Welcome to my tropical paradise, Jamaica, where pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and warm Caribbean waters beckon travelers from around the world. As an avid staycationer, allow me to share with you the best places to stay in Jamaica. These are all-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels, and other lodgings that I go back to over and over again.
When it comes to planning the perfect Jamaican getaway, choosing the right resort is paramount. Jamaica offers a diverse array of accommodations, from luxurious beachfront properties to charming boutique hideaways. In this article, I will take you on a journey through the top resorts in Jamaica, each offering a unique blend of amenities, experiences, and breathtaking natural beauty.
As an avid traveler who has explored Jamaica extensively, I understand the importance of selecting the ideal resort to match your preferences and travel goals. Whether you seek a family-friendly escape, a romantic retreat, or an adventurous vacation, Jamaica has a resort that caters to your desires. Join me as we explore the following Jamaican gems:
- Hilton Rose Hall
- Iberostar Montego Bay
- Royalton Blue Waters
- Secrets Resort
- Blue Skies Negril
- Negril Beach Club
- Jewels Paradise Cove
- Jake’s St. Elizabeth
- Lashings St. Elizabeth
- Luxe Beach Resort
In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn about the unique offerings of each resort, including their locations, accommodations, dining options, activities, and my reviews. By the end of this article, you’ll be well-equipped to make an informed decision and embark on a memorable Jamaican vacation tailored to your preferences. So, let’s begin our exploration of the top resorts in Jamaica, where relaxation, adventure, and island hospitality await you.
1. Hilton Rose Hall
Nestled on the northern coast of Jamaica, Hilton Rose Hall is a Caribbean oasis that combines luxury with a touch of history. This resort is located on the site of a former sugar plantation and is steeped in the island’s rich heritage. I’ve been to this resort twice now and it is my go-to recommendation for families wanting a luxurious all-inclusive retreat. Here’s what you can expect from your stay at Hilton Rose Hall:
Location and Setting
Hilton Rose Hall enjoys a prime location in Montego Bay, just a short drive from the Sangster International Airport. The resort boasts a stunning beachfront setting, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the lush Jamaican hills on the other. This picturesque backdrop sets the stage for a truly memorable vacation.
The resort offers a variety of accommodation options, from spacious rooms to suites with private balconies and ocean views. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, with family, or in a group, Hilton Rose Hall has a room to suit your needs.
Dining and Amenities
Hilton Rose Hall features a range of dining options, including international cuisine and Jamaican specialties. Guests can savor delicious meals at the on-site restaurants and enjoy refreshing drinks at the bars. The resort also offers amenities like a championship golf course, a water park with slides, and a serene spa for relaxation.
Activities and Attractions Nearby
Beyond the resort’s offerings, you can explore the vibrant culture of Jamaica. Take excursions to nearby attractions like Rose Hall Great House or explore the vibrant streets of Montego Bay. Water sports, snorkeling, and scuba diving are readily available for adventure seekers.
My Review and Ratings
Hilton Rose Hall has garnered positive reviews from guests who appreciate its beautiful grounds, friendly staff, and range of activities. For me personally, I love the expanse of the property. There are lots of little pockets to hang out and enjoy yourself. I also love the food! Hilton perhaps has the best food of all the all-inclusive resorts I’ve ever been to. Well, the family ones anyway. Keep reading to see which is my overall fave.
I give Hilton Rose Hall 5 stars for family all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica. It is an excellent choice for those seeking a blend of luxury, history, and natural beauty. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach, teeing off on the golf course, or indulging in delicious Jamaican cuisine, this resort offers a memorable Caribbean experience.
2. Iberostar Montego Bay
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive beachfront paradise in Jamaica, Iberostar Montego Bay is a top contender. Situated on the northern coast of the island, this resort offers an unforgettable Caribbean experience. It’s a more budget-friendly all-inclusive in Jamaica, but still quite a lovely property. Here’s what sets Iberostar Montego Bay apart:
Location and Beachfront Experience
Iberostar Montego Bay enjoys a prime location on the stunning shores of Montego Bay. The resort’s beachfront setting allows guests to wake up to the soothing sound of the waves and enjoy easy access to the powdery sands and crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The location can’t be beat. I give it 5 stars for the beach it boasts alone.
One of the standout features of Iberostar Montego Bay is its all-inclusive concept. Guests can enjoy unlimited food, beverages, and snacks at a variety of on-site restaurants and bars. This means you can savor delicious Jamaican and international cuisine without worrying about extra costs.
Water Sports and Entertainment
The resort offers an array of water sports and recreational activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing. For those who prefer land-based entertainment, there’s a golf course, tennis courts, and nightly entertainment, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.
Wellness and Spa Facilities
If relaxation is a priority, the resort’s spa and wellness center are ready to pamper you. Enjoy a massage, facial, or body treatment in a tranquil setting, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate.
My Review and Ratings
Iberostar Montego Bay has received favorable reviews from guests who praise its friendly staff, beautiful beach, and the wide variety of dining options. I will say that I did not enjoy the food during our stay. However, I’ve heard rave reviews from others. So this is a touch-and-go thing depending on who’s the chef when you’re there. But, there were enough activities to keep my kiddos entertained and my mom was happy-go-lucky at the bar. I’d go back!
Iberostar Montego Bay is a haven for beach lovers and those seeking a hassle-free vacation with an abundance of activities and dining choices. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, exploring the underwater world through snorkeling, or indulging in spa treatments, this resort promises a memorable Caribbean experience.
3. Royalton Blue Waters
If you’re dreaming of a luxurious family vacation in Jamaica, Royalton Blue Waters in Trelawny is a resort that combines elegance with family-friendly amenities. Situated along the pristine shores of Montego Bay, this all-inclusive retreat offers a splendid blend of opulence and activities for all ages. Here’s what makes Royalton Blue Waters a standout resort:
Royalton Blue Waters boasts modern and spacious rooms and suites designed with families in mind. Many of these accommodations offer stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and are equipped with amenities that ensure a comfortable stay for both adults and children.
Gourmet Dining Options
One of the highlights of Royalton Blue Waters is its exceptional all-inclusive dining experience. The resort features a variety of restaurants offering diverse international cuisine and Jamaican specialties. With several à la carte and buffet options, even the pickiest eaters in your family will find something to savor.
This resort goes the extra mile to cater to families. It offers a supervised kids’ club, a teen lounge, and a splash park where younger guests can enjoy age-appropriate activities and make new friends. Families can also revel in the excitement of the lazy river and water slides.
Entertainment and Activities
Royalton Blue Waters provides an array of entertainment and activities suitable for all ages. From nightly shows and live music to water sports and fitness classes, there’s never a shortage of things to do. The resort also offers a championship golf course for those who enjoy teeing off.
Guest Reviews and Ratings
Guest reviews often praise the resort’s attentive staff, beautiful grounds, and the seamless blend of luxury and family-friendly offerings. I love Royalton and would go again and again. It’s great to have so many all-inclusive options to choose from between this, Hilton and Iberostar. I will check Hilton first then Royalton for my family vacays.
Royalton Blue Waters is a top choice for families looking for a mix of luxury and family-oriented activities in Jamaica. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, savoring gourmet meals, or participating in exciting activities with your loved ones, this resort promises a memorable Caribbean experience that caters to guests of all ages.
4. Secrets Resort
For those seeking an adults-only escape characterized by romance and tranquility, Secrets Resort in Jamaica offers an idyllic haven. This upscale, all-inclusive resort is known for its intimate ambiance, superb dining, and premium amenities that cater to couples and honeymooners. I loved that premium alcohol was also inclusive and the piano bar holds a special place in my heart. Here’s what sets Secrets Resort apart:
Secrets Resort is exclusively for adults, creating an environment of peace and serenity. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a romantic getaway, this resort provides the perfect setting.
The resort’s architecture and lush gardens create a romantic atmosphere. You’ll find private nooks, serene pools, and intimate dining options where you can enjoy quality time with your partner.
Gourmet Dining and Premium Drinks
Secrets Resort is renowned for its exceptional culinary offerings. Guests can indulge in gourmet cuisine at a variety of restaurants, each offering a distinct culinary experience. Premium beverages are also included, allowing you to savor top-shelf cocktails and fine wines.
Water and Land-Based Activities
While relaxation is paramount, the resort offers a range of activities to keep guests entertained. Enjoy water sports like snorkeling and paddleboarding, or partake in yoga classes, dance lessons, and other land-based activities.
My Review and Ratings
Secrets Resort receives high praise from guests who appreciate its romantic ambiance, attentive staff, and dining options. For me, the luxury, romance, food options, and nightlife were all 5 stars. This was definitely some of the best hotel food I’ve ever had. And we danced our asses off in the club onsite. I had a grand time and would definitely revisit this resort with my bae.
Secrets Resort beckons couples to immerse themselves in a world of romance and luxury. Whether you’re unwinding by the pool, savoring gourmet meals, or strolling hand-in-hand along the beach, this adults-only oasis promises an unforgettable Jamaican experience.
5. Blue Skies Negril
For travelers seeking a more intimate and boutique-style retreat in Jamaica, Blue Skies Negril offers a charming and unique experience. Nestled in the heart of Negril, this boutique resort provides a personalized and authentic Jamaican getaway. That was the promise, and as a tourist, you may find it a great budget-friendly option. But that was not my experience. To get my true review, I invite you to watch my video below:
Here’s what makes Blue Skies Negril a standout choice:
Charming Boutique Resort
Blue Skies Negril is a boutique-style resort that exudes a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. With a limited number of rooms, it provides a sense of intimacy and exclusivity that appeals to couples and solo travelers seeking a quieter escape.
The rooms are very basic, but they are clean and for the price, will do. My disappointment here was in the lack of kitchen equipment. I need drinking glasses and a microwave in my room at the very least. Watch the room tour in the video.
Beachfront Cottages and Villas
Accommodations at Blue Skies Negril promise beachfront cottages and villas, allowing guests to wake up to stunning ocean views and the sound of the waves. This was not the case in either of the three rooms booked. Not even a balcony in the ocean-facing room so we could see the view. Another disappointment.
Local Jamaican Cuisine
One of the highlights of this resort is its authentic Jamaican dining. Guests can savor traditional Jamaican dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. I however cannot attest to the taste as we purchased food off-property during our stay. The prices weren’t budget-friendly at all and the 28% surcharge was enough for me to not spend money there.
Relaxation and Adventure
You might be wondering why this resort made the list with the lackluster reviews. Well, it’s a great budget-friendly option. As long as you know what to expect. But it is right on the beach and close to the Kool Runnings Waterpark if that’s on your Negril to-do list. So, it’s an option. Activities like snorkeling and beachcombing are readily available on the beach too.
My Review and Ratings
My biggest disappointment with Blue Skies Negril was the overall treatment as a local. Sometimes you visit properties as a local and you just don’t feel welcomed. This was one of those times. In the night when we went to purchase alcohol and have a good time on the beach, they told us we weren’t allowed to consume outside drinks on the beach. That was crazy to me. I’ve never been to a resort that was not all-inclusive that still expected you to patronize their restaurant and bar for every meal. That just doesn’t make any sense. They did it to us again the next morning when we went out to buy breakfast. Ugh
During peak seasons Negril resorts get gobbled up quickly so I would only ever go back here if I needed to be in Negril at a certain time and I didn’t book a place ahead of time. I’d also not book it for the prices they often advertise online, now that’s just ridiculous for what they offer. Plenty of perfectly accommodating budget-friendly places to stay in Negril.
6. Negril Beach Club
So where should you stay if you’re in search of an affordable and relaxed beachfront escape in Negril? The Negril Beach Club. This unassuming property offers a laid-back atmosphere and direct access to the stunning Seven Mile Beach. This budget-friendly resort is perfect for travelers looking to unwind without breaking the bank. There are three different levels of rooms here, so you must ask for what you want when you book as some rooms are updated and some are very bare bones. Here’s what you can expect from your stay at Negril Beach Club:
Affordable Beachfront Option
Negril Beach Club stands out as an economical choice for those who want to experience the beauty of Negril’s famous beach without the hefty price tag. The resort offers comfortable accommodations with easy access to the powdery sands. Check out this mini room tour on my Tiktok and make sure to follow me for more travel content.
Beach Bar and Grill
The resort features a beachfront bar and grill where you can savor Jamaican and international dishes while listening to the soothing sounds of the waves. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a tropical cocktail and take in the picturesque sunsets. It’s certainly saved me and my friends coming in from nights at the beach bar that’s only a few steps from the property.
Water Sports and Excursions
Negril Beach Club provides opportunities for water sports such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, and boat tours. All along the 7 Mile Beach you’ll receive offers from tour operators offering parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling and more. Make sure to check out Tiki on the Beach if you make it. Exploring the vibrant underwater world of Negril is made easy with these activities.
Nightlife and Entertainment
While Negril Beach Club offers a more laid-back ambiance, you can still enjoy some nightlife in the area. Nearby bars and clubs host live music and events, giving you a taste of Jamaican nightlife. There’s a bar right beside the resort but we love to walk down to this bar that often features a bonfire.
My Review and Ratings
This is a great value for money. The friendly staff, pool on property and the fantastic beachfront location simply make it one of my favorite last-minute options to stay in Negril. Plus the beach here sprawls out! It’s perfect. It’s not the fanciest room, but who needs that with these views! Last time I tried to get a fancier property on a budget I ended up at Blue Skies and we see where that got me.
Negril Beach Club caters to travelers looking for an affordable beachfront experience without compromising on the beauty and charm of Negril’s coastline. Whether you’re lazing on the beach, exploring the coral reefs, or enjoying local cuisine, this resort provides a relaxing and wallet-friendly Jamaican vacation.
7. Jewel’s Paradise Cove
If you’re seeking an intimate and luxurious escape in Jamaica’s scenic beauty, Jewel’s Paradise Cove is a gem worth exploring. Situated in Runaway Bay, this adults-only, all-inclusive resort offers a serene and romantic atmosphere that’s perfect for couples and honeymooners. I went here on a birthday trip with my bae and it was perfect. Here’s what sets Jewel’s Paradise Cove apart:
Private Cove and Lush Gardens
The resort is nestled within a private cove, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This secluded setting provides an idyllic backdrop for relaxation and romance, with secluded spots for quiet moments and strolls along the beach.
Jewel’s Paradise Cove follows the all-inclusive concept, allowing guests to enjoy gourmet dining, premium beverages, and non-motorized water sports without additional charges. The convenience and value of this approach are highly appealing.
Spa and Wellness Center
For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the resort offers a full-service spa and wellness center. Indulge in massages, facials, and body treatments in a tranquil and soothing environment.
Water Sports and Excursions
Water enthusiasts will appreciate the range of non-motorized water sports available, including snorkeling and kayaking. Additionally, the resort can arrange excursions to explore the beauty of Jamaica’s natural landscapes.
My Review and Ratings
Reviews from previous guests often highlight the resort’s romantic ambiance, exceptional service, and beautiful surroundings. I concur. It was a charming property with good food, good nightlife, and a picture-perfect beach. I enjoyed it and would go back.
Jewel’s Paradise Cove offers an intimate and luxurious escape, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Whether you’re unwinding by the private cove, savoring gourmet cuisine, or indulging in spa treatments, this adults-only oasis promises a serene and unforgettable Jamaican experience.
8. Jake’s St. Elizabeth
For travelers seeking a bohemian and culturally immersive experience in Jamaica, Jake’s in St. Elizabeth stands as a unique and captivating choice. Nestled in the rustic fishing village of Treasure Beach, Jake’s offers an authentic taste of Jamaican life. Here’s what makes Jake’s St. Elizabeth an exceptional resort:
Quaint and Eclectic Accommodations
Jake’s provides a selection of charming and eclectic accommodations. From colorful cottages to seaside bungalows, each little cottage exudes its own personality and character, offering a cozy and artistic retreat.
On this occasion, our room was a duplex and both rooms had outdoor showers. I was a little hesitant at first but it worked well. It was a wonderful experience to shower to the sound of the waves.
Local and Organic Dining
Dining at Jake’s is a culinary adventure that celebrates Jamaican flavors. The resort’s restaurants emphasize locally sourced and organic ingredients, creating dishes that provide a true taste of the island’s cuisine.
Right beside Jake’s you’ll also find Jack Sprat Restaurant. We ventured over for lunch and it was delicious!
Staying at Jake’s offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture. Explore nearby fishing villages, engage with friendly locals, or book during Calabash, and enjoy the biannual literary festival held on the property.
Natural Attractions Nearby
The rugged and untouched beauty of St. Elizabeth is at your doorstep. Guests can venture to the nearby Black River for boat tours, visit the stunning YS Falls, or take a day trip to the iconic Pelican Bar, a rustic bar sitting on stilts in the middle of the ocean.
My Reviews and Ratings
Reviews from previous guests often highlight Jake’s unique and artsy atmosphere, warm hospitality, and the sense of community that envelops the resort. Community is right. You feel like you’re part of a cozy little village when you stay at Jake’s. And the sunset views are unbeatable.
Jake’s St. Elizabeth is not just a resort; it’s an immersive cultural experience that introduces you to the heart and soul of Jamaica. Whether you’re exploring the local treasures, relaxing in your quirky accommodation, or indulging in authentic Jamaican dishes, this resort promises an unforgettable and off-the-beaten-path journey.
9. Lashings St. Elizabeth
Lashings has expanded their accommodations offering everything from budget rooms to exclusive beachfront luxury and private penthouse villas. Lashings in St. Elizabeth offers an intimate and luxurious retreat. This boutique villa is perfect for those looking for personalized service and tranquility in a secluded setting. Here’s what sets Lashings St. Elizabeth apart:
Nestled in the Hills With a View
Lashings is a small property with villas nestled in the hills of St. Elizabeth. They have a limited number of rooms, providing an intimate and private ambiance. It’s perfect for a girl’s trip or large group as their premium villa is private and away from the a la carte rooms.
The newly opened beachfront villas at the property offer even more options. Guests can enjoy direct access to a pristine beach, ensuring a serene and secluded experience.
Gourmet Dining and Personalized Service
The resort excels in gourmet dining with both a farm-to-table restaurant on property and a personal chef who prepares custom meals based on your preferences. The villa’s staff is attentive and dedicated to ensuring your every need is met, providing a truly personalized and pampering experience.
Privacy and Relaxation
The villa’s private setting is ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you’re lounging by your private pool, enjoying spa treatments, or simply unwinding on the nearby beach, Lashings St. Elizabeth offers tranquility and privacy.
My Review and Ratings
Reviews from previous guests often emphasize the villa’s exclusivity, impeccable service, and the stunning beauty of the surroundings. You’ll get what you pay for at Lashings. Some rooms are very basic and some are exclusive and more upscale. You’ll find good food and good service at this little boutique resort.
Lashings St. Elizabeth is the epitome of luxury and exclusivity, catering to travelers who desire a secluded and personalized Jamaican retreat. Whether you’re savoring gourmet meals prepared just for you, snorkeling in the turquoise waters, or simply basking in the beauty of your private villa, this resort promises an unparalleled and indulgent Caribbean experience. Join us as we continue our exploration of Jamaica’s top resorts, each offering its own unique blend of amenities and experiences.
10. Luxe Beach Resort
For travelers in search of a quaint experience in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, Luxe Beach Resort is a captivating choice. It’s a very cute property right smack in the middle of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, opening up many options for the adventurous traveler. Here’s what sets Luxe Beach Resort apart:
I chose Luxe Beach Resort on this occasion because our plans for the weekend saw us needing to stay outside of Ocho Rios but being able to get there quickly. This property is cute, clean, budget-friendly, and has a private beach, albeit across a busy street. There is a restaurant but we dined off property for most of our meals.
It unfortunately rained for most of the day we stayed there so I didn’t get to venture across the street to check out the beach. But for its price and location, I would visit Luxe again.
My Best Places to Stay in Jamaica
Jamaica stands as a captivating destination with an array of resorts to suit every traveler’s taste and preference. From the affordable charm of Luxe Beach Resort to the luxurious opulence of Secret’s St. James, each resort offers a unique blend of amenities and experiences that capture the essence of my Caribbean paradise.
Choosing the right resort in Jamaica is a crucial step in ensuring your vacation aligns with your desires. Whether you seek a family-friendly escape, a romantic hideaway, an adventurous exploration, or a cultural immersion, Jamaica’s top resorts have something special to offer.
As we’ve journeyed through these remarkable resorts, it’s clear that Jamaica’s beauty extends far beyond its breathtaking beaches. It’s a destination where warm hospitality, vibrant culture, and natural wonders come together to create unforgettable memories.
In making your choice, consider your travel goals, budget, and personal preferences. Continue to read reviews like mine to gain insights into the experiences of past visitors, and don’t hesitate to reach out to each resort to inquire about specific amenities or special packages.
Ultimately, your Jamaican adventure awaits, promising relaxation, adventure, and island hospitality. Whichever resort you choose, may your time in Jamaica be filled with the rhythm of reggae, the taste of jerk cuisine, and the joy of exploring this vibrant and enchanting island. So pack your bags, embrace the Jamaican spirit, and embark on a journey that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.
Where to next? Continue your tropical holiday research with perhaps a US Virgin Islands vacation.