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Bolans Village, St. Mary'sP.O.Box W2009, Bolans, Antigua Antigua and Barbuda | 0203 027 8675 (Call cost)
out of 194 reviews
“Nice laid back Caribbean experience, great beach!”
This is a fine resort with the charm of vintage Caribbean flavor. The original nucleus of the hotel was built in 1968 with several additions in the 80's, but it is well maintained and quite pleasant all around. Our room was perfectly nice with AC, ceiling fan,TV and a large terrace overseeing the beach. The rooms are located in scallop-shaped pavillions along the beach. 20% of the rooms are at the left of the main facilities(this is where we were) and about 80% at the right, facing the beach. As a result the two different areas show different degrees of crowding. It should be noted that this resort is the largest in Antigua and with about 460 rooms it may have some 1,000 people at peak seasons, however it never feels crowded. The beach is fabulous, with turquoise calm water(no snorkling, though: the water is milky). For reasons that I will never understand most people hang out around the two large swimming pools, so the beach has sparse sunbathers. Food is plentiful and served almost non stop throughout the day, there are 5 restaurants, the staff is very courteous and everyone has a nice disposition. We were there with our twenty-ish two sons, and even though this is definitely a place more for families and couples, they still found some friends (and girls) to hang out with. But don't come here looking for romance! Plenty of Italians, Brits and Canadians. Get a massage on the beach with Bernice,do the zipline in the Jungle excursion. The beach by itself is worth the stay!
Absolutely beautiful beach setting. Great food and drink service. Amazingly friendly and accommodating staff. Fun and exciting water-sports and evening activities.
As ever in the Caribbean the hospitality was first rate. Nothing was too much trouble. The room was clean and well equipped, the food varied and well prepared and the facilities allowed guests to get involved or to remain in quiet reflection - a super break in a troubled season of poor weather in the UK
“Unpretentious and fun”
A friendly staff, good food, beautiful beach and numerous activity options make for a very relaxing vacation spot.
“Good hotel, great beach, great surroundings!”
The hotel is exactly as expected, not luxury but clean. The superior queen (2nd floor) had a beautiful ocean view, between the trees, but still o.k.). The food was very good, all restaurants had good menus, including Hemisphere, which is a buffet style one, My favorite was the Italian restaurant, but the Indian and the seafood were good as well.
“Loved Jolly Beach”
Although the reviews were mixed on this 3 star resort, we were very happy with our choice. The beach was beautiful, which I enjoyed a cup of coffee every morning on our patio over looking the water. The workers were very friendly, entertainment fun, and the grounds were clean and pretty! The food was very good for a 3 star and I loved Lydias. I would definately go back to this resort!
“Very awesome experience!!”
We had a wonderful time! The beach was the most wonderful, the room and food were great, the pool was wonderful, and the atmosphere so relaxing. I heard that other rooms were not so wonderful though, so for that reason I recommend the King Deluxe Room. Also, make sure you plan your reservations at least a few days in advance for the restaurants to ensure you can get in. I read all these tips prior to my trip, and it was very helpful. If you are not out for adventure and are impatient, I recommend NOT taking the bus- that is if you venture outside of the resort area. The entertainment is great, and if you go there with an open mind and don't mind diversity, you will have a most wonderful vacation. Great for families with children and couples (in my opinion). The activities selection was vast- we had a blast playing volleyball and met some great people too!!
“The one place to stay to see the island”
My wife and I absolutely loved Jolly Beach Resort. They always had something different on the menus, the by-reservation restaurants were really nice, and most of all, the resort staff were all nice, respectful, down-to-earth people. Having the beautiful, clear, turquois water and white sandy beach right there was the best part of being there.
“Got what we paid for and very happy”
This is the best beach, temperatures and water we have seen. Been to 5 areas of Mexico, Dominican and Antigua is awesome. People very indifferent, want the tourism but don't know how to "earn" it. felt safe even off the resort. Food at resort was very acceptable for a 3 star. Italian restaurant was the best. Got sick eating the jerk chicken at the beach restaurant, should have known better. No complaints over all.
“Would vey much like to return.”
The trip from the airport was fun and exciting - first time i ever experienced driving on the opposite side of the road. Welcome to the resort was very nice. Everyone was very pleasant and accommodating. Room was colorful and scenery beautiful. All meals were so good - could not think of anything I would want that was not there. The staff made me feel welcome each time we went into restaurant. And they were always happy to see us.