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Starfish Jolly Beach

Antigua, Caribbean
St Johns

Come and enjoy the sun, sea, sand and the relaxed lifestyle the idyllic island of Antigua is so famous for. Stay at the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort and you'll be able to experience the best of everything from the mile long white sandy beach to the tropical gardens and excellent facilities.

The Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is a lovely choice for your sunshine holiday in Antigua:

Set amongst tropical gardens and in a prime location next to one of the best beaches on the island, the Jolly Beach Resort is an enviable destination. You'll find impressive facilities here, so there'll be plenty to keep you amused and help you relax during your stay in paradise.

The Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is the largest hotel on the island, so the facilities available for guests are excellent. Choose from four distinctly different restaurants, five bars, two swimming pools - including a swim-up bar - plus an array of sports and leisure amenities. And don't forget the beach of course, which is widely recognised as one of the best on the island.

How will you spend your day? Playing tennis or golf perhaps, or maybe windsurfing or snorkelling? If you want to relax and be pampered a little, head for the spa and beauty salon and you'll be feeling on great form for an evening of entertainment.

To maintain the local ambience, accommodation is all found in a series of unobtrusive low-rise buildings. Rooms have queen beds and are tastefully furnished and have a private balcony or patio - perfect for a morning coffee or a cool drink in the evening as the sun goes down. Inside you'll also find cable TV, hairdryer and a telephone. A selection of room upgrades are available at a supplement.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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Facilities

  • Four on-site restaurants - 3 à la carte
  • and 1 buffet
  • FREE Wi-Fi in public areas and select rooms at a cost
  • Fitness facility*
  • Nearby golf courses and marina
  • Kayaking and sailing lessons*
  • Games room and outdoor tennis
  • basketball and beach volleyball courts
  • Regularly scheduled family-friendly activities and entertainment
  • Supervised Kid's Club
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  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

Room Types

Supersaver Room
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Queen Superior
27m2
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King Superior
27m2
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The Local Area

Boasting a mile long white sand beach and set in tropical gardens, the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is the islands largest hotel and enjoys an idyllic location on one of Antigua's best beaches. An impressive array of facilities including a swimming pool with swim-up bar make this hotel an appealing choice.

Trip Advisor Reviews

TripAdvisor Review

3 star experience

Review by rayolightning King City, Canada

It was my first time in Antigua and I chose this island because of it's beauty and luxury. The overall feel of the island was sort of a mini Jamaica. Very friendly people and Caribbean culture...

There are many luxurious resorts on the island but Jolly Beach is definitely 3 stars and not a luxurious experience. If you want to save some money and just want to visit the island then this resort will do. It is definitely an older resort, and you can see the wear-and-tear on the property. Also, be prepared for a long drive from the airport. I got very car sick, so do what you can to prepare for that in advance if you suffer from the same issue. The front desk staff took a very long time to find our reservation and in general were quite dismissive and a little too laid back for their job. The hotel only has wifi in public areas such as lobby and restaurants.

I traveled in November 2019 with my boyfriend. We are in our mid-twenties. We got the supersaver room and it was still an expensive vacation. The room is tiny. The TV transmission was staticky. The view however, was gorgeous. The cleaning was done well, and I have very high standards in this area.

The food was very good most of the time, especially breakfast (which is my favourite meal) but sometimes the meat was dry. There was plenty of alcohol as well.

This resort is for an older crowd. The entertainment was poor, and for a performer such as myself, I did have higher expectations. There isn't a nightly show most nights, just a band, but they do have some contests which could be fun (we didn't attend). We did the daily water aerobics which were awesome but the calypso dance class was too simple and short. The beach movie night was definitely a highlight. It was a mesmerizing experience with mosquito fire torches and popcorn by the beach breeze. Unfortunately there wasn't enough of a party opportunity so we didn't really get crazy but would have wanted to at least one night.

We went on an excursion which was truly a waste. It was Shelly Jay's island tour. We were just driven around all day, got very tired and car sick without much reward. It was cool to see the St.John's harbour, Devil's Bridge and a sugar plantation. Lunch overlooking Shirley Heights was definitely a highlight but it was too long of a day and too much driving to be worth it.

The beach was alright. It is a very sharp drop in the beginning, so it is hard to get out of the water. A cruise of senior folk arrived on one of the days and they were seriously struggling with this. Some even got hurt. The water itself was okay but there were stormy days when it was not safe to enter. The beaches in Antigua are public and so you will be hassled by vendors. This is something that disturbed us and to a higher degree my boyfriend. The vendors just keep coming (and I get it, they are trying to make money) but it is awfully annoying on your vacation. On top of that, the vendors do not take it lightly when they are rejected and can even retaliate and be rude. In more luxurious resorts, the beach sections are more restricted which would improve the experience.

There is a gym at the far end of the resort. It is decent, no other people were inside while we were working out. Only problem is that massages for the spa take place in the same building and you are told to stay quiet while in the gym. It can be a nuisance if you like music playing out loud to pump you up while you are working out.

Caution: this was not my experience but what I heard from other travellers. Someone peeked into their room in the middle of the night. From other travellers, they did not have a shuttle from the airport to the hotel included in their package, so read carefully. It might cost you more than it should.

Overall, it is a beautiful island, but I would recommend not cheaping out and going for a higher-end resort. Take excursions with a good activity so that no matter what you still have fun. I would try to visit other destinations but if I had the opportunity, I would come back and experience the island with a better understanding of how to enjoy it more next time.

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TripAdvisor Review

Jolly good!!

Review by Peter S

Great place... 2 boys and my wife and I had laid back 2 week stay. Staff fantastic...

Food good. Beach is probably one of the best I've seen (and I have travelled 3 islands of Hawaii).

HOWEVER... I would warn you not to book trips with local people on the beach!!

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Sunset villa 417 b jolly harbour

Review by Kevinwalford

Stayed at the Newley refurbished villa Super new Aircon Large smart tv Wi-fi cable Loads of fluffy villa and beach towels Located in jolly harbour north finger Great location and harbour view Agent was great They have a great contact Darren local driver and knows All the best restaurants Can’t wait to return Special place special people Loads of bars and restaurants within the garbour

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Old and sad

Review by fabiab1 New York City, New York

I stayed at this resort with family in March . The resort is a 1 or 2 star and I base that rating on the condition the resort is in now. Room: my room was on the second floor near the lobby...

Water from taps ran brown, my room was rudimentary at the least. I found it clean but basic. Very basic. The bed was comfortable, and it had 2 balconies. I also had a view of the pool and ocean. This resort at one time was probably very nice, it has become run down and repairs are needed. The pool area had large chunks of cement missing. I had heard while staying here the resort was due to close. Food, most nights no selection and no choices. The Mexican restaurant did not always open. I would rate food 2 star. Not a lot of food or very much variety. Bar: they ran out of beer a couple of times, bar staff not too friendly. Some days no beer till afternoon. The beach, this is a nice beach but chairs are all taken by the people who sell trinkets on the beach. If you paid them everyday you got a chair maybe. We never got chairs near the water cause we refused to pay the chair mafia. Chairs in dire need of repair and falling apart. Resort property is a mess. It’s decay is evident all over . I was with family so we made the best of it. All in all , I wasn’t impressed with staff and their lack of attention to guests. The resort was laid back not much entertainment if that’s your thing. Solid 2 star. As I said bare minimum resort, no frills . Faye

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Travelled in Feb 2020 but Trip advisor doesn't go back that far?

Review by ian_mcghee London

This was our last trip before the covid lock down. We had a lovely room overlooking the beach. The food was great as were the wonderful staff...

Hotel is typical for the Caribbean so I wouldn't judge it by American standards. It was comfortable for the two weeks. There was nightly entertainment and daily activities if you could tear yourself away from the powder sand beach.

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