When I arrived I could think only that it was Jolly by name but nothing else. The food was a basic selection, the room was tiny but the beach is great. The staff are very friendly here but don't expect 5 star service.
I met so many people who'd been coming for 15 years and longer and at first I couldn't understand why. You pay extra for a safe, for many of the meals in the extra restaurants but if you're looking for a nice beach and you're not too bothered by amazing food Jolly beach is for you.
There were lots of solo travellers and no one made you feel any different for travelling on your own....they do sometimes make you feel so at more expensive resorts. I did wait for clean towels for 1.5 hours one evening there seemed to be a shortage.
From the regulars I've spoken to the hotel has lost it's edge but they still keep coming back. I think with a better selection of food, more towels and giving the rooms a refresh this could make a come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The all-inclusive, 464-room Jolly Beach is an exceptional Caribbean experience. Resort offers great year-round value for destination weddings, honeymooners and families. Rates include accommodations, government taxes and service charges, all meals, snacks and afternoon tea, house brand beverages, non-motorized watersports, activities, Jolly Kidz and Teenz Clubs, Think Jolly Family Program, use of the gym and entertainment. All rooms are air-conditioned and face the ocean; each has a patio or balcony, direct-dial phone, TV and hair-dryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jolly Beach Resort And Spa
- Jolly Beach Hotel Bolans
- Jolly Beach Resort Antigua
- Jolly Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Jolly Beach Antigua
- Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Antigua/Bolans