Antigua is ‘Caribbean perfection’
We were thrilled to see that one of our favourite ITC destinations, Antigua, received a rave review in the Telegraph recently. James Henderson writes how a trip to the island is to experience “the Caribbean as it’s supposed to be”, and the best way, he believes, to enjoy it at its best is to stay in a villa.
“Antigua has other advantages too,” he writes. “Direct flights, for instance, important if you are travelling with small children, and plenty of excellent beaches to visit.”
Here at ITC our business first started in the Caribbean, some 40 years ago. This means we’re now specialists when it comes to luxury travel to the islands, which includes a wealth of first-hand knowledge and a varied portfolio in Antigua. The island has 365 beaches (a new one for every day of the year!) and a strong maritime tradition – making it a hot spot for the yachting crowd. It’s situated in the middle of the Leeward Island chain in the eastern Caribbean, not far north of Guadeloupe.
One of the stand-out resorts which James refers to in the article is Jumby Bay: “On the other side of Antigua, Jumby Bay Villas are on a private island, and they are something apart even for the Caribbean. The 14 estate houses, each in its enclave of gardens facing the sea, are very smart: Ty Molineaux, which has eight bedrooms, looks like a grand country house transported to the tropics. Houses come with housekeepers and staff who stay as late as you need them. Some houses even have their own stretch of sand, which, for all the dreamy archetype, is not the norm in the Caribbean, where beaches tend to be reserved for hotels.”
Jumby Bay is one of our favourite Antiguan resorts here at ITC. It has undergone a $28 million redevelopment recently, with features now including an ocean front infinity pool, the redesign of rooms, new suites, luxury villas and fully staffed private Estate Homes. The new SENSE Spa offers five treatment suites surrounding a dramatic sculpture garden, with each suite having a private terrace overlooking the sea.