The island of Jamaica is renowned internationally for its white sand beaches, all-inclusive hotels and as a playground for the world’s rich and famous. There’s a wide range of deluxe accommodations in The Home of All Right ranging from sprawling beachfront hotels to secluded waterfront villas and cozy mountainside chalets. If you’ve ever wondered where in Jamaica do the celebrities vacation, or would like to live as luxuriously as they do, you’ve come to the right place. Here are Jamaica’s top 10 luxury hotels where you can have the singular experience of tropical Caribbean opulence.
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1. Sandals South Coast 📍 White House
Sandals South Coast is the most luxurious of the Sandals resorts. Located in Whitehouse, Sandals South Coast is snuggled into a 500-acre nature preserve on a pristine white sand beach. European charm meets South Pacific island flair with their decadent overwater bungalows, Dutch village and swim-up Rondoval suites which are wrapped around the longest swimming pool of the western hemisphere. This hotel is an oasis on Jamaica’s sleepy south coast, far removed from the usual tourist hubs on the island. You’ll enjoy ultimate privacy and luxury for one upfront all-inclusive rate. Prices start at US$1500 per night for two in the French Honeymoon Suite.
2. Geejam Hotel 📍 Port Antonio
Geejam is a luxurious boutique hotel tucked away on a hilltop near Port Antonio on Jamaica’s northeastern coast. Geejam features a minimalist earthy design complimented by vibrant island décor. There’s an onsite recording studio which makes the property attractive for its high-profile musician clientele, as well as a private beach, infinity pool, hot tubs and dense tropical foliage which frames breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Geejam is the perfect place to disappear off-the-grid for a few days and reset, hence they have hosted dozens of celebrities including Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Tom Cruise, Rihanna and Drake. A stay at their 12 Rumba Rooms start at US$360 per night for two.
3. Half Moon Hotel 📍 Montego Bay
Consistently rated as one of Jamaica’s best hotels, Half Moon Resort is Montego Bay’s home to the stars. Some of their celebrity guests have included Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Eddie Murphy and George H.W. Bush. Half Moon has a fine selection of activities including watersports, an equestrian centre, tennis and squash. However, Half Moon is most recognized as a golfing destination with its own 18-hole course routed through a scenic retired sugarcane estate. Prices start at US$604 per night for two.
4. Strawberry Hill Hotel 📍 Irish Town
The Strawberry Hill Hotel is a posh mountainside resort nestled into the misty Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Each unique cottage exquisitely hugs the contours of the mountain, and is strategically poised to ensure a dramatic view from the verandah. Listed on New York Times’ “1000 Places to See Before You Die”, Strawberry Hill is for the discerning tourist who loves the outdoors, Blue Mountain coffee, authentic Jamaican cuisine and Blackwell rum. Prices start at US$460 per night for two.
5. Round Hill Resort 📍 Montego Bay
The Round Hill Hotel & Villas is a sublime enclave that screams luxury with its Ralph Lauren designed suites and villas, surrounded by lush gardens and private pools. This legendary resort has hosted celebrities such as Errol Flynn, Noël Coward and President John F. Kennedy. Discretely nestled into 100 verdant acres and surrounded by natural white sand beaches, Round Hill is perfect for romantic escapes, family getaways, weddings, honeymoons and reunions. Prices start at US$815 per night for two.
6. Golden Eye Villa 📍 Oracabessa
The GoldenEye Resort on Jamaica’s north coast in Oracabessa was James Bond writer Ian Fleming’s vacation home which inspired each of the Bond novels. GoldenEye is a collection of secluded villas, cottages and beach huts, including Fleming’s original home– the Fleming Villa. Enjoy luxurious swimming options at their fresh and saltwater pools, the warm azure waters of the Lagoon and by Button Beach and Low Cay. There’s also a variety of watersport and fine dining options. Prices start US$665 per night for two.
7. Zoëtry Resort 📍 Montego Bay
Zoëtry is an upscale all-inclusive boutique hotel that is tucked away on its own private beach in the Montego Bay neighbourhood of Rose Hall. Zoëtry consists of three unique main buildings and a total of 49 suites and rooms, some containing semi-private plunge pools. Free non-motorized water sports are complimentary, including a 45-minute snorkeling excursion. Its four sea-view á la carte restaurants offer gourmet Jamaican and international cuisine, and there is a 24-hour coffee shop. Prices start at US$575 per night for two.
8. Breathless Resort 📍 Montego Bay
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa specializes in Unlimited Luxury®. This adults-only all-inclusive resort offers top-shelf cocktails at five trendy bars and lounges, limitless gourmet dining at six restaurants, 24-hour room service, private hot tubs and non-stop entertainment. Their spa offers rejuvenating body and facial treatments, an invigorating hydrotherapy circuit, sauna, steam room and private Vichy showers. Also, their rooftop bar and pool offer a panoramic view of Montego Bay and the surrounding mountains. Prices start at US$699 per night for two.
9. Goblin Hill Villas 📍 Port Antonio
Goblin Hill Villas at San San Bay in Portland sit on twelve lush acres of tropical rainforest overlooking white sand beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. These secluded villas offer the most potent relaxation around with hilly shaded walks, terraces, a bar and restaurant. Goblin Hill still has mento band performances on occasional Saturdays or on private villa terraces upon request, reminiscent of Caribbean yesteryear. Easily the most affordable place on this list, garden view one-bedroom villas sleep two and start at US$185 per night.
10. The Caves Hotel 📍 Negril
The Caves is an all-inclusive resort consisting of twelve cliff-side cottages, suites and a three-bedroom villa. Each room is unique and sits atop some of the world’s most interesting sea caves. There’s also a spa, jacuzzi, sauna, private hot tub, restaurant, Blackwell rum bar and saltwater swimming pool. The property’s series of coral stairways, grottos, caves and private nooks invite exploration. Prices start at US$590 per night for two.
I hope you enjoyed this look at where Jamaica’s elite and the island’s wealthiest visitors vacation. Did any catch your eye? Which ones would you like to visit? Don’t let these prices discourage you, though. Enjoy a stay at more affordable all-inclusive hotels and at this list of other affordable vacation spots. Please share, pin and bookmark this list for later. Remember to subscribe for new posts.
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