Celebrating young Antiguans who are tourism’s future

April 18th, 2013
Talented young Antiguans celebrate their graduation from the inaugural Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Trainee Program. (Left to Right) Malisa Warreb, Kisha Richardson, T’Amo Samuel, Eliese Pryce, Jamekia Josiah, Renelle Samuel, Cortisha Graham, Bertha Sanquintin, Ariel Lloyd, Abney Mussington, Natasha Piggott, Shermaine Reifer, Tanisha Francis, Regino Nicholas, Latisha Phillip, Rocquelle Edwards, Asheca Lyne, Kareem White, Keva Dean, Denesha Thompson, Trevaughn Warner, Lauri-Lee George, Kareem Frederick, Brian St. John, William Rolle, Adela Joseph.

Talented young Antiguans celebrate their graduation from the inaugural Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Trainee Program. (Left to Right) Malisa Warreb, Kisha Richardson, T’Amo Samuel, Eliese Pryce, Jamekia Josiah, Renelle Samuel, Cortisha Graham, Bertha Sanquintin, Ariel Lloyd, Abney Mussington, Natasha Piggott, Shermaine Reifer, Tanisha Francis, Regino Nicholas, Latisha Phillip, Rocquelle Edwards, Asheca Lyne, Kareem White, Keva Dean, Denesha Thompson, Trevaughn Warner, Lauri-Lee George, Kareem Frederick, Brian St. John, William Rolle, Adela Joseph.

We are very pleased to announce the graduation of forty-five young Antiguans from our Trainee Program on April 12, 2013. They have much to be proud of. The new, three-month program is rigorous, incorporating practical, on-the -job training with organized classroom Customer Service and Standard Operating Procedures sessions.

The trainees received Certificates of Achievements in their areas of training and Asheca Lyne, was one of the “Most Outstanding” awardees at the graduation ceremony and credits her achievement to the encouragement that she received from the staff.  She was attached to the resort’s Guest Services Department where she had the opportunity to interact with the guests first-hand saying that although it was nerve racking at first she is now more confident having been exposed to persons from so many different cultures.  

William Rolle, one of the students attached to the Food Production and Quality Department, worked alongside the kitchen staff responsible for putting out meals for our 700-plus guests on a daily basis. Having studied the Sciences and Art in school William says he has found a new appreciation for the culinary arts. He is now considering his career options in the field having been motivated by the guests who clearly appreciated the work that he had done, making made him strive to offer great service each and every day.  William’s excellent work ethic earned him an extended stay here and us is now working in our Banquet and Conferencing Department.

The goal of creating this program is to give young Antiguan’s an appreciation and understanding of our hospitality industry. These smart, young people are enthusiastic partners and the bright future of tourism here.

Top Ten Destination Wedding Tips

April 9th, 2013
A signature Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Mark Brown tropical wedding all ready for your ceremony on the beach.

A signature Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Mark Brown tropical wedding all ready for your ceremony on the beach.

Our award winning wedding planner, Beverly King, has had plenty of practice. She says she “stopped counting” when she hit a thousand ceremonies and is a source to be trusted when it comes to wedding advice and we’ve got her top ten tips for couples planning a destination wedding.

  1. Be the Early-Bird.  Make sure you book early as everything is subject to availability, and your preferred date may be taken by someone else.
  2. Learn from the scouts; be prepared. Find out what documentation is required for the specified country and the length of time you as a couple need to be there before they can wed. Legal requirements vary worldwide.  In Antigua it is extremely easy. We have a no residency policy e.g. you can go to the Legal Office at 9am and be married by 4:30pm the same day. On arrival to the resort you have an appointment to meet with the Wedding Co-coordinator where all final plans are made for your special occasion and the legal forms are filled out for the Registrar and Legal Office.
  3. Dress to chill – your wedding attire should be cool and light coloured, nobody wants to see the bride and groom sweating down the aisle.
  4. Don’t burn – a strapless wedding dress does not look good with a sunburnt back, and a suit doesn’t go particularly well with a lobster red face.
  5. Don’t forget – who’s got the rings? Tie them to something immovable, like the best man.
  6. Bless ‘em – blessings are available at Jolly Beach.
  7. Think twice – always request a copy of the marriage certificate before leaving the resort.
  8. Believe – trust your wedding co-ordinator; she is there to do the thinking for you.
  9. Family ties – Jolly Beach has family and friend deals available.
  10. Smile! –  you’re saving upwards of $20,000* over a traditional wedding, so you can splurge on extras like flight upgrades and champagne.

* TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com’s annual Real Weddings Study revealed that the average wedding budget not counting the honeymoon was $28,427 in 2012.

 

Hertia and John dance together on the beach after renewing their wedding vows on the beach at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa.

Hertia and John dance together on the beach after renewing their wedding vows on the beach at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa.

Paul  and Pollyanna only have eyes for each other as they say their wedding vows in front of family and friends at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa.
Paul and Pollyanna only have eyes for each other as they say their wedding vows in front of family and friends at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa.