Ratings based on 372 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.5 out of 5
79% of guests recommend
3.7 Room cleanliness
3.6 Service & staff
3.2 Room comfort
3.1 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Baltimore

Great Beach

Posted Dec 12, 2014
Pros: The hotel area was large but everything was in walking distance. Nice open spaces.
Cons: Rooms with a refrigerator.
Location: Beach is great for walking with a few restaurants and a marina nearby.
We enjoyed everything about Jolly Beach. The location is good, the beach was great not crowded. There was always good food at the buffet and the staff especially Neil at the bar were very good. Great Sunsets!
3 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom New Jersey

Beautiful Beach

Posted Nov 16, 2014
Pros: The fact it was right on the beach.
Cons: The housekeeping, the food, and the staff (the ones that were rude).
Location: The location was great for the beach. A three minute walk outside the resort led to some great restaurants on the marina.
The beach was the most beautiful on the island. Some hotel staff were beyond nice and others were downright rude. We had to ask to have our bath towels replaced daily, even though the old ones were taken. The beach towel place constantly ran out of towels and you were stuck with the towel from the day before (with sand and salt from the ocean). The only WiFi was in the courtyard. The breakfast was good, the omelets were awesome. The restaurants in the resort were better than the dining hall.
1 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom NEW JERSEY

Dirty, Horrible Food, Rude Staff, Insect Problems

Posted Nov 11, 2014
2 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom D

Stay away

Posted Nov 6, 2014
Horrible. Will not go back. Rooms are like prison cells. Rooms cleaned with a hose.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler

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4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom ontario

beautiful beach

Posted Aug 20, 2014
Pros: loved the beach
Cons: some cosmetic updates are needed and buffet could use more variety
Location: many sea excursions leave from the beach, local bus stops outside resort, taxis and car rental readily available, marina within walking distance
The resort is a little run-down and in need of some TLC but the beach is stunning and lots of great excursions leave from the beach (recommend going to sister island, Barbuda) Food is good but buffet could use more variety. Staff very friendly and always smiling. Wasn't very crowded during our stay - so service was good and lots of chairs available both at the beach and pool. Taxis available outside lobby doors and local bus available ($2US) right outside resort to take you to the capital, St. John's where there's lots of shopping. Marina is a short walk away. Be sure to try the included sailing lessons - lots of fun. Nightly entertainment varies - the local steel drum band was the best.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 26, 2014 by General Manager, Hotel Management
It’s great to hear that you had a wonderful vacation and that there were so many things you enjoyed about your stay at Jolly Beach Resort! Our location is very convenient to exploring Antigua, isn’t it, and I’m glad you had a chance to see St. John’s, as well as the nearby harbour. Our entertainment crew will be very happy to know that you enjoyed their efforts - particularly the steel drum band. In fact, all of our staff will be pleased to know that they helped enhance their stay with their friendly smiles :) Thanks for staying at Jolly Beach and for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again. General Manager Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
2 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom bologna

Triste e vecchio

Posted Aug 20, 2014
Pros: Bella spiaggia ma invasa da box di souvenir
Cons: Tutto
Bella spiaggia ma resort modesto,prezzi bassi ma non vi e' motivo di soggiornare in questo resort
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 26, 2014 by General Manager, Hotel Management
While it sounds like you definitely enjoyed our beach, I’m very sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the rest of your stay at Jolly Beach. As you pointed out, we offer a great price point - one of the lowest in Antigua, in fact, along with an array of great, value-friendly amenities. I am sorry to hear that we weren’t the right fit for you but do wish you all the best in your future travels. General Manager Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom California

Nice Hotel, Beautiful beach with clear, warm water

Posted Aug 14, 2014
Pros: The beach, Pools, The helpful, smiling staff, activities available, fresh fruit and desert range. Local activities and tours offered.
Cons: The Air-Conditioning units could use a update. The air-cooling systems do not provide adequate cold air throughout the rooms.
Location: The resort is a 10-15min walk away from the Marina and Local grocery/pharmacy. Strongly recommend the Quad bike tour and local seafood restaurants.
We booked Jolly Beach as it allowed for a family vacation as well as couple get-away!! We booked the Junior Suite which is based on the quiet end of the mile long resort/beach. It's small walk away from the entertainment areas, main eating areas, and the family,super saver and standard rooms. The Resort is what you would expect from a well established resort. It is kept maintained and clean at all times. The All-inclusive food is your basic: Pasta, veggies, chicken, pork, fish and beef served in different forms on a daily basis. The breakfast is also your standard eggs, bacon, beans, potatoes and pancakes. You can enjoy the Jerk Chicken and fries at the Beach Hut Located by the main family pool/pool bar. The Resort as 3 restaurants that are a must to try and are included in the all inclusive package, you just have to book a table a day prior. The Italian restaurant was comparably better than the Seafood and Indian. However the desert, bakery and fresh fruit range is amazing!!! There are a range of activities to do on the beach, like sailing & kayaking. Lessons and life vests are provided!! The Beach is clean, the water is warm and clear. Beautiful shades of blues alongside a white soft sandy beach. beware of the Seashells though!! The staff deal really well with request and any complaints you may have. The only issue we came across was the air-conditioning. Some rooms have individual AC units and others a air-cooling system, which do not cool the rooms enough.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 19, 2014 by General Manager, Hotel Management
I’m so glad you were able to enjoy both a family vacation, as well as a couple’s getaway during your stay with us! That’s one of the nice things about Jolly Beach, isn’t it? With so much space and so many different types of amenities and activities, your vacation can be whatever you want it to be :) I’m also delighted to hear that there were so many other things you enjoyed about your stay - the a la carte restaurants, the Jerk chicken at the Coconut Grill, our beach activities, the staff, and, of course, our fantastic beach. I also appreciate your comments with regards to air conditioning. I’m sorry you weren’t able to keep cool enough, and this is something we’ll keep under consideration as we continue to make improvements in our rooms. All the best! General Manager Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Canada

Alright - probably wouldn't go back

Posted Aug 13, 2014
Pros: The beach was nice, the location was pretty good and the staff was friendly.
Cons: Condition of the room, availability of food and beverages.
Location: There are many amazing beaches and restaurants. With respect to restaurants we went to Jacqui O's, OJ's and Carmichael's just to name a few...
The overall experience was Ok. The resort was fairly clean and the room was Ok. There was the daily challenge with the maid service. They would either forget to leave toilet paper, towels, kleenex, coffee etc.. and when I would call down to get them to bring the missed items up it would normally take about an hour. The availability of food and beverages was quite limited and because they are a three star hotel there is no room service - that's what I was told. Again overall it was alright. The location wasn't bad, the beach was nice and the staff was friendly.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 19, 2014 by General Manager, Hotel Management
It’s disappointing to hear that your overall experience was just “okay.” It sounds like you did really enjoy yourself on our beautiful beach, though, and that you also found the staff friendly. On that note, I do apologize for your issues with housekeeping. Clearly the lack of certain items in your room did not meet our usual high standards. We usually hear nothing but praise for our cleaning staff, but it’s always helpful to hear feedback like this so we know how we can improve. We want to make sure all guests have the best time possible while staying with us. Thanks for sharing your experience at Jolly Beach. We wish you all the best in your future travels. General Manager Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
2 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom New York, NY

It's all about expectations

Posted Aug 8, 2014
Pros: Beach - long, white sand, ocean bottom is even, no drops, no corals, the water is clear and calm. We were there at the end of July.
Cons: More choices of fresh fruits and veggies, service in the buffet had to be improved. The premises were clean only around the main area.
please do not expect any luxury from this resort. Our stay was good because all we wanted is a good beach. It is gorgeous. Other than that, I don't see any other reason to go here. The room is very basic, old furniture, but clean. We chose to book superior room and stayed at St.John block. It is very first block from the ocean and it added pleasant moments to the experience. It had a small fridge, coffeemaker, very small and old TV. Room size was OK. The AC wall unit was very noisy but efficient. You have to pay for the safe key. Only one electric outlet, take the strip. Food choice is VERY limited in the buffet. If you ever stayed in Mexico or Dominican Rep. all inclusives, you cannot even compare to their selection. You will not be hungry, but if you have a dietary needs or gluten-free, forget about it. Fruits were served at breakfast only. At dinner, we only saw "fruit cocktail" in a big bowl. No yogurt or cream cheese for breakfast. Most of the salads are canned food, or potato/pasta type. There was fish, mostly fried in bread crumbs, conch sometimes, but no other seafood. Food in restaurants was a little better. The alcohol is domestic only (premium is an additional charge) and a very low quality. The house vine was good, though. Something from Chile. We did not like the service, it was unattentive, the waitresses were indifferent at best. Almost no shade around the pools. Go only if you plan to swim and enjoy the ocean. A lot of water activities.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 14, 2014 by General Manager, Hotel Management
The beach really is gorgeous, isn’t it, so it comes as no surprise that you enjoyed the calm turquoise water and various water activities that Jolly Beach is so well known for. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the proximity to our beach from your room, too, which added pleasing moments to your experience. It’s a shame that you found our selection limited in the buffet. During low-season there are fewer guests at the resort, so we do limit some of our options, but we’re more than happy to accept special requests, which can be arranged during booking or on-site with our staff. As you pointed out and as is also clearly stated on our website, only house brand beverages and cocktails are included in the all-inclusive rates, and I’m glad you enjoyed the house wine. Thanks for your comment about the shade near the pool. We’re currently exploring ways to improve this aspect of our guests’ experience. While you’ve mentioned a few things that we may be able to improve on, it sounds like what you wanted most of all was a really good beach, so I’m happy that we didn’t disappoint on this specific requirement :) Take care, General Manager Jolly Beach Resort & Spa