Every year like clockwork, Antigua's Jumby Bay Island
closes its doors in late August and September for maintenance. This year, however, there's a lot more than routine maintenance happening on the private-island resort, which is part of the Oetker Collection of five-star luxury hotels; instead, there's an extensive makeover underway, the results of which will debut when Jumby Bay Island reopens in the West Indies in October.
The multimillion-dollar renovation, which began in July, is the second phase in a three-phase multimillion-dollar investment into the island's structures. Phase one witnessed the opening in 2016 of The Estate House, a new fine-dining restaurant. Phase two, meanwhile, encompasses the resort's arrival experience, spa, bar and more.
The arrivals experience, according to the resort, will be made to feel "effortless, modern and elegant" with new furnishings, artwork and décor, as well as a renovated front desk and restrooms.
Updates at The Jumby Bay Spa include the addition of a new relaxation area and updated interiors that include natural wood paneling and a calming color palette of grays, blues and greens. There also are a wet and dry sauna, a plunge pool and five treatment rooms.
The island's Jumby Bay Veranda restaurant is being turned into a nautical-themed Italian trattoria, which will see an entirely revamped bar, restaurant, display kitchen and lounge area.
The Jumby Baby Bar and Lounge also is being updated thanks to the addition of new flooring, new furniture and a new seating area on the beach with firepits.
Finally, the resort is installing a new beachfront infinity pool that will be shaded by palm trees and lined with neutral slate tiles designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. Nearby will be a new watersports center from which guests will be able to borrow paddleboards and snorkeling gear, or hire the island's 45-foot custom-built catamaran.
"Delicacy, beauty, exclusive luxury are some of the adjectives that define Jumby Bay. A pearl in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, a small portion of land surrounded by waters of single-tone, fine white sand," said Patricia Anastassiadis of Brazilian design firm Anastassiadis Arquitetos, which designed the renovation. "Leather, weaves, straws, manual work with impeccable finishes brings the essence of the Oetker Collection to the design."