By CaribbeanJournal.com 4/29/15
Jamaica’s first year-round all-inclusive resort, now known as Couples Tower Isle, opened nearly four decades ago. Today, Jamaica continues to raise the bar with a slew of extraordinary all-inclusives that offer everything from catamaran cruises to caviar bars for one up-front price. Here are some of our favorites.
Sandals Royal Plantation
Tranquility and sophistication is what it’s all about at this all-suite adults-only Ocho Rios beachfront resort that boasts its own champagne-and-caviar bar. This is a small, almost boutique all-inclusive that represents everything great about the Jamaican experience.
Couples Tower Isle
This retro-modern Ocho Rios resort was Jamaica’s first, and decades later it continues to wow with 218 chic suites and a clothing-optional private island plus perks that include complimentary excursions to nearby Dunn’s River Falls and a catamaran cruise.
Have dinner in a candlelit cave; chill in the Aveda spa; or soak in the cliff’s-edge tub: enjoy these options and more at this attitude-free hipster hotspot in Negril.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
Perks of a stay at this Mo’Bay adults-only resort (on the site of the former Ritz-Carlton) include a VIP airport lounge; golf at one of two nearby courses; exchange privileges at neighboring sister resort Hyatt Zilara, and a catamaran cruise.
Jewel Dunn’s River
This adults-only retreat minutes from Jamaica’s iconic Dunn’s River Falls has all the bells and whistles, including a massive pool featuring a replica of the famous cascade.
Couples Swept Away
Bohemian beach breaks are the stock in trade at this stylish 312-suite Negril resort, which features a 10-acre sports complex for workouts and a full-service spa for chill outs.
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
This slick adults-only retreat set on a peninsula with a mile-long private beach offers ample amenities (24-hour room service, nine restaurants and a complimentary mini-bar) as well as concierge-serviced Preferred Club suites.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
This property (formerly Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Golf Villa Resort) has been freshly upgraded and re-branded and now boasts a beach club; seven new restaurants; an outdoor movie theater; and a speakeasy-style bar.
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Seven pools, eight restaurants, and an idyllic offshore island complete with its own Thai restaurant make this couples-only Mo’Bay classic a must.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with the kids in tow, this all-you-can-everything on Negril’s seven-mile stretch with a water park, butler-serviced suites, and Red Lane spa is sure to please.
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
One of a trio of Mo’Bay Iberostars, this family-friendly 319-room resort falls between pricier neighbor Grand Rose Hall and the inexpensive Rose Hall Beach, and offers a kids’ club, water park, and large ocean-view infinity pool.
Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa
Thirteen bars, 10 restaurants and five pools distinguish this beachfront hotel halfway between Montego Bay and Negril where guests can also take advantage of the amenities at adjoining sister resort, Grand Palladium Jamaica.
Sunset at the Palms Negril
Across the road from Negril’s beach, this affordable adults-only retreat features 85 treehouse-style suites set in lush gardens and a refreshingly low-key ambience that’s perfect for serenity seekers.