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Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort in Antigua, West Indies, Reopens
Following a $28 million Resort-wide Transformation;

Juan Pablo Loza Appointed Executive Chef

 
Antigua, West Indies (December 1, 2009) –Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort reopens today following a $28 million resort-wide transformation. Closed since June 2008, the ultra-luxe, private island resort off the coast of Antigua re-emerges with an array of absolutely brand new enticements. The new Jumby unveils its first-ever Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, 28 new spacious suites, fresh dining experiences in the resort’s new open-air Verandah and bistro-style restaurants executed by recently appointed Executive Chef Juan Pablo Loza, and a pair of new Estate Homes.

Known as the most exclusive resort in the Caribbean, Jumby Bay has developed a reputation for thoroughly pampering its guests. Upon reopening, several new luxury services and amenities will be presented such as a new ‘Privileges of Privacy’ menu offering couples exclusive escapes like private stargazing.  Additionally, an enhanced welcome experience at the Jumby Bay dock extends a cool signature-scented towel to refresh and seasonal fruit juice infused with local herbs and spices.  While the focus of Jumby Bay has always been on the beauty and tranquility of the Caribbean, the resort renovation combines innovative elements and modern luxuries while staying true to its colonial heritage of the West Indies.

Enhancements include:

- Sense, A Rosewood Spa®:  After years of providing private, in-room massage treatments, Jumby Bay unveils its first-ever stand-alone spa, inspired by the island’s sugar mill ruin. The dreamy open-air retreat welcomes guests to a unique sanctuary where signature treatments, such as the Rumba Scrub and Massage using rum, sugar and coconut, are performed before dramatic ocean views. Designed by Robert Moreland of MCM Design, the spa features five sumptuously designed personal spa suites, including a special Duet suite, all with individual showers, and personal relaxation terraces. 

- Newly Built Suites and Fully Enhanced Accommodations: Jumby Bay heightens the guest experience with the enhancement of 40 guest rooms, including 28 newly built and 12 updated suites, just steps from Jumby Bay Beach. Designed by Miami-based IDC, accommodations capture the spirit of a tropical hideaway in romantic British Colonial style. The casual elegance is displayed with vaulted ceilings, four-poster hand-carved mahogany beds, and exquisite al fresco bathrooms featuring blissful rain showers and deep soaking tubs set amid lushly planted private gardens.

- New Executive Chef: Key to the transformation of Jumby Bay is newly appointed Executive Chef Juan Pablo Loza. Hailing from sister property Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Chef Loza takes his mastery of Mexican and Spanish cuisine combined with a uniquely Antiguan flare that highlights locally grown spices, produce, and freshly caught seafood. Chef Loza is developing a new sense of culinary creativity with signature dishes such as Lamb Mojito, inspired by the classic cocktail, and the launch of a Signature Burger Menu including a Lobster Burger with wasabi mayonnaise and Curry Chicken Burger, with carrot salad and mango chutney, to name a few. 

- Newly Built and Redesigned Restaurant: - More than a restaurant and bar, The Verandah is the crossroads of Jumby Bay Island, the unofficial clubhouse and hub of the resort. The old Verandah has been replaced with the newly built Verandah Restaurant, an inspired setting for relaxed-yet-elegant dining; now overlooking the beach. Jumby Bay Culinary Experiences,a schedule of hands-on gastronomic classes, will be led by Chef Loza and local Antiguan Chefs in the new display kitchen. The new Verandah Bar and accompanying lounge areas face the sea, creating an air of casual beach chic under cooling ceiling fan.

- The new bistro-style Pool Grille restaurant – the resort’s third dining option – is the place for swimmers and sun worshipers to relax with simple yet healthful fare and refreshing beverages ranging from cocktails to mocktails. The restaurant is located between the Caribbean Sea and Jumby Bay’s dramatic new Oceanfront Infinity Pool

- Estate Homes: The renovation of Jumby Bay adds two new Estate Homes to the island. Stretching at least 9,750 square-feet, each Estate Home is distinctively designed to complement the classic Caribbean style of the resort, with unique pools, state-of-the-art kitchens, expansive outdoor space, and use of resort services and amenities included.
 

Verdes Initiative 
 
An important part of our environmental efforts is to create awareness among our guests, internal guests and local community. Our Jumby team undergoes mandatory environmental awareness training, VERDES at Jumby Bay, as well as several training sessions particularly adapted to our island.  Such trainings include waste separation, energy and water conservation, local flora and fauna. Environmental information is also displayed on the notice boards and is filed and kept available for all internal guests to read.

In our rooms, suites, villas and estate homes we have placed the "Little Green Book", a compendium that guides our guests through our environmental efforts and invites them to help us wherever possible. Whenever we are arranging special environmental activities we are always welcoming our guests to join.

At Jumby Bay, we see the importance of spreading environmental awareness on our island and beyond. 

  • With no cars, Jumby Bay guests navigate the island by colorful Caloi bicycles.
  • Jumby Bay is home to the Hawksbill Turtle Preservation Program, the longest running privately funded project of this kind, focused on the scientific study of the survival and recovery of Hawksbill Turtles.
  • All homes and villas on the island must have solar water heating systems and cisterns to collect roof water for irrigation.
  • All sewage water is purified and stored in a central grey tank for plant irrigation.
  • The island has a redesigned power station to minimize fuel consumption.
  • Jumby Bay Island is the largest recycler of bottles, cans and golf cart batteries on the island of Antigua.

Reopening rates start at $1,150 per night and are all-inclusive. For more information or to reserve a room at the newly enhanced resort, please contact 888-ROSEWOOD, or Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort at 268-462-6000, or visit www.jumbybayresort.com 

About Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort:
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort is an inclusive luxury retreat set on its own enchanting 300-acre private island two miles off the coast of Antigua in the West Indies. Accessible only by boat, the resort offers upscale travelers a relaxed and authentic Caribbean escape with superb white-sand beaches and lush tropical environs.  In December 2009, Jumby Bay revealed a $28 million resort-wide transformation. Closed since June 2008, the ultra-luxe, resort hideaway re-emerged with an array of absolutely brand new enticements; including its first-ever Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, 28 new spacious suites and fully enhanced accommodations, new open-air Verandah, new Pool Grille bistro-style restaurant, and a pair of $18 million Estate Homes with private pools, tennis courts, and full access to the many amenities of Jumby Bay. For active travelers, Jumby Bay offers watersports, tennis, hiking and biking trails, a fitness center and a new oceanfront infinity pool. In 2007, Jumby Bay was named the “World’s Best Caribbean Resort” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Readers’ Survey. It also ranked among the “Top 25 Caribbean Resorts” on Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader's Choice Awards 2009, and was included on Travel + Leisure’s World's Best Awards in 2009. www.jumbybayresort.com.

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts: 
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, Rosewood Sand Hill, CordeValle and San Ysidro Ranch in California, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Rosewood Mayakobá in Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties – Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua.   Rosewood also offers Sense, A Rosewood Spa® - featuring treatments reflective of the brand's signature philosophy A Sense of Place® - available exclusively at select properties. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts or Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, please call 888.ROSEWOOD or visit www.rosewoodhotels.com

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Contact: 

Corey Finjer
T. 212-255-6541
Corey@hawkpr.com

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Also See: Executive Chef Anthony Dawodu Goes with Steakhouse Concept at Caneel Bay's Turtle Bay Estate House / December 2008
Jumby Bay Island Company Appoints Rosewood to Manage the 39 room Jumby Bay Resort, Antigua / April 2002
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