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

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Aug '19 and adults receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 3 Jan—31 Oct '20.

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

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Aug '19 to receive up to 40% off the accommodation cost between 1 Jul '19 - 2 Jan '20.

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  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Oct '19 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 1 Nov '19 - 30 Apr '20.

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

  • 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. 

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating BEST VACATION EVER

Aug 14, 2019 staceywarren Napa, California

YOU MUST BOOK HERE!! Grounds are a tropical paradise, beach is soft, expansive and gorgeous, water crystal clear, warm and calm AND STAFF MADE OUR VACATION. They are extremely well trained to provide phenomenal service, outstanding entertainment and non stop fun. Husband, me, and 2 grown kids, 22 and 25, had best vacation of our lives thanks to… Read more
YOU MUST BOOK HERE!! Grounds are a tropical paradise, beach is soft, expansive and gorgeous, water crystal clear, warm and calm AND STAFF MADE OUR VACATION. They are extremely well trained to provide phenomenal service, outstanding entertainment and non stop fun. Husband, me, and 2 grown kids, 22 and 25, had best vacation of our lives thanks to Starfish staff. Every department including: Housekeeping , Security, Water Sports , Entertainment/Dancers,, Wait Staff and Bellman, were exceptionally friendly and gracious. Crazy Shawn, Ferlicia and manager Brucilla (we miss you guys!!), ensured our every need was beyond met. We LOVED this place and will return next year with an entourage of friends and family who can’t wait to experience the food, fun, cocktails and staff’. The rooms were mediocre, yes, but adequate size, comfortable, clean, air conditioned, and we slept as little as possible on this vaca; we ate, drank , recreated , were entertained all day and all night, and laughed more than our money’s worth on this trip. We even made lifetime friends - shout out to Selena and Jamir, and Maury. We left our daughter on the island at American University Antigua Medical School with staff assurances that their help, should she ever need it, was only a phone call away: ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS. Don't hesitate to book here. Definitely best vacation ever. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Home Away From Home

Aug 13, 2019 Jacqueline G

Stayed for 14 days, my 3rd visit at resort, first since Starfish become its title. Bumpy check in- Management resolved immediately. All staff were Amazing from Dining, JBR dancers, pool and bar staff, and pool side activities love them all. Didn’t even want to partake in Carnival had so much fun at resort had the best stay ever. Not to mention… Read more
Stayed for 14 days, my 3rd visit at resort, first since Starfish become its title. Bumpy check in- Management resolved immediately. All staff were Amazing from Dining, JBR dancers, pool and bar staff, and pool side activities love them all. Didn’t even want to partake in Carnival had so much fun at resort had the best stay ever. Not to mention Best Beaches. Can’t wait for next year❤️🌺 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing holiday

Aug 13, 2019 holly30dog surrey

Negatives first, we stayed in the super saver room which is very small and very dated if you go with this in mind then you won’t be disappointed, the other negative is the swimming pools are not great but hey who needs a pool when you are right on a Caribbean beach. The location of this hotel is beautiful right on jolly beach you can even lay in… Read more
Negatives first, we stayed in the super saver room which is very small and very dated if you go with this in mind then you won’t be disappointed, the other negative is the swimming pools are not great but hey who needs a pool when you are right on a Caribbean beach. The location of this hotel is beautiful right on jolly beach you can even lay in bed and see the sea.The entertainment staff are excellent especially crazy Sean. The bar staff are also excellent especially zauda Quincy and Alvin. Zauda is the cocktail queen. All staff are very friendly and will go out if their way to help you. The food is good especially the Mexican restaurant. The kayaks and sailing boats are free to use and good fun. The island of Antigua is a very relaxing place there is not a lot to do here so if you are looking for a very relaxing holiday this is the place to go with lots of different beaches to explore. We did travel around by bus which is very cheap and easy to use. A must do is swimming with the stingrays at stingray city they were beautiful and also the catamaran around the island although this was quite expensive at 100 dollars per person. So apart from the room I would highly recommend a stay at starfish jolly beach resort. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating You get what you pay for

Aug 12, 2019 JaneWaugh West Sussex

One of the cheaper Antiguan all inclusives. If you love the Caribbean then Jolly Beach is perfect. If you what to go to a hotel that could be anywhere else in the world, pay more! Staff are fab, food is good, beach is gorgeous, rooms are small and shabby but you only sleep there. Good entertainment from animation team and bar staff.
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Aug 12, 2019 Marklennon48 Perth, Australia

100% worst experience , stay away from this place. 2 hours into holiday tv broke down, they had no snorkelling gear to use, phone broke. Room is concrete square very poor, if it rains ALL the walkways are like ice to walk on, it needs anti slip paint very soon. One day while snorkelling (had to buy my own) a guy call Vernon aboused me and told me… Read more
100% worst experience , stay away from this place. 2 hours into holiday tv broke down, they had no snorkelling gear to use, phone broke. Room is concrete square very poor, if it rains ALL the walkways are like ice to walk on, it needs anti slip paint very soon. One day while snorkelling (had to buy my own) a guy call Vernon aboused me and told me i had to swim closer to the beach, why, he said he could run me over doing 100mph !! When i refused he threatened to come back and run me over at 45 mph ?? Reported him to the police and manager Alex, they did NOTHING ! Next day he came at me again, shouted at me again, told the police and management, they didn't take my word again and still Vernon is working off the public beach threatening and intimidating guests, the management still let him make money out of the guests. So management are completely incompetent, if you injured yourself, beware as they pay your medical expenses and keep any paperwork x rays etc, and don't even write out incident reports, and lie that they have, and really cover the backs just incase you want compensation, you have NO CHANCE. Corruption is very apparent, so if you injure yourself because the hotel is not safe, then make sure you pay your own medical expences. i WILL NEVER USE THIS PLACE AGAIN. Read less