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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!