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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
  • plattl : Lethbridge, AB
Great resort for the price

Like many reviewers, we found the rooms the least pleasurable part of the stay. We were in a supersaver and chose not to upgrade because we really didn't care how big our room was. The beds were very uncomfortable which was unfortunate - we spoke to another traveller who had upgraded her room and she said the same thing. We woke up sore every morning. Also, the bathroom was so small and the shower curtain so short that the bathroom flooded everytime we showered. Which wouldn't have been so bad except housekeeping kept taking our towels and not replacing them. We finally called to get more after 2 days and they blamed it on the rain (?) They also took our bedspread the first morning and our 'privacy please' sign and we never got them back. Very strange but not the end of the world. It was also quite loud in the rooms due to booming music late into the night and the bathrooms and doors are all open to the hallway.I found a lot of the staff not very pleasant, but perhaps it's because I didn't 'befriend' them as others do (god forbid I should want to relax and keep to myself a bit). Was also a bit disappointed that there were no drink lists/suggestions as I've seen at other resorts. But the pools were good, the beach was great and the ocean was warm. Was pretty much impossible to get an umbrella on the beach unless it was raining, but we always managed to find one by the pool (usually if we got out there by 8am). I was surprised at the quality of the food - it was very good for a 3 star resort. We would recommend going into town (a VERY short walk) as we found the people in town MUCH friendlier. I was personally satisfied with the entertainment at the resort - there was something to do every night, although my boyfriend didn't find the atmosphere as much of a 'party' as he wanted.

  • fifraser : CA
Great beach, shame about the rest!

It's been covered by others but may as well add my 2cents. The 'resort' is pretty run down. You can tell they are trying to sustain the place but it's all being maintained by paint and quick fixes. We were there to get our boat pulled out for the season at the Marina so only did 3 nights and that was more than enough! The beach is great and if you want a beach holiday, free drink and don't care what you eat, at least you didn't cook it - then you'll be fine here. Otherwise, look elsewhere.The rooms are clean enough and you don't spend much time in them, but we were constantly bitten by bugs overnight and everything in the room was tired. We were not in an upgraded room so had no fridge or benefits the upgraded rooms have. However, we have been told these rooms have more garden view than water views. We liked our view. We were on the 2 nd floor in St. Vincent building. The AC was great, shower pressure excellent and water warm ( except in middle of night when my husband tried to shower to ease the bug bites he woke up with at 3 am) . The balcony had 2 really crappy plastic chairs , no table but we saw other balconies with sling back chairs and tables. We had a king bed and room was cleaned well every day. We didn't get ant soap or shampoo after check in though. Nothing was renewed. The staff were mostly bordering on surly. They said the right things but just had an attitude. Maybe they hate their jobs? There were a few staff who made an effort but on the whole we felt like fols there were just not happy doing their job. Poor training maybe? It was disappointing. Best item for breakfast was the egg bar. I had good, fresh omelettes. You will get swooped by birds though at breakfast and one guy seems to be employed to walk around and tap walls with a stick to keep them at bay. We never ate lunch as we were working at marina but we had the afternoon tea ( sandwich bread is so thick you can hardly chew it) which did change items daily and the shortbread was good. We also had a burger at the kitchen area by the big pool. Coleslaw there is excellent, by the way.Evening meals were pretty wretched. The best is the Italian restaurant. Otherwise it's the buffet or the Mexican ( what I ordered arrived as congealed cheese and chicken in a taco) or the seafood restaurant. The Mahi Mahi we had at the seafood place was good, simply grilled with a mango sauce. I ended up eating cheese and crackers each night at the buffet to feel full as most of what I'd ordered was just tasteless or inedible. Having said that, you make the best of things and plenty of guests were downing the drinks and eating the food. The pool areas are big but pool could be cleaner and it would be nice if kids were restricted to the big pool and the smaller one by towel collection was kept as adults only.We were there because it's convenient for getting our boat out of the water but we met several couples who were just making the best of it and were on a two week vacation. Think again!

  • 861Berthamumma : Canterbury, United Kingdom
Loved it

First impression, not so good, needs a lick of paint. BUT the staff and location more than make up for this !! Had an amazing time, rooms very basic, Lovely friendly staff, cocktails are amazing, service fantastic, rooms are clean nothing is to much trouble. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen A brilliant girls holiday.we will be back

  • dheedum :
Girls trip to jolly beach resort and spa

Jolly beach resort and spa has a beautiful beach and could be a gold mine. Unfortunately the resort is not as pictured on their website. Some of the staff were helpful and very accommodating the other half could care less if we were there. Most evenings it was impossible to get a reservation and when we did have dinner the food was mediocre at best. The biggest problem were the locals on the beach. One gentleman in particular was very pushy, insulting and if you didn't book thru him became very irate. Even though it was all inclusive we left the resort many evenings for dinner.

  • Abbie21666 :
Great holiday

Just got back from a great holiday at Jolly beach with friends. My first time of visiting we had a lovely time great beach really friendly staff food was good. The only trouble if you don't like birds namely seagulls a real trouble at breakfast time if you didn't cover your food, but staff were great trying to get rid of them. Resorts needs updating but over all a great place to visit with friendly staff. The bar staff at night are the best always dancing and keeping everyone happy. Great swim up bar. Pools are very nice a quiet one with no music and a lively one for people that want to have fun. All in all a great place to stay. Hope to go back very soon.

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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