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
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

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.

  • Kids Stay and Eat Free: 1st child (3-11 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 3 Jan–31 Oct '19 in a Queen Superior room. 

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

  • Kids Stay and Eat Free: Up to two children (3-11 years) stay and eat free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 3 Jan–31 Oct '19 in a Two Bedroom Cottage. 

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

  • Kids stay and eat free: 1st child (3—11 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 3 Jan—31 Oct '19 when staying in a Queen Superior Room. 

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

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here

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, water aerobics, 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. Nearby Jolly Harbour 18-hole golf course*.

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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Jun 23, 2019 Barry D

Bring kleenex if you blow your nose, or use their toilet paper(one-ply). Maids consistantly show up late afternoon, they will tell you, well, we have until 5 oclock pm to do your room. Hot water in the sink and showers, water came out with an orange tint to it. Management said it was because of the old pipes. OK...Making reservations to the other… Read more
Bring kleenex if you blow your nose, or use their toilet paper(one-ply). Maids consistantly show up late afternoon, they will tell you, well, we have until 5 oclock pm to do your room. Hot water in the sink and showers, water came out with an orange tint to it. Management said it was because of the old pipes. OK...Making reservations to the other restaraunts is a hassle. If you go to the italian restaraunt, be aware you have to special order anything italian. Really.Lady on the front end would not help me check in for my return flight, said to me, it was not her job, finally someone very nice from management helped me and did a great job. Be ready to pay for bottled water here.The beach here was truly amazing, but not enough to cause a return trip here. There are other places to stay. Read less
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Jun 23, 2019 mimimelo123 Burlington, Canada

Stayed at this resort by default because of an overnight flight delay. Antigua is a true paradise! But this resort wasn’t at all worth the price no matter how much cheaper than PBC! The room was musty and outdated. Painting a room white and re caulking the bathroom doesn’t cut it! The beach was beautiful but God made that! Time to spend the money… Read more
Stayed at this resort by default because of an overnight flight delay. Antigua is a true paradise! But this resort wasn’t at all worth the price no matter how much cheaper than PBC! The room was musty and outdated. Painting a room white and re caulking the bathroom doesn’t cut it! The beach was beautiful but God made that! Time to spend the money on renovation.The food was mediocre at best. The roach that met us in the lobby spoke volumes... yuck! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Worst place ever

Jun 23, 2019 Travel64686182189

Booked 5 days 4 nights at a very reasonable price, but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. Arrived to discover that the rooms, which were supposed to be double king rooms (which looked beautiful in the photos) were actually rooms with 2 single beds. Extremely outdated with bathrooms that you would be almost afraid to use. When we… Read more
Booked 5 days 4 nights at a very reasonable price, but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. Arrived to discover that the rooms, which were supposed to be double king rooms (which looked beautiful in the photos) were actually rooms with 2 single beds. Extremely outdated with bathrooms that you would be almost afraid to use. When we complained we were told, in not so many words, to bad. No one in charge seemed to care about customer service at all. We made a reservation for dinner the first night for their Italian restaurant and actually checked the time of our reservation when we checked in and it was confirmed. Went to the restaurant at the appropriate time and they didn’t have our reservation. Instead of trying to accommodate us they said that there was nothing they could do. Spoke to the manager and he actually said “why should I care” The resort is apparently owned by a local man who puts no money into it and allows his staff to have no customer service at all. Beach is beautiful and wait staff and bartenders were very good. Spa stuff was also very good. Other personal were terrible. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good hotel, outstanding service and staff.

Jun 22, 2019 kimandbrian montreal, qc

This hotel is an older hotel, we opted for a junior suite, and glad we did, we were on the 4th floor, and it had a wonderful view(Pool and Ocean). The hotel is OK, and the AC works the bed was great! Good water pressure and always had hot water. Maid service every day, so no complaints. BUT the staff, i can't say enough, i won't name them as… Read more
This hotel is an older hotel, we opted for a junior suite, and glad we did, we were on the 4th floor, and it had a wonderful view(Pool and Ocean). The hotel is OK, and the AC works the bed was great! Good water pressure and always had hot water. Maid service every day, so no complaints. BUT the staff, i can't say enough, i won't name them as they were ALL fantastic. The energy that the staff exudes is contagious. The beach party(Full moon) was AMAZING, the staff all joined in and it looked like they were having a great time. The beach is great, no seagrass like their is on the other coast, no big waves and a gentle slope, with crystal clear water what else can you ask for.. Our 2nd time their in about 10 years, and we would return in a heartbeat. Rent a car, there is lots to see, and don't worry about driving on the other side for us North Americans.. it was a breeze. LOVE this place. Read less
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Jun 22, 2019 Melanie572 UK

This was a second visit to SJB and we had a great time. Let’s get the gripes out of the way. Check in; arrived at 3pm to a warm welcome. The room wasn’t ready and we were told to get a drink and come back in 20 minutes which was ok. That kept getting extended turned into over an hour by which time I was quite tired, hot and grumpy. If we had… Read more
This was a second visit to SJB and we had a great time. Let’s get the gripes out of the way. Check in; arrived at 3pm to a warm welcome. The room wasn’t ready and we were told to get a drink and come back in 20 minutes which was ok. That kept getting extended turned into over an hour by which time I was quite tired, hot and grumpy. If we had arrived before 3pm I could have understood it. However, when the website says check in after 3pm, you start paying for your room at 3pm and you’ve been travelling for 13-14 hours AND you see other people arriving and going straight to their rooms this is not acceptable. The rooms are dated, particularly the bathrooms, but clean and comfortable, the bed is very comfy. We had a king size superior which was spacious with good air con. The housekeeper service is exceptional, room cleaned to a high standard daily with clean towels daily. They also don’t start too early unlike some resorts, we are early birds but if you enjoy a bit of a lie in you won’t be disturbed too early. We paid for a safe, not that we felt that we needed it but from a purely practical point of view that insurance is invalid if anything did go missing. However, we would often leave electrical stuff out charging without any concern at all. The sliding wardrobe doors had come off their runners when we got to the room. We reported this at reception before we went for our evening meal and it was sorted by the time we returned to the room that night. The Caribbean night was a bit disappointing food wise, I was looking forward to something with a bit of a kick or some Roti but it wasn’t on offer. Other than this the food seemed to have improved since November and our last visit. The pasta station was a firm favourite with us, definitely a keeper! The staff cooking the eggs in the morning were also great. I finally learned what ‘eggs over easy’ means. It’s been a mystic me for many a year. The staff are great, of course there is the occasional grump but no one is immune to a bad day but the staff are what makes this place. You get a genuine warmth from the Antiguan people in and out of the resort. The entertainment is nightly and great, don’t miss the fire eater and the traditional drum and dancers. The two compares were slightly OTT in my own opinion. The resort was a bit quieter and consequently there are not so many people cheering and dancing. We did feel slightly like children being told off when they kept shouting “you are on vacation, come on! I know they try an create certain atmosphere but there are participants and observers. Just because people are not flinging themselves around the dance floor or whooping and cheering it really doesn’t mean that they are not having a great time just chilling and people watching. The beach is the crowning jewel. We didn’t see any need to get up early to save a bed, we always had a choice of beds where we liked to sit but it might be different nearer outside of the pool bar. Only slight fly in the ointment was occasionally a group of people would take their own music. It wasn’t loud at all but if you seek out the quiet bit of the beach you do so for a reason. The sunshades are fantastic, they cast a huge shadow so if you want to be out of the sun you can be completely out of it unlike smaller parasols. The beach is long and the sea is mesmerising, it will change colour in an instant when the sun comes from behind the clouds, just breathtaking. The manager was wandering around at breakfast on our last morning, saying hello to people and asking how their stay has been which was a nice touch. There were a lot of smiles so I’m assuming everyone had as good a time as we did. We wasn’t leaving until 6pm so we paid for a late check out. It is expensive at $75 however this meant we kept a room until check out and gave us the afternoon on the beach. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep our room but it didn’t take long to move across to another room. We moved into a super saver room: the bathroom is much smaller, small shower cubicle and a much smaller room with no fridge. If this is all budget allows then it would easily be manageable. However, if budget allows you will have a more comfortable stay in a superior room. Transfer to from and to the airport couldn’t be easier. Taxi rank straight outside of the airport and there is a taxi rank at the hotel. We ordered a cab for from reception at 6pm and it was waiting for us when we checked out. $24 each way. Make sure you get out of the resort and see Antigua, it’s beautiful and safe. Overall another fantastic stay. We feel the world is a big place with many places to see and therefore try not to stick to the same places. However, there is something special about this hotel and I very much suspect we will be back again at some point. Thanks to all for a great week. Read less