By Alexander Britell
One of the Caribbean’s most legendary resorts has new management.
Antigua’s Jumby Bay private island resort will now be operated by Oetker Collection, a manager of a 10-hotel luxury hotel portfolio that includes the Eden Rock — St Barths hotel in St Barts.
Oetker succeeds Rosewood in managing the resort, which is set on a 300-acre private island.
Jumby Bay will be opening Oct. 9 for the 2017-2018 season; Oetker will be managing the resort along with villa and estate home rentals.
“Since the inception of Oetker Collection, we have grown our hotel portfolio with carefully chosen resorts and city hotels, each deserving of the ‘Masterpiece’ title. Today, I am delighted to announce our expansion with a second Masterpiece in the Caribbean: Jumby Bay Island” said Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection. “This private island paradise is a truly special place, with 300-acres of manicured landscape surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. As of Oct. 9, guests will experience Oetker Collection’s highest standards of quality service to which they are accustomed, and can rest assured that our team of hoteliers will offer them quite a unique sense of place.”
Jumby Bay has a total of 40 rooms and suites along with 50 individually-designed villa and estates, some of which offer up to nine bedrooms.
“It is with great pleasure that the board of directors and homeowners of Jumby Bay Island welcome Oetker Collection as the manager of our resort. We look forward to a long and productive partnership,” said Dennis McNeill, chairman of the board, Jumby Bay Island Company.
Jumby Bay was most recently in the headlines as the honeymoon destination of global football superstar Lionel Messi, who, coincidentally enough, was later spotted at the Eden Rock St Barths.