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 30 Apr '19 and adults receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost between 1 May—31 Oct '19.

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

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Apr '19 and adults 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 '19 and adults receive up to 15% 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. 

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, Kidz Club (3-12 years). Palms Wellness Centre incorporating Spa*, gym and Beauty Salon*. 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 Overall great resort

Apr 17, 2019 angievj528 New York

My husband and I were at Starfish Jolly Resort for 4 nights/5 days. From start to finish it was an overall great trip. Majority of the staff were pleasant and great to deal with. Certain people stood out to us the most. From the first moment we arrived we were greated by Yvonne at the front desk. Her beaming smile was so welcoming. When we… Read more
My husband and I were at Starfish Jolly Resort for 4 nights/5 days. From start to finish it was an overall great trip. Majority of the staff were pleasant and great to deal with. Certain people stood out to us the most. From the first moment we arrived we were greated by Yvonne at the front desk. Her beaming smile was so welcoming. When we got there we had an issue with the airport and immigration and Yvonne advocated for us and spoke on our behalf to have the issue resolved. She made sure to really have us start our vacation stress free. Yvonne we cannot thank you enough for going above and beyond! You really did make it a much better start for us. Another wonderful lady that stood apart was Jamilia from the Nexus tour. We booked a Shirley Heights tour with her last minute and she was such a pleasure to deal with as well. There was also a problem that arose later in the night and certain guests leaving the event way in advance than the scheduled time, but Jamilia made sure we were all taken care of and brought us back to the resort safely. Even while at Shirley Heights she looked after us and made sure we were enjoying the night. Thank you Jamilia for also going above and beyond for your guests! We won’t forget that. Majority of the employees at the dining areas were so pleasant and welcoming. I can’t remember everyone’s names but I felt like they all welcomed us with big smiles and made sure we were enjoying the food and experience. Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is properly not one of the first resorts you might think of when booking your vacation, but I can assure you .. you will not be disappointed. I’m sure in the upcoming years they will advance in their rooms, but the resort property in itself is BEAUTIFUL! and the beach and water is GORGEOUS! We really did have an amazing time and were sad to leave. I also enjoyed that the resort incorporated their culture into the events hosted there. It really gave us an insight on the people of Antigua and how beautiful they’re culture really is. Thank you for the experience and the wonderful time! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Place to stay

Apr 17, 2019 Bever_G Toronto, Canada

I have to say that I was pretty amazed at the location and service that we received. The staff was pretty amazing and helpful. The Entertainment Committee was awesome with their daily and nightly events and shows. The buffet was quite an assortment of dishes that was refilled all the time. The Resort was kept very clean and spotless. We were… Read more
I have to say that I was pretty amazed at the location and service that we received. The staff was pretty amazing and helpful. The Entertainment Committee was awesome with their daily and nightly events and shows. The buffet was quite an assortment of dishes that was refilled all the time. The Resort was kept very clean and spotless. We were a group of six and we had a ball. We stayed 7 nights and 8 days. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing location

Apr 17, 2019 Lesley K Coventry, United Kingdom

We booked a three day stay after spending 10 days sailing around the BVI's and I asked for a hotel which was on the beach. This I couldn't fault, the beach was beautiful and the grounds were well maintained. On arrival we were upgraded to a standard king room which overlooked the sea, which is exactly what we wanted. The room was clean but the… Read more
We booked a three day stay after spending 10 days sailing around the BVI's and I asked for a hotel which was on the beach. This I couldn't fault, the beach was beautiful and the grounds were well maintained. On arrival we were upgraded to a standard king room which overlooked the sea, which is exactly what we wanted. The room was clean but the hotel is very tired. The staff were incredible so helpful and obliging, the bed was so comfortable it's such a shame that the hotel needs upgrading. The food was ok, nothing too much to moan about but was uninspiring, although I really enjoyed the fresh fruit which was available at breakfast. Would we go back? On balance, no but mainly because although I don't want luxury had we have been staying for a longer period of time I do feel that we would have grown very tired of the food on offer, despite there being other restaurants to choose from. We did eat in the Mexican restaurant which was enjoyable but we still felt that there was something lacking. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our favourite vacation so far!!!

Apr 16, 2019 Nadine W Wasaga Beach, Canada

My husband and I recently stayed at the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort and loved it!!! We were so happy to have chosen this resort!! The rooms are nice and clean with comfortable beds. Yes it was on the smaller side for some but we loved it! Ocean view from our balcony was to die for!! There was always plenty to eat and we never went hungry. We… Read more
My husband and I recently stayed at the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort and loved it!!! We were so happy to have chosen this resort!! The rooms are nice and clean with comfortable beds. Yes it was on the smaller side for some but we loved it! Ocean view from our balcony was to die for!! There was always plenty to eat and we never went hungry. We liked the pool side snack bar. Great jerk chicken and coleslaw. Drinks were great! Loved the old fashioned rum punch and of course rum cream. The highlight for us was the staff. Super friendly and outgoing! Someone always singing and smiles everywhere! A special shout out to the entertainment staff and my girl Anne Marie!!! Loved everything they did from crafts to sports and evening shows. Well done!!! I hope to return to this beautiful Island one day and feel blessed for the experience we had. Thank you Starfish and Antigua! My heart is full! ❤️ Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolutely terrible stay!

Apr 16, 2019 islandboy4ever Kingstown, St. Vincent

My wife and I went to Antigua for 5 days on a long weekend in March 2019. After a lot of searching we settled on this place as it was (at the time) moderately priced and looked to be pretty nice. I was in Antigua a few months before for a few weeks working and stayed in the Jolly Beach area and got to know it, so I figured we could stay… Read more
My wife and I went to Antigua for 5 days on a long weekend in March 2019. After a lot of searching we settled on this place as it was (at the time) moderately priced and looked to be pretty nice. I was in Antigua a few months before for a few weeks working and stayed in the Jolly Beach area and got to know it, so I figured we could stay here. From the moment we arrived things were just sour. We know that hotel check in starts at 3:00 PM, we landed at the airport at 12:00 PM and got our rental car. We did a few things in St. John's before we headed to the hotel. So we got to the hotel at 3:30 PM. Only to then be told that our room was not ready, and to please come back to the front desk at 4:00 PM. They told us to leave our bags in their baggage room and we could go ahead and book ourselves in for dinner at one of the restaurants for the night. So we wandered over to the first restaurant to try to book a reservation. This is when things got worse. We were told that they were already fully booked for dinner that night so we couldn't eat there, and before we could ask we were told that they would not be opening the following night. So we walked over to another restaurant where there was a huge line up. We went and asked the person at the desk in front of the line if we could make a reservation. We were told they were already full for that night, and the line we saw are people waiting to book for the next night, and they were already almost full so they did not think we would be able to make a reservation for then either. We went to a third restaurant and it was locked up as tight as can be, nobody around to ask anything. The final restaurant is a beach bar which closed at 4:30, so made no sense going there as we were looking for dinner later on. By this time it was 4:00 and we went back to the front desk. They seemed stunned that we were already back, at the time they told us to come back. But told us we could go to our room. We got there to meet the cleaning staff just leaving, that's fine. Then we got inside the room. The room was absolutely abysmal. I had a better dorm room when I was in college 15 years ago. The TV was about a 13 inch screen MAX, old tube TV hung off the wall. Reception was useless so it made no sense even trying to watch it. The bed was as uncomfortable as can be, and the bathroom/shower were so small we had to close the door just to be able to use the sink. And on top of all of this there is no WiFi signal in the room, nor many of the rooms from what I came to understand. The rest of the property is very run down and in dire need of massive renovations. We were told that some renovations were already done, then we were told that was over 10 years ago. We had breakfast once at the hotel, and it was about as appetizing as the run down hotel itself. Did not look very nice and tasted about the same. We ate in a cafe in Jolly Harbour the rest of our stay. In fact we never had another single mean not drink at this hotel. We actually made out dissatisfaction known to the duty manager on our first night, who was unable to do anything about it obviously. We ran into some Antiguans we know and told them where we were staying, they all said, " Why would you stay there? That place is awful." We were actually told by a tourism worker elsewhere that he has not heard anything good about this hotel in years. After this we asked the hotel if we could check out and what our penalty would be. We were told the penalty would be that we have to pay for the full stay, we asked this on the second night and had 3 more nights left. So we just cut out losses and stayed. All in all I would never recommend this place to anyone unless it was closed and fully renovated first. And even then I would be hesitant. Save your money, there are tons of better places to stay on the island and in this area for marginally more money; but it will be well worth it. Read less