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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
  • PackerGirl70 : Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Happy, fun & beautiful place for relaxing vacation !!!

The hotel shows its age, but how long are you in your room anyway?? My grown daughter & I LOVED this place!!! The gorgeous pool is steps from the beach and I believe all rooms are oceanview! It is situated on the west coast so you have BEAUTIFUL sunsets each evening! The best part, however, is the happy, fun staff at this resort. We had a BLAST!!! They had games to play and fun stuff or just relax if you want. The coconut grill, right next to pool and beach, has great food like burgers, fries, baked potatoes w/chili, hot dogs, toasted cheese and their cole slaw is terrific!! The buffet for breakfast was great with bacon, sausage, potatoes, made-to-order omelets, etc. Buffet dinner was just fine or you could go to one of the other restaurants there. Many raved about the Mexican cuisine restaurant and my daughter enjoyed the seafood restaurant. We LOVED the staff !!!!!!! We can't say enough about them. They were SO MUCH FUN !! And we made some wonderful new friends from around the world. This was one of our BEST vacations ever!!! Antigua is beautiful and Jolly Beach is just SO WORTH IT !!! The WiFi isn't great but does it really matter on vacation??

  • char600 : Moncton, Canada
Very clean and friendly

I was here 8 years ago and was just as pleased as I was the first time. The food was great. The beach is beautiful. The staff is very friendly. Loved the entertainment. The rooms are a bit dated but other than that it is hard to believe it is only a 3 star. I am already planning my 3rd vacation at this resort.

  • Katie S :
Wonderful visit to Antigua

My husband and I are on our way home back to Upstate New York. We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Jolly Beach Hotel and Resort. I will start with our arrival. We were greeted by the sweetest young lady and and offered a wonderful welcome and a delicious fresh rum punch. Check-in was a breeze. We pre checked in so that was a bit of a Time Saver. A young man offered us a ride in a golf cart to our room with our bags and he was so polite and welcoming. Our room was small but clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Which realistically for us is a bed, air-conditioning, a shower, a small TV and a nice view.What a spectacular Beach. Absolutely gorgeous. The water is unique in that it's milky soft turquoise serenity. I had read reviews that it wasn't clear water but that it's gorgeous. That is absolutely the truth. You can't see your feet when you standin it which may put some people off but you have to see it to believe how beautiful it is. We rented a car because we wanted to snorkel and knew that it wasn't possible off Jolly Beach. There are places to walk to but you really can't explore. The roads are narrow you drive on the left hand side but people are so friendly and patient. The local pullover for you and are very gracious. The drives that we took were amazing. One amazing view after another. And we found at least four very close beaches that we could get out of the car and walk down to and snorkel.As far as the food and drink... excess!!!! We had all of our meals right there at hemispheres which is the buffet that is offered daily for breakfast lunch and dinner. You will not be hungry! My husband is a vegetarian and we were concerned, but there was plenty for him.I jotted down a few things for the next trip that I would bring or leave home. Bug spray. My legs and ankles got some bites during meals. The bugs seem to like going under the table and getting me. And I definitely wouldn't pack as much. Comfort is key. But you did see a mix between extremely casual to "stylin". There are people staying at Jolly from all over the world which made it really fun to people watch and visit.My husband and I like to keep to ourselves and that is definitely possible here.Anyone planning a trip to Antigua should not overlook Jolly Beach Hotel and Resort

  • EliseT33 : Oakville, Canada
10 nights in Paradise

Stayed @ Jolly Beach Resort from March 19-29. Somewhat knew what to expect because I had done extensive research & read hundreds of review prior to booking this trip. I'll keep it as brief & to the point as I can:CONS:-slow check in-rooms are dated (I didn't care but my husband did)-Wifi only in hotel lobby & is slow. Rooms do NOT have wifi ($10 USD up charge/night) but only available for certain rooms not all. -No pool/beach service & service @ bars can be quite slow & proper cups not used most of the time ie: order a beer & get it in what looks like a shot glass! Lol-a la carte dinner reservations can only be made the day before through the concierge & get there around 7:15am or you won't get a seating till 9pm.-Minimal shade huts on the beach so you literally have to be up @ 6:30-7am and save one with your beach towel.-BIGGEST CON OF ALL....All beaches in Antigua are PUBLIC!!! This means you will be constantly harassed by vendors trying to sell you a boat, skidoo or land excursion constantly. Some will walk away after a polite "not interested" others will linger and bother you. PROS:- the staff were great 👍🏻, respect them, treat them well & it will be reciprocated.- afternoon tea/coffee was a plus-Food was good & plentiful & no one got ill.-Sunday brunch @ the seafood restaurant was amazing! Outdoor style right on the beach with steel drum band playing. - the beach is absolutely beautiful (1 mile long & flanked by lush green hills)- the weather was perfect (hot with a constant soft breeze) - the filtered water @ bars & restaurants IS SAFE for drinking!!!! (Don't drink tap water) In a nutshell, you get what you pay for so don't go expecting luxury because it's far from it. We made the most of it and had a fabulous time. ***Only book excursions through the concierge & definitely do the circumnavigation catamaran tour! As long as you don't easily get sea sick sit on the netting @ the front for the journey on the Atlantic side & hang on tight! You'll have the ride of your life! Having just been to Aruba in September 2016 it's safe to say I would hands down return to Aruba before ever going to Antigua again. (Aruba has the highest visitor return rate in the Caribbean)Good luck on your adventures!

  • Jon W :
Definitely a diamond in the rough

Please don't let first impressions ruin your trip - when we arrived at Jolly Beach, we were collectively disappointed at the outdated entry and reception area. We all thought it was going to be a long week, but we couldn't have been more wrong!When I first began planning our trip, I read a ton of reviews about this resort and was hesitant to try it, but I am glad we did. It certainly lacks the updated decor of other resorts we have visited, but it makes up for the worn appearance through its natural beauty, beachfront, and staff.The food was authentic to the island and we never went hungry, nor did we have any waits or issues with any of the dining arrangements. If you are expecting American cuisine and are not willing to try new things, then maybe you should look elsewhere, but I was thrilled with the quality and variety of the meals.Amenities were outdated, but very nice and everything worked well (A/C, television, WiFi, etc). Water sports equipment was in better condition than most other resorts and staff was not stingy with use.The location on Lignum Vitae Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island (we rented a car and spent some time traveling to other beaches), and there is a wonderful modern grocery store right outside the resort entrance, along with a marina and other stores.Aside from the scenery, the best feature of Jolly Bay is the staff. We were overwhelmed with the kindness and graciousness of the staff throughout the week and were very appreciative of their efforts. As always, there were a few employees who subscribe to the theory of "tip to get service" instead of "tip for good service" but the majority of staff were very considerate and welcoming.I did witness a couple of incidents in which guests were dissatisfied with staff or service, but from my perspective, a little patience and politeness go a long way, especially as a guest in another country. As long as you you don't confuse customer service with entitlement, you will have no issues here! Enough of my lecture - go and enjoy a quiet and relaxing vacation at Jolly Beach - it is a terrific value and a gem of a resort!

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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