To our knowledge, no one has written a tenor banjo song called “Moonlight on Jumby Bay” or “My Jumby Bay Baby”. They should.
A postcard-perfect private island off the coast of Antigua (four hours from New York, two and a half hours from Miami), Jumby Bay is the kind of place that made blender cocktails and thatched roof huts.
But if you’ve been around a bit and made millions, you already know that.
This chic and chic island – where champagne is the local drink, golf carts dominate the roads, fine dining by default, and an overnight stay ranging from $ 2,100 to well over $ 10,000 – has been an aristo’s paradise. British, Greenwich and Hollywood financiers whos since it was first developed in the 1980s.
Although it concedes to welcoming a small number of foreigners with just 28 dazzling resort bungalows (now managed by the five-star Oetker Collection) tucked across from the central clubhouse, Veranda restaurant and tequila bar pop- up Casamigos – the majority of the 300- acre island is devoted to 56 exclusive tropical estates.
These spacious castles are owned and occupied by the likes of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, David Sainsbury, Oprah Winfrey and, once upon a time, Lifestyle’s of the Rich and Famous icon Robin Leach.
It is even said that the elite island snubbed Princess Diana for fear of unwanted publicity.
But, according to Andrew Robson, Jumby’s real estate liaison, the island is not far from giving the whole world the ‘no vacancy’ treatment, thanks to interest in the pandemic.
“I think COVID has prompted people to take action. Said Robson, who noted that only six homes on the entire island (with names like Bananaquit, Sea Breeze and Whispering Palms) are still on the market, asking for between $ 9.5 million and $ 28 million. “We had a month of December that started off with a bang and never stopped. The plan is to sell this year. We have never had a situation where there is nothing to sell.
Prices are about to jump, but one thing that won’t change about Jumby is its decidedly relaxed air for zillionaires who have had it with conspicuous consumption.
“It’s very low key,” observed Robson. “It’s not a flashy place. For some people, it’s not as glitzy as they would like. But for others, and for people who end up owning it here, it’s perfect and comfortable with itself.