and lots of plants and fresh flowers. The bathrooms are done in granite and marble, with oversized tubs and showers. There are sprawling private terraces with Jacuzzis and great views of the sea. Owner Howard Hulford has also revamped the kitchen, which turns out delicious dishes like chilled sour-sop soup and snapper poached in passionfruit broth. Rates, $2,000-$3,000. At Old Road Village; 888-289-9898, 268-462-8400; www.curtainbluff.com.
Be Sure to Pack
• Parke & Ronen men's swim trunks in not-your-typical island pastels. $50; 212-989-4245; www.parkeandronen.com.
Hotel rates range from the lowest-priced double to the highest-priced suite in high season. In most cases VAT is not included.
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