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Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

Near Jolly Castle Hotel, Bolans, Saint Mary's 33901 Antigua
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#2 of 3 hotels in Bolans
Set among 40 acres of tropical paradise, Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is Antigua’s largest all-inclusive resort, featuring 464 rooms with private balconies or terraces surrounded by the stunning white sand and turquoise waters of Jolly Harbour, and lush tropical gardens. Enjoy the warm sun and the Caribbean Sea breeze, sail along the stunning waters, or explore the nearby golf courses and marina for an unforgettable stay in paradise.
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Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children's playground
Street parking
Paid internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Game room
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Water park offsite
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Blackout curtains
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
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Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Kevin walford wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Stayed at the Newley refurbished villa Super new Aircon Large smart tv Wi-fi cable Loads of fluffy villa and beach towels Located in jolly harbour north finger Great location and harbour view Agent was great They have a great contact Darren local driver and knows All the best restaurants Can’t wait to return Special place special people Loads of bars and restaurants within the garbour
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rayolightning wrote a review Sep 2020
King City, Canada11 contributions6 helpful votes
It was my first time in Antigua and I chose this island because of it's beauty and luxury. The overall feel of the island was sort of a mini Jamaica. Very friendly people and Caribbean culture. There are many luxurious resorts on the island but Jolly Beach is definitely 3 stars and not a luxurious experience. If you want to save some money and just want to visit the island then this resort will do. It is definitely an older resort, and you can see the wear-and-tear on the property. Also, be prepared for a long drive from the airport. I got very car sick, so do what you can to prepare for that in advance if you suffer from the same issue. The front desk staff took a very long time to find our reservation and in general were quite dismissive and a little too laid back for their job. The hotel only has wifi in public areas such as lobby and restaurants. I traveled in November 2019 with my boyfriend. We are in our mid-twenties. We got the supersaver room and it was still an expensive vacation. The room is tiny. The TV transmission was staticky. The view however, was gorgeous. The cleaning was done well, and I have very high standards in this area. The food was very good most of the time, especially breakfast (which is my favourite meal) but sometimes the meat was dry. There was plenty of alcohol as well. This resort is for an older crowd. The entertainment was poor, and for a performer such as myself, I did have higher expectations. There isn't a nightly show most nights, just a band, but they do have some contests which could be fun (we didn't attend). We did the daily water aerobics which were awesome but the calypso dance class was too simple and short. The beach movie night was definitely a highlight. It was a mesmerizing experience with mosquito fire torches and popcorn by the beach breeze. Unfortunately there wasn't enough of a party opportunity so we didn't really get crazy but would have wanted to at least one night. We went on an excursion which was truly a waste. It was Shelly Jay's island tour. We were just driven around all day, got very tired and car sick without much reward. It was cool to see the St.John's harbour, Devil's Bridge and a sugar plantation. Lunch overlooking Shirley Heights was definitely a highlight but it was too long of a day and too much driving to be worth it. The beach was alright. It is a very sharp drop in the beginning, so it is hard to get out of the water. A cruise of senior folk arrived on one of the days and they were seriously struggling with this. Some even got hurt. The water itself was okay but there were stormy days when it was not safe to enter. The beaches in Antigua are public and so you will be hassled by vendors. This is something that disturbed us and to a higher degree my boyfriend. The vendors just keep coming (and I get it, they are trying to make money) but it is awfully annoying on your vacation. On top of that, the vendors do not take it lightly when they are rejected and can even retaliate and be rude. In more luxurious resorts, the beach sections are more restricted which would improve the experience. There is a gym at the far end of the resort. It is decent, no other people were inside while we were working out. Only problem is that massages for the spa take place in the same building and you are told to stay quiet while in the gym. It can be a nuisance if you like music playing out loud to pump you up while you are working out. Caution: this was not my experience but what I heard from other travellers. Someone peeked into their room in the middle of the night. From other travellers, they did not have a shuttle from the airport to the hotel included in their package, so read carefully. It might cost you more than it should. Overall, it is a beautiful island, but I would recommend not cheaping out and going for a higher-end resort. Take excursions with a good activity so that no matter what you still have fun. I would try to visit other destinations but if I had the opportunity, I would come back and experience the island with a better understanding of how to enjoy it more next time.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: Only supersaver if you are okay with a tiny room.
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Beachgirl wrote a review Sep 2020
Delavan, WI9 contributions36 helpful votes
We have stayed at this property 3x's before. We have a reservation for February (we made the reservation on the hotel website and I have a confirmation # and an email from them!). The website no longer shows the property as part of the 'Starfish family'. Does anybody know what is going on? I called the customer service # and they can't/won't tell me anything. SO WEIRD!!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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fabiab1 wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York35 contributions74 helpful votes
I stayed at this resort with family in March . The resort is a 1 or 2 star and I base that rating on the condition the resort is in now. Room: my room was on the second floor near the lobby. Water from taps ran brown, my room was rudimentary at the least. I found it clean but basic. Very basic. The bed was comfortable, and it had 2 balconies. I also had a view of the pool and ocean. This resort at one time was probably very nice, it has become run down and repairs are needed. The pool area had large chunks of cement missing. I had heard while staying here the resort was due to close. Food, most nights no selection and no choices. The Mexican restaurant did not always open. I would rate food 2 star. Not a lot of food or very much variety. Bar: they ran out of beer a couple of times, bar staff not too friendly. Some days no beer till afternoon. The beach, this is a nice beach but chairs are all taken by the people who sell trinkets on the beach. If you paid them everyday you got a chair maybe. We never got chairs near the water cause we refused to pay the chair mafia. Chairs in dire need of repair and falling apart. Resort property is a mess. It’s decay is evident all over . I was with family so we made the best of it. All in all , I wasn’t impressed with staff and their lack of attention to guests. The resort was laid back not much entertainment if that’s your thing. Solid 2 star. As I said bare minimum resort, no frills . Faye
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Shirley H wrote a review Jun 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom45 contributions110 helpful votes
I am starting this review with the Motto of the hotel as it's true: A 3* Hotel wih a 5* service. I travelled to Antigua in September on my own for 2 weeks and this holiday did not disappoint. The hotel was about 20/25 minutes from the Airport and Check-in was quick and efficient. I was pleasantly surprised by a room upgrade and enjoyed a great view of the Sun setting everyday. The hotel was very dated but welcoming in every aspect and would cost thousands, upon thousands of pounds to bring it up to date. The Reception Area has plenty of seating to use and free Wifi if you don't want to pay for it in the rooms; it extends to the Court Yard just outside. There are no lifts to use but there are Porters to take up and bring down your luggage if you need help. If someone is Disabled, there are Ground Floor Rooms. However, all of the above pale into insignificance just looking at spectacular views surrounding the hotel and meeting the lovely Staff working there. ROOM I had originally booked a Saver Room but it was upgraded to a Standard Room on arrival. Having travelled quite a bit now, I have come to understand that in different countries, hotel standards can differ but it doesn't mean detriment and that's why the Jolly Beach Hotel has so many Returnees. The room was basic lacking no Chair or Chest of Drawers. There was a Closet with hangers but I always bring extra ones with me. The room also had 2 single beds. The TV didn't work although I wasn't going to watch it and the hairdryer did smoke a bit when I turned it on so never ended up using it. There was a Safe but at $3 US per day to use, I didn't bother with it. It was good that there was AC* (see under Weather) and for good reason too. There was an Iron and ironing Board which worked well. A mini Bar and/or Fridge was missing and would have been great if the room had these but it was 3* although someone who was a Returnee told me they had a Fridge in their room. The Bathroom had a reasonable shower with very hot water coming out considering I was upstairs. Warning though. The Bathroom is by the Landing so if you are in the Bathroom, you can be heard outside if you are using the shower, talking or singing but you can't be seen. I loved sitting on the Balcony looking out towards the Sea and watching the Sun setting. At times the Entertainment Team could be heard or seen practising but it isn't disturbing. Just in regards to the Balcony Door, I found it stiff to open and close. RESTAURANT This was Buffet Style and not as huge a selection as I am used to on my Caribbean travels but, you will never starve. Also, there can be a variance in how one Caribbean country cooks the same item in another Caribbean country. The staff in the restaurant were amazing and fantastic and I'll name some of the staff later in my Review. Always wait to be seated whether it is inside or out as this is the way they look after their guests. Cover your food with your serviette if you are going up to get additional food because the birds will go to your plate as soon as you have left and there is no one else at your table; they are smart. I spent a bit of time one morning at Breakfast trying to shoo away the birds from another Guest's food on the table. He had gone to get something else so the birds went for his uncovered food. Fortunately, a member of staff saw what I was doing, thanked me, and was able to get the attention of the Guest who then took his food inside. MORE ON THE FOOD BOTH INSIDE THE RESTAURANT, ON THE BEACH AND AROUND THE POOL The food was very nice and you can get things like Omelettes etc.. done to your choice. I tried a couple of new things to me that I liked the look of but, also ended up trying something which if I had known what it was upfront, I would not have taken it but I made a mistake and couldn't put it back. I absolutely hate Occras or Ladies Fingers as it is known as well and, it was well hidden in what I thought was just Spinach. Someone asked me what the item was so, a member of staff told us what was in it; my heart sank. I took the plate to my table, looked at it but before deciding to just leave it there, especially when I know that so many people starving in the world, I decided to at least taste it. Well, I was in for a shock. It was absolutely delicious. I couldn't believe it tasted so good and went back for more another day. Another thing I tried was Coconut Dumplings not having done that before and it is something I will definitely have again. I missed not having cooked Green Bananas, Yam, roast or cooked Breadfruit, Ackee and Saltfish and Coconut Water which are grown in the Caribbean. Also, I'm not knocking the Jerk Chicken because I still ate quite a lot of it as I would normal cooked chicken but, it is not anywhere close to the one done in the Country of the original Jerk Chicken. I was amazed and surprised to hear people saying how good it was without any Jerk Sauce or Jerk taste. However, if you have never had or tasted the proper Jerk Chicken, you wouldn't know that that's not how it tastes. I suppose really as I said above, every country has its own way of doing and cooking things. There are other restaurants such as the Italian A La Carte and Mexican. I tried the Italian and it was fine but I didn't try the Mexican this time. Early mornings you can get Coffee, Tea and a range of Herbal drinks but no snacks until later in the afternoon just across from the Courtyard. THE BEACH This was huge and ran quite far. It was clean too. I had heard that there was a problem with seaweed so was expecting to see huge mountains of it. To be honest, it was nothing at all in comparison to another Island I visited in 2015 where I saw piles upon piles of seaweed. Yes, you can see the guys in the morning raking up the little bit of seaweed that had deposited overnight, but if they had seen and smelt the putrid smell that I did back in 2015, Antigua would realise they don't have a problem at all. Another plus with the beach apart from having enough Sunloungers and it's a big one, is that the beach is not manmade and it remains open to the Public, thank God. I hate when a country's Amenities or Public places are shut off to the people of the country in order to accommodate people like myself who visit. Nice too was that at 6.00am, the sea water was warm enough to go into; a little further up by the rocks you can see fish. The Beach Vendors are great and do not bother you. What I mean is, if they approach you to sell something and you politely say no thank you, they won't bother you again. There are quite a few little shops to browse in on the beach if you want to, lots of birds to see and a few Mongooses too who are relatives of the Meerkats. I did see a couple of stray dogs further up on a long walk of mine but they were not around the hotel area. Just like in England when dogs are loose, you should take care. Oh, another thing is that on a clear day, you can see Montserrat and St Kitts from the beach. THE POOLS There is a main pool where Volleyball is played and where you relax, listen to the music, swim as normal and use floats if you want to. It was so amusing watching a particular Airline Pilot putting his Stewardesses through their exercise routines and they were really having fun on their break. There's a Grill and Bar right there so you don't have to go too far for food and drink. Also to the side of the Bar, there are steps leading to an upstairs where you can eat and look out all around. There is also a Quiet Pool if you don't wish to be in the heart of things. This Pool didn't have a Lifeguard but perhaps it's un-needed as the Staff pass by on a regular basis without disturbing you. THE WEATHER All I can say is that in all my years of travelling, I have never been anywhere that was as hot as Antigua. I actually ended up standing under the AC in the bedroom to cool down. As a matter of fact, the Antiguans were saying they were born and bred there but, have never felt it so hot as it was at that time; I was so glad when the Temperature dropped and we had a bit of rain but it wasn't enough to cool the place down. ENTERTAINMENT A big, big shout out goes to Ann-Marie the leader of the Entertainment Team. Girl, you work so hard and are an example to your team. I can't wait to meet up with you again in person although we do keep in touch by text. I hope the manager of the hotel knows your worth. I am also shouting out to Raven and The Final Drive Band - see you again soon. To Alwyn behind the bar for making me laugh and I won't forget that song 'Pick up something, anything and run with it'. Wow! Also to Shane Marsh, Shawn, Terry, Furliesha, The Axis Band - Omar Matthews, The Steel Band and the Karaoke Night is something else. I can't forget the nightly shows as well but will leave them for people to see and take part in, when they go there. There's also a weekly Movie on the Beach (although I didn't watch) and the Manager's Cocktail Party is worth going to. THE STAFF INCLUDING THE MANAGERS Excellent all round. Sometimes when you go to places you don't see the Managers except at the Manager's Cocktail Party but they were visible at times and it was great to see. All of the staff I came across whether behind the Desk or out and about were courteous, polite, smart with Name Tags and big smiles. A big shout out goes out to the following:- Maudlyn for looking after my room Donna who had the hard job of cleaning out the sand that I had unwittingly brought back into the shower and I couldn't get rid of myself. Hazledean in the Restaurant; always cheerful. The Management Team. All of the Bar and Griil Staff. If your name hasn't been mentioned, I am still shouting out to you. FIRSTS I have never been anywhere and seen so many Returnees to a hotel at one time; speaks for itself. A couple even came back to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary there as it was where they got married. The Staff come around in the morning and sing at Breakfast. Remember that new people arrive every day so if you get singing every morning, it is to accommodate everyone there; it's good. It was the first Caribbean Island I've been to where I wasn't offered Weed not that I smoke. Going to a Full Moon Party on the beach was a first for me. I did not have to wait for one bus, neither going out or coming back as there's always one even if it is just waiting in the Bus Station. The buses to Town is the No20 at $3 EC ($2 US) and to English Harbour No17 at $3.75 EC that's Eastern Caribbean. In town, no one bothers you. As a matter of fact it felt very strange having to go up to ask how much something cost and even if you were browsing, the people just left you to get on with it; the same applied to in the shops. There was no feeling of anyone waiting for a Tip and I certainly wasn't asked for one; however, I gave Tips as I felt and they were gratefully received and never frowned on. The Bar Staff gets involved with the singing on Entertainment nights which is nice. A first as well is that I didn't get any Coconut Water in the hotel or in town but, it could have been because of the time of the year there. SCHOOLS The Children are very smart going to school, orderly, mannerable and respectful. Children as young as 5 & 6 can actually walk around or go to School by themselves, something you can't do here. SHAME We had 5 power cuts in one night but was told it was by the Government but I didn't find out why. It rained on the African night when a Bonfire was going to be held. My shower leaked but was usable and didn't cause me any problems . There was also a burst pipe one of the days so it meant the water was shut off for a little while but eventually it was back on. Probably a one off, but a part of the Reception floor sank but it was taken care of so quickly that it didn't interrupt anything and no one was injured as far as I know. Something that seems to be synonymous in every country that I go to, is the amount of food being wasted by holidaymakers and I don't understand why it is done. A pity as well is that some holidaymakers find it necessary to pinch things like ashtrays so that the smokers haven't got anywhere to put their ash or cigarette butts; why? OTHER THINGS There is noticeable, sensible driving by the Bus Drivers which is not always the case in some Caribbean countries. The hotel has Day Passers who come in to use the Pools and may or may not have access to the food and snacks. There is a Supermarket not far from the hotel. In town there is a busy Friday Craft Market but no one bothers you. Here I give a big shout out to Rowane in the Joy Almaral Craft Market Stall #4. Apparently, I gave him his first sale. If you know him, say hi to him please. Everything is priced in Eastern Caribbean Dollars as it should be but US Dollars are widely accepted too. HORRIBLE/SHOCKING/STRANGE Watching a couple come down to the Pool and moving someone else's things off a sunlounger (towels and bags) putting them elsewhere and taking the space. Even worse was the attitude of the people who did the moving, when the lady who was pregnant and her partner came back; they refused to give back the Sunloungers or to apologise. The Mosquito bites (See under Etiquette and Advice)* The Beach Patrol didn't like the Security Guards to talk to the Holiday Makers but it is a Public beach and we are allowed to speak to who we want to. Can you believe that in 2019 people were still not washing their hands after using the toilet? it is a disgusting practice and I wonder at the time of finishing up this Review in June 2020, if the Covid-19 virus will put an end to that practice? WOULD BE GOOD IF The Safe in the rooms were complimentary. At least one chair was put in a room. Coffee making facilities would be good too in the rooms. If the free Wifi was extended to the rooms, however, it is not secure. I am aware that you can purchase Wifi otherwise for your room. A Shower Room would be good for after Checkout as it is so hot. I've seen Charity Boxes in hotels where people could leave left over items that they might otherwise throw away such as sunscreen and insect repellent. This would be good for if someone runs out or couldn't afford to replace an item or would need to purchase an item within a couple of days of leaving. Also, because it is so hot, it would bet nice to be able to get a small bottle of water free of charge in Reception to take with you, if you are going for a walk or into town; you can then purchase more when you are out, if needed. BEST BITS The Weather, Beach and Seaviews; if I'm not mistaken, every room has a seaview from the hotel. The Staff. The Entertainment. The Full Moon Party. The food and drink. Visiting the Museum. Visiting English Harbour. Walking through the Market and looking at all the local produce. Being able to relax without anyone bothering you. ETIQUETTE AND ADVICE You must be properly dressed to go to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and this also applies to boarding Public Transport. Wait to be seated at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. At the Coconut Grill, order your food and then wait to be given it. You are not allowed to pick up a plate before you are served; someone actually picked up dirty plates before the staff got to them because someone had left them by at the side. Bring something white to wear as there is an all white party. The free Wifi is not secure so take some currency with you if you are thinking of transferring money over the internet and don't feel secure. You can pay for the other Wifi which I would hope is secure. You can also go into town and use the bank to get cash as it is easy and accessible with good security. Again, as I am now doing this Review months later, you may find that things have changed in light of the Coronavirus and that Contactless is more acceptable now than cash. *In regards to Insect Repellent take nothing less than Jungle Products. I changed this time and took Xpel not realising that it was absolutely useless in the Caribbean so the Mosquitos made a meal of me and it was not a nice experience. I dumped the Xpel tin in the bin there. Bring a mini flask/re-usable cup and a cold drinks cup as you can get them filled to your hearts content; it was so hot that I just got my cup filled with ice and let it melt. Eat, drink responsibly and enjoy your holiday. Don't pile your plate with food, especially if you haven't tried it before and then throw it away. Take a little bit first or put some on a side plate for taste and then, go back to get some more if you like it. Always remember that a holiday is just two are three weeks away from home to enjoy something different although, sometimes it can be more or less time away. So, enjoy the time and remember that you are not at home. Stay safe and well. Would I go back? Definitely. I can't wait.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: All the rooms have a sea view I think so you are not losing out, although you might not be next...
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$210 - $600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Valley Church Beach (0.4 miles), Jolly Beach (0.3 miles), and Art At The Ridge (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a pool view, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Basilico, Miracles of The Caribbean Restaurant And Bar, and AL PORTO.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Jolly Beach Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fort Barrington (4.6 miles) and Fort James (4.9 miles).
Does Jolly Beach Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Jolly Beach Resort & Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.