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Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

Near Jolly Castle Hotel, Bolans, Saint Mary's 33901 Antigua
Update from hotel: This property is temporarily closed until 28/04/2022.
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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre 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 changing 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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Room features
Blackout curtains
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Good to know
Bay View
Languages Spoken
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ian_mcghee wrote a review Jun 2021
Uxbridge, United Kingdom84 contributions74 helpful votes
This was our last trip before the covid lock down. We had a lovely room overlooking the beach. The food was great as were the wonderful staff. Hotel is typical for the Caribbean so I wouldn't judge it by American standards. It was comfortable for the two weeks. There was nightly entertainment and daily activities if you could tear yourself away from the powder sand beach.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Peter S wrote a review May 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Great place... 2 boys and my wife and I had laid back 2 week stay. Staff fantastic. Food good. Beach is probably one of the best I've seen (and I have travelled 3 islands of Hawaii). HOWEVER... I would warn you not to book trips with local people on the beach!!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kevin walford wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions6 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: Travelled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
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
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Only supersaver if you are okay with a tiny room.
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fabiab1 wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York37 contributions75 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: Travelled with family
3 Helpful votes
US$210 - US$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 (0.7 km), Jolly Beach (0.4 km), and Art At The Ridge (0.6 km).
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 Miracles of The Caribbean Restaurant And Bar, Akropolis Restaurant, and Al Porto.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre 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 travellers enjoy visiting Fort Barrington (7.3 km) and Fort James (7.8 km).
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 enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.