Jolly Harbour Villas
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jolly Harbour Villas St. John's
Very disappointing vacation
We arrived at JHR on 6 july 3 hours before check in. Thinking they just might have the room ready we inquired about an early check in. The room was not ready, so we went to the beach for 3 hours, which was fine with us. We returned at 4:00 for check in and wound up waiting 2 more hours before we were given our villa. No explanation was offered to us or any comps. My husband stated to the woman in "charge" that he was very upset and she said "I would be to". This was just the begining of rude and hostile behavior from the locals. When we got there the place was filled with a smokey haze and smelled terrible. The microwave was fried. The smell in it and all the black smoke (from a fire in it) was covering it. The kitchen faucet was almost falling off and there was no hot water in the downstairs bathroom. The first night that we slept in the villa I was up every other hour counting the springs in our mattress. It must have been 30 years old. We flipped our mattress thinking that it might help-bad move!! We shouldn't have looked!! We flipped it back and covered it with the flat sheet they provided us. Oh, there was no fitted sheet, blanket ot comforter on the bed when we arrived. Night number two I slept from 12-4am and just got out of bed because I couldn't take anymore. My husband inquired to the office about the bed and they said they would 'look into it'. Well, we heard that many times already, so I was really scared now. Anyway, there was a BBQ at another villa and while we were there I went upstairs and 'tested' the beds. This EMPTY villa had a brand new queen size bed in the one bedroom. We waited until everyone left and told the woman in "charge" that we were going to exchange the mattressses. So that is what my husband and I did at 1:30 am on our third night there. Ther was an army of ants marching from the roof down our bedroom wall, all over our clothes. On two seperate dinners we were told that for 20 US we would have a caribbean & local buffet with wonderful exotic food. Instead, we had food that we could have gotten at Applebee's or Boston Market. It was really disturbing. The bums and drug dealers on the beach were really bad. My husband was offered all kinds of drugs right in front of our 17 year old son. While he was politely telling this dealer "no thank you" another man who he already told he didn't want to buy any aloe from started to rub it on my husbands shoulders and back. He got mad and told the guy that he said "no" and he didn't have any money. This man proceeded to call my husband and our son faggots. There were many more situation like this. This is our fourth island in the caribbean and the first one we both agree we will never visit again. Also, on the day we were to leave the volcano erupted and we were stuck in the 2x4 airport ,aka, sweatbox for 14 hours. The ignorant idiots who work the booths to enter the airport waiting area wouldn't let myself and others right outside the door(they can see you at all times) to smoke. Give a moron a uniform and a badge and watch what happens. As long as I have ID and a boarding pass I should be able to leave. We were literally prisoners. I can leave San Juan and Phila airport to smoke and thya are MUCH bigger that VC Bird. These "guards" just topped off a vacation that we were already hugely disappointed in. The Antigua locals were largely hostile. In a passive aggressive kind of way. Now Aruba, there are very friendly people.Save money and aggravation, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!
What is your taste? What do you expect?
My husband and I honeymooned in Antigua for 10 days in June 2003. We stayed at Jolly Harbour Resort which shouldn't be confused with the all inclusive Jolly Beach Resort.
We lodged in a marina view villa which was not the greatest but do-able. The villa wasn't up to date in regards to the furnishings, the bathroom room downstairs was extremely small, and the water pressure in the shower stalls upstairs was not very good. We were fortunate in that we had a/c. Towels and toilet paper was provided for us each day.
I did not realize that the resort was so spread out! This wasn't a problem all the time b/c you could walk to your location on the resort or take a shuttle. But if you wanted to get there now these means of transportation were not ideal. Sure you could rent a car, golf cart, scooter, or bike, but we weren't prepared for this cost. Maybe better words would be we didn't want to pay the extreme cost to rent them. If you rented a car you couldn't have it parked at your villa unless you had medical permission. Golf carts were $30 US a day--so that would have been $210 for the week which is crazy. ALthough the shuttles were free they weren't consistent. Sometimes you would wait 15 minutes for a ride. The shuttle stopped running at 11:00pm. I do have to give a big shout out to one specific shuttle driver that my husband and I referred to as BROOKLYN. He was a great person and was on the job.
Food at the resturants on the premises were expensive and not so filling. One exception to this was the bar located in the casnio. The food was excellent and comparable to prices in the US. The grocery store that was on the premise was outrageous as well. For example, a 2-liter of pepsi was $8.49EC or approximately$4.00US. CRAZY!
Jolly Harbour's beach was not anything to write home about. It wasn't very well maintained at all!!
We visited Jolly Beach Resort one day and it was a world of difference.
We purchased a half day pass which allows you to the all inclusiveness of the resort. It was approximately $45US from 9:00am to 5:00pm. It included a breakfast buffet, all beverages, all food, and all non-motorized sport equipment. The beach was well manicured, it was full of life, entertainment, friendly staff, a swim up bar and much more. Definietly worth it!!!!
The best tour to take is the Ruff Road Safari. It cost about $120US for two. It was worth every cent. Our tour guides, Curt and Rudy, took us to every tourists spot and provided us with a lot of info. from the vegatation to the history of the island. It was great.
My advice is to be careful about the tours you take. Some are worth while others are not. Locals will attempt to sell you things but you tell them no and they'll leave you alone.
If you want a quiet place where you can rest and relax then Jolly Harbour Resort is for you. If you want excitement and easy access to the beach and pool then Jolly Beach Resort (all inclusive) is for you.
At night you can shuttle over to Jolly Harbour REsort for your entertainment needs.
Myself, husband and two children where lucky enough to be in Antigua Jolly Harbour Villas from 13.6.03 - 27.6.03.We really enjoyed our holiday. Jolly harbour complex on which the villas are is a beautiful and clean complex offering a 9 restaurants, shops, bank, pub, supermarket, liquor store, internet shop and varies other tour shops not forgetting the casino, BEAUTIFUL beah, x2 pools and kids club.The complex is very big we hired a golf buggie for our duration which worked out at around £16.00 per day which was well worth it as our villa was on the south finger which, would of meant a 20minute walk to the north finger to the kids club (although there is a bus shuttle service on the complex which will pick u up aqlmost anywhere including your villa).The kids club is G8 my kids aged 9 and 6 loved it. Amber who works there is trustworthy and great with kids (there is no cost for JHV guests) I just pay $47 ECD each time I dropped the kids of at club that was for lunch, a drink and dessert. The club is open from 9 - 5pm Tuesdays - saturday.The beach on the complex was one of the best on the Island. Topaz blue.The villas are extremely spacious well worth getting air con we appreciated it. They are cleaned everyday, with fresh towels provided everyday.We had fun in Antigua although it was very quiet around that time of year. The weather was wonderful I got the best DARK TAN!!!!! so you'll have no worries about that - Yes it rained a few times but nothing major.The people in Antigua are lovely. My only draw back would be that everything is SO EXPENSIVE AND I MEAN EXPENSIVE!!!!!! If you want to go to St Johns the capital JH complex has a taxi service which takes you for $30 USdollar return - catch the bus which is available just outside the main gates of JHV and it's only $1USD.Go on Adventureantigua and book a boat trip with Eli or Francis it's well worth every penny.
Jolly Beach Resort, Antigua
the adverstisement was fabulous and to good to be true! which it was!
The rooms were just so small that you were not able to move. Also, no real furniture, and no dresser to put your clothes in! the only thing you had was a closet and inside was cement and some room for clothes.
Inside the so called closet you had a safe which took most of the space. Also you had to pay for the safe. Bathroom! Well I cannot even describe it! was just small and old and stingy! The food was not what it advertised! Sports! No one was there to coordinate any games whatsoever! I guess for the price this is what you will get! My point is the adverstisement is very misleading! Also, the natives were not as friendly! not all but some! I was very disappointed with this resort!
Beware of Grand Princess Casino
The newly opened Grand Princess Casino located at Jolly Harbor has less than reputable games going on, specifically the "ball" game, where you have a long-handled scoop to pick out a ball, and supposedly has a number on it or a specific prize as you endeavor to make it to 100 points. You never see what's on the ball and we heard nothing but complaints from other guests. Before you know what's going on, you can lose a lot of money. We heard one guest lost quite a bit believing the game was on the up and up. No other casino (2 others) has this game. Stick to King's Casino in St. Johns
Better places in the carribean
I stayed at this place in 1993 (honeymoon). It sounds like it just kept going downhill from there. There were bums on the beach all the time and selling drugs. The food was horrible except for the little place at the pool, meatballs (I hope) and chicken. I would recommend going elsewhere, plenty of nicer places to visit with much better service.
My Review must be read
Was at this resort last week of March 2003 for 10 days. There is one big problem with this resort, the food is horrible I mean bad. If you were raised on chicken with Campbells cream of mushroom soup poured on it then you may say the food is Ok. If you have any standards for what goes in your mouth choose another place. There are really small insects crawling all over the bathroom and the property is getting very worn out. Some of the help are very rude and there are beach vendors all over, selling you everything from t-shirt's to illegal drugs. The resort is a low price, all incusive resort and nothing more, no matter what is advertised. You will not eat much...... unless you leave the resort and find a respectable restaurant. So I would look at other resorts before picking this one, unless low cost is what is most important to you.
Definitely the Place to Chill
We spent 2 weeks in a supersaver room March 2003. We were very happy with the holiday. The location is stunning with a coral beach and azure sea. We thought the food was very good indeed. We would rate the Italian as the best - an experience not to be missed. Hemispheres, the main buffet restaurant was first rate. We felt that the Greek and seafood restaurants lacked character. There was plenty of choice of food, the quality was good.The room was clean and functional, and, as we expected - small. The balcony had a stunning view of the grounds, the beach, the sunset and Montserrat in the distance.Generally, most staff were very friendly and helpful, but some of the bar staff were surly. Oh! And watch the cocktails - they just pour in as much spirit as they feel like at the time - they are very strong!! Jolly dive was only 2 mins walk along the beach. Ken and Don were very friendly and helpful, and it's only a twenty minute boat trip out to Cades reef. We saw a few nurse sharks, barracuda, moray eels, rays as well as numerous multi-coloured reef fish. We also saw some dolphins from the boat. The only slightly disappointing thing was that the sea water was cloudy meaning no snorkeling from the beach - which is something we love to do. (Aparantly it's been cloudy since the marina opened some years ago.) All in all, a quality relaxing holiday, beautiful setting, outstanding food. We would definitely recommend it.
Beautiful location, friendly staff
My sister and I stayed in a 2 BR villa the week of Labor Day, 2002. We had a wonderful time. The resort is modern, clean and beautiful. Jolly Harbour is big, but you don't really need a golf cart. There's a free shuttle until 10 pm. And who doesn't need the walk anyway? We rented a car for a few days to see the island, but the lack of street signs did us in. Six restaurants on the property, a game room, lots of opportunities to schedule excursions from the property, a nice beach (an even better one next door at Jolly Beach Resort), and a sincerely helpful staff makes this one of my top picks for Caribbean getaways. Be sure to treat yourself to a top notch meal on the verandah at The Castle. The new ultra luxe casino, scheduled to open this month at Jolly Harbour, will most certainly drive up prices and the occupancy rate.
I have just come back from Antigua and all i can say is wow! The weather was lovely, the people and food great but above all The place where westayed, Jolly Harbour Villas, was fantastic!!
Our villa was perfect, a view out on to the marina, excellent facilities, what more could we ask? i read reviews before i went to Antigua which said that everything was far too spaced out at this resort and a golf buggy was needed. Well if you are lazy...maybe. Everything is in walking distant; the beach, restaurants and shops! The beach for the resort was a 5min walk from our villa and is one of the best beaches on antigua- it was ideal.
i recommend the Driftwood beach bar and restaurant- it was by far the yummiest food on the resort. I would recommend Jolly Harbour Villas to everyone because it is an ideal place!
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