The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival

April 25th, 2014

Queen Of Carnival

Antigua Carnival – this is one holiday that ALL Antiguans look forward to with high expectations.  Why?  Because it’s a time of year when everybody lets their hair down and focuses exclusively on having fun!  The carnival is a celebration of music, dance, and food – an 11 day festival of vibrant costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and really great music.  Think New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, but with a Calypso rhythm.

Popular Carnival Events

  1. The Queen of Carnival is always chosen by popular applause after several competitions, including those for evening gown, talent, swimsuit, interview, and best costume. The show is the most prestigious and coveted pageant title in Antigua and Barbuda, and local talent for design and pageantry is especially evident in these competitions.
  2. Local Steel Drum Bands, typically comprised by neighbourhoods, will also compete, going all out to win a monetary prize. The bands also play during the parade, accompanied by their krewes, groups of followers wearing costumes that they have designed and sewn themselves.  Some of these costumes are very elaborate and costly.
  3. Children’s Events: two popular children’s events include the Jr. Calypso Competition and the Children’s Carnival Parade.  The crowd often goes wild with enthusiasm and support for the kids during both of these events.

When You Need a Break

Spicy and rhythmic, with a rainbow of colors, Antigua Carnival is a great way to get a taste of the local culture, but if you want a break from the festivities, come on back to Jolly Beach Resort & Spa for a bit of down time.

Lounge on a world-class beach (Antigua’s best) or splash around in protected turquoise waters, grab a drink poolside and dive into a great novel, or simply avoid the lines at Carnival for savory Jerk chicken and other scrumptious meals in one of our resort’s 5 on-site restaurants.

You can even drop your kids off at the Jolly Kidz Club or Jolly Teenz Club, both offering a full schedule of activities your kids will love, while you go out and enjoy some Carnival time on your own.

Simply click to Book Online or call our reservations department to book your stay during Antigua Carnival.


  • USA & Canada: 1-866-905-6559
  • UK & Europe: 00-800-1-235-6559

But hurry – rooms go on a first come, first served basis and you wouldn’t want to miss the Caribbean’s greatest summer festival!


Easter 2014 Celebration Activities

March 31st, 2014

Celebrate Easter with Jolly Beach Resort & Spa! We have fun and activities for the whole family planned from April 18 to April 21. See below for the full listing and times for all the activities!


Day Activities

  • Windsurfing /Sailing lesson: at water sports – 10:30 am
  • Aqua Aerobics – 11:00 am
  • Pool Volleyball – 11:30 am
  • Dress the bunny Relay Race – 1:00 pm
  • Water Treasure Hunt – 1:30 pm
  • Bingo Bingo – 2:00 pm
  • Apple Bobbing – 2:00 pm
  • Soccer on the beach – 3:00 pm
  • Easter Art Class – 4:00 pm
  • Beach Volleyball – 5:00 pm

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:30pm – Easter Scavenger Hunt
  • 8:00 pm – Live at Hemisphere the “AXIS Band”
  • 9:30 pm – Showtime “Fire Eater limbo Dancer”


Day Activities

  • JBR Easter Market tour – 9:00 am
  • Windsurfing/ Sailing Lessons – 10:30 am
  • Aqua Aerobics – 11:00 am
  • Pool Volleyball 11:30 am
  • Cup Cake eating competition – 1:00 pm
  • Easter egg Hunt – 1:30
  • Calypso dance class – 2:00 pm
  • Cricket on the beach – 3:00 pm
  • Tye & Dye Lessons – 4:00 pm
  • Beach Volleyball – 5:00 pm

Evening Entertainment

  • 9:00 PM – Easter Dance Party with live DJ “Colour Colour Dance Party” (Wear Bold Colours)


Day Activities

  • Shuffle Board/Table Tennis Tournament – 11:00 am
  • Pool Volley Ball – 11:30am
  • Water Treasure Hunt – 1:00 pm
  • Wet & Wild Tug-a-war – 1:30 pm
  • Coconut Bowling (COCO-LOCO) – 2:00 pm
  • Family Beach Olympics – 3:00 pm
  • Easter Art Class – 4:00pm
  • The great EGG Drop GAME!! – 4:00 pm
  • Beach Volley Ball – 5:00 pm

Evening Entertainment

  • 8:00 pm – Teens only MOON LIGHT Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, JBR Easter Raffle with Big Prizes!
  • 8:45 pm – Karaoke Night


Day Activities

  • Aqua Aerobics – 11:00 am
  • Pool Volleyball – 11:30 am
  • Apple bobbin/Lucky Jack Pot – 1:00 pm
  • Dress the bunny Relay Race – 1:30 pm
  • Easter Bingo – 2:00 pm
  • Calypso Dance Class – 2:30 pm
  • Beer Drinking Competition – 3:00 pm
  • Easter Art- Bead Art Making – 4:00 pm
  • Beach Volleyball – 5:00 pm



Evening Entertainment

  • 8:00 pm – Live Steel Orchestra “Panache STEEL BAND”
  • 8:30 pm – Star gazing on the beach
  • 9:30 pm – Show Time – Beach Bonfire….dancing…African drumming and culture galore!! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny!

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.

What makes your family special?

June 11th, 2013

“What makes your family special?” Ajarie Blucher, a student at Mary E. Pigott Primary in Grade 4S, reminded us what is truly important in his prize-winning essay. We received many entries from Primary School children in grades 4 through 6 for our Jolly Kidz Essay Contest, and all the youngsters had something special to say. Ajarie’s was chosen as our winner as he really captured many of the ideas and presented them in a strong, and loving text. Ajarie and his family will enjoy an all-inclusive stay here at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. In addition, congratulations go out to his educators who work tirelessly to instill knowledge and values to all youngsters. His teacher, Mrs. Donmarie Gerald-Simon, has been awarded a Day Pass for two, and Ms. Gayle Samuel, Principal of Mary E. Pigott Primary, receives a complimentary dinner for two. Congratulations to Ajarie, his family and his school and thanks to all of the children who took the time to share what makes their family special.

Ajarie Blucher
Grade: 4S
Mary E. Pigott Primary
What makes my family special
Some people believe that having lots of clothes and money, and living in a big house a nice car, makes a family special, but I do not think so.

First of all, I believe that what makes my family special is our good relationship with each other. When my Grandparents and my Mommy bring us together for Bible Study and prayer and we learn about God, to love and share, to help each other, that makes my family special. When my Grandparents, Mommy, Uncle and Aunts help me to understand my homework and show me how to do it neat and tidy, that makes my family special. We all work together so that we can be better people to help our world and make it a better place.

Secondly, my parents train me to do right things and this makes my family special. They teach me that I am not to tell lies, but to tell the truth at all times. They also teach me that I am to listen to them and listen to others who are leading me in the right way. I am to obey the right things because God says so. I am not to follow others and do the wrong because this is to disobey and God does not like when we are disobedient. They also help me to choose good friends.

Thirdly, when we communicate with each other, this makes us special. When I, and my brother and sister share about our times at school each day as we eat dinner around the table, that makes us special. Then after we share we will know if we did the right thing or not, from what we told them, because they want us to be wise and grow to be good children. We do not eat with cell phones at the table, or watch television when we eat, because that is family time and we love to share. Some other families spend this time watching television, but this is cool, and it does not show that they believe that their family is special. Mine is, because my parents take the time to communicate, so I know they love me.

Finally, being together as a family makes a family. We do everything together. We go to church, cook, clean the house, wash the dishes, go shopping at the supermarket, wash clothes, have family parties and go on family picnics together. We sometimes get upset and fuss with each other, but not for long, because Mommy says that we should learn to get along, even though we are different.

We take the time to visit our Aunts and Uncles together. We pray for each other, especially when someone is ill. We get together for Christmas, birthday, weddings and even funerals, because we are a special family; and we take care of each other. We do all these nice things. Sometimes I think that we are crazy, but I enjoy it all because we are special. We are a family.



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.

Airline Flights to Antigua for April 2013

March 28th, 2013

It’s easier than ever to find a flight to Antigua and our Best Beach by a Mile. Here is list of airline schedule information for April 2013 into  V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU). And you can find detailed flight information on the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association website.

  • American (AA) operates daily from Miami (MIA)and operates four (4) times weekly from New York (JFK) (Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
  • Air Canada (AC) operates from Toronto(YYZ)on Thursday(04 Apr only), Saturday and Sunday and operates one (1) flight from Montreal (YUL) on Sunday (07 Apr Only).
  • British Airways (BA) operates five (5) times weekly from London(LGW). No operations on Monday and Thursday
  • Caribbean Airlines (BW) operates twice weekly to Kingston(KIN) on Friday & Sunday
  • Virgin Atlantic (VS) operates  direct flights from London (LGW) on Saturdays, via Barbados(BGI) on Wednesday and via St. Lucia(UVF) on Friday.
  • WestJet (WS) operates two (2) flights weekly from Toronto (YYZ) on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • United (UA) operates daily from Newark (EWR) and two (2) flights on Saturday and Sunday.
  • US Airways(US) operates one (1) flight weekly from Charlotte (CLT) on Saturdays.
  • Condor (DE) operates one (1) flight weekly from Frankfurt (FRA) on Sundays.
  • Canjet (CK) operates one (1) flight from Montreal (YUL) on Sunday (07 Apr only).
  • Blue Panorama (BV) operates one (1) flight weekly from Malspensa (MXP) on Sundays.
  • Air Transat (TS) will operate one (1) flight weekly from YYZ on Saturdays until 20 Apr.
  • Delta will not operate during the month of April.

See you on the beach!