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 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. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Oct '19 to receive up to 38% off the accommodation cost between 1 Oct '19-31 Oct '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, 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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Starfish Jolly Beach

Oct 21, 2019 Travel705689

As stated in previous posts the resort needs a complete revamp. Staff are excellent. Italian a la. Carte excellent but Mexican very poor. Beach sellers offering drugs on a daily basis. Rooms should have a fridge and drinking water as standard. Will we go back probably and when we do hopefully the resort will be brought up to date. Take plenty of… Read more
As stated in previous posts the resort needs a complete revamp. Staff are excellent. Italian a la. Carte excellent but Mexican very poor. Beach sellers offering drugs on a daily basis. Rooms should have a fridge and drinking water as standard. Will we go back probably and when we do hopefully the resort will be brought up to date. Take plenty of mosquitos repellent as they only fogged three or four times during our two week stay. Seen lots of people covered in bites. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful people in a lovely location

Oct 20, 2019 jason c Cambridge, United Kingdom

Superb location with everything you need for a great holiday .The staff were fantastic so friendly and helpful making sure you enjoyed your stay .The beach was beautiful and right next to the hotel lunch at the beach bar was spot on
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Oct 20, 2019 gailv869 Jeffersonville, New York

Warm beer. Warm wine. Food selection was poor, seems one nights dinner was next days lunch Hard to make reservations at resorts restaurants as you need to book a day prior Servers In restaurants were not as pleasant as buffet staff Lack of information regarding days activities, many times only aware by stumbling onto event Evening entertainment… Read more
Warm beer. Warm wine. Food selection was poor, seems one nights dinner was next days lunch Hard to make reservations at resorts restaurants as you need to book a day prior Servers In restaurants were not as pleasant as buffet staff Lack of information regarding days activities, many times only aware by stumbling onto event Evening entertainment was ok but enough DISCO please. Read less
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Oct 19, 2019 vip76 Tortola

This is a beautiful property that needs updating and service was lack luster. I had issues with bathroom and the maintenance was nonchalant in their response. I found shaved hair around my sink in my first night. Menu left a lot to be desired and food was overcooked at times.
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Oct 18, 2019 amberkay pioneer, tn

We had 3 super saver rooms and one standard room. The super savers were AWESOME. I look at it this way.... had it not been for the price of the super saver rooms, we wouldn't have been able to take 9 people to Antigua! The only reason we had a standard room was because we had 3 people left and 3 aren't aloud in a super saver. The standard room was… Read more
We had 3 super saver rooms and one standard room. The super savers were AWESOME. I look at it this way.... had it not been for the price of the super saver rooms, we wouldn't have been able to take 9 people to Antigua! The only reason we had a standard room was because we had 3 people left and 3 aren't aloud in a super saver. The standard room was literally on the other end of the resort, which was a little inconvenient, but we managed. The other resorts here are outrageous! We had no problems getting reservations to the restaurants as long as I was waiting in line before 9. I went one day at 9:13 and the reservations were booked soild as you can only book for the same day and the next. Now, the food was GREAT, BUT, there were very few options! This may be due to it being October and it being the off season, I don't know. If you have picky eaters, this probably isn't the place for them. We have never had so little food options at an all-inclusive before, but, what they did have was awesome! They do have burgers and fries on the beach and the best jerk chicken. At night on the buffet was basically 2 meats (chicken and fish) and rice and a couple other sides. My husband survived on bread for dinner the 3 nights we ate the buffet. Lydia's was the best restaurant there! Italian was good, the air was out and it was only open once while we were there. Mexican was my daughter's favorite, they had great chips and salsa! Next, the mixed drinks were good and not babied at all! The beer was another story..... it was served to us cold ONE time. The resort was practically empty, so, I imagine the beer shoud have been cold. We had 6 guys who didn't drink all week due to hot beer. I know vacation isn't all about drinking, but, that's part of the deal and it should be cold or a least drinkable. The beach is remarkable!!! I can't stress this enough. It was breathtaking! We have travelled to many resorts since 2007 and this beach (water/color/shells/calmness/warmth) topped them all, hands down. The staff were incredible! Everyone was friendly! It would be my opinion that the entertainment is lacking. So much so that we just sat at the bar or in the lobby and turned in early. I am comparing this to all the other places we have been, keep that in mind. This resort is targeted to more of the older crowd. It is very quiet and peaceful. A place to just relax, not the party scene. If that's what you're looking for, I would go elsewhere. We had a great time here, minus the lack of food options. We did 2 tours one land and one by boat. Thriller tours we booked online prior to our trip... it was an awesome day on the water and a private chater tour with just our group! The other was a land tour with a local from the beach named "Cloud". For the price point, you cannot beat this resort! Expand the buffet, chill the beer and it would be 5 stars!!! Read less