April 25th, 2014
With a blend of blue water, warm, steady trade winds, and seemingly endless harbors to explore, Antigua is a fantastic yachting and sailing destination. Here in Antigua we even have our own version of The America’s Cup – Antigua Sailing Week.
Sailing Week is one of the world’s foremost sailing events and is renowned for world-class racing and all-night partying. It takes place from April 26, 2014 through May 2, 2014.
This year 21 different countries will bring their yachts to compete in the regatta’s 46th anniversary, with thrills and spills guaranteed! Antigua’s Sailing Week has consistently graced international sailing aficionados’ calendars. Some of the races in this year’s regatta schedule include the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race, the Yachting World Round Antigua Race, and the English Harbour Rum Runner.
Throughout the island there will also be numerous parties. Ask our Concierge and he’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.
If you feel you’ve had too much of the regattas you can always return home to Jolly Beach Resort. Here, even when the sea may be rough, our beach is stunning and calm and the water is super refreshing. If you don’t feel like participating in the week’s after-hours’ parties, Jolly Beach Resort also has nightly entertainment, including a casino, shows, and dancing.
April 25th, 2014
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
May 6th, 2013
There was climbing, hiking, dancing, swerving, kicking, sweating and more — and it all added up to a rousing fitness success as we wrapped up the first Beach Body Boot Camp last weekend at JBR. Our Boot Campers embraced the aches and pains and came back for more – like 5:00 a.m. crazy more! Those early calls were tough but we were back and relaxing on the beach as everyone else was having their first cup of coffee. What’s more, everyone made the top on the uphill hikes to Shirley Heights and Mount Obama for those beautiful views of the coast, harbor, capital and rolling hills. We’re looking forward to the next Beach Body Boot Camp, August 2-8 and crossed our hearts to keep up the workouts till then. The only huffing and puffing should be the tropical breeze. We hope you’ll join us. Congratulations to all the Boot Campers! We did it, and here are all your smiling faces!
March 5th, 2013
This weekend I marked a personal best. I participated in a 14km walk/run to the top of the highest point in Antigua, Mount Obama. This turned out to be the most challenging thing that I’ve ever done since my quest for fitness began 4 months ago.
It was dark arriving at Ffreys Beach for the start of the hike at 5:00am, but the mood was anything but with 59 people ready to spend the next 2 ½ hours together, supporting each other to reach a common goal. There were clusters of people who stuck together and motivated each other throughout the walk. It was great team spirit.
The instructors were terrific, making us push ourselves but not so much that we couldn’t keep up. There were moments when I wanted to slow down or just stop but being part of a group and having the instructors confidence in us kept my feet moving. I tried to pace myself knowing that to reach my goal I’d have to go uphill for the last 15 minutes. Then came the hill, I knew that this was the biggest test, but what accomplishment to overcome it.
My muscles felt the exertion on Sunday, my hike didn’t include a massage like the Insane Beach Body Boot Camp Package but that’s OK, I’d do it again in a minute.
Congratulations all around at the top of Mt. Obama and the finish of a challenging, 2 1/2 hour, 14 km hike.
Patrice climbing the last hurdle up Mt. Obama.
Sisters supporting each other on the trek up Mt. Obama, Megan and Derede.
Capt. Browne, Mark, Sam, John and Kwasi flash a victory sign as they take the top of Mt. Obama after the 14 km hike.
Lots of company helped get the adrenaline pumping at 5:00 a.m. leaving Ffreyes Beach on a 14km walk/run to Mt. Obama.
Oslyn and Patrice half way to the top and ready to conquer Mt. Obama.
A breathtaking sunrise about 40 minutes into the hike to Mt. Obama is worth the effort.
The sun is up and boot campers are treated to a veiw of the Caribbean as they hike up Mt. Obama.
February 27th, 2013
We’re counting down to our first Insane Beach Body Boot Camp, April 25-29, 2013. And while we know that as fabulous as this intensive five-day program is — Socarobics on the beach, 10-mile walk/runs, fitness challenges — fitness and exercise needs to be a regular part of our lives. Participating in our Boot Camp is a great way to get inspired. Still need convincing? Take a look at some of the determined people who have embraced the insanity.
February 15th, 2013
Spring break is just around the corner and if you’ve been battling blizzards, taking finals or just going 24/7, you might already be making plans to getaway to our sunny Caribbean home. At Jolly Beach Resort & Spa we’re stirring and shaking some adventure into spring break with an offer of two free tours, part of our “Get Into the Beach of It” fun and fitness program.
If you like high flying we’ll send you soaring from zip-line to zip-line, crisscrossing a lush gorge 300 feet below, on the ultimate treetop canopy adventure.
Practice your geometry as you take to the sea and circumnavigate Antigua on a breathtaking cruise, counting down the island’s 365 beaches.
A duo sightseeing tour takes you to historical sites above the water line, and below where you’ll snorkel a necklace of reefs home to exotic coral formations and colorful marine life.
Kick back for combo sunset sail on the Caribbean Sea chasing the elusive Green Flash that happens as the sun dips below the horizon, and a ride on the road less traveled to see some of the island’s most stunning vistas.
In addition to your complimentary excursions you’ll save 40% on your all-inclusive stay, just book the Jolly Adventure package now through February 28, 2013 and travel through April 15, 2013.
Remember too, you can book these top Antigua tours and more anytime you stay with us. Just stop by our Concierge Services Desk and they’ll take care of all your arrangements.