The magnificent rebirth of two Caribbean grande-dame resorts

Jumby Bay Island in Antigua and Cap Juluca on Anguilla have been given lavish refurbishments after last year’s hurricane

Jumby Bay Island in Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s grandes dames hotels
Jumby Bay Island in Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s grandes dames hotels

Large sweeps of the Caribbean took a beating last year – the second most catastrophic on record, in fact – at the hands of hurricanes. (It’s unlikely many hotel owners in these parts are climate-change deniers.) So it’s good to see a couple of the region’s grandes dames back in the game. On Anguilla, there’s Cap Juluca (belmond.com; from $725), now flying the Belmond flag and completely refurbished to the tune of $121m, with crisply designed suites and a lavish spa; and just off the northeast shores of Antigua is Jumby Bay Island (oetkercollection.com; from $1,899), which Oetker Collection has taken over, ratcheting up the design and food factors. The villas – vastly different in style, uniformly fabulous, ranging from two to nine bedrooms – are the boltholes to book.

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