Jumby Bay, a private island resort to the north of Antigua is #5 in Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice worldwide list for 2017. Now a part of Oetker Collection, Jumby Bay island has been a favorite playground of the super-wealthy for almost three decades. The luxury resort is accessible only by boat for residents and resort guests, offering a secluded getaway and the finest accommodation in a boutique hotel or private villas. The resort’s fine dining restaurant, beach bar, spa, water sports and other amenities are exclusively for the enjoyment of island guests and residents.
Jumby Island is not the only trending destination in Antigua. The recent World Travel & Tourism Council report shows a 3.8% growth in the island’s tourism industry in 2017 and predicts this growth will continue to increase to 5.4% per annum within next 10 years. Sunwing, the North America leading tour operator announced new direct flights from Canadian cities Toronto and Montreal, which will be the third airline serving those routes in addition to Air Canada and West Jet. More hotels and resorts are being developed in Antigua. A new Royalton Resort has been announced on the north-west of the island, and a new Marriott Resort is soon to be located nearby. The chic south coast of Antigua continues to attract boutique-style developments, such as Nelson’s Retreat Apart Hotel in English Harbour, recently awarded Best New Small Hotel Design by the London-based International Property Awards. Even the island of Barbuda, devastated by the hurricane Irma in September this year, will turn into a super-luxury Nobu Resort with the investment of Robert De Niro and his partners.
Being a well-established travel destination and major air hub in the Caribbean since 1970s, Antigua is now experiencing a new wave of tourism growth and attracting more and more investors into an expanding tourism industry including luxury real estate.