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Jolly Beach Resort

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Our Opinion
Great value and arguably Antigua's best beach is what you will find at the Jolly Beach Resort. This 3 star resort offers simple rooms, good food and a magnificent white sand beach. A good choice for families, couples and singles.

Overview
The only rule at Jolly Beach Resort is to have as much fun as possible. This hotel is perfect for singles, families and couples seeking a value-packed holiday. Located on a stunning kilometre-long stretch of beach on the sheltered West Coast, this action-oriented hotel offers many options for active vacationers and sunseekers alike.

Location: Directly on an amazing half mile stretch of white sand, Jolly Beach on a protected bay of clear, calm waters, just a 20 minute drive from the capital of St. John's and 30 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • aruba512 : Charlotte, North Carolina
Amazing Anniversary trip- lots to do

Celebrated our anniversary trip for a week and Jolly exceeded our expectations. Our room had a great view of the ocean and mountains (room 4419) and was always clean. Our room had everything we needed. The beach was absolutely stunning. Beautiful sun sets. We like collecting shells from all our Caribbean vacations and Antigua has beautiful shells. I was afraid of not having an umbrella for shade because I burn so easily, but there were many umbrella spots. At times, we did have to save the best spots near the bar/pool at 6:30 in the morning. The ocean is calm with perfect temperature. Try the sailing lesson. The water activity guys were great. Sailing was very easy to do and fun. My husband and I felt comfortable to go sailing on our own and had a blast. I wish the resort had water skiing and a snorkel excursion, but they did not offer these. The other activities on the resort were a lot of fun. I would take a picture of the schedule with my phone so we always had it handy. Hiking at 5pm Friday is a must. Charm was our guide and he was amazing. We did the hike on our anniversary and it was very special. Charm, thank you for being so kind and fun. Bring your cameras- you get the most beautiful views from the hike. And Charm made sure we came down just in time for the most beautiful sun set. The good thing is you can hike this spot any time- it's all public. Ann Marie was superb at the daily activities. My husband had the best time playing football (American soccer). I enjoyed Bingo and Aqua Aerobics. Ann Marie always made us feel special. She was always keeping people laughing and smiling. Kesi at concierge was very helpful and nice. Everyone was very friendly to us. We became friends with so many of the resort staff- we are really going to miss them. Night life was fun- we enjoyed the fire show, music and we danced when they had the DJ. The bartenders were exceptional. They always made my husband special drinks. Antigua Kiss and Antigua Smile were great. The pools were awesome. We enjoyed the large pool with the swim up bar. The smaller pool was my favorite. Very relaxing. Tea time had delicious sandwiches, brownies, cookies, hummus, etc. We took advantage of tea time every day. Restaurants had great food. Lydia's was my favorite. Try curried okra with roti- amazing. Fish and chicken dishes were delicious. Hemisphere's always had a great selection. We booked a tour (Thanks Kesi) where we went hiking, cave exploring, and snorkeling. This excursion was fun and we got to see a lot of the island. I recommend booking only through the hotel. Some of the locals who offer jet ski, boating, etc on the beach were not friendly and I would not trust them. We walked to the Jolly Harbour (short walk outside the security gate) and went into local shops, grocery store and home goods store behind. Souvenirs- the resort shop has $2 mini bottles $9 Caribbean rum balls. The shops in Jolly Harbour all have different prices. We got a $4 shot glass (where on the beach they go for $5). Check in and check out was very easy and fast. Bring mosquito repellant. An absolute paradise. Thank you Jolly for making our 5 year wedding anniversary so special.

  • Kelsey S : Kansas City, United States
Wonderful time at JBR!!!!

We had a wonderful vacation! Antiqua is so beautiful! We chose JBR mainly because of the beach and the price was right. We were not disappointed with our choice, despite reading a lot of scary reviews before the trip. The place is dated for sure and is not a 5 star resort but for us that isn't what's important. The room we had, had a BEAUTIFUL/PERFECT view! There were ants in our room and it did flood after a big storm one night, didn't really bother us. The food was awesome! We loved the mexican place and lydia's! The Italian was not for us after trying it. The jerk chicken at the pool bar is amazing and the burgers are good! The omelets at breakfast are so so good! Coffee is good and water in the restaurants is filtered for drinking. Drinks at the bar were always good. Neil, Patrick and Zouda were our favorite bartenders!!! So nice and always excited to see us! The pool is nice and the swim up bar was fun! The beach is so beautiful, the water is so pretty, it's not very clear but still so amazing! We never had an issue getting a cabana or chairs. The resort was not very busy when we were there so I'm sure at busier times, it could get tricky getting cabanas as there weren't very many of them. The beach is long and is a good walk. Wi-fi worked great in the lobby. The gym is very small but efficient! We were very happy with our choice to stay at JBR, we would definetely stay there again.

  • Jessica T : Brooklyn, New York
Excellent Value for the Price

I stayed at Jolly Beach in early May. This is a mid-level resort, priced at very reasonable prices. If you want luxury, then go somewhere else - if you are ok with a standard resort then this is your place! I stayed in a king superior room in the quiet section of the resort. It was perfect! Spacious and clean. Less then a one minute walk to the beautiful sea. Quiet. There is always something to eat at the various restraints and buffet. The staff is over the top nice. I paid for wifi in my room, it was out one night and I was refunded for that day. Wifi is always available in the reception area. The champagne is wonderful :) Beautiful island with beautiful flowers, and a spectacular beach!

  • Gucci1970 :
Excellent value in paradise

Antigua is truly a stunningly beautiful island. Turquoise waters, white beaches, beautiful weather and great friendly people. Jolly beach is a only a 30 minute trip from the airport and offers great value for money. We stayed in a superior room right on the beach, which was clean, roomy and very comfortable. The Choice and standard of food was very good, the Mexican restaurant was particularly good. The beach is defiantly one of the best on the island and the facilities with two pools was perfect. The staff were very helpful and in the most part couldn't do enough for their guests. On bumping into a travel agent during my stay, who had been a staggering 18 times, she confirmed the hotel is the best value on what is an expensive island. All inclusive was superb value for money.

  • bobbymWirral : wirral
Worth it just for the beach

This was our second time at Jolly Beach and it is getting better each time. The food as last time, was generally good esp. the fish restaurant, Lydia's. Unless you have been to Antigua it is hard to explain just how beautiful Jolly Beach area is, and this hotel is right on the beach. Some of the cheaper rooms are tiny, recommend a superior, its well worth the extra cost. In the last year a lot of cleaning up and general maintenance has gone on, making it a better place to stay. There was a problem with biting insects, sand flies ect. but not as bad as last time, and not enough to ruin the holiday. If you like sailing the staff at the water sports center are great, probably the best I have ever come across, friendly, helpful and willing. Most of the staff are also friendly especially on the evening bar, with Zauda and Alwin doing their utmost to make the evenings fun. We found the loud music at the pool bar annoying and drove us to other areas of the hotel, and we were not the only ones. It seemed as if the staff their were enjoying it more than the guests, and you had to repeat the drinks orders many times as they could not hear you. Mostly the evening entertainment was just that, entertaining, but afterwards the DJ did tend to play music to his own taste, every night and very loud, but at least he was open to play more main stream dance music if requested. Overall I would happily book this hotel again and was sad to be leaving. As last time we got the local bus about Antigua, especially into St. Johns it costs about 3 ec dollars, and the drivers are happy to get the business.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 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
  • Croquet
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • 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:

  • A/C
  • 2 twins or 1 king bed
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Pay-safe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hair-dryer
  • Patio or balcony with ocean view
  • Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child

Superior Room:

  • Same as Standard but larger with 2 queen beds
  • Full bathroom
  • Coffee and tea-maker
  • Mini-fridge
  • 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.

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  • Jolly Beach Resort
    Antigua,Antigua And Barbuda

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Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
Bolans Village, Bolans, Saint Mary's Antigua

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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