Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

In an idyllic location, overlooking one of Antigua’s best beaches, with fine white sand and turquoise waters. Surrounded by 40 acres of tropical gardens, the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa offers simple and good value accommodation for families and groups alike. Lively in atmosphere, there’s always plenty to do, including water sports, pool volleyball and beach games, perhaps even an impromptu game of cricket on the sand late afternoon. Kids have their very own club, promising a fun packed itinerary of activities whilst parents can head to the quiet pool or spa for some much-deserved relaxation and pampering. There are five restaurants in total, serving everything from International favourites to Caribbean delights and an Italian selection at the Bocciolo Restaurant and Bar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On Jolly Beach in the parish of St Mary’s on Antigua’s west coast. Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

464 ocean-facing rooms on 4 floors in various buildings with no lifts. All rooms are ocean facing with balcony/patio, air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, safe* and hairdryer. Standard Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: includes all meals and snacks, all locally produced drinks by the glass and all activities unless otherwise stated. No bottled water. Hemispheres will be opened for full breakfast from 7:00am-10:00am every morning. Continental breakfast will only be served in Hemispheres from 10:00am-11:00am.

Queen Superior Rooms have a coffee maker, fridge, iron and board, shower and bath, with 2 queen-size beds sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Wheelchair accessible Superior Room with bath and 2 double beds.

King Superior Rooms have a coffee maker, fridge, iron and board, shower and bath, 1 king-size bed and a small lounge area, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Junior Suites are on the 3rd and 4th floors and have larger rooms with a separate living area. They have 1 king-size bed and shower and are best suited to couples, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

1-Bedroom Cottages have oceanfront verandas and spacious sitting areas, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

2-Bedroom Cottages are also available on request, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Apr '20 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 1 May – 31 Oct '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Oct '20 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 1 Nov '20 – 30 Apr '21.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Apr '21 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 1 May – 31 Oct '21.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 14 Feb '20 to receive up to 38% off the accommodation cost between 17 Dec '19–22 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

5 restaurants and bars: Coconut Grill (barbecue, grills and sandwiches, open daily), Hemispheres (open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Bocciolo Restaurant and Bar (Italian buffet for dinner, reservations are required), Lydia’s Restaurant (Caribbean and seafood à la carte dinners and seasonal Sunday brunch) and Margaritas (Mexican cuisine, dinner only). The 2 à la carte restaurants, Lydia's, Margaritas plus Bocciolo, are open on a rotation basis. Reservations are required at à la carte restaurants. There is a supplement of approximately $20 per adult and $10 for children aged 3-11, per meal when dining at the Bocciolo restaurant (payable locally, subject to change).

Live nightly entertainment including floor shows and live bands. Full animation team.

2 swimming pools including an 8,000 sq ft fantasy pool with swim-up bar. Complimentary non-motorised water sports include Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking and pedal boats. Free lessons are available on selected activities. Offsite dive centre*. 4 tennis courts* (resident tennis pro*, US$10 per hour per person for use of tennis courts and US$5 racquet charge per person per game). Basketball. Table tennis. Kids' club (3-12 years). Palms Wellness Centre incorporating Spa* and gym. Water aerobics. Nearby Jolly Harbour 18-hole golf course*. Dance classes*. Family Beach Olympics.

Internet access*. Babysitting facilities*. Gift shop*. Complimentary WiFi in Long Bar, Fantasy Pool, Tea Lounge, games room and courtyard area.

3 nights between 21 Dec '18-2 Jan '19.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages are 2-12 years.

Dress code: for adults and children — casual at Bocciolo restaurant (no shorts, t-shirts, vests, jeans, trainers or flip-flops).

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Average Hotel with fantastic beach

Jan 18, 2020 Wendy A Newmarket, Canada

We went here knowing it was a 3 star hotel. The hotel is dated and does need upgrading especially the bathrooms everywhere. The facets all leak and the toilets need to be held to flush. Our room toilet took about 4 minutes to fill and the faucet dripped continuously. The ceiling tiles were in need of replacing. Our room was a typical hotel room… Read more
We went here knowing it was a 3 star hotel. The hotel is dated and does need upgrading especially the bathrooms everywhere. The facets all leak and the toilets need to be held to flush. Our room toilet took about 4 minutes to fill and the faucet dripped continuously. The ceiling tiles were in need of replacing. Our room was a typical hotel room and the bed was very comfortable. It was clean. The cleaning staff was good. Our nieces room was very small and the shower was made for a 5 foot person. Our room faced the Italian stage which had entertainment every night till after 11. Sleep is only for people after midnight. Not a complaint but an observation. The restaurants were okay. The buffet was average. After a week I could not say anything was outstanding. The staff was good and one in particular, Judith sang to us every morning. I am tea drinker and a tea pot would have been nice. My husband did say the coffee was good. Breakfast was good. The omelettes were good and the cook was no nonsense. The bbq grill by the pool served burgers and chicken. It was good. This is a good place to go to enjoy a great beach, enjoy long walks and to chill. You can easily walk to the local grocery store and local restaurants of Jolly Beach. We also took the local bus with very friendly locals saying hello to St. John’s for the day for cheap. Read less
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Jan 18, 2020 francesr871 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Love this place second visit. Great beach, food, entertainment etc. Local flavour rooms not luxurious but adequate. Atmosphere very upbeat and happy. Two great swimming pools. However same complaint as previous visit. I have arthritis and cannot access either pool because no handrail!!! Huge disappointment and humiliation for me and such a small… Read more
Love this place second visit. Great beach, food, entertainment etc. Local flavour rooms not luxurious but adequate. Atmosphere very upbeat and happy. Two great swimming pools. However same complaint as previous visit. I have arthritis and cannot access either pool because no handrail!!! Huge disappointment and humiliation for me and such a small thing to fix. Also lack of upright chairs around pools and beach only recliners which I cannot use!!! (They would provide if asked...hassle). Lots of easy access slopes etc but still would not recommend for mobility challenged although I had a great time with help of family Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very disappointing resort.

Jan 18, 2020 hoovehottie1 Newmarket, Canada

As with some other people we decided to make the best of it and we did! The resort leaves a lot to be desired. Our room was fine but we were in a group of 21 and some of them did not have great rooms. My daughter's family with 2 boys 8 and 9 were put into 2 rooms. She spoke up right away and was given a superior room but way down the resort… Read more
As with some other people we decided to make the best of it and we did! The resort leaves a lot to be desired. Our room was fine but we were in a group of 21 and some of them did not have great rooms. My daughter's family with 2 boys 8 and 9 were put into 2 rooms. She spoke up right away and was given a superior room but way down the resort past the Italian section. My step-daughter and husband and 12 year old son were given 2 rooms far apart. They had to pay an up charge of $20/day to get a superior room and yet when booking the superior rooms were not available. Very strange! The food was okay but I expected better. I knew the resort was only a 3 star and I agree that is what we paid for not a 5 star. Our maids were friendly and did a great job. However some of our group had not so friendly maids and complained about the rooms not being cleaned properly,did not have enough towels etc. The worst part was a couple in the pool falling over each other, practically having sex in the pool and were so drunk they could barely stand. They were told to get out of the pool and they were laying on lounges on the side by the grill throwing up. It was disgusting. We complained and it took forever to have them removed from the area! On an up note the beach was absolutely beautiful as Antigua beaches are. I would never go back to this hotel! Read less
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Jan 18, 2020 Ian D Romford, United Kingdom

As clearly stated on previous reviews yes the resort is tired looking but we knew that before we booked rooms v clean restaurants clean food was fine staff out of this world had a great holiday just go & relax & enjoy it’s fine
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Jan 18, 2020 sjburn Swindon England

Ok this resort is getting on a bit, the rooms are small, our bathroom door didn't close properly and the shower tap kept falling off, so what!? we didn't go there for the room we showered and slept in it that's all. The beach, pools and gardens are all lovely, the people are great, the entertainment was good and varied and food was overall very… Read more
Ok this resort is getting on a bit, the rooms are small, our bathroom door didn't close properly and the shower tap kept falling off, so what!? we didn't go there for the room we showered and slept in it that's all. The beach, pools and gardens are all lovely, the people are great, the entertainment was good and varied and food was overall very good. Yes it was a bit of a pain booking the specialty restaurants but if you go for the later dinning you can usually get in without having to wait in line. Would definitely recommend the catamaran trip round the island . You cant expect a 5 star resort at 3 star prices. It is what it is, chill out and have some fun! Read less