The Caribbean is known for its many pristine beaches and turquoise waters. The difference between one beach and another has to be the hotel and resort that rests on it and the service that it provides.
Previously managed by Rosewood, Antigua's private Jumby Bay Island resort is now under the management of Oetker Collection.
"Oetker has been managing the property since September 1, 2017," Julie Debas, executive head of sales and marketing, Jumby Bay Island, says.
"Since then, in collaboration with (architectural firm) Anastassiadis Arquitetos, we have refreshed the general resort area, including the main bar " Jumby Bay Bar and Lounge, the reception area, the Veranda Restaurant, and Boutique.
"We have also added a third pool " the picturesque Jumby Bay Beach Pool.
"In addition we have redesigned the Jumby Bay Spa, (so that its) lush setting now includes an infinity pool and relaxation deck along with a sauna and experience shower."
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Jumby Bay is known for having seen many celebrity footprints in the sand, including those of Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Will Smith and " most recently " Barcelona and Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi and his wife, Antonela Roccuzo, who spent their honeymoon there in 2017.
The renovation work took place under the guidance of Brazilian architect, Patricia Anastassiadis, founder of Anastassiadis Arquitetos, who previously worked with the hotel group on the palatial PalAcio TangarA in Sao Paulo.
Voted the Caribbean's Best Resort Spa in 2018 in the World Spa Awards, The Jumby Bay Spa includes truly luxurious packages such as the Castaway Escape for Two.
Guests sail on a private yacht to the uninhabited beaches of Maiden Island and spend an afternoon in total privacy while having a picnic lunch and as the sun lowers on the horizon, the experience ends with a side-by-side massage for two on the beach before returning to Jumby Bay.
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The crown jewel of the previous two revamps has to be the reconceptualisation of The Estate House, previously a plantation house built in 1830.
The US$6 million restoration breathed life into the property and transformed it into a fine-dining restaurant with three private dining rooms and the new 1830 Bar and lounge.
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The 40-room resort had a new beachfront infinity pool added, which updated and upgraded the whole look and feel of the premises, as well a new water sports centre from which guests can borrow paddle-boards and snorkelling gear, or opt to hire a 45-foot (14-metre) catamaran, that is for the exclusive use of guests staying at the property.
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"The property is one of a kind, and its beauty is only rivalled by the warmth, friendliness and professionalism of the staff," Debas says.
"For Oetker, it was a perfect fit for our collection of Masterpiece properties.
"The beauty of each Masterpiece in the Oetker Collection is that no two are alike " they are each a unique pearl.
"What unites us all is the thread of attention to detail and focus on service excellence, combined with the staff's intuition that ensures each guest has an unforgettable experience."
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