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Find Your Perfect Stay in Jamaica

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Jamaica island with tan sand and blue water green tall palm trees and a dock with a white house

Curator’s statement

With its mountains, cliffs and gorgeous beaches, Jamaica really has it all. Wake up to delicious Blue Mountain Coffee (considered some of the best coffee in the world), sway to the tune of reggae music and dine on delicious Caribbean fare. Grab a morning flight and you can be sipping cocktails poolside by the afternoon. Jamaica has many hotels, but these three are some of my personal favorites, and they each showcase very different parts of the island.

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Round Hill, Montego Bay

Land surrounded by water in a bay in Jamaica

Accommodations

The private villas steal the show at Round Hill. Each villa is unique and has a different room configuration - there is a perfect fit for everyone. They come with the option of a pool and all have lounge chairs, a kitchen and dining area, indoor bedrooms, and outdoor living rooms. Folks traveling with kids or larger groups will love the extra space as this becomes your home for your time in Jamaica.

A section of smaller individual hotel rooms line the beach if you prefer to be right on the Caribbean Sea. There is an adorable kid's club and a gorgeous gym with a killer view of the beach. This hotel is only 20 minutes from the airport, so it’s a great bet for folks traveling with kids that get carsick.

Must do

Take the walking path to a stunning view on the hill.

Ask the hotel to coordinate a driver to take you around - most of the drivers are local and know everything about the island. Ask them to tell you about the Rose Hall Great House; you won’t regret it.

Advisor - Deb Swacker

A note from Deb

Room 12 is where The Sound of Music was written, and JFK stayed in Room 25! Don't forget to pack a couple of nicer outfits, as dinners at this hotel are on the formal side.

Goldeneye, Oracabessa

Boat floating in shallow water in Jamaica

Accommodations

A worthwhile two-hour drive from the airport is Goldeneye, a magnificent property east of Ocho Rios and perfectly situated between the beach and the lagoon.

There are several different types of rooms here, each with its own distinct character and location, so you can determine the best place for your stay. Beach villas sit on the main stretch of sand just steps from the ocean, while lagoon cottages have their own docks complete with kayaks. Beach huts rule the other end of the property with striking sea views. There are several larger villas for groups as well.

Notably, this shabby-chic resort is also the place where author Ian Fleming penned the James Bond novels.

Must do

Go to Button Beach and eat lunch at the shack – coconut shrimp, please!

Advisor - Deb Swacker

A note from Deb

Don’t bother with heels or anything too fancy, all you need are flip-flops and a bathing suit.

The Caves

Jamaica beer Red Stripe brown bottle held up in male hand with green natural background

Accommodations

Beautifully situated atop a series of caves in the West End of Negril, The Caves Hotel is good for those looking for a laid-back, all-inclusive option. There are 12 rooms, all full of personality. Meals are served three times a day at various locations, each boasting a great view. Minibars are well stocked with snacks and plenty of Red Stripe. This property is best for adults and teen kids-it is 16+.

Must do

Enjoy a frozen cocktail (the Dirty Banana is fantastic!) and watch a spectacular sunset.

There is no sand beach here, but instead a series of stunning cliffs that you can jump from. Luckily, if you’re looking for a beach, though, Negril Seven Mile Beach is a short, 15-minute drive away.

Advisor - Deb Swacker

A note from Deb

Butterfly is a large, airy and well-lit second floor room with a great view.

More hotels in Jamaica

Landscape view of Jamaica

Looking for something different than Round Hill, Goldeneye or The Caves? I’ve rounded up a few more picks of places to stay in Jamaica below. Of note, I have not stayed at these properties personally, but they come vetted and reviewed from trusted networks. 

Half Moon Bay

With a legacy spanning a half-century, Half Moon is Montego Bay’s luxury darling. Guests are spoiled for choice here, between the pristine beach, countless activities (there’s an Equestrian center and 18-hole golf course, for starters) and restaurants dotting the resort’s bougainvillea-covered grounds. 

Fora perks (free when you book through me):

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability. 

  • Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two guests per room (hotel rooms and suites). (Villa guests will receive $150 breakfast credit per villa, per day).

  • $100 resort credit.

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Jamaica Inn

For a castaway-style tropical getaway, the Jamaica Inn’s intimate atmosphere and private beach make it a great bet. Just ask Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller – they celebrated their honeymoon here. 

Fora perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.

  • Continental breakfast daily, for two guests per bedroom.

  • A boat ride to Dunn’s River Falls for up to two people (including entry free to climb the falls).

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

The Cliff Hotel

Guests can truly get away from it all at this breezy boutique hotel on Jamaica's western-most point. Set on a dramatic, five-acre bluff, the Cliff is popular with honeymoons thanks to its high-design suites, tranquil spa and relaxed ambiance.

Fora perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.

  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom.

  • $100 resort credit.

  • Early check-in /late check-out, subject to availability.

Tryall Club

Sprawled across two thousand acres, Tryall is nothing short of a tropical playground. The private club–turned resort has something for everyone, including impressive golf and tennis programs, countless water sports and lively theme nights.

Fora perks:

  • Breakfast via room service for up to two people per bedroom daily.

  • Complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers OR one complimentary round of golf for up to two people, per room, including greens fees and cart rental.

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

Skylark

Set on Negril’s coveted Seven-Mile beach, Skylark oozes with topical ease. There’s an open-air spa, blooming gardens and boho-chic rooms decorated with retro music posters.

Geejam

Nestled in the Blue Mountains overlooking the sea, this laid-back boutique hotel feels like a well-kept secret. Geejam likely attracts the coolest people you know, thanks to its lush jungle setting, secluded beach and on-site recording studio.

Fora perks: Two-for-one lunch at Bushbar

Advisor - Deb Swacker

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