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Jolly Harbour - perfect for kids!
We spent 12 days at Jolly Harbour at the end of January in a superior villa with a/c on the south finger. We travelled with 3 children between the ages of 6 and 12 with Trailfinders. It was great for the kids as it wasn't crowded inspite of the fact that there was quite a few people about. They had brought in a swimming coach at the BBR Pool that you could pay for private swimming lessons. The Dogwatch Tavern was voted the best for their Chicken Nuggets and Chips by the kids (forget the McDonalds crap, this is real chicken breast deliciously prepared by their English Chef). On Sundays you can get specials such as Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pud. The BBR Pool do a cheap daily special at lunchtime which is very good value and filling. The Supermarket is very well stocked and set to be even better when it expands to it's larger premises across the road. You can rent DVD's for the player (Superior Villas only) from the hire shop on the complex, and also a key for the safe from reception. Don't bother taking beach towels, you can hire these free of charge from reception too - that will free up a bit of space in your suitcase, so there's room to bring back some of Susie's hot sauce (and it is hot too!) We didn't bother with a golf buggy as we found the walk in from the south finger fine and the shuttles were very frequent, stopping to pick you up on your walk in anyway. There's very good 24 hour security, that ensures even tipsy lost husbands get back to their villa's safely :-)) Try and avoid going into St John's on a Thursday, 5 cruise ships were in port that day, so it's very busy. Sunday is the day to do Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights (although make sure you know your Taxi's registration no as there's so many that look the same especially in the dark!) We used Taxi's quite a bit to get around (roads are quite pot holey in places) Sammy (who the BA crews use) is very reliable and knowledgeable. Although based at the Tradewinds Hotel, he will do airport runs or other journeys if you contact him. For us the Best beaches were Dickenson Bay, Jolly Harbour/Jolly Beach, Turners Bay.
Perfect for families and couples
Huge resort, but not bustling.
Villas are absolutely top notch, the tropical gardens really add to the feel.
Probably one of the nicest places that i have ever been to Lovely views all over the resort. Animals and birds everywhere and loads of fish just outside of the decks in your villas.
The smell of the flowers is delightful.
Jolly Harbour - Comfort & Beauty
This modern marina contains hundreds of self catering villas, as well as options for All-Inclusive stays.
The villas themselves are spacious, clean (with daily maid visits), and well equipped (TV, kitchen equipment, a/c), many with views over the peaceful marina inlets.
The beach, a barely noticeable stroll from all properties is beautiful, quiet and reasonably free from pesky vendors. With watersports activities, sunshades and a beach cafe.
The complex also includes: 2 pools, a full sized golf course, various restaurants and bars, casino, tennis courts, laundry facilities and shopping complex, all well maintained and excellent standard.
The shopping area includes pharmacy, bank, supermarket, as well as gift and diving equipment shops.
The complex is secure and well maintained, taking all the worries of your plate so you can enjoy a truly relaxed Antiguan holiday! Beautiful beach and great variety of eating places and bars, golf buggies to zoom around in if the heat gets too much for you!
Peace and quiet with things to do
Complex of self catering villas built around harbour. Villas sleep four and are very spacious and cleaned excellently on a daily basis. Complex is quite large, but there is a shuttle service (stops at 10pm). We managed to walk most places on complex however. Amenities include:
eight bars/restaurants (including Italian Restaurant, pub and Beach Bar),
18 hole golf course,
close to fantastic beach with watersports,
local bus service,
daily shuttle service to St John's,
two swimming pools
plus a lot more. Helpful staff, great garden landscaping, reasonably priced, pretty quiet, good beach, friendly people, only 15 minutes from St John's by bus ($2.75 EC each way) - just a general feel good place.
New Clubs in Antigua
Liquid is a new nightclub in Antigua located upstairs the Grand Princess Casino which is supposed to be very popular. Also, Rush has moved from Jolly Harbour to Dickenson Bay. Lashings closed and is now under new management called, "Bikini's" at Runaway Bay Elegant Casual
We visited Jolly Harbour in May 2003. If you are looking for a NICE BUDGET vacation, this is the place. The hotel rooms and food are average. However, the beach is the most beautiful we have ever seen. It turned out to be one of our best vacations. In fact, we recommended it to friends who visited two months later. They had the same review!
Again, BEAUTIFUL BEACH!!!!
Great place to relax
Just returned to Jolly Harbour Villas, excellent place for those who want to get away from the all inclusive type vacation. Antigua is a pretty island, the people are freindly and helpful. Our villa was superb, way beyond our expectations. The resort is huge so it is spaced out, however they have a free shuttle service throughout the resort and it is very efficient. We also to took the unlimited golf package at Jolly Harbour golf resort and were not disappointed. We were advised by the travel agent that the city bus into St. John's was efficient and safe, so we took the bus with the locals into town for $1 us compared to others taking taxis for 22 US is was great!! Town is an experience with its markets and cruise ships coming into town daily. The beaches are quiet and you won't find vendors pestering you at all. Since we had a villa and our package was not all inclusive, we hit the supermarket at the resort wich is a bit pricey, however if you go take the bus into town 15 minute ride and get your groceries at the market (much cheaper). We would go back to this resort for sure. However if you like lots of activity and entertainment, most things start late here and since its not all inclusive its a bit pricey.
Fantastic, even with 2 toddlers!!
We just returned from Jolly Harbour. Had the best Holiday ever. We travelled with 2 toddlers and had the most relaxing holiday ever. We had a two bedroom a/c villa which was great. Although probably would have been fine with just a ceiling fan!! We hired a golf buggy which was about ?120 for 9 days, but well worth it... although the walk was't far it was great for nipping back to villa during the day for milk and snacks etc .. Castaways on the beach was great for lunch and watching the sun go down. The whole complex was great with children..not a problem wherever we took them. You must go to Shirley Heights on Sunday..the kids loved the steel band!! The shop is fantastic sold everything you could possible need!
What a Honeymoon!
Wow! It was everything I dreamed of! The grounds were beautiful, the people curteous and helpful, and the room was clean and comfortable. We really loved Antigua! On the plane ride there, we were thinking that maybe we had made a mistake by not booking Sandals because it seemed as though everyone we talked to was staying there and had the all-inclusive deal. The morning after we arrived, we went to an optional orientation where we booked our entire week's activities. In other words, we paid for these things up front to make out stay as all-inclusive as possible. We went on the Kokomo Kat catamaran, horseback riding on the beach, a Jeep island tour, the Jolly Roger pirate ship (soooo much fun!), and a sunset cruise. When we had to go to Sandals to board the pirate ship I was really glad that we stayed at Jolly Harbour. JH's beach was much bigger and prettier, plus we had some privacy. Don't get me wrong, we partied with lots of people, but we also had room to get away from the noise. It was a perfect paradise, and I'd recommend it to anyone!
Feb in the Caribbean - nothing better!
I have just spent half term at the Jolly Harbour Villas with my wife and four year old daughter, travelling with Virgin.Our villa had air conditioning in every room, was clean and comfortable. Children's Club (tues-sat) exceeded my daughter's v. high expectations. It's located in the North Finger of the complex and if you intend to use it I would recommend requesting a villa in that part.The site is huge and I can understand why some might hire Golf Buggies, but the shuttle bus is frequent and we certainly didn't feel the need.All three of us are vegetarian and found no problem eating at the Italian restaurant and at Dogwatch Tavern. The supermarket is remarkably well stocked.Prices are what you'd expect, although we were helped by the current exchange rate.If you want to go to St John's, forget the $8 US per person taxi fare, go by local bus, it costs less than 80p and is MUCH safer!Altogether are v. peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Castaways and Foredeck. Are they good?
I have eaten at castaways and the food is very good its also a nice hangout in the evenings when the sun is setting. Foredeck is a new bar which started as a gazebo but was turned into this cool bar right on the baord walk of Jolly harbour
Hope this helps
RE: RE: Bars
Thank you, yes it did
Accommodation World Cup March 2007
We have tickets to the World Cup cricket match on 27th March 2007 - will stay for 5 days - any good places, preferably self-cater. Would we need to hire a car to get to and from the game, and around the island or are taxis, tours etc ok?
RE: RE: Accommodation World Cup March 2007
Hi, you can check out Jolly Harbour;I used to live there and can assure it's a nice complex made of condos with two bedrooms two bathroom chitchen and living room. In the complex you can enjoy several restaurant, pools, golf.. check out the site: http://www.jollyharbourantigua.com/.
I strongley reccomend to hire a jeep, it's around 50 usd per day and it's the best way to check out the island..
From Jolly Harbour, you can get a bus that takes you to the ground or you nìcan hire a taxi. Tours are availble by sea, check out wadadli cats www.wadadlicats.com (I suggest the island circumnavigation) and by land.
Antigua it's a very beautiful island nature ways and people ways.
If you have any other question do not hesitate to contact me.
Thinking of Antigua
Has anyone stayed at Blue Waters in Antigua ? I am planning a trip for next year and would be taking a ten year old and a baby. Not sure which hotel to go for - Jolly Beach looks good for children but Im not a big fan of big hotels. Blue waters looks more my kind of hotel but does anyone know about location as far as beaches and what it would be like for kids ? I will look at most hotels really just a general view from anyone who has been would be very helpful.
The other Island I have looked at is St Lucia but the beaches look quite dark so I don't know if it would be as nice.
Any help would be great !
Has anyone taken a baby out there also ? If so any advice ?
RE: Thinking of Antigua
I’ve visited Blue Waters for a meal and a drink on a couple of occasions. From what I saw the hotel looked really nice, the surrounds where pleasant and the beach was sandy and nice and close to the hotel. The hotel is located on the North of the island (http://www.stay-in-antigua.com/accommodation_map.php) and is set back in a small cove which makes the water quite calm. I didn’t see many kids there, but I was only there for a quick look. Jolly Beach is fairly good for kids but is a fairly large hotel/resort.
The beaches in St Lucia are nice, but not so good for kids. I think Rodney Bay is the one of the best beaches on the island (sandy and fairly long, but narrow).
RE: Thinking of Antigua
try renting apartments on jolly harbour.
it is the same resort as jolly beach, same amenities etc.
we stayed there 2 years ago it is a lot cheaper, spacious and well air conned.
jolly beach is the best beach for kids. watch out for other beaches around island as the tides are heavy
check it out on net.
Re: Thinking of Antigua
My two favorite islands, you'll find dark sand beaches in St. Lucia nearest to the Pitons / Soufriere. Antigua beaches are awesome and most are rather calm and very light blue on the carib side. I have pages for both islands.