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began at Rosewood Jumby Bay, on its own private three-hundred-acre island off the north coast of Antigua. The forty-suite hotel and


twenty-three privately owned villas and homes (some of which can be rented) are popular with the rich and famous — the only way to get there is by ferry (a ten-minute ride), and the staff are strict about protecting guests’ privacy. Even though I begged guest services manager Melinda Fletcher for one celebrity name — in the interest of journalism, of course — she refused. Fletcher greeted me at the Jumby Bay dock


with a delicious fruit punch and a scented cold towel — the scent is a proprietary blend, used to fragrance everything from the soap in the hotel rooms to the massage oils in the spa. Then she whisked me off to my suite — and, boy, what a suite it was. I entered through a courtyard with


Above and left Rosewood Jumby Bay’s sybaritic surroundings Opposite page The sublime view from the suites at Hermitage Bay


My main experience with posh hotels is driving past their gates and wondering what happens inside. Yet here I was, deep into the lap of luxury, on a mission to investigate how the lucky enjoy their exclusive vacations


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COURTESY ROSEWOOD JUMBY BAY


COURTESY ROSEWOOD JUMBY BAY


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