Reimagining Private Island Resort Accommodations at Jumby Bay Island

Nov 9, 2022 11:03:55 AM / by Trisha Brookbank

Celebrating its 25th year of serving leading luxury hoteliers in the Caribbean, Studio IDC’s ability to execute complex, high-end design is second to none. Why? Simply put: Trust. The firm’s deep, long-term relationships with vendors, partners, and repeat clients have been cultivated over the years with intentionality. To that end, Studio IDC is excited to announce that its newest design project, the Ocean View Suites at Jumby Bay Island in Antigua, is nearing completion! 

Project Background

Jumby Bay Island is a private island resort accessible only via a six-minute boat ride from mainland Antigua. The resort is part of the Oetker Collection, an internationally acclaimed hotel group featuring properties in some of the world’s most iconic and exclusive locales. 

Studio IDC has maintained a longstanding relationship with Jumby Bay Island. The resort first hired the firm in 2009 to design the Pond Bay Suites. A decade later, the property tapped the design firm to redesign the suites with an elevated, modern look that reflected the island’s increasingly discerning clientele. 

Over the years, Studio IDC invested in its relationship with Jumby Bay Island and had the full confidence of the Jumby Bay Board following the successful design of the previous project. This high level of mutual trust resulted in Studio IDC being awarded the design contract of the resort’s 12 Ocean View Suites. Each suite boasts 5,200 luxurious square feet and is deliberately positioned within the topography, featuring central verandas that maximize sweeping ocean views and capitalize on natural light. These structural features enabled Studio IDC to lift the veil between indoor and outdoor living, synonymous with the Jumby Bay Island lifestyle. In total, the project comprises 31,200 square feet under air. 

Design Inspiration & Materials Selection

The dynamic, ever-changing hues of the Caribbean waters and the layered flora and fauna of the island invited Studio IDC to play with a spectrum of blues and greens set against soft woods, imaginative wallcoverings, and a neutral perfection of sand hues in the design. The designers also strategically placed jewel tones within the art and fabric selections to evoke a casual elegance that is at once tropical and luxurious.

Studio IDC designers are experts in executing well-thought-out solutions for the unique challenges that come with designing spaces for the Caribbean: The island environment is harsh due to the salt water and open-air style of living. As such, material selections were key to ensuring wearability. With the firm’s decades of design experience across the Caribbean, it was able to expertly balance durability with aesthetics, culminating in a high-end, residential-forward style.

Selections included custom furnishing by Troy Wesnidge and Blue Leaf Hospitality; area rugs by Lilypads Creations; wallcoverings by Phillip Jeffries and Arte; outdoor pool furnishings by Dedon; outdoor umbrellas by Tuuci; kitchens and closets/wardrobes by MiaCucina; fabrics from Perennials, Carnegie, Harlequin, Momentum, DesignTex, and Kravet; and accessories by Global Views.

Antiguan artist Jan Farara was commissioned to create two original pieces for each suite, while local husband-wife ceramics duo Michael Hunt and Imogen Margrie from Cedars Pottery Antigua were commissioned to create ceramic lighting fixtures. Featuring and supporting these local artists was an intentional consideration by Studio IDC. 

Key Villa Features

Great Room

In approaching the open floor plan dining and great rooms, the Studio IDC team incorporated banquette seating to create a familiar family feel while highlighting the dining area with framed wallcoverings. Resting over both the dining and relaxation areas of the Great Room, the tongue-and-groove tray ceiling has a soft effect that adds height and warmth. Whether guests are enjoying a chef-prepared brunch or soaking in the last of the evening’s light while lounging on the sofa, the design fully embodies the relaxed sophistication available at the resort.

Alfresco Bathing

A signature of Jumby Bay Island, each suite features an outdoor bath and shower, creating a light and airy spa-like atmosphere with hand-selected stone and lush tropical plants. Studio IDC designed the shower’s handmade tile pattern – an ombré of the ocean-blue color palette – to create flow within the entire suite.

Primary Bedrooms

When guests choose to stay at Jumby Bay Island, they rightly hold expectations of pristine environments where they can exhale life’s day-to-day. From the king-sized bed, they will be mesmerized by sweeping ocean views in one direction and an invitation to the outdoor spa bathroom in the other.

“Jumby Bay Island is a unique and refined collection of luxurious experiences curated for an exclusive audience with a well-traveled and savvy insight,” says Stephanie Tyler, president of Studio IDC. “From our first design collaboration in 2009 to the modern design and appointment of the Ocean View Suites now, the Jumby Bay Board and Studio IDC continue to evolve both in our relationship with one another and in our relationship with guests, bringing luxurious and easy design to the most discerning travelers.” 

If you would like to learn more about Studio IDC’s services and speak about the work the firm has done for other Caribbean hotels and properties, please call 305.665.1616.


Tags: caribbean interior design, Caribbean Boutique Hotel, Jumby Bay Island

Trisha Brookbank

Written by Trisha Brookbank

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