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Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
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“Wonderful accommodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

I stayed for 5 days in June 2013.The staff were always helpful and went beyond the usual to make your stay memorable.The hotel and its amenities were clean and very relaxing.The grounds were beautifully landscaped,well groomed and adorable.Transportation to the town or wherever you required was always readily available.The staff was always ready to work out an iternary for your enjoyment.Food was readily available and very tasty.However I think consideration should have been given to introduce some local dishes and more fruits grown on the island.As for the beach and its scenic view,I'll just say wow.I can truly recommend this hotel.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I didn't check trip advisor before I travelled to Antigua as I didn't want it to put me off!! Trip advisor is here for a reason.... USE IT!!


Nice beach, terrible hotel. Kids club very poor and boring.
Breakfast boring and limited, great omelettes and nice bread.
Buffet boring and limited in Caribbean cuisine.
Fish restaurant very nice, Italian quite nice too.
Rooms dated and in need of a facelift, white towels are filthy, toilet seat stained and dirty.
Some really lovely staff, some staff in need of customer service training. If you want a real Antiguan experience do not stay in this hotel.
Most people were there because a friend or family had recommended the hotel to them... It seems this hotel has had its day and is currently under offer... It really shows.
I.T. Room - 3 computers 2 actually working, 3 printers none working.
No life guard by the pool.

Room Tip: The right hand side of the building is where the newer rooms are... Do not accept a room on the left...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank Bardo33
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Barry Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Jolly beach resort
Location- on the best beach in Antigua and also got a nice harbour which you can go for a walk got few shops, bars and restaurants.
Rooms- we had a supersaver room which was small but was ok, could do with a refurb but we managed for a week kept clean
Service- the staff were brilliant and always friendly could not fault them.
Food- food was good managed to get something all the time didnt manage to go to the alacartes but was told they were excellent and plenty of alcohol the cocktails were amazing, pinacolada and the strawberry daiquiries yummy.

The only thing we had were a lot of mosquitos got bitten a lot so take plenty of repellent with you.

Would defenetly go back to the jolly beach and antigua again.


  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

After reading some of the reviews on here I was a little bit nervous about my stay at jolly beach,I should not have worried,this is a very good resort,as long as you are not expecting 5star luxury.
Yes the rooms are dated and basic ,but more than adequate.Me and my wife stayed in the most basic room and although very small it had good air con,decent shower with plenty hot water,tv and kingsize bed.
Buffet restaurant was good always plenty of choice,some of the tastiest food i have had from an AI buffet,if a little repetitive.
The a la Cartes were fine (nice steak in the Italian and Lydia's). The Indian is a little different to what we get at home,but tasty never the less.
What makes this hotel is the staff.I don't think I walked past one of them who didn't ask how we were doing ,most seemed very happy and helpful.Too many names to mention but Real,Alvin and Wayne were very entertaining on the main bar,Jennifer on the concierge desk ( told you I wouldn't forget your name) was very helpful and Travis the chef was always chatty on a morning in the buffet restaurant.
The 5 star bit of the hotel is the beach absolutely stunning probably the nicest I have been on.There are lots of vendors but a polite no thanks was all it took to see them move on.
We weren't going to go to Shirley heights but we changed our minds at the last minute .so pleased we did,it was a brilliant night.Fantastic views of the dockyard,brilliant steel bands then a live band.the barbecue was a bit pricey but the drinks weren't too badly priced and were very strong.
Yes there are bugs,but its a tropical island so you have to expect that,just take plenty of repellant.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would go back and would recommend to others.

Stayed May 2013
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5 Thank Andy T
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shoreham by sea
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is a typical Caribbean hotel, a bit dated and in areas could do with a little TLC but all this is outwayed by the fantastic beach,great food and attentive staff, this was our second visit and we will be going back next year.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank jim h
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

i came back from the jolly beach resort the most relaxed i have ever been, what a fantastic time myself and my mother had, we came here about 17 years ago and i got to say we got the same reception this time as we did back then, the resort is great a little dated i places but that does not matter, the food was great there was always something for everyone to eat, ever the fussiest, the staff were friendly and always ready to help, our room was spotless the decor was great, i have to say even though there is a spa here i would suggest you take a walk down the beach towards coco bay and you will come across a really nice white shop where you will find bernie who i got to say gives the best massages i have ever had, i would recommend bernie to anyone that would listen, all and all a fantastic holiday had by all.

Room Tip: we stayed in hacienda right by the beach and really quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank kerry f
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Have just returned from the Jolly Beach Resort and after reading some of the reviews on here we were concerned at what we were going to find BUT we really had the BEST time!
From check in to check out all the staff we met were polite, friendly and helpful, we had a few issues with the shower in our cottage but was dealt with immediately. We had a 2 bedroom cottage on the beach and the setting was perfect and so peaceful, I would definately recommend it.
I must say a special thankyou to Terence from watersports who went out of his way to accomodate us, the kids really enjoyed their hobie trip to a very small secluded island!
Lydias restaurant is lovely, Utsav is not your usual indian restaurant, the buffet is just a standard buffet but for a 3 star resort there was always plenty of food.
Yes parts of the resort look tired but whether its 3 or 5 stars the sun is the same and the beach is to die for!
I would definately recommend this hotel, if you keep your expectations down you will be pleasantly surprised. I would also recommend going at this time of year as it was not busy

Room Tip: The 2 bedroom cottage has 2 bathrooms and is very spacious, lovely hammock on the decking
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Bolans Village, Bolans, Saint Mary's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Bolans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 464
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Antigua's best all-inclusive value, the 464-room Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is an exciting Caribbean experience. The 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 water-sports, activities, Jolly Kidz and Teenz Clubs, 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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Jolly Beach Resort And Spa
Jolly Beach Hotel Bolans
Jolly Beach Resort Antigua
Jolly Beach Resort All Inclusive
Jolly Beach Antigua
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