Jolly Beach Resort
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
After reading reviews on JBR before booking, I decided to book a king size superior room. So glad that I did, we were in room 222 in Hispaniola building, I had requested a upper floor room with an ocean view. All of the requests were met in full, along with a bottle of sparkling wine on ice....what a nice welcome.The room was large with a comfortable king size bed, a seating area, fridge, coffee maker, iron and board, great air con, loads of hanging and drawer space and huge balcony overlooking that fabulous white sand and turquoise sea. If it's in your budget I would book this type of room.I had booked in online and so beat all the queues, a good tip!Yes, the furnishings are slightly shabby, but you are in a 3 star hotel, you are not paying Sandals type hotel prices....so don't expect their standards, like everything in life..you get what you pay for!The main dining hall was ok, the staff are polite helpful and mainly always smiling and a "no problem" The food was reasonable, a fair choice, replenishment could have been better as sometimes lines ran out and not replaced. One big criticism and the management really need to try to solve this, the birds in and around the dining room, you dare not leave your food unattended I'd you are seated on the perimeter of the room or the little perishes will have it!!!!We ate twice at Lydia's, good dishes and service on both occasions, once in the Mexican, unfortunately the light at our table was so poor I couldn't see what I was eating, once at the Italian, good food, small portions so help yourself to plenty from the antipasto bar! good service, we didn't pay any supplements as ample choice without.We were celebrating a special birthday and anniversary while we were away and ate at two restaurants at Jolly Harbour, the Crows Nest and the Greek one, both quite expensive, but I suppose you pay for the location!The beach like everyone says is.....stunning...what's not to like, only problem which needs addressing, very few sunshades available as you always get the idiots who put towels on beds early morning or even the night before!!!!!! There was an enterprising chap hiring out umbrellas, but if you are all inclusive...why should you have to pay???All in all, we had a great relaxing holiday and as we got a great bargain from Expedia...thumbs up...yeah mon.
We always book a 7 day vacation in February of every year to get away from the cold of New Jersey. I found this great deal on an all inclusive stay at Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua. Once I saw the West leeward facing location with small waves, a nice sandy beach, set in a semicircle beach of about 1 mile long, I decided to take a chance. The hotel has ocean facing rooms which we like. After reading a lot of poor reviews I was worried at what we would find, but overall we were pleased with our vacation. PROS: The beach is the 5 STAR attraction here. Nice view, cleaned of seaweed daily, and even going into the ocean, the sand is smooth and nice with few rock and coral. You can find many nice seashells along the beach. There are enough vendor shacks on the beach to get souvenirs or other beach wear that you need. The rooms are close to the beach, with a patio. We had room 1004 on the first floor of the Grenada building, which was right next to Lydia's. Great location. Our room had a King sized bed, and the air conditioning worked great, which we loved. We heard of some guests who got a room with bad air, and got switched to an even worse room. My only complaint on the room, was that the mattress was as hard as a rock, and I woke up with a sore back on most mornings. They should buy some gel mattress toppers at least. We had hot water most of the time in our shower, but at peak shower times it may run out. Overall the room was satisfactory. We got by using the concrete night stand tables and shelves for clothes in the closet. They provided a hairdryer which worked good. The main pool is large and was never packed. The food shack and pool bar are right next to each other and well laid out, with an upstairs patio above the bar with tables to sit and eat in the shade. I believe the bar opens at 10:00am till 5:00pm, and the food is from 11:00 until 4:45pm. They always had at least 3 bartenders to keep everyone happy with drinks. We tried a Mudslide, Pina Colada, BBC, Painkiller, and a few more. The beer is Wadadli I believe. There is an entertainment director at the pool that keeps the people involved, he does a great job. We met 2 nice bartenders, Ashley and Clovis who treated us well. The food servers were not too friendly but accommodating to guests. I recommend the jerk chicken, barbecue chicken, French Fries, and the salads. The burgers are overcooked and dry, and the hot dogs are fair. My wife and I got a 50 minute back and neck massage at the SPA, which cost $120US. The Spa was up to date and modern inside, and we enjoyed it. Cons:Our worst complaint is the internet is only available by the check in desk and is very weak and spotty. It cant seem to accommodate all the guests trying to use it. It took us until the 3rd day to get on. And once you do, any uploads will take forever. I tried several times to post a video to Facebook, and it got to 90%, and stopped. They need to get an IT guy in there and spread the coverage. It would be nice to have an Iron in the room. FOOD:There are only night time restaurants to eat at on property excluding Hemisphere's buffet, and you have to be in line at 8:00am the previous day to get reservations. And some are closed one night a week, giving you only 2 options. They have a 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm seating, and each seating time the restaurant is only 1/3 full of guests. We ate at Lydia's one night, Bocciolis another, but not the Mexican one. We heard other people say it was good. Bocciolis requires men to wear long pants, the atmosphere in nice though. At Lydia's I really enjoyed the red snapper that I had as main course. I had crab cakes as appetizer that were good also. I guess they do not care about keeping there guests fed and happy. We had to go off sight several times to local places, but we found several good spots. We ate breakfast either at the Mexican restaurant or the Hemisphere's buffet. I really liked the omelet stations at the buffet. The buffet food is normally not that hot, only lukewarm, so I got a hot omelet when I could. Pineapple juice is a better choice over the orange, but sometimes we mixed them. Entertainment: For an all inclusive, I must say they do a Good job. We enjoyed the Mardi Gras style dancers with stilt walkers one night. Then the next night we saw the Fire dancers. Another night they had a steel drum band that was good. Another there was a 4 pc group with a fantastic lead singer with a great voice. The Karaoke night is always a little torture on the ears but fun. They had a good band before and after. Another night they had a bonfire on the beach with Limbo and island style dancing which we thoroughly enjoyed. Each night the entertainment is only until 11:00pm, but that is perfect. Also the middle outside bar on the property is perfectly placed by the entertainment gazebo. A nice bartender named Neo took care of us with drinks. A few other bartenders don't really interact very well, but get the job done. Overall, the place is a little dated and needs some painting and refreshing, but as an overall experience I would recommend coming here if you are not a stuck up idiot and instead let your hair down and relax in one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean with 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. There are many beautiful people also that work here. We had no problem with check in or check out, and getting a taxi was easy here too. Come and enjoy Antigua, W.I.
As everyone mentions at this location, the beach really IS amazing!! We never went in the pool once. The food was ok, nothing special, usually luke warm at the buffet but no one got sick at all (which for someone with a sensitive stomach) I was elated about. The Italian restaurant was not worth the extra money...we got the "10 oz" steak for $15 US extra, mine was mediocre but my bf's was just pure grisol and not edible, not worth the extra money at all. Anything with seafood they are extremely light on portion sizes. We were also there for 2 1/2 hrs waiting on food...ugh. That being said, the Mexican and Lydias restaurant we had quite good food.They only let you book 1 a la carte and only the day before...they seem to only ever have a couple seating times available as well. Service is quite slow booking and usually the wait staff as well.For our actual trip, we were told during our booking, we could upgrade rooms at the resort or just pay extra for a fridge - (which is what we ultimately wanted.) We tried to do both and we're met with basically a laugh- hotel is fully booked and you can ONLY get a fridge if a "queen suite" was empty so they could take those fridges! Needless to say we never got a fridge or a room upgrade!We were met with a 4 hour wait to get our room, upon arrival (which wasn't a great start(they kept saying check in wasn't until 5pm?), so while all our friends got rooms, we borrowed space with them. The next day our bathroom ceiling leaked, dripping on your back from above while on the toilet (kinda gross) but after going to the desk a couple times it was fixed the next day.Bars ALL close by 12 30am, and all other food by 10pm(not sure if this is typical for the carribean?) We were not aware there was no other food later than this and felt it was pretty early for shutting down booze! The bbq hut during the day is best, jerk chicken and hot burgers but they close by 5pm.The beach was the Best part by far, the excursion sales guys get a little annoying after a couple days but they figure out after that who has finalized plans. We bought an umbrella most days from "twist", local guy, and that was great for our super pastey skin...lol, we would have burned so bad without them. Shade huts are impossible unless u are reserving at 4 am or so!Twist and his gf were awesome, we tried konch bbq d by them and got some cool shells for people back home. We would have done snorkeling with them as well if we didn't run out of time..great people!
Travelers beware! Unless you are truly looking for the bottom of the barrel resort DO NOT travel to Jolly Beach. This is a 1 star resort with a 2 star beach. There was very little to be "Jolly" about during our stay. The problems started immediately upon our arrival when we were told that the upgraded room we had reserved and paid for 6 months prior to our arrival had been "oversold" and was therefore unavailable. There was absolutely no attempt to compensate us for the error; instead, we were simply informed that we would be DOWNGRADED to the basic room for our entire week's stay and that was that. After MUCH protesting, they miraculously found an available upgraded room for us THE NEXT DAY. The basic room we stayed in the first night had no furniture and was not clean. The bathroom was tiny and the shower was ridiculously small. The room smelled of mold and mildew, and the grounds outside of that particular building smelled of raw sewage. Once we moved the next day, the upgraded room was larger, but we had no hot water the entire week unless we showered at 2:00 in the afternoon or 2:00 in the morning. There was no spread on the bed in the upgraded room except the sheets, and when I asked for one I was told beds weren't made that way anymore and they would see what was "available." When I returned from dinner that night a thin cotton blanket, still in a plastic bag, had been carelessly thrown in the middle of my bed. The handle to our patio door was broken (we were on the first floor), and the AC worked sporadically. The rooms go beyond needing an update. There is at least one entire building that is torn apart for renovation, but no work was done during our entire stay. The place is quite literally falling down. In fact, the ceiling in one of the rooms in our building actually collapsed during our stay. Furthermore, this "All Inclusive" resort is anything but all inclusive. There are upcharges for EVERYTHING including (in US $): $20 for the lock for the room safe, $3 for a small bottle of water or $5 for a large one (there was no bottled water or any other drink provided in the rooms), and $20 per person fee at the concierge desk just to book a tour. Additionally, the Italian restaurant had a $20 per person cover charge just to walk in the door. Specialty restaurants offered almost more entrees at an upcharge than what were offered under the all inclusive. These upcharges ranged from $12 - $25 dollars depending on the restaurant and the entree. The buffet was adequate, but the variety was minimal and nothing qualified as amazing. Plus, ALL of the specialty restaurants are not open every night, so guests really don't have the advertised 4 restaurants to choose from (including the buffet). In reality, there are 2 or 3 restaurants, and guests have to be in line by 7:30 am at the concierge desk to make dinner reservations for the next evening or else everything is booked. Also, you can't make reservations any more than 1 day in advance, so you can't even go get in line one time and make your reservations for the duration of your stay. Along those lines, any hope of getting a chair under one of the thatched umbrellas required a visit to the beach before 6:30 am in order to drag chairs under the umbrellas and throw towels on the chairs to "reserve" your spot on the beach. The strip of "sand" between the resort and the ocean is actually more like concrete. Although it does get better the closer to the ocean you get, there is very little soft sand on which to walk. The beach was covered with seaweed when we arrived, and it has cigarette butts and crushed shells everywhere, making it actually uncomfortable to walk in bare feet. It is a public beach and we were approached daily by individuals selling everything from tours to goods. Additionally, there were several loud altercations where a drunk local was verbally abusive with employees of the resort. There was lots of very foul language and inappropriate gestures, yelling and screaming, and it went on and on for well over 30 minutes. Nothing was done because the beach is public. I have traveled to multiple islands throughout the Caribbean, and this was, by far, the worst experience I've ever had in over 20 years of domestic and international beach vacations.
Stayed for 3 nights and it was good.I will start off with the beach, oh Jolly Beach is amazingly beautiful!The hotel rooms are kind of outdated. Not all rooms has WiFi available which I didn't like. The best thing I enjoyed from this Hotel was the nightly entertainment sessions. The pools were also nice, good family and friend hotel. They just really need to modernize the rooms but other than that its quite wonderful.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with a la carte dining*
- Domestic brand drinks from 10:30am to 11:00pm
- Use of gym
- Watersports including: snorkeling, windsurfing, sunfish & hobiecat sailing, paddle boats, kayaks
- Day and night tennis (proper attire required)
- Daily activities
- Beach volleyball
- Beach soccer
- Table tennis
- Dance lessons
- Aerobic classes
- Theme nights
- Nightly entertainment
- 462 rooms in twenty-three 2 to 4 storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Indian, Caribbean, Italian)
- 6 bars including Swim-up bar, Pool bar
- 2 outdoor pools, waterfall
- 18-hole golf course 15 minute walk away
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- 4 tennis courts (4 lit) on-site
- Souvenir gift shop
- Fitness facilities
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving nearby (fee)
- A range of watersports available
Standard Room includes:
- 2 twins or 1 king bed
- Bathroom with shower
- Patio or balcony with ocean view
- Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child
- Same as Standard but larger with 2 queen beds
- Full bathroom
- Coffee and tea-maker
- Max. occ. 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Kids Deal - Kids 2 years and under pay kid's rate when sharing with 2 adults; pay kid's rate for air and transfers.
For the Kids - Kids 3 to 12 enjoy supervised activities 9am - 5pm at the Kids' club, Babysitting service (fee), Games room, Kids' section of main pool.
Romance Bonus - Honeymooners receive: bottle of sparkling wine, bottle of massage oil, flowers in room, late check-out (if possible), US$50 per couple discount for Wadadli Cats Cruise (except Sundays), 25% discount on photo key rings, congratulatory card from hotel. Request when you book. Requires proof of marriage.
Wedding Package - Packages available. Please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Jolly Beach ResortAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Bolans Village, Bolans, Saint Mary's Antigua
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