The Morning Glory Villa At Jumby Bay on Long Island in Antigua is a spectacular eight bedroom property situated just ten metres from the nearest beach. Put it this way, it takes less than two minutes to walk from any of the bedrooms to the sea, even if you zig zagged in a stupor from a Rum cocktail or two the night before, it would take less than three minutes.
Until you live this close to a white sandy beach you cannot really understand how amazing a beach side villa like this is. Colonialism gave rise to immense estates in some especially hot locations in the Caribbean. This sprawling Colonial style respite covers an incredible 25,000 square metres (six acres) and is on its own frontage of Jumby Bay Island (Long Island).
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Spread across two floors the stature of the building really amazes on the drive up as you arrive via the central entry courtyard, itself with gardens for a brief stroll, you’ll view the Romanesque columns holding up an upper floor terrace. Set on both sides are the staff quarters – yes you read correctly, and a garage for your personal carriages during your stay.
The front of this magnificent complex at the Morning Glory villa (previously called Ty Molineux) contains a spa and fitness gym on the left and while your Butler takes the bags to your room, you’ll get a guided tour of all the facilities at this very special Jumby Bay villa just off of Antigua proper. Do you wish to cheat and have a tour now? You can look at Villa Kairos and the Lazy Lizard Villa afterwards.
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Upon arrival there will be refreshing drinks all round to take the heat of the day away, this will soon be followed by goosebumps as you stagger in astoundment at the sights that befall you. Next to the staff quarters is the kitchen – helpful, where your personal Chef will cook for you Morning, Day and Night. Except for when the Charcoal Grill and BBQ is required for those nights at the (I’m telling you early) the Beach Bar – woohoo!
As you enter the foyer of the Morning Glory villa you may well lose your breath, while this is not a stately home it has all the desires of wishing to be. To your right a staircase that hides the staff access to their area, will lead you to the upper floor. While in front you can enjoy the living room space which slowly creeps forward to open up into a wide open terrace area. A so called loggia.
Situated either side are the formal living rooms for after dinner drinks and the dining room. Both with views out on to the rear expanse. You really won’t want to sleep yet so let’s leave the air conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, living room space and terraces in private cottages until a bit later.
Just past the open terrace which is elevated to take in a view across the grounds, beach, Caribbean Sea and Antigua rising up on the horizon. It’s now that you wonder why the English ever returned from Empire to the British Isles, perhaps these people actually didn’t! The view which is just getting plain silly would not have changed for a thousand years and there you are standing as if time stood still, your Jumby Bay All Inclusive Holiday of a lifetime transcends to give way to what is much closer.
The private swimming pool with waters that simply glide over the surrounding walkway, as if a painted tranquil scene where upon Jesus walked on water. Sun loungers, rattan daybeds offering cover from the sun with palm trees there for years, like you, standing there immovable at the unbelievable sight of paradise that you can enjoy for the remainder of the stay. One night – oh that’s unfortunate! Book another night shall we?
The heated Infinity Pool as desirable as it is will earn you a deserved break at some point but what to do? So many choices, take a serene walk on the white sandy beach, turn right and head for the Beach Bar and pile into the latest Barbecued delights by your personal chef or visit the open air games area and play life size chess, draughts and invite the Sirs and Ladies to partake in a spot of jovial sport on the croquet lawn. Oh how wonderful!
Further entertainment is offset from the property with private tennis courts for all couples to enjoy a session of Wimbledon in Antigua, your friends will be jealous! Getting tired perhaps? Time to find out where the bedrooms are and where your luggage awaits in fully air conditioned rooms.
Firstly a suggestion if I may. There is the main building with sleeping quarters on the first floor. A Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room and closet space. This has a terrace that directly overlooks the private infinity pool of the majestic Jumby Bay Morning Glory villa.
Situated either side and to the fore of the Colonial mansion are three further double bedrooms with en suite bathroom and each have their own terrace area. That’s four couples sorted for sleeping arrangements. The suggestion is this, decide who is staying where before you even get on the plane.
Master Bedroom: King size beds, Larger en-suite bathroom and separate toilet, Dressing rooms and hall and Private terrace area overlooking the swimming pool.
Main Manor Bedrooms 2, 3, 4: Two bedrooms situated to the fore and either side of the house. With private smaller terrace with sea view. The fourth bedroom could be used for children of the couple in the Master Bedroom, with shared terrace.
2 Luxury Cottage Bedrooms 5, 6 and 7, 8: Separate bungalows situated left and right of the main Morning Glory villa with shared living room space. Double bed bedrooms separated by both en-suite bathrooms for more privacy.
*All have King size beds, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan and Terrace.
For there are two separate single level living quarters situated to the left and right of the main manor house. These cottages are equally resplendent they offer much more privacy and are ideal for either two friendly couples or a family with children. Both buildings have a shared living room space, their own terrace, two double bedrooms and each with own bathroom attached.
This Ty Molineux villa on Jumby Bay Island sleeps 16 and if its all adults that’s eight couples but it can quite easily be four couples with children of all ages in tow. Across six acres it is quite possible to not see any other couple or family for at least a day. As much as we love spending time with others, each couple and family needs their own time together.
The Morning Glory villa on Long Island provides this in spades, spacious private terraces, sprawling grounds, schedule swimming pool, tennis courts, open air games and even Beach bar time and this really could be a holiday of a lifetime. An Antigua holiday villa that could and will really spoil you rotten.
Fun Facts About Jumby Beach Island:
- The Antigua villa estate, Morning Glory used to be called Ty Molineux
- Talking of name changes, historically a Leeward Island in the Lesser Antilles named Long Island, its entire name change is due to Jumby Beach now becoming a commercial acquisition renamed Jumby Beach Island. Officially or unofficially it’s unsure. Ask any Naval Officer however and it’s Long Island, Antigua and Barboda.
- Without a doubt these Long Island villas are extraordinary but have you considered who might own them? It’s probably fairly correct to assume that you may know them as a famous person and you’d be living in their house.
- Not just anybody can board the private ferry to Jumby Bay, you need to have permission and either be invited by a property owner or be confirmed as a guest.
There actually isn’t much reason to leave the villa and some services can actually be ordered to visit. Should you not have a danny about the gym equipment, a fitness instructor can provide lessons at extra cost. If the Morning Glory villa spa is getting a bit old hat you could travel by golf buggy to Rosewood Hotel and take in their Sense Spa for a change of scenery.
- Chef prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner either local or International cuisine
- On tap pleasantries with Afternoon tea, beverages, cocktails and house wine
- Enjoy combined Jumby Bay resort fitness and tennis facilities and pools
- A range of water sports activities sea kayaking, Sunfish sailing, water skiing and windsurfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling sessions taking in the coral reefs and equipment supplied for private use.
- Escape the children with the local resort’s children’s activity program
You might wonder how, even at 300 acres, the residents and visitors get on and off. The island is pretty much without cars and access is gained by private yacht or the private ferry which has it own, yes you guessed correctly, private dock on Antigua. Where most people land at Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport by private jet, commercial airline or helicopter and get a very fancy car driven by a very fancy Chauffeur. How long does it take? There’s an overall journey time of 12 minutes but it may take a little longer for the yacht to get all passengers on board.
The Morning Glory villa does have its own chef and kitchen staff but it’s good to mix it up a little and get local, at least if not on your first or second stay on Long Island in the Leeward Islands then on your third or fourth.
It’s not all West Indian / Carib food here, there is both local and International cuisine as it is predominantly a tourist industry that they serve. The nearest restaurant is a short walk and only 500 metres away, The Estate House Restaurant.
One dish in particular the Spiny lobster with Armagnac flambé should almost certainly see you pick up apace ahead of the rest of your party. The building that houses the restaurant cost over £4 million to renovate, I suggest you check the menu prices before visiting. There’s also the Pool Grille, The Beach Shack and the 1830 Bar.
How Much Does A Stay At Morning Glory Villa Cost?
Are you wearing socks? as I am about to blow them off. The Morning Glory Jumby Bay villa is an extraordinary property that even if you visit twice will leave you wanting more. This is not the type of holiday villa that requires all rooms to be booked, should you be Mr and Mrs Smith of Berkeley Square you could hire the Antigua villa just for yourselves.
At a snip above £90,000 for seven days at the Christmas period and slightly less the rest of the year you may well want company no matter how many shopping trips you make to Harrods in a month. The Colonial style villa sleeps 16 so that’s £10,000 a couple or four families with two children at £20,000.
This isn’t Bognor Regis. As much as I have Squillions and holiday on Richard Branson’s private Island – honest I do… even I know that this is one of the most incredible Jumby Bay villas just off of Antigua and Barbuda which is a holiday of a lifetime. In which case it’s affordable as such for many who save just to partake in luxury like this once, for others it could be a regular occurrence. If it is then you probably know the owner and should be able to stay for free. Book the Morning Glory Jumby Bay Villa.
Which Facilities Does The Morning Glory Villa Have?
- 8 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms – sleeping 16
- Air conditioned throughout with additional ceiling fans
- Private location, secure parking and gated access
- Golf buggies and cycles for all ages
- Charcoal grill, gas grill and BBQ
- Private jacuzzi and heated 20 metre infinity swimming pool
- Sunloungers with white sandy beach access within ten metres
- Flood lit Tennis Court, croquet, life size chess / draughts, beach volleyball
- Broadband wifi, ipod station and media room
- Alarm Clock, TV and CD, DVD Player
- Blender, Ice Maker, Coffee Maker, Dishwasher & Fridge Freezer
- Gym and spa treatment suite
- Personal chef, butler and maid
Welcome your Majesty, we are pleased to announce that during your stay at the Morning Glory Villa in Jumby Bay there will be endless perfection and the highest standards observed at all times. “Cor blimey Guvnor, hark at him!” Yes there are staff.
There’s an housekeeper, a personal on site Chef and a Butler but I don’t think he’s called Jeeves. The Chef however is called Albert. I have stayed at hotels where people carry the luggage and there’s a very helpful concierge but a private Chef, maid and butler for a week, stone the crows I’ll have more of that thank you very much. Remember you’ll also have guidance and assistance of the staff from the villa company you rent from.
Do I Require A Hire Car At Jumby Bay?
It’s not on the must have list. It is probably quite easy to hire your own vehicle but amenities are all local, most facilities on site but should you feel the need to get about the Island faster in the private garage there are golf carts and bicycles for use by guests. All included in the rental charge. At £10 grand per couple you’d like to think so eh?
Is There A Swimming Pool At The Morning Glory Villa?
Have you not seen the pictures? It’s a twenty metre heated infinity swimming pool which simply means the edge where the water meets is seamless. It’s a feature we have come to love, easily slip in and out and also very easy on the eye. The pool is situated to the rear with wide gang ways surrounded by palm trees, sun loungers and day beds with you swimming in the middle.
How Far Is The Nearest Beach From Morning Glory?
…a tremendous white sandy beach just yards away.
What Is There To Do In Jumby Bay?
What isn’t there to do? You’re just about to fork out almost £100,000 and you want to hire a Private yacht and go around the Caribbean and West Indies on top of your stay? Yes, you can hire a private yacht. I bet if you’re that loaded you could probably find Flipper and get him to blow bubbles to any music you play.
Suave, sophistication and a shockingly great late availability price, book the Morning Glory villa, previously known as Ty Molineux on Jumby Bay Island, previously known as Long Island in Antigua and Barboda, which strangely enough is still called Antigua BUT the local Caribs used to call it Wadadli. I reckon Prince once owned this villa, just got a feeling. Wa-dad-li know.