A Christmas Bonfire on the Beach? I’m in!

November 21st, 2015

When you think of “white Christmas”, you most probably think of snow… but we don’t! Our first thoughts are the fun times to be had amongst friends or family on the white sands of beautiful and relaxing Jolly Beach.

Share a fire with those you care about, or maybe with some new friends, swapping stories and expressing your thanks for all of life’s bounty. At Jolly Beach, we’ll help you set up all the fine details. Where to go, what to do, and, of course, the best ways to kick back and take in the holidays in paradise.

You’ll be able to walk on one of the best of the 365 Antiguan beaches, enjoy the warm weather and cool breeze, and always be easily enjoying yourself with all the great accommodations and amenities we have on immediate offer.

Have you considered what a beach Christmas would be like? Sitting by the bon fire on a beach that stretches for a mile, maybe someone gently strumming on a guitar, with beach BBQ treats on hand so you can truly have a “white sand Christmas”.

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.

Make All of Your Wedding Fantasies Come True

April 25th, 2014

Your Big Day!

With 22 years of experience there isn’t anything that will ruffle Ms. Beverly King’s feathers.  She is Jolly Beach Resort’s wedding coordinator, and from intimate ceremonies on the beach to lavish family affairs, she has seen it all and survived it all – with grace and nerves of steel.

The largest wedding Ms. King has organized consisted of 200 people.  “No problem,” she said.  “It was all coordinated via email and went off without a hitch.”

So we asked her, “C’mon Ms. King.  Every wedding has drama. Tell us some of the dramas you’ve survived!”  Ms. King chuckled, and kept her lips zipped. But, as a master of making bride’s wedding fantasies come true, she did share with us a few stories – special ways she has been able to accommodate specific requests.

Once Upon a Time…

There was once a lovely bride who lived in a town with no palm trees, and, as such, desperately wanted a palm tree in her photos when she got married in Antigua. “I approached one of the resort’s gardeners,” said Ms. King, “and enquired whether there was a palm tree that could be relocated.” The gardener found and relocated a newly planted palm tree – and voila! Happy bride.

In another wedding, the bride had an inspiration picture from a wedding that had taken place in Mexico. Ms. King’s response? “No problem – I aim to please.” As she told us, “I love my job. There’s nothing more romantic than planning a wedding!”

Get Married in Antigua

Are you planning your own wedding and want to make your wedding day dreams a reality?

Click this link to get in touch with Ms. King and her team. Fill out the form with your wedding details and special requests. We’d love to help you personalize and celebrate your special day!

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!


6 Ways to Treat the Queen

April 25th, 2014

The Royal Treatment

She’s the Queen of your castle, the mother to your children – the hardworking woman your family loves and adores.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, treating the woman in your life to an all inclusive vacation in Antigua at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is one sure way of letting her know how much you truly care. The only thing she’ll HAVE to do is have fun. We’ll take care of everything else.

It’s a gift that keeps on giving, too – with 6 bonus ways you can treat her as the Queen she really is while you’re here:

  1. Get That Mama Glowing
    Moms work hard and often don’t get a lot of pampering time for themselves, but they deserve a break every now and again! Send your special lady for a day of indulgence at our lovely spa, the Palms Wellness Centre. Don’t forget to ask for the Couple’s Massage so you can relax right next to her!
  2. Chef’s Night Off Deciding what to have, making it, and then cleaning up afterwards every single night can be a bit of a chore. We know she’ll love being treated to a yummy or romantic meal out – and with 5 all inclusive restaurants to choose from at Jolly Beach Resort, she can pick a different restaurant every day of your holiday! Italian, Indian, Seafood, an Antiguan brunch buffet with a steel band playing in the background…give her the gift of a few nights off.
  3. Hanging Out on Antigua’s Best Beach – by a Mile
    Powdery white sand, turquoise waters lapping up on the sand, the glorious sun warming everything it touches… from sunbathing to spicy beach volleyball games, a little beach therapy will do her a world of good!
    Hand in hand walks on the beach and building sand castles with the kids are other great ways to create family memories at Jolly Beach and enjoy a relaxing day celebrating Mom.
  4. Poolside, If You Please The kids can splash around while she curls up poolside with a book and refreshing tropical drink. Enough said.
  5. Quality Time with the Kids Being a mother brings her incredible joy, so celebrate her role as a mom with some quality family time. Our Think Jolly Family Program is a line-up of three family-friendly activity modules that include adventure, sports, and relaxation. Sign up for one, two, or all three and get ready to laugh together, play together, and bond as a family.
  6. A Night Off From the Kids
    She’s a mom, and may sometimes feel overworked, overwhelmed, and just plain stressed, so a night out without the kids could also be the perfect gift for her this Mother’s Day – plus, it can also be a relationship booster.
    If you want to have her all to yourself for a night, drop the kids off at the Kidz Club and our staff will be more than happy to entertain and look after your children while you treat her like the Queen that she is.

Motherhood is one of the toughest jobs out there. Are you ready to show her how much you appreciate everything she does for you?

Click to Book Online or contact our Reservations Department and give her a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget.


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

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!

Jolly Beach Cricket Mania

February 25th, 2014

Join us for an exciting game of Cricket! Watch an England Vs. Jolly Beach Resort match at 3PM, Thursday Feb.27 at the Splash Pool then stick around for even more fun!

Win t-shirts, cricket tickets and other fun prizes and join in in our ‘Cricket Mania Games’ including Beer drinking, cricket trivia and much more.

  • Date: Thursday 27, February
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Place: Splash Pool (The Large Pool)

See You There!

“Romance In Paradise” Valentines Day Progam

February 3rd, 2014

The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa presents 3 days, (Feb 14- 16) of pleasurable fun in the sun to celebrate Valentines Day. See below for the full listing and times for all the activities!


Day Activities

  • 9:15 am – Orientation
  • 10:00 am – Sailing lessons
  • 11:00 am- Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30 am –Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00 pm – Pass the parcel game
  • 1:30 pm – Valentines Bingo Coconut bowling
  • 2:00 pm – Gift wrapping relay race/ CUPID’S TREASURE hunt
  • 3:00 pm – Soccer Soccer
  • 4:00pm – Make a gift BEAD ART making lesson
  • 4:00 pm – Beer Drinking Competition
  • 4:00 pm – Know your mate game
  • 5:00pm – Romantic sunset hike with champagne
  • 5:00 pm – Beach Volleyball

Night Of Love – Evening Entertainment
(Wear Red!)

  • 7:30 pm – Singles Dinner (please sign up with the entertainment staff)
  • 8:00 pm – Power Union BAND
  • 9:30 pm – Big Valentines Raffle! SHOW TIME….FIRE EATER LIMBO DANCER.


Day Activities

  • 9:15 am – Orientation
  • 10:00 am – Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30 am – Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00 pm – Couple’s Calypso Dance Class
  • 2:00 pm – ‘MINUTE MAN’ Minute to win it games
  • 3:00 pm – Couple’s Olympics on the beach
  • 4:00 pm – Apple Bobbing/ Couples kissing Game
  • 4:00 pm – Tye & Dye Lessons (make a gift for your lover bring a white t-shirt)
  • 5:00 pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 8:00 pm – LIVE BAND


Day Activities

  • 9:15 am – Orientation
  • 10:00 am – Sailing Races
  • 11:30 am – Pool Volleyball
  • 1:30 pm – Chocolate cupcake Eating Competition (naughty or Nice)
  • 2:00 pm – Kayak Racing/ Lovers Mixology class
  • 3:00 pm – CRICKET ON THE BEACH
  • 4:00pm- Sea Shell art class come make a gift
  • 5:00 pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment


A Jolly Beach “Animalistic” New Years

December 19th, 2013

A Spellbinding Show

JBR Dancers & More!

’Unleash your wild side at The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa December 31st 2013

Bring out your wild side in a fun and exciting atmosphere on December 31st. For one night only become ‘animalistic’ this tropical paradise will not be the same.

Join the JBR dancers in their spellbinding new years eve show which will transport you to the wilds of africa. Then dance the night away to the pulsating rhythms of the ‘power union band’. Enjoy fine dining, good music, great entertainment, party favors, and our exhilarating fireworks at midnight.


Jolly Beach Christmas Program

December 19th, 2013

The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa presents an “Island Style Christmas” from December 23rd to December 26th Experience four days of Island life and four days of fun.


  • 9:15 am – Guest Orientation
  • 10:30 am- Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30 am –Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00 pm – Santa’s Little Helpers Treasure Hunt (Lets find Santa’s Treasure!!
  • 1:30 pm – Gift Wrapping Relay Race
  • 2:00pm – Water Sport Activities
  • 3:00 pm – Soccer on the beach
  • 4:00 pm – Sea Shell Art/ make a gift
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:00pm– Christmas Choir
  • 8:00PM – Live Steel Band
  • 9:30PM – Bonfire Night on the beach….dancing, African drumming and fire blowing.


  • 9:15 am – Guest Orientation
  • 10:30 am –Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua aerobics
  • 11:30 am – Water Polo
  • 1:00 pm – Dress Santa relay race – family fun time
  • 1:30 pm – Pass the parcel game – (fun Christmas game)
  • 2:00 pm –Pin the tale on Rudolph
  • 3:00pm – Cricket on the beach
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:30pm- Christmas Choir
  • 8:30pm – Live Band

3. Christmas Day – December 25

  • 7:00am – Christmas breakfast @ Hemispheres Restaurant
  • 9:15 am- Guest Orientation
  • 10:30 am – Santa arrives with all the Christmas gifts for the little children. Kid’s Christmas party with Santa, giving gifts and photos with Santa.
  • 10:30 am – Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00 am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30 am– Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00pm – Gift wrapping relay race
  • 1:30 pm – Christmas Day Bingo
  • 2:00pm – Christmas Cupcake Eating Competition/Apple bobbing
  • 2:30 pm- Minute to win it game…….WIN BIG this Christmas
  • 3:00 pm – Family Beach Olympics
  • 4:00pm – Make a gift BEAD ART MAKING/ Beer drinking game
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • 7:00pm – Beautiful ISLAND STYLE Christmas beats
  • 8:00PM- Live BAND
  • 11pm-12am – Live DJ

4. Boxing Day – December 25

  • 10:00am – Sailing Lessons
  • 11:00am – Aqua Aerobics
  • 11:30am – Pool Volleyball
  • 1:00pm – Calypso Dance class
  • 1:30pm – Balloon Tossing/ Lucky Jackpot
  • 2:00pm – Kayak/Sailing Races
  • 3:00pm – Soccer on the beach
  • 4:00pm – Sea Shell Art lessons
  • 5:00pm – Beach Volleyball

Evening Entertainment

  • Don’t miss our glow party, wear bright colours and dance to the beat of our Live DJ Chrome! It’s the glow party of the year 9pm to 12am.