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.

Youngsters remind us that our time together is precious

October 22nd, 2013

Jolly Kidz Essay Winner Aaliyah Cannon

Aaliyah (left) with her mom and younger sister Eden.

Summer is at an end, but thank goodness, memories of “summer with my family” stay with us forever. Eight-year-old Aaliyah Cannon shares her poignant memories of a vacation on the beach and the fun she had with her family, the last they would have together, in her prize-winning essay. As the winner of our Jolly Kidz Essay Contest, Aaliyah and her family will enjoy an all-inclusive stay here at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. Thanks to all the children who took the time to submit entries, each and every one reminded us how wonderful it is to have precious time with our loved ones, new experiences, and being able to share them with family and friends.

My summer with my Family
By Aaliyah Cannon – Age 8
I had a lovely time when I was 3.  It was the last summer I spent with my daddy and my mummy, my brother and my new baby sister.  We spent it at Jolly Beach.  I had my 3rd birthday there and it was brilliant because I could go to the Kidz Club where Sandra looked after me and we played every day.  We spent lovely times on the beautiful beach and my new baby sister went into the sea with mummy and daddy.  It turned out to be the best summer ever because it was the last time I went on holiday with my whole family as we lost my daddy and brother the next year.  I will always remember that summer as it was my last and my sister’s only one with our daddy. But I am happy that we spent it at Jolly Beach because it was wonderful and my baby sister was named Eden because we were also there when my mum was pregnant and mummy said it was paradise.

Photographer Abena Barnes Talks “Trash” About Beach Weddings (Pt. 2 of 2)

August 30th, 2013

www.jollybeachresort.comPhotographer Abena Barnes believes the popularity of photos from phones and other devices we use to document from moment to moment has created more of an awareness and appreciation of beautiful images. She has even had clients ask for photos specifically to post on their Facebook profile.

It can be challenging working so closely with new people every day, but Abena is very much a people person a trait that puts her clients at ease no matter what kind of wedding day or other butterflies may be on the scene.

One of her most challenging photo shoots was a wedding. After the ceremony the couple wanted to pose at water’s edge, a pretty popular setting for destination weddings pictures. But this time out an uncharacteristically large wave came in, soaking the newlyweds. Of course Abena got the shot and luckily the couple took it in stride and enjoyed the moment. According to Abena this was before “trash the dress” became popular and she says now you can’t keep couples from diving in!

What is it about weddings parties and water? Another couple – and their whole wedding party – made an unplanned jump into the resort pool. Again Abena got the shot remind us you have to keep an open mind as well as open eyes, anything can happen so you have to be in the moment and ready to get the shot.

With Antigua being such a popular beach vacation destination, Abena loves getting to work with people from all around the world. She has a fondness for Scottsmen, after one particular wedding. Scotts, kilts, full moons. You get the picture. She did!

For couples planning their destination wedding, Abena has three tips to make sure they get their perfect wedding album.

  1. For a warm weather, beach destination wedding Abena advises the wedding party to be very careful of exposure to the sun prior to the ceremony so there are no nasty sunburns or tell-tale bathing suit marks (even for a graphic artist like Abena, there is only so much help you can give a photo).
  2. Abena says couples need to relax and leave everything to the photographer. Let your photographer worry about the when, where and how of getting the shots. The best pictures are of everyone just enjoying the moment.
  3. The wedding album should tell a story and should say we had a wonderful time at our wedding. And while Abena says she tries to mix it up she recommends that couples tell their photographer what kind of pictures they like. Whether it’s more traditional posed portraits, or more spontaneous and natural, even fashion inclusive. No matter what, tell the photographer to ensure your album will be one you’ll treasure.

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Families say “Jolly Beach” on vacation with photographer Abena Barnes ready to capture the shot (Pt.1 of 2)

August 29th, 2013

www.jollybeachresort.comThe pressure of a pretty picture: Such high expectations are placed on professional photographers. And rightly so: It’s your wedding day. It’s your proposal. It’s your family portrait. It’s your memories and there’s only one chance to get it right. That’s why the photographer we recommend to our guests here at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is Abena Barnes.

Always artistically inclined, Barnes fell in love with the art of photography in high school working on her School Based Assessment project studying the architecture of Antigua’s famous St. John’s Cathedral. She followed her passion and began her hands on experience and enrolled in the Antigua International Institute of Technology where she studied photography and computer graphics. In 2005 Barnes began her career as a photographer working with local professionals and honing her craft taking pictures every day.

Today, Barnes enjoys what she says is a challenging profession and at the same time the best job in the world. She has been there to get the once-in-a-lifetime shot of a nervous groom-to-be popping the question; and there to take a portrait of four family generations together for a wedding. The sky’s the limit and every day is different.

When you are based in the Caribbean’s “Romance Island,” there are a lot of memorable wedding stories to tell, but Abena says that a growing trend for vacationers is to hire professional photographers like her to capture a family vacation memory. This may seem counter intuitive with everyone taking pictures on-the-go with their phones, but she says as fun as those images are for sharing in the moment, they’re not the professional quality that her clients now want as a keepsake or album of their vacation getaway together. And with a professional photographer, everyone in the family gets in the picture! She has done family shoots on the beach as well as memorable sites including Shirley Heights Lookout and Devils Bridge.

For families hiring a photographer on vacation, Abena says to remember three things.

  1. Spontaneous outdoor shoots work best both for the kids and adults.
  2. Let kids be themselves, relax and let them show their personalities, otherwise no one will be happy and that shows in the photo.
  3. Think about dressing up a little for your family vacation photo shoot, those cut-offs may be comfy but might not be very photogenic.

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Frosty, frozen fun for grownups.

July 12th, 2013

Sipping colorful frozen cocktails while you relax on the beach. Now that’s vacation. Here are a  few frosty recipes from our award-winning bartenders to help you through the dog days of summer until you arrive. See you on the beach!

Summer Dining Choices and Venue Updates

June 14th, 2013

Your summer dining choices are as delicious and varied as ever, we’re just doing a little sprucing up which means new seating arrangements that we want to share.
 
Lydia’s will be briefly closed for renovations through June 21, 2013, but you will still enjoy its complete Antiguan-inspired menu. You’ll be seated alfresco on the patio and lawn of Bocciolo’s restaurant to dine on local favorites like Hot Gingered Prawns and Flying Fish Fillet.

Beginning on June 22nd, à la carte dinner service will begin at Hemispheres from Monday to Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular Carvery Buffet will continue on Sunday nights as well as the finger lickin’ Barbeque Buffet on Thursday evenings.  Please note that all à la carte dining is by reservation and our Concierge Services Desk is happy to make all of your arrangements.

The full breakfast and lunch buffets at Hemisphere’s remain unchanged, as does you’re à la carte dinner options at Bocciolo’s and Utsav. Don’t forget the Splash Grill for grab-and-go burgers, fries, chicken and more when you just want to stay on the beach.