By Eimear Lynch
January 26, 2016
Credit: Courtesy of Jumby Bay

In Antigua, which pretty much invented the exclusive all-inclusive, each of these three resorts has fewer than 75 rooms—and as many as 216 employees—meaning everyone gets VIP treatment.

Jumby Bay:

The vibe: Splashy doesn’t begin to describe this private island, a short ferry ride from the northern coast. There are five res- taurants and bars for its 40 rooms.

Most-ordered drink: Rum punch

Has Paul McCartney stayed there? Yes

Preferred activity: Golf. There's a perfectly manicured championship course with a par of 70.

Number of beaches: Two. One's deserted save for rare birds and sea turtles; the other's for cushy chaises and on-demand cocktails.

Amenity to post on Facebook: The Estate House restaurants, set in a plantation home, serves truffle-topped ravioli and seafood risotto that excite even after a week.

What to pack: Bring an all-white look for Sunday "White Night" beach parties.

Details: rosewoodhotels. com; doubles from $1,095, all-inclusive.

Caribbean Group Getaways: Hermitage Bay, Antigua
Credit: Courtesy of Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay

The vibe: In a sheltered bay, this resort feels like a nature reserve. (Not one tree was cut when it was built in 2006). Plus, food comes from the sea and nearby farms.

Most-ordered drink: Mojito

Has Paul McCartney stayed there? No

Preferred activity: Kayaking. It’s a short paddle to a couple of deserted beaches inaccessible by land.

Number of beaches: One. A quarter-mile stretch on the eponymous bay.

Amenity to post on Facebook: The garden. Take the tour so you can introduce your palate to fruits you’ve never heard of: soursop, genip, shaddock, and noni, to name a few.

What to pack: Flats are more for- giving than heels when you’re climb- ing steps to the most private rooms.

Details:; doubles from $1,050, all-inclusive.

Caribbean Group Getaways: Curtain Bluff in Antigua
Credit: Courtesy of Curtain Bluff

Curtain Bluff

The vibe: On a southeastern, palm-lined peninsula, this place has just enough rattan and mahogany to keep generations of New England fami- lies coming back.

Most-ordered drink: White wine

Has Paul McCartney stayed there? Yes

Preferred activity: Tennis. Bring your whitest whites and book time on one of four seaside courts (or a lesson with one of three pros).

Number of beaches: Two. One’s shady and quiet; the oth- er’s for sailing, swimming, kayak- ing, and snorkeling.

Amenity to post on Facebook: The spa, which over- looks Morris Bay, has an herb garden and spectacular views of Montserrat.

What to pack: Guys will need pants and a collared shirt for dinner.

Details:; doubles from $820, all-inclusive.