The Mother & Child Reunion: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

I am not sure exactly when it happened, but at a certain point in the last few years, Spring Break has become a sacred week in our house – up there with birthdays, the holidays and other memory making times of the year.

By this time, we are all headed towards burn out from school, work, activities, sports, schedules, etc., etc. and we look forward to this week away like no other week of the year.

I look forward to it not only to get away but also for the opportunity to reconnect with my boys. We are all moving so fast, and I love being with them day in and day out, in a new fun place. I catch up on their little lives and savor the time together without any distractions.

And you come to realize that as a Mom, it is your job to Make The Magic Happen.

Enter, this amazing place: Jumby Bay Island Resort in Antigua where we spent this year’s Spring Break.

It was such a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Here are all the details:

    • About a four hour direct flight from Atlanta and other major hubs in the Southeast
    • The airport is very small. Jumby Bay resort staff meet you at the airport; getting in and out is a breeze. There were no crowds, no delays, etc. like in other island airports. (But we still love you anyway, Jamaica.)
    • It is about a 10 minute ride to catch the private ferry to take you over to the tiny island of Jumby Bay.
  • ALL INCLUSIVE MODEL: Jumby Bay Island resort is all inclusive.
    • I think the phrase “all inclusive” has a bad connotation — associated with mediocre all-you-can-eat buffets.
    • Not the case here. The food at this resort was some of the best I have EVER had on a vacation – fresh, delicious, great variety, and on and on.
  • RESTAURANTS & DINNERS: There are three restaurants on the property, in addition to “pop ups” throughout the week. Some are better than others. If I had to do it all over again, I would skip “West Indian Hang Out” night – we did not think the food was nearly as good as the other two pop ups.
    • The “White Night Beach BBQ” was the highlight for us – it was an incredible spread, on the beach, with a band. Perfection. We also enjoyed the “Dinner at the Farm” night.
    • There is a high end restaurant on the island called The Estate House, which is lovely and the food was terrific. Reservations required in advance and it does book up.
    • But I have to say, my favorite was the more casual terrace restaurant, The Veranda, which was still very chic – white tablecloths, great cocktails and wine list in a beautiful spot on the beach. This is the same place where you can have breakfast and lunch each day. The selections range anywhere from delicious pizzas, to fresh fish, pasta, and other specials. We loved this spot for all three meals. Don’t forget your Uno cards.
  • ACTIVITIES: The Kids Club was a 10/10. Whereas some kids clubs are hit or miss, this one was a hit each day. They have a full list of activities from sports to water activities to painting – there is something for everyone. My boys met friends and spent tons of time there.
    • The all inclusive model also means the kids club and every water sport – tubing, snorkeling, paddling, etc – bike rides, and all the smoothies you could ever want – all included.
    • One of my sons is a little shy and the other one has never met a stranger – they both had a great experience.
  • FUN FACT: No cars on Jumby! It is so neat – everyone gets around on bikes and golf carts.

And Happy Mother’s Day!!

Arriving in Antigua and whisked away to the ferry and on to the island.
Easiest transportation from the airport to the private ferry (Someone fancies himself to be a footballer from the Premiere League…)
Sweet ride to the ferry.
Private ferry to transport guests over to the island. Only about a 15 minute ride.
I love Antigua’s flag.
Our little duplex for the week.
Another example of one of the beach suites.
View from the house
Master bedroom
All the villas come with private pools.
Happy camper.
This is the view from our house over to the beach.
The water is beautiful.
Kids Club aka “Jumby Explorers” – they have a terrific program.
The weekly itinerary for the kids club – you can see all my son’s check marks by the activities he planned to participate in that week…and he did every single one. They would race to be there when it opened after breakfast at 930 AM.
John playing cricket – lol.
Handpainted shells left by your bed each night to take home as souvenirs.
We had our laundry done while we were there because the boys went through so many clothes. It is not included but it wasn’t over the top expensive and look how they deliver it to you – pressed and folded.
The Veranda – this was my favorite. It is a blend of casual and elegant.
John would bike over to save us this table every morning.
Avocado toast with a poached egg for the win.
White Night Beach BBQ
The Estate House – collared shirt and long pants required.
The 1830 Bar at the Estate House
Night at the Farm
Snorkel buddy.

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