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.

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

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

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

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

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  • Booking bonus: book by 16 Dec '19 and save up to 38% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 Dec '19-22 Dec '20.

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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 Go for the Beach only

Dec 4, 2019 Cari F Stratford

If you are looking to spend time only at the beach this is the place for you. Do not be expecting a lot from the hotel rooms. They are very outdated. They nice thing is that all food and drinks are included.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The good, the bad and the ugly...

Dec 4, 2019 lperezr2018 New York City, New York

Ok, let me start with the good: Staff is super attentive Antigua is beautiful Beach is beautiful Bigger pool with swim up bar is nice The Bad: The rooms are awful! I couldn't believe my eyes. The condition of the rooms are mediocre at best...I mean I have been to almost every island and I know things differ from place to place but these… Read more
Ok, let me start with the good: Staff is super attentive Antigua is beautiful Beach is beautiful Bigger pool with swim up bar is nice The Bad: The rooms are awful! I couldn't believe my eyes. The condition of the rooms are mediocre at best...I mean I have been to almost every island and I know things differ from place to place but these buildings are just too old!!! Smaller swimming pool needs major remodeling. The hotel has a nice space and is nicely distributed but the rooms!!!! Oh no!!! They need to tear all off and reconstruct!!! I am not sure why people go back there!! I have been in 5 star hotels and also 3 but this is not even a 2!!! How ugly and abandoned those rooms are!! The food is repetitive and the drinks are super weak! I can't believe I am writing this review as they were nice. I even tried changing my room but the one available had no view and it was just slightly better. The ugly So on my third day after a run and working out at the very dirty gym, I go to take a shower and my eyes get red red red and gooey!!! I looked up and the shower thing was black!!! It looked like mold!!! I should have taken a picture but I was so freaked out I forgot!!! I showed my husband as it just happened within a second after showering and he freaks out! I start putting water and run to the front desk and show them and they are like: i don't know like no doctors on site or anything!!! My husband and I asked for a pharmacy or something and then they told us how to get to the one near by and i got some solutions and eye drops and it started to get better. When we come back to the room suddenly the shower thing was fixed. They put like a white cap in it. That was so weird to me.I have NEVER had this experience. I travel at least 15 times a year and yes I have gotten sick at resorts but this is too much. After that I always have a headache and will have to go to the doctor. This place is dirty and there is no cleanliness! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Memorable trip in the tropics(Antigua)

Dec 3, 2019 Safi M Brooklyn, New York, Usa

Travelling to Antigua to meet my aunt at the Starfish Resort may be the most memorable yet. I was blown away by the ambiance, friendliness, amount of inclusive activities yet. It made me miss and appreciate home more(Trinidad). This trip was so needed to escape the harsher of New York. I would love to return.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loosing its fight against time

Dec 2, 2019 Milliemooo Kent, England

When I first went to Jolly Beach in 1988 the bar staff and waiting staff really gave the impression of having fun serving food and drinks - it was a skill they were proud of. This time I had to queue up to be served by disinterested staff, who did not have the time or inclination to interact with customers. Reception staff were frustrating… Read more
When I first went to Jolly Beach in 1988 the bar staff and waiting staff really gave the impression of having fun serving food and drinks - it was a skill they were proud of. This time I had to queue up to be served by disinterested staff, who did not have the time or inclination to interact with customers. Reception staff were frustrating because they would start speaking to you and then break off to answer the phone - repeatedly. The lady on the tour desk did the same! She did not have any brochures for you to take away and decide on which trips to do. It's probably easier to book trips from the beach. We did a 6 hour trip to Cades reef which was very good - with lunch, drinks and snorkelling. It was nice to have kayaks and sailing boats available - but the miserable faces of the watersports staff was the stuff of nightmares. Rooms are old and tired. Leaking ceilings and a patio door which was impossible to open and shut (room 1139 if management read this and want to go and fix it). Queuing up to try to book restaurant tables was a pain - but Lydia's was good and the Mexican was good. The Italian however was a complete disappointment, and the main hotel buffet would have been a better choice, as the food was pretty good there. The pool grill was confusing at first as there was no sign of a menu - so when they ask what you want - you have to take a guess at what they might have!! When we worked this out the burgers were good - all freshly cooked and hot. I did not book an airport transfer in advance as the quotes given seemed a bit expensive - just walk outside the airport, turn left and there is a taxi desk which gets you in the next taxi available - cost is $24 US for up to 4 people one way - and we only waited 5 minutes. Don't wait to buy souvenirs at the airport as the prices there are outrageous. It's still a lovely beach with beautiful sunsets, but the hotel could do with a bit of a shake up. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great choice for vacation

Dec 2, 2019 374carterg

I was travelling on business, and this was the cheapest accomodation I could find in the area -- It's not too far from the airport, and the staff was great. The rooms were extremely dated, and the buffet food was mediocre at best, but the beach is incredible, every member of the staff I dealt with was professional and friendly, and the drinks… Read more
I was travelling on business, and this was the cheapest accomodation I could find in the area -- It's not too far from the airport, and the staff was great. The rooms were extremely dated, and the buffet food was mediocre at best, but the beach is incredible, every member of the staff I dealt with was professional and friendly, and the drinks were good. While the buffet food left a lot to be desired, the a la carte restaurants were much better, in my experience -- But you have to get your reservation put in early! In the cheaper rooms, you can't get WiFi, so I don't recommend this hotel for business travel. The public wifi in the lobby area was spotty, so when I needed internet I resorted to tethering through my phone, which worked fine, as cell reception is strong. This is a phenomenal place to go for vacation, and if I can find a cheap flight back out there, I might take some personal time here. Read less