A Jolly Beach “Animalistic” New Years

December 19th, 2013

A Spellbinding Show

JBR Dancers & More!

’Unleash your wild side at The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa December 31st 2013

Bring out your wild side in a fun and exciting atmosphere on December 31st. For one night only become ‘animalistic’ this tropical paradise will not be the same.

Join the JBR dancers in their spellbinding new years eve show which will transport you to the wilds of africa. Then dance the night away to the pulsating rhythms of the ‘power union band’. Enjoy fine dining, good music, great entertainment, party favors, and our exhilarating fireworks at midnight.


Jolly Beach Christmas Program

December 19th, 2013

The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa presents an “Island Style Christmas” from December 23rd to December 26th Experience four days of Island life and four days of fun.


  • 9:15 am – Guest Orientation
  • 10:30 am- Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30 am –Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00 pm – Santa’s Little Helpers Treasure Hunt (Lets find Santa’s Treasure!!
  • 1:30 pm – Gift Wrapping Relay Race
  • 2:00pm – Water Sport Activities
  • 3:00 pm – Soccer on the beach
  • 4:00 pm – Sea Shell Art/ make a gift
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:00pm– Christmas Choir
  • 8:00PM – Live Steel Band
  • 9:30PM – Bonfire Night on the beach….dancing, African drumming and fire blowing.


  • 9:15 am – Guest Orientation
  • 10:30 am –Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua aerobics
  • 11:30 am – Water Polo
  • 1:00 pm – Dress Santa relay race – family fun time
  • 1:30 pm – Pass the parcel game – (fun Christmas game)
  • 2:00 pm –Pin the tale on Rudolph
  • 3:00pm – Cricket on the beach
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:30pm- Christmas Choir
  • 8:30pm – Live Band

3. Christmas Day – December 25

  • 7:00am – Christmas breakfast @ Hemispheres Restaurant
  • 9:15 am- Guest Orientation
  • 10:30 am – Santa arrives with all the Christmas gifts for the little children. Kid’s Christmas party with Santa, giving gifts and photos with Santa.
  • 10:30 am – Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30 am– Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00pm – Gift wrapping relay race
  • 1:30 pm – Christmas Day Bingo
  • 2:00pm – Christmas Cupcake Eating Competition/Apple bobbing
  • 2:30 pm- Minute to win it game…….WIN BIG this Christmas
  • 3:00 pm – Family Beach Olympics
  • 4:00pm – Make a gift BEAD ART MAKING/ Beer drinking game
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:00pm – Beautiful ISLAND STYLE Christmas beats
  • 8:00PM- Live BAND
  • 11pm-12am – Live DJ

4. Boxing Day – December 25

  • 10:00am – Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30am – Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00pm – Calypso Dance class
  • 1:30pm – Balloon Tossing/ Lucky Jackpot
  • 2:00pm – Kayak/Sailing Races
  • 3:00pm – Soccer on the beach
  • 4:00pm – Sea Shell Art lessons
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • Don’t miss our glow party, wear bright colours and dance to the beat of our Live DJ Chrome! It’s the glow party of the year 9pm to 12am.


New Daily Non-Stop from JFK New York to Antigua Starts Today

November 21st, 2013

We’re very happy to share information about a new daily, non-stop flight to our beautiful Antigua. American Airlines non-stop service from New York’s JFK begins today  and will have you relaxing on our best beach by a mile at lunchtime. Flight number AA978 departs JFK at 7:15 am and arrives here at V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) at 12:30 pm. The return flight, still AA978, departs ANU at 1:30 pm and arrives at JFK at 5:25 pm. This daily non-stop will continue until March 31, 2014, so plan your Winter Escape now and you’ll be sipping our Wadadli Cuddle on the beach before you know it.

Trade snow for sand for the Holidays

November 15th, 2013


Spend the Holidays and ring in the New Year in white sand instead of snow. Book with us by November 22, 2013 and you’ll save 60%  on all-inclusive rates starting at US$98 per person, per night, double occupancy for travel December 21-February 15, 2014. We have a full schedule of Christmas and New Year’s activities and celebrations from choirs, live bands and beach bonfires to Santa and an “Animalistic” New Year’s Eve party that welcomes in 2014. Make you winter escape and we’ll see you on the beach!

Whatever you do, wherever you go, use your vacation days. You deserve it.

November 5th, 2013

For whatever reason, so many of us don’t take all of our yearly vacation days. If you’re in this column, why not plan a Caribbean getaway right now, and get the best rates of the year while you’re at it. Make a direct booking with us by November 15, 2013 and you’ll save 60% on travel now through December 20, 2013 with all-inclusive rates starting at US$88 per person, per night, double occupancy. If you prefer a winter escape in the New Year, you’ll save 60% on high-season rates if you travel January 6-February 14, 2014 or March 10-April 15, 2014, US$97.50 per person, per night, double occupancy. The clock is ticking; count up your vacation days and have some fun on Antigua’s best beach by a mile.

Youngsters remind us that our time together is precious

October 22nd, 2013
Jolly Kidz Essay Winner Aaliyah Cannon

Aaliyah (left) with her mom and younger sister Eden.

Summer is at an end, but thank goodness, memories of “summer with my family” stay with us forever. Eight-year-old Aaliyah Cannon shares her poignant memories of a vacation on the beach and the fun she had with her family, the last they would have together, in her prize-winning essay. As the winner of our Jolly Kidz Essay Contest, Aaliyah and her family will enjoy an all-inclusive stay here at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. Thanks to all the children who took the time to submit entries, each and every one reminded us how wonderful it is to have precious time with our loved ones, new experiences, and being able to share them with family and friends.

My summer with my Family
By Aaliyah Cannon – Age 8
I had a lovely time when I was 3.  It was the last summer I spent with my daddy and my mummy, my brother and my new baby sister.  We spent it at Jolly Beach.  I had my 3rd birthday there and it was brilliant because I could go to the Kidz Club where Sandra looked after me and we played every day.  We spent lovely times on the beautiful beach and my new baby sister went into the sea with mummy and daddy.  It turned out to be the best summer ever because it was the last time I went on holiday with my whole family as we lost my daddy and brother the next year.  I will always remember that summer as it was my last and my sister’s only one with our daddy. But I am happy that we spent it at Jolly Beach because it was wonderful and my baby sister was named Eden because we were also there when my mum was pregnant and mummy said it was paradise.

Photographer Abena Barnes Talks “Trash” About Beach Weddings (Pt. 2 of 2)

August 30th, 2013

www.jollybeachresort.comPhotographer Abena Barnes believes the popularity of photos from phones and other devices we use to document from moment to moment has created more of an awareness and appreciation of beautiful images. She has even had clients ask for photos specifically to post on their Facebook profile.

It can be challenging working so closely with new people every day, but Abena is very much a people person a trait that puts her clients at ease no matter what kind of wedding day or other butterflies may be on the scene.

One of her most challenging photo shoots was a wedding. After the ceremony the couple wanted to pose at water’s edge, a pretty popular setting for destination weddings pictures. But this time out an uncharacteristically large wave came in, soaking the newlyweds. Of course Abena got the shot and luckily the couple took it in stride and enjoyed the moment. According to Abena this was before “trash the dress” became popular and she says now you can’t keep couples from diving in!

What is it about weddings parties and water? Another couple – and their whole wedding party – made an unplanned jump into the resort pool. Again Abena got the shot remind us you have to keep an open mind as well as open eyes, anything can happen so you have to be in the moment and ready to get the shot.

With Antigua being such a popular beach vacation destination, Abena loves getting to work with people from all around the world. She has a fondness for Scottsmen, after one particular wedding. Scotts, kilts, full moons. You get the picture. She did!

For couples planning their destination wedding, Abena has three tips to make sure they get their perfect wedding album.

  1. For a warm weather, beach destination wedding Abena advises the wedding party to be very careful of exposure to the sun prior to the ceremony so there are no nasty sunburns or tell-tale bathing suit marks (even for a graphic artist like Abena, there is only so much help you can give a photo).
  2. Abena says couples need to relax and leave everything to the photographer. Let your photographer worry about the when, where and how of getting the shots. The best pictures are of everyone just enjoying the moment.
  3. The wedding album should tell a story and should say we had a wonderful time at our wedding. And while Abena says she tries to mix it up she recommends that couples tell their photographer what kind of pictures they like. Whether it’s more traditional posed portraits, or more spontaneous and natural, even fashion inclusive. No matter what, tell the photographer to ensure your album will be one you’ll treasure.


Families say “Jolly Beach” on vacation with photographer Abena Barnes ready to capture the shot (Pt.1 of 2)

August 29th, 2013

www.jollybeachresort.comThe pressure of a pretty picture: Such high expectations are placed on professional photographers. And rightly so: It’s your wedding day. It’s your proposal. It’s your family portrait. It’s your memories and there’s only one chance to get it right. That’s why the photographer we recommend to our guests here at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is Abena Barnes.

Always artistically inclined, Barnes fell in love with the art of photography in high school working on her School Based Assessment project studying the architecture of Antigua’s famous St. John’s Cathedral. She followed her passion and began her hands on experience and enrolled in the Antigua International Institute of Technology where she studied photography and computer graphics. In 2005 Barnes began her career as a photographer working with local professionals and honing her craft taking pictures every day.

Today, Barnes enjoys what she says is a challenging profession and at the same time the best job in the world. She has been there to get the once-in-a-lifetime shot of a nervous groom-to-be popping the question; and there to take a portrait of four family generations together for a wedding. The sky’s the limit and every day is different.

When you are based in the Caribbean’s “Romance Island,” there are a lot of memorable wedding stories to tell, but Abena says that a growing trend for vacationers is to hire professional photographers like her to capture a family vacation memory. This may seem counter intuitive with everyone taking pictures on-the-go with their phones, but she says as fun as those images are for sharing in the moment, they’re not the professional quality that her clients now want as a keepsake or album of their vacation getaway together. And with a professional photographer, everyone in the family gets in the picture! She has done family shoots on the beach as well as memorable sites including Shirley Heights Lookout and Devils Bridge.

For families hiring a photographer on vacation, Abena says to remember three things.

  1. Spontaneous outdoor shoots work best both for the kids and adults.
  2. Let kids be themselves, relax and let them show their personalities, otherwise no one will be happy and that shows in the photo.
  3. Think about dressing up a little for your family vacation photo shoot, those cut-offs may be comfy but might not be very photogenic.



Don’t just see Antigua Carnival, do some Sweet Misbehavin

July 16th, 2013

We have a very special offer for our guests staying during Antigua’s Sweet Misbehavin’ Carnival season. You won’t just be on the sidelines to cheer on the revelers, you can be IN Carnival! That’s right, be a member of a troupe and dance and party through the streets of St. John’s. It all happens J’ouvert Morning on Carnival Monday, August 5th. At daybreak we’ll head to St. Johns where the best bands in Antigua are ready to jam. And then you’ll be back on the beach to soak in the sun and enjoy your Carnival memories. The registration fee, just US$50  includes a pair of maracas, a sombrero and water bottle as well as breakfast, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Email reservations [at] jollybeachresort [dot] com to reserve your place for J’ouvert today.

Come for Carnival Stay for Cricket Contest

July 15th, 2013

It’s all in the ABCs, Antigua and Barbuda Carnival Cricket Contest that is. And a 3-day, all-inclusive stay with us at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is part of the prize. So check out the video and enter today. Remember terms and conditions apply. See you on the beach!

 ABTA Come for Carnival Cricket Contest