Trip Report: Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort

View from Verandah at Jumby Bay

View from Verandah at Jumby Bay

Named for the impish spirits believed to roam about the West Indies, Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort is sure to enchant. Situated on a 300-acre private island located two miles off the coast of Antigua, this plush resort provides plenty of playful diversions — from snorkeling and sailboarding to Caloi bike rides and sunset cocktail cruises — all gratis.

The 40 gorgeously refurbished guestrooms and suites are equally charming, with wraparound terraces and outdoor garden showers. The romantic Estate House restaurant (once a colonial plantation home) serves fine Mediterranean-inspired fare, also included.

Looking for space for the entire family? Rent one of the gorgeous villas or estate homes. With full access to all the resort amenities and services at Jumby Bay, and many with their own private beaches, they are the perfect choice for any occasion where guests want to stay and play together.

We had the pleasure of a five night stay in a Pool Suite. We had a great time looking for starfish at Jumby Bay Beach, water skiing, mingling with other guests and resort staff at the Wine Down reception, riding bikes around the island, lounging by our own private pool in the afternoons, listening to local musicians on the sunset cruise, and on our private picnic lunch at Pasture Bay Beach. Don’t miss the photo tour!

What we loved about Jumby Bay:

  • Short trip to and from the airport on a regularly scheduled private ferry.
  • Genuinely warm and friendly service from staff.
  • True all-inclusive – no checks to sign after meals or drinks.
  • All of the included activities.
  • Luxurious and spacious amenity packed room.
  • Thoughtful touches that are a signature of a stay with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

For 2013 the exclusive complimentary Virtuoso amenities are:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Meals included in rates
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding products)

In addition, I have access to offers only available to Rosewood Elite travel advisors, so contact me today to reserve your next trip to Jumby Bay!


Questions about Jumby Bay? Ready to book? You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch!


Note: I received a reduced rate for travel advisors.


Trip Report: Hermitage Bay

View from beach chair

View from beach chair

Hermitage Bay is located on the west coast of Antigua approximately 35 minutes from the airport. Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea this independent luxury property offers guests a tranquil tropical hideaway that is perfect for romance and relaxation  The accommodations are comprised of 25 spacious freestanding cottages enveloped in over 140 acres of natural seclusion. Guests of Hermitage Bay truly feel as if they have been transported to their own private island.

Though the setting encourages a very natural, authentic Caribbean experience where you are free to escape your everyday life, the resort also ensures that the comforts of home are readily available, ultimately providing the best of both worlds.

We stayed for three nights and had the opportunity to experience both a Beachfront Cottage and a Hillside Pool Suite. Don’t miss the photo tour at the end of the post!

We loved:

  • Genuinely warm and friendly service
  • Delicious and varied cuisine with a focus on locally sourced and organic items
  • Unspoiled views
  • Private hideaway feel
  • Truly all-inclusive – you will not be asked to sign a bill for meals or beverages
  • Sense of place

I have access to special offers throughout the year in addition to the complimentary Virtuoso amenities for 2013:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests. For room service there is a tray charge of US$15
  • Guests’ choice of half hour massage per person (up to 2) OR a US$100 resort credit, once per stay
  • For stays of 3 nights or more guests also receive complimentary private transfers to and from the airport


Questions about Hermitage Bay? Ready to book? You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch!

Note: I received a reduced rate for travel advisors.

Trip Report: Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Class Suite

Grand Class Suite

The second post in my series of my twelve day trip to Mexico. My husband and I stayed three nights in an Ambassador Class Suite at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Wow – This is not your typical all inclusive resort! The rooms, food, and service were all wonderful. They also do a great job at the difficult task of catering to the needs of both couples and families. In fact the kids club stays open until 11:00PM to allow parents to have dinner alone, if they so choose. The huge beach and pool area is a great asset and difficult to find at many resorts in the Mayan Riviera.


We stayed in an Ambassador Class Suite on the fourth floor with a direct oceanfront view. There are three main categories of suites (491 total) at Grand Velas: Zen Grand (in the jungle area), Ambassador Class (surrounding the pool and beach area), and Grand Class (adults only, all oceanfront suites). Our suite was well appointed with a separate tub and shower, fully stocked mini-bar, and Nespresso machine.


Grand Velas Riviera Maya is located approximately thirty-five minutes south of the Cancun airport.


There are five a la carte restaurants throughout the property that serve gourmet cuisine for dinner. In addition, you can dine at three restaurants a la carte or buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, there’s always room service and the snack bar! We found the meal portions ranged from perfect to more than generous. I can assure you that you will not go hungry here. Even as a vegetarian I found plenty to eat everywhere that we dined.



Each class of suites has it’s own lobby that was designed to reflect the look and feel of the rooms. You will check in at the lobby associated with your room category.


Regardless of your room category, you will find a well-appointed gym with plenty of modern equipment nearby. Of course, you are welcome to use the gym facilities in any area, regardless of where you are staying.

The spa is one of the highlights of the resort. At nearly 90,000 square feet it is large, but still maintains an intimate calm feel.


We had a great stay at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The resort does an impeccable job of catering to both families with their all day kids club, huge pool area, and wide calm beach. It’s also a great choice for couples who are looking for a quiet getaway due to the ability to enjoy the adults only pool and beach area at the Grand Class area.

Trip Length: Three nights
Trip Type: Leisure – reduced rate for travel advisors
Room Type: Ambassador Suite

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