Jolly Beach Resort
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I have travelled many places and stayed in 3, 4 and 5* resorts, all-inclusive and non all-inclusive. Here's my honest opinion on Jolly Beach Resort.First of all Air Canada did a great job. We were even early getting back to Toronto. Once we landed in Antigua there was a lot of chaos out where we were to catch the bus to our hotel. No one seemed organized at all as we all stood there melting in the sun. Once they got organized it was about a 20-30 min drive to our hotel. the roads are terrible and cars park where ever they want even if it's blocking part of the road. I would never rent a car and drive there. There are also no signs to guide you. You are brave if do rent a car. When we got to the hotel of course it looked very old and warn down. I knew that going here but it was still a little concerning when I saw it.We lined up to get our rooms and it took for ever. Only a couple of people on the desk who spent more time talking to each other.I had asked for 2 Superior King rooms near each other and not on the first floor. this was an upgrade and cost me more money.We were told our rooms wouldn't be ready until 3:00, which is common so we left and came back at 3. Still no rooms. this went on until 4:00 when we finally got them. When we found out the rooms were in different building away from each other and one was on the ground floor I kindly expressed my concerns and asked if they could make a change. I wish I had gotten her name but she was so rude and lied to me about the locations of the two rooms. due to exhaustion my travel mates said not to worry about it and took the room on the ground floor. They regretted it later.Our room was fine and after seeing the standard room I was glad I had upgraded. it was the smallest room I've ever seen. you could barely walk around the bed.Rooms are old and in need up updating, but it was fine for what it was.Everything is extra though, your safe and if you want your WIFI in your room, so be prepared.The beach is amazing. Jolly is the only resort on the beach except for the small part of the beach at the end that hosts the guests from Coco resort. For me it was all about the beach and it delivered. Beautiful water and sand. You can Kayak or sail and this if free.The pools are only Ok and not the cleanest I've seen. This made me not use them. The beach grill is great and we ate there almost every day. The Indian restaurant was terrible so don't waste your time. The main buffet was a bit of an eye sore and hot. Try to get the tables outside so at least you get a bit of a breeze. The food choices are minimal but they actually did a good job. the food is quite good. Alcoholic drinks were great. No watering down of the booze here. Have a Rum Punch and you'll know what I mean.Most of the people that work here are nice but there are a couple of desk, bar and wait staff that were incredibly unfriendly and rude. Our first night we had to ask for a drink every time. No water, no refills were offered. when we asked for another drink we got a dirty look. But the few rude people did not cause us to dislike the resort. It ended up be a great vacation. But know what you get. this hotel is old and needs repairs and updating. Upgrade your room for sure.If you want a beautiful beach, this is your place. PS don't waste your time going to St. Johns to shop. Its SOOO expensive and the quality isn't there. It was a disappointment compared to St. Martin.That's all for now. I hope this helps you decide on Jolly Beach.
We liked this resort dispite the old fashioned decor and the ancient air conditioning system. I think that the staff must have an active interest in the running of this hotel because they seem genuinely happy to work there.The buffet food has lots of variety for meat eaters (not so much for vegetarians) but often the food was barely warm & some of the dishes were undercooked.Be advised that after a rain storm (which can be expected in the Caribbean) mosquitos and other bugs thrive around the property due to inadequate drainage. Remember to take strong bug repellant it can be like a swamp!This hotel was once a very exclusive hotel but unfortunately it hasn't seen much investment since it was built. If we decide to return it will be because of the attentive and friendly staff... Well done ALL of you you made our holiday, thanks so much! :-)
This vacation was a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. He wanted to go somewhere that we both have never been too. I did a lot of research on Antigua and Jolly Beach Resort was the most affordable. I was definitely sold on the pictures I saw online and everyone commented that this resort had the nicest beach on the island. As soon as we arrived, I noticed how outdated and run-down the resort was compared to the pictures I saw online. What I didn't like from the get-go was that upon check-in, you have to provide a credit card in case of any extra charges, damages, etc. I have never had to do that at a resort before. Everything was always settled at check-out. So make sure to bring a credit card with you.They don't offer food all throughout the day. When we arrived it was around 4:30/5:00PM and they were offering "tea-time" in the court yard. We had to wait until 6:30pm for the buffet to open. It was inconvenient to say the least. The food is not the greatest at all. If you don't eat pork, you won't be eating much all week unless you go to the Coconut Grill at lunch time. The Coconut Grill was honestly a savior, their food is actually good. It sucks that it's only open for a few hours in the afternoon. Another major annoyance was their a la carte restaurants. Half the menu was "all inclusive" .. the other half was food options that you had to pay for, and there were plenty. I've been to resorts where if you wanted lobster, you pay extra for just that. It seemed that this place really wanted you to fork out as much money as possible even after paying for an "all inclusive" resort.Another inconvenience is that the resort store closes at 7:00PM every day. If you don't stock up on snacks or water to keep in your room after everything closes, you'll be super dehydrated and hungry until the morning. The entertainment shuts down around 10PM every night and the bar is usually running until 11PM .. sometimes midnight but that's not every night.We found that this resort was more for an older crowd. If you're younger and like to party, this isn't the place to go. And the cab drivers will give you crazy rates to take you anywhere to enjoy yourself at night time. My boyfriend and I ended up renting a car to take ourselves around the island at our leisure which worked out to be cheaper and better than what locals were trying to charge us. We got to tour the entire island in the 4 days we had the rental and it was amazing. We also got to go out at night and enjoy the nightlife around the island.The room we had was super small - opt for a standard room or a suite. Our room was the size of a jail cell. We had constant issues with our toilet, and it took staff all day to fix the problem. We had a leak under our bathroom sink everyday. There is no mini fridge in the room, and even though they provide ice buckets there is nowhere to get ice other than the bar and it will melt overnight. The bed was super uncomfortable. It felt like we were sleeping on a concrete slab every night. As soon as we checked in, the front desk staff gave us a flyer regarding Zika Virus and how to protect yourself. You'd think it would be common sense that when house keeping cleans your room everyday, they'd keep the doors closed. Nope. We would come back to multiple mosquitoes in our room everyday. It was super annoying. The resort had a funky odor throughout it and at times, it smelt like poo. It was not pleasant at all. The main pool was not cleaned properly or daily. Both pools close at 6PM every day, and the main bar closes around 5. The only nice thing about this resort was the beach.I definitely wouldn't come back to this resort. It wasn't worth the time or money at all. It's more a motel than a resort.
My husband and I stayed at Jolly Beach for his birthday for 5 nights in November 2016. We read the reviews and were a little apprehensive but, we have read negative reviews before and were completely satisfied, we always try to take reviews with a grain of salt so to say. This resort, believe the bad reviews! Let me start with the resort itself, which is in great need of updating. The buildings are concrete inside and out, yes including the interior walls of your room. The first room we had actually had built in concrete furniture (a small desk, shelves). Upon check in after seeing the lobby area I knew although we had already upgrade to a standard room we should go ahead and upgrade to whatever they had as the best, I was that worried. They didn't have anything I was told. We went to the first room and it was a sauna. I asked to be be put into a room with actual air conditioning, they move us and I again asked if there was any suite or anything better than a standard. I wasn't asking to be upgraded for free I was willing to pay whatever, it was that bad. Although they said they didn't have anything it wasn't until later we discovered they were doing some remodeling in the suite rooms, because the construction dust combined with the other chemicals they clean with and spray for insects with trigger my husbands asthma. The 2nd room was livable, clean, and basic. The furniture is 20+ years old and there is a bed, dresser with 3 drawers, a nightstand and a closet. You have to pay daily if you want to use the safe. Next the pools: Swim up bar was never staffed and because there is a deck over it no one really used it because you didn't get any sun. The other pool was green and in need of a good scrubbing. Food: it was edible. There was 1 hot bar per meal in the buffet restaurant with 3-4 choices on it. And the choices were the same each day, yes that is common at these all inclusive resorts, but the lack of food made this terrible. There are 3 al cart restaurants. 1 is a $20 PP up charge. The other 2 had 2-3 choices of meals and 2-3 choices that also were also up charges. The entertainment was pretty non existent. 1 night of the 5 they had a great steel drum band and a Bon fire with dancers, that was very good. The only positive thing I can say about any of the entertainment is AnnMarie. She is wonderful, she does the daily poolside activities, and when she does the evening entertainment it is good ( Bon fire and karaoke). There is not a casino at all, this amenity should be removed from all listings. There really is nothing to do in the evenings. Most people sit at the 1 open bar outside where the"entertainment" is or sit around the courtyard ( only place to get decent wifi) and play on the their phones. The grounds were not kept at all, there were several areas that were in need of mowing, trimming, and just standard upkeep. The walkways are all broken and in need of repair. The things that are positive about this trip. Antigua is beautiful, the people are very friendly, including most of the staff at this resort. The beach was also very nice, even the locals offering services everywhere on the beach were not to pushy. If you do go here look for Jay, he's the man. Jetski's, lobster lunch on the beach ( best meal we had there), horseback riding, pretty much anything you want he can get you. (Fishing, sailing, casino, jeep trips) they tell you at the planning desk not to use the locals on the beach, to book thru them, it's BS! The locals were great. I am sure you have also read for the price point of this resort you get what you pay for, that too is BS! I have been on 6 Caribbean vacations in 4 years all at this resorts pricing and have loved each of them. This is Not a 3 star by anyone's standard. They other guest we spoke to had the same opinion for the most part. There were several return guest which amazed me, they were Canadian or European and claim it is a cheap place with short flight time so they come for that reason. If you are American the best analogy I can give is if you are comfortable at a holiday inn as a "budget" hotel and have to stay to a red roof or super 8.
I traveled to JBR Nov 20-27. Upon arrival my room wasn't ready but i was ok with that. My room was ready within a half hour. They took to my room and i was a bit surprised on how small my room was (Supersaver). I had read previous reviews on this resort and people were saying how small the supersaver was. IT REALLY IS SMALL. lol I traveled solo so it was ok for me but if your going as a couple its definatly small so don't get surprized. lol. After settling in I found out that my t.v wasn't working (Packers were playing lol) . I also found out that my toilet didn't flush.But after a long day of travel i was ready for bed and decided to tell the front desk the next morning. They were prompt in fixing the t.v but the toilet only flushed like 1-2 times a day. Which was fine because i was never there only for sleep. There was alot of hot water for showers in the am and pm. The food was actually pretty good. I did the buffet most nights and ate at lydias the one night. Wasn't really that great but hey it's food. lol The pool was very nice as i hung out there most of the time. Water was clean. The beach is very nice with the white sand and beautiful water. The beach people never really bugged me when i went for a walk. I met some great people and did a tour the one day. visited Shirley heights, devils bridge and drove through St. John's. The staff were o.k . some were very nice and others just didn't want to be there. I would def come back to JBR. It was nice time
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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.
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Jolly Beach ResortAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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Bolans Village, Bolans, Saint Mary's Antigua
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