7 of Jamaica’s Best Hotels of Luxury
The Caribbean island of Jamaica is the perfect place for those seeking a rarefied retreat with the sights and fun activities to complement it. And what’s even more interesting is the fact that Jamaica has some of the best hotels that blend languor and luxury. According to one wise traveler, you can fly to the island and experience the high-end hospitality that includes finger-licking cuisine and once-in-a-lifetime fun moments from Jamaica’s best hotels. And we couldn’t agree more. The following are some of the best hotels on the island to spice up your holiday in a way that you will forever appreciate.
1. Half Moon
This Montego Bay hotel sits on a 400-acre land and has been a contender for the top spot as one of the finest hotels in Jamaica for six decades. Half Moon boasts 13 tennis courts, a shopping village, stables and hundreds of elegant rooms. The 230-room hotel has seemingly endless activities that include horseback riding among others. It also has some of the best cuisines and attentive services that you will get anywhere in Jamaica.
2. Sandals Royal Plantation
Situated in Ocho Rios, the resort has some of the best amenities you can imagine. The luxury resort has elegant spas, secluded beachfront and a la carte meals. Sandals Royal Plantation has numerous colonial style and spacious rooms serviced by personal butlers to ensure you don’t lift a finger. Many of these rooms have beautiful sea view where you can also enjoy a gentle breeze brushing against your skin. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle to top the royal-like services you get. You can view photos and descriptions here.
For a touch of class and special services, you can head out to the hills and make a stop at Geejam, the same place where Gwen Stefani produced some of her greatest tracks. The studio is within the resort. It has several cabins and villas with a touch of luxury and intimacy, just what the doctor ordered. Services at this resort are extraordinary, and the setting, most memorable. It may lack direct access to the beaches, but the lush surroundings pretty much make up for it. It is the place to be for those looking for an excellent getaway for time alone to reflect or some intimate moments with a loved one.
4. Round Hill Hotel & Villas
The resort has some of the best beachfront views over a private club ambiance. It is one of the favorite places for lovebirds and families, seeking to have fun in style and luxury, and away from the partygoers. You can do your book reading here or enjoy some time for reflection. Round Hill Hotel and Villas has excellent intimate hospitality, with Ralph Lauren-designed villas, private child care, and breathtaking surroundings. It is among the few completely family-friendly resorts.
5. Strawberry Hill
If it were not for its remote location and lack of beachfront, Strawberry Hill would easily be an undisputed top Caribbean luxury hotel. The rates are quite competitive and the services offered, deserving of a five-star resort. Strawberry Hill sits on a former coffee plantation and is an oasis within the famous Blue Mountains. It is a place to be for those after unmatched privacy and intimacy, with 13 cottages for that purpose. Other top class amenities include lush gardens, a hilltop pool, expansive spa and top of the range restaurant.
The villa that boasts celebrity visitors such as Bono and Naomi Campbell was once the home of Ian Fleming, and where he wrote his famous James Bond novels. Goldeneye has several beach huts and beach-facing cottages and villas that offer visitors an exceptional sensory experience. Other amenities include two restaurants, a lagoon-side spa, and three pools.
7. Sandals South Coast
It is a secluded, less crowded resort that offers unmatched services to guests. The Sandals South Coast features European architecture and has up to two miles of beach. Even better, the resort is within 200 miles of desert which makes it pretty quiet and accommodating. Even though it has fewer options for exploration, there are still fun activities such as the Appleton Rum Factory local tour, zip lines, and waterfalls.