Antigua Beckons for a Thanksgiving to Remember

September 14th, 2015

It’s time to start looking ahead and planning your next family vacation, and we want to help you make some lasting memories here at Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua.

After a tough first year in the New World, the Pilgrims gave thanks for making it through, looking toward the future with hope. We want you to come to the welcoming shores of Antigua, on the best beach anywhere, and share a memorable Thanksgiving with your family in whatever way you’d like.

Before you head into a busy holiday season, we want you to be able to unplug and enjoy all that Jolly Beach has to offer.

A Jolly beach experience includes:

  • Accommodations:
    • From 6 different room types
  • Meals & Drinks:
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Afternoon tea
    • Snacks at the Coconut Grill
    • House-brand beverages and cocktails
  • Taxes:
    • All taxes, fees, gratuities, and service charges
  • Activities:
    • Jolly Kidz Club for ages 3 to 12
    • Non-motorized water-sports, including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling gear
    • Gym and exercise classes
    • 2 fresh water pools
    • Basketball and netball
    • Hammock lounge
    • Daily activities & nightly entertainment

Aside from transportation, you really don’t have to spend more than you want to when you stay with us in Antigua on the all-inclusive plan. We do offer the convenience of extra services and amenities.

So contact us today and make this a Thanksgiving to remember.

7 Reasons Why Jolly Beach Resort has the “Best Beach”

August 16th, 2015

Perched on a dazzling eggshell-white beach in Antigua, Jolly Beach Resort is set among forty acres of lush, tropical gardens.  Pristine white sands, crystal-clear and calm turquoise waters, incredible views, and cooling seas breezes – Jolly Beach is the Best Beach. 

Stretching a mile along breathtaking azure blue waters.

We’re proud to offer one of the finest stretches of sand in the Caribbean – here’s why: 

  1. A Kaleidoscope of Colors: Stretching a mile along breathtaking azure blue waters on our 40-acre property, the snow white Jolly Beach is the best beach on Antigua, hands down. You are sure to come across pictures of fabulous sunrises and sunsets – skies drenched in cool pastels or vibrant acrylics, to take your breath away.
  2. Family Beach Olympics: Every week, families take over the beach for our fun family Olympics. Jump into a tug-a-war, sack race, lime & spoon race, and many more! We also have football (soccer), cricket, basketball, pool and beach volleyball, and rounders (Antiguan game).
  3. Stargazing and Mini-Bonfire:  Every Wednesday at 8:30pm, an evening adventure takes place on the beach, under the stars, only steps away from the soothing sound of the waves. This is an informative night of stargazing, storytelling, and roasting marshmallows over a small fire. An activity that the entire family will enjoy!
  4. Kayaking and Sailing Lessons: A fun water sport activity from our beach that takes you on an amazing sea adventure. You will learn how to sail like a seasoned pro and how to maneuver a kayak. There’s sailing or kayak racing every day, as well as lessons for the entire family.
  5. Beach Weddings: Happily ever after begins in Antigua on our Caribbean-kissed beach. You can have the dream ceremony of our choice with views of the sea as your backdrop.
  6. Santa Arrives on the Snow White Beach:  When it’s the time of year to be ‘JOLLY’, there are family fun and activities for everyone, including Santa arriving by boat! This annual visit takes place December 22 through December 31.

    Family Fun Activities & Olympics on the beach every week.

  7. Antigua Sailing Week: Witness one of the premier sailing regattas in the world as they cruise past Jolly Beach. This takes place April 26 until May 1 in 2016! For more information visit the official Antigua Sailing Week website.

Living just fifty feet away from the sand and sea for a week can be a life-changing experience and you can do it all at an affordable price on an exotic Caribbean island rich in culture and smiles. Affordable, cultural, natural – Antigua’s best vacation value.

THE ALL-INCLUSIVE price at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa covers accommodations, all taxes and service charges, all meals, snacks and afternoon tea, house brand beverages, non-motorized water sports, “Kidz and Teenz Clubs”, activities and entertainment. For more information about our all-inclusive rates visit: 

Parents’ Date Night

April 25th, 2015

Every Tuesday, you can have a romantic dinner at a restaurant of your choice while the kids enjoy their evening of fun and fine dining with our trained and trusted kids’ coordinator with our Kidz Club.  Or make sure those bored teens have something to do with our Teenz Club and you can spend a lovely evening with your special someone; just the two of you.

From Cricket to Coconut Bowling

April 11th, 2015

We have two swimming pools, four Tennis Courts (with Omni-Tru surface; all lit for night play; racquets and balls available for a small fee), two full-court basketball courts (not lit for night play); kayaking, coconut bowling, beach bonfire with steel bands, Antiguan arts classes, massage lessons, Calypso dance lessons and much more. It’s really impressive what you can do at JBR for free! And have we mentioned cricket? Because Jolly Beach is the only resort in Antigua that has its own cricket pitch!

Water Sports, Pools & Fitness Classes

January 31st, 2015

Want to get active? Jolly beach features complimentary non-motorized water sports include, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, and paddle boats. You can swim in our two swimming pools: the Quiet Pool and the Fantasy Pool with waterfall, Jacuzzi and the Splash Swim-up Bar. We offer a full array of Cybex equipment; free weights and benches; cardio equipment including treadmills, stationary and recumbent bikes, and stair steppers.

A certified fitness instructor is on-hand for individualized training and to lead aerobics and step classes.  Street shoes are not permitted in the gym; guests are kindly asked to please bring workout shoes and change upon arrival. We have four tennis courts with Omni-Tru surface; all lit for night play. Racquets and balls available for a small fee. We also have two full-court basketball courts.

Cricket Anyone?

October 3rd, 2014

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is the only Antiguan resort with a cricket pitch.

Ah, Cricket – that game which sings in the blood of many a person with British heritage in their background. Cricket is played all over the world, drawing fans and players from everywhere, including England and the West Indies, where cricket is immensely popular.

At Jolly Beach Resort, pro cricket players are a common and very welcome sight. England does “Test” games every year, always making Antigua a choice place to play. The next batch of Tests happening here will be April 13-17, 2015, please visit the Cricinfo site for more details on the series. At these exciting events, you can win cricket t-shirts, cricket tickets, and other fun prizes, and join in our “Cricket Mania Games”, which include beer drinking, cricket trivia, and much more. Our friendly staff can answer your questions on cricket, of course, as well as any other inquiries you may have. We feel that there is no better place on earth to plunge into the world of this elegant sport!

And you don’t have to watch the pros play if you don’t want to. We have the only private cricket pitch in all of Antigua and there are plenty of cricket activities for you to enjoy, like cricket in our Jolly Beach Olympics, as well as learning and playing cricket in our Jolly Beach Kidz and Teenz Clubs.

“As the only Antiguan resort with a cricket pitch, we are very active in the sport as a workout and practice venue for professional teams,” Vernon A. Jeffers the resort’s General Manager has said. “Our UK guests have a passion for the sport on par with our own.”

For those of you unfamiliar with cricket, the vocabulary is very similar to American baseball, which is a good place to start, but in reality these two games are remarkably different. There are 11 players on each team, just like in baseball, but there’s also three umpires keeping score and making sure the game is adhering to official rules! We invite you to learn more about the game, if you like. Uncommon Caribbean recently published an article about catching their first ever live Cricket match in Antigua. Visit this link to read more. 

There are plenty of cricket activities for you to enjoy, like cricket Jolly Beach Olympics and learn cricket in the Jolly Beach Kidz and Teenz Clubs.

For more information on the wonderful sport of cricket, please visit this simple, easy to understand site so that you may better wrap your head around it all! Book your time for any of the exciting Jolly Beach activities right now by contacting our reservations desk.

Jolly Beach Resort is Antigua’s best vacation value, with 40 acres of stunning tropical gardens, five restaurants, countless events, and THE best beach on Antigua. So, if you are seeking a value-focused, all-inclusive vacation– one that is specific and not duplicated anywhere else in the Caribbean—Jolly Beach is for you.

The All-Inclusive price at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa covers accommodations, all taxes and service charges, all meals, snacks and afternoon tea, house brand beverages, non-motorized water sports, “Kidz and Teenz Clubs”, activities, and entertainment.


Antigua’s Sailing Week, April 26-May 2, 2014

April 25th, 2014

World Class Racing

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.

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.