The best hotels in Jamaica

Top 15 best hotels in Jamaica

The idyllic Caribbean island paradise is home to some seriously gorgeous places to stay, from upscale sprawling spa resorts to intimate boutique hotels, here are the best hotels to stay in Jamaica…

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa – one of the beautiful hotels to stay in Jamaica

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa

The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa is one of the stateliest resorts in Jamaica. The hotel sits right on a stunning beach and the architecture makes the best usage out of the stunning views the resort possesses.

One thing that sets Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton apart from other hotels is the sheer variety of amenities. It has something for travelers of all ages and interests. Adults can enjoy the infinity pool with a swim-up bar, adults-only Villa Suites, and entertainment. Meanwhile, families can enjoy the kid’s waterpark, clubs for kids by age group, and family-friendly beaches.

GoldenEye – a gorgeous collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts

Best hotels in JamaicaLush resort hotel in Jamaica

It’s not just a coincidence that this resort shares its name with a James Bond film—the property was first owned by Ian Fleming, the secret agent’s creator, and played host to a whole host of mid-century celebrities. Now, you can experience the same luxury that the secret agent (and real-life guests ranging from Sting to the Queen Mother) enjoyed.

GoldenEye Jamaica is not your typical hotel, but a collection of luxurious beach huts, villas, and cottages where visitors can enjoy secluded beaches, gardens, and coves. Get in touch with Jamaica’s natural beauty through the local cuisine, made using only local specialties and seasonal produce. Finally, if lounging on a gorgeous, star-studded beach is not enough excitement for you, visit Noel Coward’s historic Firefly home nearby, play tennis, or explore the Blue Mountains.

S Hotel Jamaica – an awesome choice for a hotel in Jamaica

S Hotel Jamaica

Modern hotel in Jamaica

S Hotel Jamaica puts you right up close to the bustling life of Montego Bay, Jamaica’s tourism capital, while still creating a paradise that you can retreat to for relaxation. The hotel has an excellent private beach and a pool for lounging by the water. Other amenities include a top-floor lounge, restaurants spotlighting local cuisine, and elegantly appointed rooms.

Although you can find everything that you want in the S Hotel, the hotel also makes a convenient base for exploring the island. It is right by Montego Bay with its famous Hip Strip for nightlife as well as the beautiful, bustling Doctor’s Cave Beach.

Half Moon Hotel – an elegant beach resort in Jamaica

Half Moon Hotel Jamaica

Romantic hotel in Jamaica

Half Moon is another luxury resort located right by Montego Bay. The resort has over 400 acres of grounds, which includes several miles of a private beach. On the grounds, you can play golf, get a treatment at Salamander Spa, or do some morning yoga. Of course, there is always the option of lounging on the beach with no rat race to distract you.

The resort is meticulous about maintaining its grounds, but the interiors are also stunning. Guests enjoy lavish rooms with plenty of space to stretch out and relax. Dine at either of the resort’s two luxury restaurants, where the local cuisine and excellent service both stand out.

Hermosa Cove Villa Resort & Suites – featuring unique Caribbean-style boutique luxury villas

Unique hotel in Jamaica

Hermosa Cove, located in Ocho Rios, is a resort that blends art with luxury. Its origin story is unique—the CEO Clayton Korver wanted to design a resort that highlights Jamaica’s natural beauty and art that he had learned to love during his career as an art collector. The result is a collection of villas made out of materials that blend into the natural landscape and appointed with luxurious touches and even art.

Visitors to this unique resort can appreciate the natural beauty and human creativity that characterize Jamaica. Watch master artisans at work, sample delicious cooking at the restaurant, and commune with other guests, usually creatives. Take a break with the two private beaches, watersports, pools, and acres of meditative forest trails. Hermosa Cove is your destination for a vacation like no other.

The Caves – a luxe hotel perched on limestone cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea

Cave Hotel in Jamaica

Cave Hotel in Jamaica

The Caves is an all-inclusive luxury resort in Negril. It got its name from its location—the resort sits on top of a series of spectacular sea caves. Guests can stay in cottages perched right on the edge of the cliff for spectacular views in luxury surroundings.

Amenities at the hotel include fine dining, including private candlelit dinners in the sea caves themselves, a rum bar, adrenaline-filled activities including snorkeling expeditions through the caves, and a spa. This is the perfect getaway for adults, whether you’re looking for a romantic vacation or to get pampered with friends.

8. The Cliff Hotel – a chic and modern boutique hotel

The Cliff Hotel Jamaica

Great hotel In Jamaica

The Cliff Hotel in Negril is a stylish getaway that is perfect for an intimate vacation experience. The hotel has only 22 suites and four villas, each of which are perfectly appointed with stylish modern design. The small size gives the hotel an air of exclusivity, but it does not lack in amenities. The Cliff Hotel packs an excellent restaurant, saltwater pool, spa, beauty salon, yoga pavilion, and fitness center on five acres of gorgeous beachfront property.

Although it is great for an intimate getaway, The Cliff Hotel stands out when it comes to planning events. It was even voted the best hotel for weddings and other special events at the Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence.

9. Spanish Court Hotel

Spanish Court Hotel Jamaica

Chic hotel in Jamaica

Spanish Court Hotel is a lively oasis of luxury in the capital city of Kingston. The location is one of its main draws. Connect easily to local tourist attractions, restaurants, and even business meetings.

When the liveliness of Kingston becomes too much for you, the Spanish Court Hotel is the perfect place to relax. Lounge by the Cabana Pool or shake off your stresses at the Zen Spa. For bustling nightlife and cultural experiences, you won’t even have to leave the hotel. Dine on local cuisine at one of four restaurants and rub shoulders with Kingston’s elite at The Cafe—or at The Sky Terrace at night.

10. Geejam

Hotel in Jamaica

Geejam hotel in Jamaica

Geejam Hotel in Port Antonio combines stunning views of the Caribbean Sea with the tropical atmosphere of the Blue Mountains. The hotel has made a name for itself for catering to creatives and free spirits and has played its own part in island musical history thanks to the on-site recording studio.

Guests can stay in luxurious rooms decorated with quirky art, music-themed cabins, or three luxurious villas. Amenities include an infinity pool, local cuisine, and pool tables at the Bushbar. This hotel offers a luxurious getaway while still helping guests experience the cultural fabric of Jamaica.

Tensing Pen – a tropical-style resort set on a rocky cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea

Tensing Pen Jamaica

Pretty resort in Jamaica

Unlike some of the more sprawling resorts on this list, Tensing Pen is one of the best hotels in Jamaica for an intimate, personal experience. Located on the stunning West End cliffs, its natural beauty and views of wild nature stand out. The resort blends rustic touches with luxury accommodations in its thatch-roofed rooms that are made with local materials and art.

Amenities at the resort include a SpaHut, yoga classes in the SeaSong Hut, and hikes in the Negril area. The resort is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, which might explain why it hosts so many weddings.

 

Negril Treehouse Resort – a whimsical mid-range hotel

Negril Treehouse Resort

Negril Treehouse Resort

The Negril Treehouse Resort is a whimsical getaway on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. Guests stay in comfortable rooms, some of which have private terraces. Amenities include a beach bar, on-site restaurant, beach massages, and excellent live music performances.

Negril Treehouse Resort is located right in the center of Negril’s beach, so you can easily walk to other resorts and tourist attractions. The convenient location, gorgeous beach, and baseline amenities make this a good choice for travelers on a budget that still want to experience the best of Jamaica.

12. Catcha Falling Star

Catcha Falling Star Jamaica

Mid range hotel in Jamaica

Catcha Falling Star is an intimate resort perched on the Negril cliffs (hence the name). Guests stay in charming seaside cottages or suites whose stone architecture and terraces blend seamlessly with the landscape. Amenities include delicious food at the oceanfront Ivan’s Bar, gorgeous swimming locations, and lounge chairs.

Catcha Falling Star is also an excellent site for a destination wedding. The resort even has a designated Wedding Coordinator to help you get hitched without a hitch.

13. Zion Hill Retreat 

Zion Hill Retreat Jamaica

Budget hotel in Jamaica

Zion Hill Retreat in scenic Port Antonio is an excellent destination for families on a budget that still want to experience the luxury that Jamaica has to offer. Stay in gorgeous family rooms with plenty of space for everyone. The unique amenities include hot tubs for certain rooms, a barbecue, an outdoor pool, and a garden.

Zion Hill Retreat is only a short distance away from the best that Port Antonio has to offer, including San San Beach and Winnifred Beach.

14. Cardiff Hotel and Spa

Budget hotel in Jamaica

Lower Priced hotel in Jamaica

Cardiff Hotel and Spa is a luxurious getaway in Runaway Bay. The hotel prides itself on the relaxation that it offers to visitors. Guests can relax in the comfortable rooms, with a treatment at the on-property spa, or with local dishes at the on-site restaurant.

The hotel also serves as an excellent base for visitors looking to explore Port Antonio, which is known for its natural beauty and laid-back vibe.

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