Jolly Beach Resort


  • Inexpensive
  • Great range of activities for the price
  • Nice beach
  • Good food for a cheaper all-inclusive
  • Incredible online specials


  • Many cramped, ugly rooms
  • Overrun by tour groups
  • Often impersonal service
  • Lack of elevators and rambling layout make it difficult for the physically challenged

Published 10/12/2015

Fodor's Review

If you're looking for basic sun-sand-surf fun, this active resort—Antigua's largest—fits the bill luring a gregarious blend of honeymooners, families, and singles. Management diligently gussies up and maintains the public areas: there's a faux sugar mill, a free-form fantasy pool, a creole-style vendors' village, attractive gardens, and a riot of tropical-cocktail colors. Palapas (palm-thatched roofs) and hammocks dot the long if crowded beach. The five main restaurants, Italian to Indian, are surprisingly good, especially the waterfront seafood eatery, Lydia's. The range of activities and facilities (including a cricket field, casino, and spa) surpasses that of many tonier all-inclusives. On the downside, service can be curt and the dilapidated cinder-block structures have peeling paint, chipped doors, and rusting railings. Many units are cramped and musty with bizarre, built-in concrete furnishings. "Supersaver" rooms, though the size of closets, represent the top value, especially for singles (only $20 supplement). Every room has at least a partial sea view.

Hotel Information


Valley Rd., Jolly Harbour, St. Mary, Antigua and Barbuda

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268-462–0061; 866-905–6559

Hotel Details:

  • 461 units, 2 2-bedroom cottages, 1 1-bedroom cottage
  • Rate includes: All-inclusive; No meals
  • Supersaver rooms, which are not all-inclusive, cost substantially less

Published 10/12/2015


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