The Best Hotels in Jamaica for a Dreamy Caribbean Getaway

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An overhead view of the oceanfront pool at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
An overhead view of the large oceanfront pool. Photo credit: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach

Jamaica’s white sand beaches, breezy reggae music and laid-back vibe attract travelers from all over the world. It’s just as popular with honeymooners, families seeking a relaxing Caribbean getaway and epic girlfriend trips. No matter what brings you to this third largest island in the Caribbean Sea, you’ll find the best hotels in Jamaica in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril and the misty Blue Mountains.

From luxury hotels to all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica hotels roll out the welcome mat with an array of top-notch amenities. And depending on where you stay, you can drive to or arrange excursions to popular attractions like Dunn’s River Falls, Seven Mile Beach and historical sites.

Ready to plan your dream Jamaica vacation? Check out our top picks for the best hotels in Jamaica.

1. Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay

Mahoe Cl
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(888) 726-3257

With pristine beaches, waterfalls and lush mountains, it’s no surprise Jamaica is home to seven all-inclusive, adults-only Sandals resorts. How to choose? If your dream vacation includes staying in a villa over the water, consider Sandals Royal Caribbean, a beach resort in Montego Bay. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, sailing and other watersports. The resort’s many amenities include infinity pools and a fitness center. Plus, it’s a short boat ride to the resort’s private island with a private beach. In addition to roundtrip airport transfers, all tips, taxes and gratuities are included at Sandals.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Highlights:

  • Swim-up rooms and over-water villas with infinity pools and overwater hammocks available
  • Access to a private offshore island
  • Tours of the Georgian Rose Hall
  • Numerous water sports, land sports and live entertainment
  • Unlimited fine dining at 9 restaurants
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime snacks
  • Day and night entertainment and live shows
  • All tips, taxes and gratuities
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

2. Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios

Main Street
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
(888) 726-3257

Nestled into a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the all-inclusive Sandals Royal Plantation is an upscale resort that pampers guests with private butlers. It’s an  intimate resort that has 74 oceanview rooms and a private beach conducive for a romantic getaway. Savor the authentic Jamaican vibe and elegant amenities like afternoon tea and Jamaica’s only caviar and champagne bar. Amenities include golf, a fitness center, watersports and a private beach.

Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios Highlights

  • Intimate resort with private butlers
  • 21 world-class restaurants (five at this resort and 16 at nearby Sandals)
  • 11 bars with premium liquor
  • Watersports including certified scuba diving
  • Unlimited golf green fees included

3. Secrets Wild Orchid, Montego Bay

F352+G4J, Lot A59 Freeport
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 953-6600

Situated on a peninsula, Secrets Wild Orchid is an all-inclusive, adults-only luxury resort. Enjoy the private beach where you can relax with a massage or lounge under an umbrella. Activities include snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests have access to nearby Secrets St. James pool facilities.

Secrets Wild Orchid Highlights:

  • 350 luxury suites with soaking tubs and private balconies
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • Four swimming pools

4. Rockhouse Hotel & Spa

W End Road
Negril, Jamaica
(876) 957-4373

Perched atop a cliffside in Negril’s West End, the Rockhouse Hotel & Spa has 40 rooms built from timber, stone and thatch. According to the hotel’s website, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan hung out at the Rockhouse in the 1970s. That’s easy to picture as you sip a tropical cocktail, sway to reggae and lounge cliffside or poolside overlooking the ocean. Better yet, go for a swim or snorkel in the pristine water. Amenities include three restaurants and a spa.

Rockhouse Hotel & Spa Highlights:

  • Cliffside location overlooking Pristine Cove
  • Cliff and poolside lounges
  • Free wifi
  • Three restaurants
  • Full-service spa
An overhead view of the oceanfront pool at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
An overhead view of the large oceanfront pool. Photo credit: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach

5. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

Branch Developement
Rose Hall Main Road, Little River
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 680-0000

The Iberostar Grand Rose Hall is an adults-only resort with butler service in select rooms. Choose from a variety of suites with garden or beach views or a suite with butler service. Book a massage at SPA Sensations to enjoy in your room or on the beach. Resort amenities include five restaurants and four bars. Stay fit with water pole dancing, Zumba, spin classes and tennis.

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Highlights:

  • Luxe suites with garden and beach views.
  • Suites with butler service
  • Free beach cabanas
  • Full-service spa
  • Beach massage

6. Half Moon, Montego Bay

Rose Hall St. James
Jamaica WI, Montego Bay
(800) 626-0592

The elegant Half Moon resort sits right on the beach and is a good choice for couples or a family getaway. Accommodations include guest rooms, suites and multi-room villas. There are three private beaches, three swimming pools, a spa and salon, fitness center and golf course. Stay active with horseback riding, tennis, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and other watersports. For kids, there’s an activity-packed Children’s Village and nanny service. Several dining plans featuring a modern Jamaican cuisine are available.

Half Moon Montego Bay Highlights:

  • Known as Jamaica’s highest rated resort
  • Villas available with private pool, chef and butler service
  • Many amenities and activities including three private beaches and pools
  • Family-friendly for couples who choose to travel with their kids

7. Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay

John Pringle Drive
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 956-7050

The luxury hotel accommodates couples, solo travelers and families with an assortment of guest rooms, suites and multi-room villas with private pools. Enjoy VIP treatment at this elegant beachfront resort that’s been a celebrity getaway for decades. Amenities include a full-service spa, fine dining, afternoon tea and a beach BBQ. Lounge on the private beach or stay active with a variety of watersports, golf, pickleball and other activities. Meanwhile, kids will enjoy daily activities in a complimentary children’s club.

Round Hill Hotel, Montego Bay

  • Beachfront luxury hotel
  • Private playground
  • Children’s club (free)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Beach BBQ

8. Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Main Street
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
(844) 209-6751

For 65 years, the Jamaica Inn has been a romantic spot for proposals, wedding, anniversaries and beach getaways. The iconic luxury hotel woos guests with lovely beach bungalows, villas and cottages nestled on a crescent beach. It’s a high-end property with a laid-back vibe where you can enjoy watersports, a massage at the oceanfront spa and dinner for two on the beach. Plus, the resort is just a 10-minute drive to popular Dunn’s River Falls. Meal plans are offered in addition to the resort’s daily rates.

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios Highlights:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • Private beach
  • Full-service oceanfront spa
  • Near Dunn’s River Fall

9. Strawberry Hill, Blue Mountains

New Castle Road Irish Town, Jamaica
(800) 688-7678

Perched high atop Jamaica’s Blue Mountains (home to coffee farms), Strawberry Hill is a boutique hotel with Georgian-style cottages and villas. The spacious, well-appointed rooms have four poster beds and private verandahs with mountain and sea views. Cozy foot paths meander throughout the property and lead to the spa. The infinity-edge pool has views of Kingston – Jamaica’s capital – in the distance. The restaurant serves Jamaican cuisine with a twist. In-room dining is available.

Strawberry Hill, Blue Mountains

  • Secluded luxury hotel in the Blue Mountains,a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Georgian-style cottages and villas with private verandahs
  • Infinity pool
  • Full-service spa
A large oceanfront swimming pool at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
A view of the oceanfront pool area. Photo credit: Nasreen Stump

10. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort

Rose Hall Road, A1
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 618-1234

Located a short shuttle ride from the airport, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is an all-inclusive beachfront resort in Montego Bay. SheBuysTravel contributor Nasreen Stump was impressed with Hyatt Ziva’s many amenities. For example, the resort has seven restaurants, two outdoor pools and whirlpools, a private beach with butler service, the Zen Spa & Salon, a 24-hour fitness center and a children’s club. A variety of daily activities round out a fun vacation at Hyatt Ziva. Accommodations range from guest rooms to club level suites. All rooms have large-screen TVs and mini bars that are stocked daily.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Highlights:

  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and bathrooms
  • Free wifi
  • Private beach with butler service
  • Full-service spa
  • Children’s Club
  • Proximity to historic Rose Hall Great House
  • Near the airport with complimentary airport shuttle service
Native Angeleno and seasoned travel journalist Mimi Slawoff writes for numerous print and digital publications. She is also the author of Oldest Los Angeles (Reedy Press, 2022). A lifelong world traveler, Mimi is an award-winning journalist who writes about outdoor adventures, cruises, Europe and cultural activities. Mimi has three grown kids and lives with her husband and their dog, Maya, in Los Angeles.
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