Everyone loves the idea of a beautiful, island vacation. Sun, sand, and sea – what could possibly be better? When you’re looking to leave the mainland behind, Jamaica is just the place to travel for your picture-perfect getaway. This island country in the Caribbean Sea has a tropical climate with constant, warm weather all year round- perfect for a sunny retreat during the chillier winter months. This stunning island retreat has it all: beaches, cities, towns, rainforests, and mountains! With such a gorgeous island ranging in about 4,240 square miles, planning your perfect Jamaican vacation can be a bit daunting.
You’ll want to know a few things before you get started. Are you looking to lounge on the beach in your new bikini, or are you more interested in something more inland? Are you the type of person who just loves a tourist attraction, or are you looking for a more authentic experience? Are you looking for fun for the whole family or a private couples retreat? If you just have no clue where to begin, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Here’s the low-down on where to start looking for your Jamaican retreat.
Let’s have a look at the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica:
1. Round Hill Hotel and Villas
Looking for something with some Jamaican history attached? Settled in Montego Bay, this 110-acre alcove boasts its Jamaican hospitality and beautiful seaside location. This resort holds luxurious and private villas for those who like to travel in style, private villas suites, and guest rooms with an oceanfront view.
You can unwind from your daily life with the gorgeous spa, or align your mind with the offered yoga class. Or, get your adrenaline pumping with watersports like windsurfing and water skiing! Hungry for some real Jamaican cuisine? This resort offers private dining, themed dining nights, in-room dining, and meal plans – all with organic, fresh vegetables from their on-site garden.
2. The Caves
This resort is exactly what it sounds like on the tin! Get a fresh, new vacation destination with this beautiful location in Negril, Jamaica that is built into the cliffs on the oceanfront. If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime stay, this is the place for you. The Cave offers private villas for the whole family, ocean-view cottages, and suites for a romantic hideaway.
Enjoy some private dining, or get a taste of the heart-and-soul Jamaican food in the dining room, prepared using local produce – and don’t forget to try the authentic Jamaican “jerk” barbeques served fresh. You can also explore the best activities the Caves have to offer – from kayaking to cliff diving. If you’re looking for an astounding place to make irreplaceable memories, this is the resort.
3. Sandals’ Royal Plantation
Are you into exclusion, privacy, and decadence? Royal Plantation’s all-butler boutique resort is just the place for you. Located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, this resort has ocean-view rooms and villas right on the spectacular coral bluff. If you’re looking for a location that is draped in elegance and luxury, this is the place for you.
Spend the afternoon on the golf course, or sun yourself by the pool or on the beach – all while a butler brings you drinks to keep cool! Take your pick of Jamaican cuisine from 5 different restaurants, and light up your taste buds at the two bars. This resort has a Caribbean-theme spa and a fitness center to keep your mind and body in pique condition to enjoy every second of this exclusive getaway.
4. Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Ready for “The Grand Experience”? Nestled between both the mountain and the sea, The Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall sits just 14 miles from Montego Bay, with ocean view and oceanfront suites, and two presidential suites to give you a vacation that promises to be just as grand as the name. The location makes it easy to get to and from town, as well as other tourist destinations in the area.
Grand Hotel Rose Hall offers four different specialty restaurants and two buffets with both Jamaican and international cuisine, so you can sample whatever your taste buds are in the mood for. Relax with a game of golf, or hit up the spa. If you’re the active type, this resort offers Pilates, tai-chi, dance lessons, wind-surfing and so much more.
5. Sandals’ Montego Bay
Looking for something a little more casual and relaxing? The Sandals’ Montego Bay resort is just the place, set on Jamaica’s best private beach in Montego Bay. Take some time away in the luxury beachfront, oceanfront, and ocean view suites on the resort that sits along iconic and private white sand beaches and reef-protected waters.
Dine at nine restaurants at the resort, or explore the city and the eleven nearby restaurants for an array of authentic, regional cuisine. The party never stops here with the evening entertainment that includes live bands, theme nights, and an amphitheater. Take up some sports with beach volleyball, shuffleboard, night-time tennis, and more.
6. Sandals’ South Coast
If sitting on the beach isn’t close enough to the water for you, get up and personal with the ocean at Sandals’ South Coast in Whitehouse, Jamaica. South Coast offers a spectacular room choice with an over-the-water bungalow. Immerse yourself in this thalassic accommodation and become one with the marine life and the gentle clear-blue water.
For the dining experience, South Coast boasts 9 in-resort restaurants and 7 different bars – never let your stomach get bored! And here is another party destination with nightly entertainment that includes carnival parties and Caribbean night as well as live shows and bands.
7. Sandals’ Negril Resort
For all those fun-loving, pleasure seekers out there with a taste for the exotic, Sandals’ Negril resort is where you want to be. Set in Negril, Jamaica, this resort is on Negril’s 7-mile beach. Spoil yourself with a decadent room with a private pool or tranquility soaking tub – or stay original, yet iconic with an ocean or beachfront room.
Discover a world of culinary diversity at the 7 restaurants on the resort, with tastes that include Italian and authentic Jamaican. The Negril Resort is just the place to never get bored: each night of the week has a different theme for nightly entertainment. Go wild on Tuesdays with Burlesque, or party all night on Fridays with the Boonoonoonos Beach Party. Experience something new every night.
8. Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
Leave the kids at home, because this Montego Bay resort is only for the grownups! This is a romantic, adult-only retreat perfect for couples and honeymoons. Treat yourself and your significant other to one of the Zilara Rose Hall’s 234 tropical rooms or suites, each room coming equipped with a private terrace for a real hideaway.
This resort’s dining experience is included in your stay, so get exploring the limitless cuisine that this place has to offer, including Italian restaurants, Asian grills, and authentic Jamaican “jerk” barbeques. And at the Zilara Rose Hall, the concierge will help you plan day trips to the Jamaican jungle ziplines or to swim with the dolphins! Experience Jamaica up close and personal.
9. Secrets Wild Orchid
One a mile or private beach on a Montego Bay peninsula sits the luxurious Secret Wild Orchid, a beautiful beachfront resort with white sand beaches and clear blue water just steps away from the front doors. Stay in one of the 350 colonial decor guest suites, each with its own whirlpool tub and private balcony. If you’re really looking for absolute decadence, this is the place.
Explore the international cuisine here with the 7 restaurants, and 24-hour dining options such as the World Cafe or room service, for those who are up all night getting the most out of every second of this vacation. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for soaking on the beach, snorkeling with the fishes, or getting that rush of adrenaline with windsurfing – Secrets Wild Orchid has it all.
10. Jamaica Inn
If you’re not big on partying or socializing, try something a little more intimate with Jamaica Inn. This smaller resort is set on a private beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Its accommodations include cottages and intimate suites for the perfect, quiet getaway on this small, secluded resort.
Get breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the open-air Jamaican restaurant on the resort – or, if you fancy it, get afternoon tea as well! Or if you want to stay inside and enjoy your suite, order room service. Realign your mind and body at the Ocean Spa, open daily Monday through Sunday.
11. Sandals’ Royal Caribbean
Explore this fantastic, multicultural experience at the Sandals’ Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. Stay in one of the suites in the four mainland villages, or really treat yourself to the fantastic accommodation of these over-the-water private suites on Sandals’ Island, or stay in style with an over-the-water villa experience.
The multicultural experience continues with the cuisine from the 8 restaurants and 5 bars in the resort, ranging from authentic island favorites and Royal Thai to French and British cuisine. Get sporty with croquet, darts, bocce ball, and more – or relax at the relaxing spa. Take to the night with evening entertainment and get involved with Talent Nights!
12. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
Located just five minutes away from downtown Ocho Rios, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is a sprawling resort with over 700 rooms to choose from. This dreamy seaside resort is just as glamorous and beautiful as it sounds. Get ready for an adventure with the whole family with one of their family deluxe suites, or have a romantic room for two with an ocean view.
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande offers fine dining choices with only the best, local and imported ingredients. If you’re not adventurous enough to try local cuisine, you can stick close to home, wherever that may be, with Mexican, American, and more. You can relax at the spa or gear up for adventure in the surrounding downtown area of Ocho Rios.
13. Sunset at the Palms
Want something a little different? Sunset at the Palms is just the place. Located in Negril, Jamaica, this resort is set alongside the Bloody Bay, while also offering unique, “tree house style” accommodations. Relax, sleep, and play among the trees with these unique, luxurious treetop rooms.
Get a real taste of Jamaica with the resort’s 3 restaurants and 4 bars. This resort puts a big emphasis on the Caribbean cuisine, so get ready to stretch your taste buds. Ultimately, this is a place for rest and relaxation. Get rejuvenated at the spa or enjoy some kayaking, or really explore the water with snorkeling – or if you’re on the hunt for adventure, check out the service desk and get set up with horseback riding and river rafting.
14. Couples Swept Away
Looking to book your dream honeymoon, or do you and your significant other need time away from the street of the real world? Either way, Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica will be just the place you’re looking for – experience a fun, luxurious couples’ getaway. Settle into one of the 312 suites located in these bungalow buildings.
Have a romantic dinner with some private beach dining, or tuck yourself away in a corner of one of the restaurants that serve local, fresh seafood and island spices. You can get a couples’ massage at the spa and really reconnect with your loved one – or bond together with some exciting activities like water-skiing or take a party bus for those really wild memories!
15. Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa
Escape the stress of your everyday life here at this oceanfront resort and spa, located in Runaway Bay, Jamaica – an apt name if that’s the type of vacation you’re looking for. Make sure you leave the kids with a sitter because this is an adult-only retreat where you can stay in an ocean-view room, or get butler service with a junior suite if you’re ready for someone to wait on you for once!
You’ll be eating healthy at Jewel Paradise while still enjoying the fantastic and unique cuisine of the Caribbean. You can have a casual dinner, or have a romantic date with something more formal. Take a day to enjoy the spa, or go down under the water with scuba diving. Either way, you’ll be having a vacation to remember.