The 10 best Jamaica hotels and villas are handpicked based on their satisfaction ratings decided on by guests. These accommodations are the benchmark of “great value for money,” and most are concentrated in the main tourist hubs of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and Negril. Whether they offer all-inclusive packages or not, all possess extraordinary qualities that result in repeat guests.
Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay, Negril
For the best of both worlds, Hotel Riu Palace, Negril has the right price, location and beachside ambiance to match a variety of tastes. This award-winning, all-inclusive family resort offers many high quality services for families and couples with diverging holiday plans.
The property offers both family and adults-only wings that feature spacious rooms and Jacuzzi suites, fully-stocked mini-bars, buffet-style gourmet meals and local cuisines with fine dining options, streaming music and entertainment. Snacks can be self-served throughout the night and coffee machines dispense authentic Jamaican brews.
The Caves, Negril
A recent winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award, the Caves mystic, rustic aura marks the beginning of a thrilling vacation. The hotel is built within a cave, poised above limestone cliffs. The jaw-dropping, all-inclusive luxury accommodation offers suites and cottages, candlelit cave dining, Jacuzzi and swimming pool facilities, unlimited drinks at The Blackwell Rum Bar and stunning views of the town’s famous Seven Mile Beach.
The Caves is an affordable, magical rock hotel for couples looking for an easy way to create their own exotic adventure. Jumping off the cliffs into clear, crystal waters is one such adventure. Couples may choose private cottages right by the ocean, and at night, lay under the stars as the gentle waves rock them to sleep.
Strawberry Hill Resort, St. Andrew
Arguably, the city’s most elegant and charming tapestry, Strawberry Hill Luxury Hotel is located 3,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the heart of the famous Blue Mountains. Awarded “Certificate of Excellence,” this 26 acre panoramic ridge features several 19th century Georgian-styled cottages and villas, an infinity-edge pool and botanical garden, all in a cool, fragrant atmosphere. The landscape boasts a variety of exotic plant species and birds found only on the estate.
A wedding and honeymoon milieu, the resort is also a photographers dream. Couples and families can enjoy the panoramic vistas of the town and hillside from private verandas and dine on chef-inspired meals while feeling on top of the world.
Sandals Grand Riviera Beach, Ocho Rios
Sandals Grand Riviera is a luxury all-inclusive resort designed to impress. This prestigious, award-winning 100 acres villa and golf resort is nestled within a verdant botanical garden, grazing the oceanfront. The estate resembles a Mediterranean village with dense tropical foliage, cascading waterfalls and charming lily ponds. The property features hundreds of rooms and suites, including 244 villas, a state-of-the-art, free-form pool, a creatively-constructed bamboo sunning pier and exalted spa tub.
At the Butler Village, you are treated to a private butler who caters to your needs the moment you arrive. Your butler takes charge of your weekly planner for all dining options and outdoor activities. With 15 types of restaurants to reserve seating and more than a dozen events to participate in, there’s little room to have a bad day.
Pimento Lodge Resort, Port Antonio
Awarded “Certificate of Excellence” for its hospitality, the Pimento Lodge Resort is a fascinating place to experience the real Jamaica. The cool, well-manicured landscape is located on the hills above Long Bay (beach) in a flourishing, tropical setting. The resort is built in an exquisite colonial design with elegantly-carved cane furnishings decorating each room.
This family-owned lodge offers you superior service, attractive, spacious rooms and suites with modern appliances, private patios with rainforest vistas and an inviting swimming pool. Wake up to complimentary breakfast before strolling to some of Jamaica’s finest beaches, including Long Bay Beach, Winnifred Beach and Boston Beach, which is also home to the deliciously famous Boston Jerk center.
San San Tropez, Port Antonio
This simply elegant hotel has also received top votes for “excellent service” in hospitality management. The garden property is owned by an Italian who is assisted by a professional team of Jamaicans. Their mission is to offer outstanding, personable service at affordable rates. Guests feel at home in their comfortable, spacious villas equipped with kitchenette, Wi-Fi, modern appliances, private patios that lead out to an intimate swimming pool. Each morning, a freshly brewed cup of Blue Mountain coffee awaits guests, accompanied by fresh, homemade warm bread and a variety of market-fresh tropical fruits.
The property is in the perfect location to discover Jamaica. A few minutes stroll leads you to local hotspots and a crescent of creamy white beaches, including Frenchman’s Cove (across the street) and Reach Falls. San San Tropez is near the major town of Port Antonio where you can enjoy ethnic cuisines and explore the world-famous Blue Lagoon and inspiring Somerset Falls.
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Montego Bay
Like a small city, Iberostar Grand Rose Hall stands in magnificence along the water’s edge. The property is an adult-only all-inclusive, and it’s designed to look like a colonial-style palace with exquisite detailing found along its frame. Built as a collection of three stunning luxury hotels in one, the property spreads amazingly across an extensive enclave. The mega resort is winner of the World’s Top Ten Travelers’ Choice Award, and although its opulence may seem challenging on the pocket, it’s certainly worth it.
Guests automatically gain free access to all sister properties and their respective offerings, including dining options and entertainment. The hotel offers an extensive golf course and private beach, scuba diving, horse riding, unlimited international cuisine, state-of-the-art fitness centers and spas, grand casino rooms, personal butlers, newspaper deliveries, sun products and so much more.
Goldeneye, Ocho Rios
You are sure to be inspired to write, sculpt or paint your most memorable experience spent languishing in this nature-filled sanctuary. Perfect for quiet respites, Goldeneye resort offers a different way of vacationing, one that moves along an easy, “irie” Jamaican tempo. This stimulating landscape is located in a tropical forest that spans 52 acres along the seaside. It was the original home of renowned novelist and screenwriter Ian Fleming, mastermind behind the James Bond novels.
Goldeneye offers guests over a dozen gorgeous villas and studios to choose from, secret coves, lagoons, private beaches, international and local cuisine, and other unique amenities. The secluded property is also minutes away from the bustling resort town of Ocho Rios and close to several tourist attractions, including Dunn’s River Falls, Milford Falls, Ziplining Tours and Calypso Rafting.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Port Antonio
Round Hill Hotel and Villas is a beautiful resort of class and one of the highest rated luxury properties in Jamaica. For over 60 years, it has maintained a stellar reputation as a family luxury hotel, winning multiple awards throughout its history, including its recent Traveler’s Choice Award.
Tucked into a cove, a few miles south of Montego Bay, the estate hosts exclusive villas and suites that skirt the oceanfront and flaunt a natural air of sophistication. Guests enjoy a romantic, relaxing or entertaining vacation with impeccable service, fine dining, a lovely protected beach, snorkeling in clear waters, swimming in a gorgeous infinity pool, membership to the Tryall Golf Club, tennis activities and wedding consultations.
Sunset at the Palms
One of the Caribbean’s leading resorts, Sunset at the Palms has been named “the top ten most romantic destinations in the Caribbean.” The couples-only all-inclusive is an intriguing, sensational getaway that has been praised by “Architectural Digest” for its innovative tree-house design. The resort features 85 tree house-styled guest rooms that sit within a 10 acre tropical forest, just outside of Negril.
The hotels unique topography is sought after by many visitors who are greeted with its trendy, colorful décor, fun ambiance and chic amenities. As a guest, you wake each morning in your lovely tree house on stilts surrounded by the sounds of nature and the fragrance of the garden. This great-vibe resort delivers an extraordinary charm with free-flowing drinks at martini bars and beach bars, unlimited food, entertainment and sports activities at the five acre beachfront, home to two miles of white sandy beaches.