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Jamaica is a top getaway for tourists all around the globe seeking the perfect Caribbean vacation. For some, that’s indulging in nonstop R&R with spa visits and naps under swaying palm trees. For others, it’s an epic adventure full of new experiences at every turn. No matter your reason for visiting Jamaica, there’s definitely a world-class hotel or resort that fits the bill.
Jamaica is home to some of the Caribbean’s most prestigious resorts and hotels ready to pull out all the stops to make your holiday perfect. Whether you’re looking for a swanky five-star resort complete with spas, unlimited drinks and the finest service imaginable; or are looking for something a bit more romantic like a secluded villa in the rainforest with ocean views, there’s something for every taste.
Thanks to the island’s diverse scenery, culture and food scene, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Looking to dance the night away in a reggae bar with some rum cocktails? No problem. Yearning after a long relaxing getaway with relaxing naps by the ocean? Done. Or maybe you’d like to raft the mighty Martha Brae River, hike the lush Blue Mountains or climb the majestic Dunn’s River Falls. Jamaica has plenty for the nature lover, too.
This secluded resort in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica is an architectural masterpiece that’s renowned for drawing in celebrities and creatives. The beautifully designed lodging (there’s just 17 white, wood-framed cottages and villas) and excellent service make this a truly unique experience. The resort also has an infinity pool looking out over the mountains and a world-class spa that uses natural treatments. Guests can avail of outdoor yoga sessions and wellness hikes before enjoying Strawberry Hill Restaurant’s New Jamaican cuisine in the evening or their famous Sunday champagne brunch.
Sandals Royal Caribbean is one of the most iconic all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica. Set within 15 acres on Montego Bay, guests stay in over-the water bungalows on a private island just 5 minutes by Sandals boat from the main resort. It’s adults-only, so you can expect a relaxing stay that’s perfect for couples. Amenities include unlimited fine dining at 9 restaurants, 5 bars – including a swim-up lagoon bar – PADI-Certified SCUBA diving, snorkeling, a luxury spa, and live nightly entertainment.
The 40-room Rockhouse Hotel is a charming boutique hotel in Negril, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Bungalows have thatched roofs and are built with local stone, mimicking a traditional “African village” yet with stylish and modern interiors. It has a rich history in Negril: early notable guests in the 1970’s included Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. The iconic location has been a backdrop to everything from Vogue and GQ photoshoots to a Jay-Z music video.
Tucked into the cliffs of Negril’s West End, The Cliff Hotel is a chic retreat that will have you on ‘island time’ as soon as you check in. It’s an easy 20 minute stroll from the legendary Rick’s Cafe, although other Negril attractions are a little further. But with only 22 suites and 4 private villas, it has the best of both worlds: an intimate atmosphere alongside luxury resort amenities such as a world-class restaurant, yoga pavilion, fitness center, beauty salon, saltwater pool, and spa.
Jamaica Inn is a small boutique hotel with a beautiful location on a private 700 ft white sand beach in Ocho Rios, on the peaceful North Coast of the island. Since 1950, this elegant hotel has been known as one of the top resorts in Jamaica. Each of 52 suites have clear views of the (even clearer!) blue water and guests can also enjoy a game of croquet or a treatment in the Ocean Spa. Nearby activities include windsurfing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, sailing and diving.
Once the home of famous author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond (all 14 James Bond novels were written here), GoldenEye is now one of the best hotels in Jamaica. The accommodation here is a collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts, each set within the resort’s private beaches and tropical gardens. While the private villas are priced only for the very rich and famous, the beach huts offer the same excellent facilities at a more affordable price.
This 312-room all-inclusive hotel in Negril has an enviable location on one of the best beaches in Jamaica. 85 beautiful wooden bungalows sit atop stilts, lending a rustic treehouse touch to the immaculate resort. The resort is adults-only, so you are guaranteed a serene stay with plenty to do: non-motorized water sports including snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing, traditional Jamaican cooking classes and even bartending classes. There’s also 5 restaurants to choose from at Sunset at The Palms, swim-up bar, poolside hot tub and spa.
If you’re dreaming of white sandy beaches then Negril is the place for you to stay in Jamaica. It’s famous for its long white beaches (the most popular is Seven Mile Beach) and blue water. Montego Bay has excellent resorts, Kingston is buzzing and the Blue Mountains provide a relaxing, local experience.
Short answer? A lot, so you’re spoiled for choice. In fact, there’s more than 23,000 hotel rooms available in Jamaica. The most populated areas with hotels are Montego Bay and Ocho Ríos.
Negril has miles and miles of sandy beaches, but Montego Bay has more resorts and dining options as it’s a larger city. If you only have a few days’ vacation, consider Montego Bay as it’s only 10 minutes away from Sangster International Airport.
Ocho Rios is about one hour and 45 minutes drive from Montego Bay and is home to beautiful nature and feels laid back and rustic. If you want more of a buzzing city/party vibe, then stay in Montego Bay.
High season – and also dry season! – in Jamaica is mid-December to mid-April. January and February are two of the best months to visit Jamaica. Jamaica’s hurricane season runs from June to November.
Yes! Jamaica has an extensive range of resort and hotel types to choose from, including all-inclusive resorts and smaller boutique hotels.
Top choices include Round Hill Hotel and Villas, which has private villas and rooms designed by Ralph Lauren, or Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall which has seven restaurants and three bars.
The main tourist areas are Blue Mountains, Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.
Jamaica has 635 miles of coastline, so amazing beaches are everywhere. Negril is famous for having some of the best beaches on the island with calm blue waters.
Rockhouse Hotel in Negril is a favourite of Keri Russell and Jude Law, while Half Moon in Montego Bay has hosted stars for years; famous guests of the past include Queen Elizabeth I, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and George H.W. Bush.