Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

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Relax and play on Antigua's best beach at the all-inclusive Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. Set among 40 acres of garden with exotic palm trees and fragrant flowers, this family-friendly resort is approximately seven miles from the capital of St. John's and nine miles from the airport. Experience friendly Antiguan hospitality and your favorite amenities.

You'll want to try every one of the five restaurants, which serve delicious dishes featuring Italian classics, authentic Indian, grilled catch-of-the-day, and jerk chicken. Whether you have an adventurous palate or are a finicky eater, you'll enjoy every meal. In addition to the buffet and la carte restaurants, be sure to stop by the Courtyard for afternoon tea every day at 4:30 p.m., a scrumptious pick-me-up and opportunity to catch up with family and friends. Take time to socialize with guests from all over the world.

Head into the cool Caribbean Sea and go kayaking, play lively games of beach volleyball, and try crazy coconut bowling. Go local and learn how to play cricket and rounders, Antiguan favorites, or get the family together to compete in the Jolly Beach Olympics. Learn new calypso and reggae moves in dance class, and achieve balance and relaxation doing yoga. Get romantic on a hike while you watch the magnificent tropical sunset. The night comes alive at the Bonfire on the Beach, featuring a limbo and fire show. Dance the evening away to live music, including Caribbean steel-pan bands.

Palms Wellness Centre offers a wide range of treatments and beauty services (fee) to make the most of couples' vacations, girlfriend getaways - even family vacations for mom, dad, and the kids. Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is the Caribbean's perfect blend of beach vacation and spa hotel. The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Gym is outfitted with everything you need for a challenging workout. The Certified Fitness Instructor can guide you throughout your workout, and also leads a schedule of invigorating aerobics and step-aerobics classes.

The casino at Jolly Beach is a winning play for night owls. The casino hosts your favorite games and friendly dealers at two blackjack tables and a Caribbean Stud Poker table. Take a spin at roulette and go high or low, red or black. Slot players can sit back and enjoy the thrills at the colorful bank of 22 slot machines.

Learn more about Antigua.
This hotel is located on Antigua's West Coast, just seven miles South of the capital St. John's and approximately 30 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport.

Local Phone: 268-462-0061
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-905-6559
Fax: 268-562-2117
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Next door at Jolly Harbor)
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
There is a large free form swimming pool and an 8,000 sq ft fantasy pool with waterfalls and swim-up bars.
Jolly Harbour Golf Course
Jolly Harbour features an 18-hole, par 71 championship course designed by Karl Litton. The course is located adjacent to the Super Yacht Terminal, and features a green hilly landscape with seven lakes.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Club Rental Fees: $
Caddy: Not available
Lessons Available
Number of Courts: 4
Outdoor Courts: 4
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: Complimentary
Raquet Rental Fees: Complimentary
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Hobie Cats: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Raquetball: Additional Charge
Other Sports: Cricket center, soccer field, Racquet ball ($5 fee)
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is a unique and versatile "All Inclusive" resort situated on 40 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and bordered by a half-mile stretch of white sand beach. This fun- filled resort features a Moorish style of architecture. Features include a cricket center, four tennis courts, and an 8,000 sq ft fantasy pool with waterfalls and swim-up bars. Beach: The property is stretched along a half mile curving stretch of silky white sand beach. Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 464
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
There is no handicap access. Cover charge for The Bocciolo's Italian Restaurant.
Other Amenities -
Junior Suites offer a king bed, separate living room, and double balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Spacious and comfortable rooms with two queen beds and a patio or balcony with an ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Spacious rooms with a king bed, small sitting area, and patio or balcony with ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Standard room with one king or two twin beds. Patio or balcony with ocean view.
1 King Bed or 2 Twin Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Other Amenities -
Starfish Jolly Beach Resort features 2 meal plan options:
No Meals
Inclusive-Optional Inclusive Plan is available.
There are 5 Restaurants at Starfish Jolly Beach Resort:
Bocciolo - Italian a la carte restaurant. Dress code required. Please note: This restuarant has a cover charge. $30 per adult and $15 per child.
Coconut grill - Poolside snack bar. Open daily from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Lydia's Seafood - Serving Caribbean cuisine for lunch and dinner, reservations are required for dinner (open for breakfast if occupancy requires). Hours are 6:30pm-10:30pm.
Hemispheres - An International buffet open for breakfast and dinner (open for lunch if occupancy requires). Hours are from 7am-10:30am, and 6pm-10pm.
Utsav - Indian a la carte restuarant.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Palms Wellness Center, Water Sports Center, Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Cricket, Ping-Pong, Beach Olympics, Playground for children
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly entertainment, theme nights including a weekly beach bash, disco/karaoke bar (open three nights a week), jazz bar.
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 4489reviews
What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Great Beach and Pool...Terrible Hotel Rooms
Mar 26 2014
If you want a cheap inexpensive resort, this may be up your alley. My back was killing me from the bed and the size of the room is the size of a closet. This hotel would be a 2 star hotel in the US. The only shining spots was the ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL Beach and the Pool. Not the mention the friendly staff.
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Aug 05 2013
The hotel was nice but staff very slow and some just unpleasant to help you out. Beach beautiful! Dinner was not buffet due to low season so that was a disappointment. The hotel needs to have a better way of providing guests with drinks. At certain times its hard just to get some water without walking a mile. Keep drink stations open or put some more in. Hotel also needs to provide map of property. The Jameson tours are horrible for helping out with transfers. They had no clue what was going on. Laurie from there didn't even set us up with proper transfers back home.
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Jollly Beach Resort in Antigua
May 28 2013
The only disappointment we encountered was the fact that the bars at the resort all ran out of coconut rum on Sat. and did not replace it until Wed. Everything else was great! Well almost, we had to go home too soon!!
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Apr 20 2013
Jolly Beach Resort was great and the staff was wonderful. The beach was beautiful and we will hopefully get a chance to go back.
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Our Experience
Apr 09 2013
Traveled with 8 people, we were given a room far away from them and it was not the same. Telephone didn't work, lost partical electricity in room, AC unit leaked water on the floor. We paid the same $ amount as our travel companions and had horrible accomodations. United lost a luggage bag on the return flight from Newark. We were not very happy with this trip and would not recommend. Very dissatisfied. Wanted to contact you but had no means of cell phones (our choice).
Customer Rating: 

Great Beach, poor service and food
Apr 08 2013
This hotel provides a great beach and that makes up for the bad food and grumpy service. Our room wasn't cleaned regularly, the service at the restaurants was like pulling teeth and the food was subpar but at least edible,
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You get what you pay for and sometimes less...
Apr 07 2013
The hotel was adequate and the beach was gorgeous. Check-in took 2.5 hours, in the rain. Room was small but clean. Everything worked. Not enough staff at the bars. The reservation restaurants were nice. Buffet food was good but guests had to stand in line to check in for buffet eating (why???) and wait for plates, spoons,bacon, sometimes coffee refills in the machine. Some days there were no clean beach towels. The resort is in desparate need of a good manager. We travel often and cheap goes a long way for us. But not this long.
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We Loved Jolly Beach Resort
Mar 27 2013
We loved the low key atmosphere of this resort. The beach water was sea foam green. The Hobie Cat sailing was the best of anywhere we have been. The activities by the pool were free and at no extra charge. The entertainment was really good. If you are a beer drinker, take note- they only serve their local beer.
Customer Rating: 

Dec 17 2012
Have nothing but good things to say about our stay, our experience with Apple might be another issue. Signed up for all inclusive, because that what they do, but that is not what we received. But hotel was great and the people were great, air conditioner problems in our room, but who really cares about that. There were sand fleas, which should have been noted somewhere, you only itch for a week or but had a great time
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Jolly Beach Staff and Atmosphere Make it Incredible
Aug 06 2012
The staff and atmosphere at Jolly Beach was amazing. We have never felt so welcome as we did during our stay. I don't think we came across one disgruntled staff member the entire time we were there. The room conditions were outdated but that was the biggest set back. We had an incredible time and the staff played an enormous role in that. Thank you!
Customer Rating: 

Jolly beach... Could be so much more!!!
Jul 21 2012
Management must address three areas to improve rating 1 birds must be controlled at restaurants 2 venders on the beach must be controllled 3 air conditioning system must be evaluated
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Don't judge the resort by the rooms
184Jenny, Windsor, Canada
Mon Dec 11 18:37:48 EST 2017
This resort on arrival is not very impressive but once a day or so goes by you will forget how you felt the first day. The rooms are very dated but you get over it once you spend time on the beach. I had a suite which was very spacious and 2 extra large balconies. The beach is nice and wide and very long. The pools are nice but no one is really ever in them. The food is great especially in the a la cart restaurants. Try the lobster, the best I ever had. The only thing that really through me off was that they do not a theater where they have nightly shows. I feel they need to improve on their nightly entertainment because after dinner you may get bored. The bars close early so come 11pm you are basically going to bed. Not a good place for young partiers. This place is ideal for older couples who retire to the bedroom after dinner. If you want just a great beach and good food and just to relax then this is a great place for you.

Buggy and uncontrollable room temperature
travellady512017, Hamilton, Canada
Mon Dec 11 06:08:29 EST 2017
It started with an extra 1/2 hour wait at the airport since not enough taxis were called ahead of time -- they would know how many people were coming from the airport! I did not have hot water the first night at shower or sink. The room AC could not be controlled by its remote even to shut off when the room got so cold. When I complained at reception, the AC was shut off for 3 days to the point that the AC unit was dripping and making big puddles on the floor and everything was damp. Even the maid called reception for me. It wasn't until I spoke to the duty manager that the uncontrollable cold AC came on again. The outside bug problem was so bad that you could see everyone's bites. They said they sprayed twice a day. My ankles are still swollen and itchy after being home for three days. The main restaurant food was basic and needed more spices / sauces / gravy. The public washrooms usually were not clean and the toilets didn't flush. I could go on! This 40 year old resort reminded me of going to Cuba 20 years ago. Extensive renovations are needed. Very poor outdoor lighting. Very few handrails for the majority of the 50+ clientele.

Business and pleasure
Simon C,
Sun Dec 10 16:52:52 EST 2017
Had to spend a week in Antigua for a Business trip and stayed at Joly Beach resort. The positive: Beach and scenery is fantastic! One of the best beaches on the island. The negative: hotel is dated and needs some serious attention. Must say that the staff organizes well with what they have to work with and move the buffet dinner around to have theme nights. Ate around the pool and on the beach for a full moon party. It’s rumoured that Sunwing is the new owner so I expect some serious works Will be done to the resort since Sunwing own and operates other fantastic resorts in the Caribbean Royalton namely!).

Not what you would expect ?
Michael F,
Fri Dec 08 09:14:20 EST 2017
When we booked this resort it looked up to date. When we arrived our entire group couldn't believe what we found. We travel several times a year and try to visit new destinations. I've never been to a resort that shocked me and made me worry about the trip. The rooms are very out dated. The bedding is old, the rooms are old and the bathroom was ridiculous. Be prepared, our rooms bathroom had a window with no glass and a screen! To keep the room comfortable we kept the door shut. The resort does have good restaurants and some of the best lobster I've every eaten. The pools and beach are amazing. If you're on the beach find "The Doctor" he gives an amazing massage with real Aloe. My wife and I did one almost every day. Also find AJ on the beach to rent an umbrella. Nice people every where, it made our trip worth while. By the end of the week we felt at home and the room wasn't an issue, we where never in it!

Great Antiqua Vacation
Elizabeth T, Ontario, Canada
Fri Dec 08 04:10:49 EST 2017
We stayed at the Starfish Jolly Beach Nov 18 for a week. We upgraded to a suite with a king bed, 2 balconies. 3rd story room with fabulous view of the beach. We received a bottle of champagne in ice bucket upon arrival, celebrating our Anniversary. Fast friendly check in. Room was older looking (wicker furniture), but clean and everything was in good working order including both our air conditioners. The food was great, 3 a la cartes, Italian, Mexican and Seafood. Made reservations for them each day. Buffets had various themed nights. Bars were great, service was too. The staff was very helpful and attentive. Now the best part was the beautiful beach... the nicest we have experienced. Would visit again !!!

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