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4G Internet in the Caribbean? You'll Find It Here

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  Site Where: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua and Barbuda
February 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | ()

Here being Jumby Bay, a Rosewood resort that is its own private island just a short boat ride away from Antigua.

A speck in the strikingly blue sea, there are no towns or high-rises, no major roads or cars (each guest, young and old, gets a bicycle), just white sandy beaches, that picture-perfect palm tree, and (what the resort promises is) blazingly fast and free internet, being the first test case for 4G capability in the Caribbean.

Accommodation-wise, you have a choice between the resort’s rooms and suites (there are only 40 in total, completely rebuilt in 2010) and a number of private residences. Rooms start from “rondavels”, cottages with terraces, private courtyards, and outdoor showers, and go up to Rosewood Estate Suites with private pool. We like the look of the above Beachside Courtyard Suite, with open doors and tall windows bringing the outside in – and as the name suggests, the sea is just a few steps away.

There are only 56 private residences on the island, a selection of which is available for rental, with no further development allowed. Suites and homes are outfitted with hotspots connected to the fibre optic network, with new ones being added to expand coverage. 4G WiFi through provider Digicel is available across the island.

Weather on Jumby Bay is pretty consistently amazing year-round. Rates are on an all-inclusive basis, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, drinks, use of a bicycle, water sports, tennis courts, and other facilities – we found a rondavel for $1,595 a night on a weekend in March. Multi-bedroom residences can go all the way up into the five digits and come with their own staff and access to all services of the resorts.

[Photos: Rosewood Hotels]

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