Jolly Beach Resort & Spa.
A Great Value, All-Inclusive Resort.

An ariel overview of the Jolly Beach Resort.

Water volleyball games are fast-paced.

Dining at Lydia’s is an excellent way to watch the sunset.
The oceanfront cottages feature stunning ocean views.

Story by Lloyd Mathews

We’re often asked to recommend properties that are family friendly, great for couples and groups of friends getting away for a break, providing ample luxury, recreation, and value. One such property we recently visited is the all-inclusive Jolly Beach Resort on Antigua. At this barefoot friendly resort the beach is one of the prettiest in the world and the energy, warmth, and hospitable nature of the staff makes guests feel instantly welcomed.

The Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is located on a white sand beach amidst 40 acres of lush gardens. Complete with two pools, one specifically quiet, and the other serving as the beat and activity center of the resort. Fun abounds at every turn, from impromptu water volley games to sunset drinks with fellow guests from distant lands. This resort is all about fun in the sun. From the 465 rooms/suites guests can revel in ocean views and bask in the ocean breezes, taking in glorious Antigua from your balcony or patio.

Dining at this all-inclusive resort is a treat. Guests can choose from indoor or outdoor dining at casual, resort casual, and poolside venues. From buffet dining at Hemispheres to beachside dining at Lydia’s, guests can enjoy traditional fare and Island specialties. Classic Italian dishes are prepared at Bocciolo, and for an exotic treat a festival of Indian flavors are served at Utsav. During the day I found myself at the beachfront Coconut Grill enjoying tasty grab-and-go treats.

The resort also features five bars. The most ideal is the poolside swim up Splash Bar where guests can enjoy the bartender’s award-winning tropical blended favorites. At sundown the place to be seen, and to see the sunset, is at the Long Bar where the day closes with a reverie of excitement.

When you want to take a break from the stress of being poolside, or from lying in the sun at the beach, the spa at Jolly Beach Resort called the Palms Wellness Center offers a wide range of treatments and beauty services.  A variety of activities such as snorkeling and kayaking are offered, and under the direction of the friendly and knowledgeable waterspout staff, guests can try wind surfing or sailing. A full gym and tennis courts are also available. Lastly, jet skis can be rented from local vendors on the resort’s beach.

Perhaps the best thing to do at Jolly Beach Resort is nothing at all. When looking for a resort to get away for a weekend or more, the staff at Jolly Beach will see that you make the most of your time with them.