Jamaica is home to more all-inclusive resorts than any island in the Caribbean apart from the Dominican Republic, from budget properties like the FDR resorts to the tony Breezes Grand Resort and Spa. There are about 30 pay-one-price resorts in all, situated in major resort areas like Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios. Some cater to families, some to couples only, and some -- like the Hedonism resorts -- to the naughty at heart. My comprehensive guide will help you choose the Jamaican all-inclusive that best suits your needs.
Couples Negril may be located in Jamaica, but the resort evokes a South Seas ambiance, especially in its open-air lobby. Dining options include traditional Jamaican and Mediterranean restaurants, and the property includes a series of natural pools crossed by pedestrian bridges. Part of the Couples Secret Rendezvous complex that includes Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away, and Couples Negril.
Family friendly all-inclusive resort features a pool with corkscrew waterslide, banana-boat rides, and an X-Box gaming center. Adults will enjoy the excellent dive program, tennis, the pools, and dining at a choice of Caribbean, Italian, Tex-Mex, and barbecue eateries.
The classic Jamaica all-inclusive beachfront resort sits amid 20 acres of gardens and offers a choice of five restaurants, comprehensive water sports, beach and pools, and the Pirates Island waterpark.
Seashore Bay Beach Resort
Another Negril resort, this smaller all-inclusive was formerly the Beaches Sandy Bay. It has two pools, three restaurants, and a kids' club.
The Jewel Runaway Bay features one-bedroom suites and verandah suites with private plunge pools, two new restaurants, a spa and dive center in a quiet setting on Jamaica's north coast.
Previously the Breezes Trelawny, the Memories White Sand Beach Resort is located on Jamaica's northwest coast and boasts four pools -- including one for adults only and a kids' pool with waterslide -- and a wide range of inclusive activities including golf, tennis, water sports, parasailing, rock-climbing, and more.
Carefree romance defines Couples San Souci, a 150-room property with a fine Italian restaurant, six bars, and Charlie's Spa, named for a resident sea turtle and providing treatments that incorporate mineral waters drawn from the resort's own spring. The resort is located in Ocho Rios. Part of the Couples Secret Rendezvous complex that includes Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away, and Couples Negril.
Located in Negril, Couples Swept Away is a private, beachfront all-suites resort featuring a Thai restaurant, the gourmet Feathers dining room, and a 10-acre sports and fitness complex that includes a gym and spa, and unlimited golf for guests. Part of the Couples Secret Rendezvous complex that includes Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away, and Couples Negril.
Couples Tower Isle (formerly Couples Ocho Rios) was Jamaica's first all-inclusive, couples-only resort, featuring 206 rooms and suites, five restaurants, a clothing-optional private island, a gourmet French restaurant, and activities like tennis, horseback riding, and a variety of classes and organized activities. Part of the Couples Secret Rendezvous complex that includes Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away, and Couples Negril.
This 50-room resort is near Montego Bay, with an intimate beachfront locale and plantation-style rooms. Offers a choice of dining options, watersports, tennis, and gym facilities. All-inclusive, MAP, and breakfast plans offered.
The "FDR" in Runaway Bay also assigns a Vacation Nanny to each family, who will ensure that kids and adults alike take full advantage of the resort's amenities, from scuba diving to tennis and kids' club activities. The resort also is home to the Sea Grape Spa, offering massages and other services in a seaside setting.
Hedonism II revels in its notorious reputation for naughty couples' activities, liberal amounts of exposed flesh, and yes -- casual hookups by the hot tub. But the naked truth is that Hedonism also welcomes the less-daring with a non-nude beach (alongside the nude one) and typical amenities like tennis, spa, and Jamaican and Japanese restaurants. Located in Negril.
Located on a private, half-mile beach in Montego Bay, this family friendly all-inclusive resort has four tennis courts, mini-golf, and a lagoon-style pool. The Holiday Inn Sunspree has 524 rooms and suites, all recently renovated. Offers free kids club but also promoted to seniors with a menu of "GoldenSpree" activities.
This 295-room, colonial-style hotel outside of Montego Bay has a huge oceanfront pool, four themed restaurants, and a variety of inclusive activities, including catamaran rides.
Part of a complex of Rose Hall resorts from Spanish hotel company Iberostar, the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort has 366 rooms and welcomes adults and kids alike.
Jewel Dunn’s River opened in September of 2010 and had been a Sandal’s property; it is now managed by Aimbridge Hospitality and is an adults-only resort less than a mile from Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s most popular tourist attractions. The beach-side resort has 250 guestrooms in three buildings; also available are Diamond Butler and Diamond Concierge services. There are six restaurants, five bars, two pools, and a nine-hole golf course onsite. Free transportation is offered from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay 65 miles away.
This 420-room hotel on the west coast of Jamaica has an all-inclusive package that includes dining at a choice of restaurants (including a Brazilian steakhouse), drinks from an in-room mini bar, tennis, water sports, daily entertainment, and nightlife at Pacha nightclub.
This Riu resort has 856 rooms and suites, a freeform pool steps from the beach, and Asian, Italian, and gourmet restaurants -- plus a Japanese eatery and steakhouse for premium-level guests only.
This Riu all-inclusive hotel rises before a swath of Montego Bay beachfront, 701 rooms, and Asian and Italian restaurants.
This High-rise hotel near Montego Bay boasts the largest water park in the Caribbean, a championship golf course, and a dozen restaurants and bars. Meeting planners looking for an all-inclusive site will love the resort's extensive conference facilities. Premium all-inclusive package includes unlimited greens fees.
Sandals Grande Riviera, like other Sandals resorts, has a nice beachfront location but also boasts a pretty hillside section filled with streams and gardens. The former is dubbed The Caribbean Riviera, the latter the Villas of Eden; grab a drink at one of the resort's 10 bars and you can argue with your neighbors about who got the better room. Voted Favorite Caribbean All-Inclusive in the 2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards.
The smallest of Sandals' all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay, the 52-room Sandals Carlysle boasts the ambiance of a small inn or bed & breakfast but allows access to all the amenities of its sister resorts, the Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay. Unlike many all-inclusives, the Sandals Inn is located close to town, notably the shops of Mobay's Gloucester Road.
Located on one of Jamaica's best beaches, Sandals Montego Bay is one of the few all-inclusives with a sense of history: it was the first Sandals resort, and still retains some of the villas that made its predecessor, the Bay Roc Hotel, a mecca for the rich and famous in the Fifties. Boasts the longest private beach in Jamaica, where you can listen to the sounds of the surf from a seaside "love beds."
Negril and its miles of palm-fringed beaches are hard to top, but Sandals Negril offers plenty to keep you hanging around the resort, too, from a Japanese restaurant and clifftop bar to tennis and racquetball courts, ample watersports, and an upscale spa.
A total of 11 restaurants and other eateries guarantees that you'll never go hungry at the Sandals Royal Caribbean, which features a bit of upscale British flavor with its Georgian architecture and daily afternoon tea. The Montego Bay resort's offshore island, which boasts its own Thai restaurant as well as quiet beaches, is a major bonus.
This is Sandals' most unique resort in Jamaica, located on the island's quieter south coast amid a 500-acre nature preserve. Despite its presidential name, this deluxe, Disneyesque resort is actually an homage to Europe, with French, Italian, and Dutch themed villages.
In spring 2010, Secrets made its first entry into Jamaica with a $180-million project -- the adults-only Secrets Wild Orchard and Secrets St. James, adjacent all inclusives on a T-shaped peninsula in Montego Bay. They are beauties, 351 suites each, on a stretch of white-sand beach. There are nine restaurants and nine bars, mostly in a shared promenade, which also boasts a recreation area and string of shops.
This Negril all-inclusive has "treehouse-style" rooms in a garden setting alongside two miles of beach. Amenities include a full gym, tennis, classes and nature walks, live evening reggae shows, and five restaurants and bars.
If you're looking for an all-inclusive that's kid-friendly in Jamaica, this is your place. The Sunset Beach is home to the Pirate's Paradise water park, a big hit with the kids, and the resort also has a kid's club and teen center. Later, the adults can relax at the resort's English pub or party at the Galaxy Disco.
This 730-room high-rise hotel (formerly Sunset Jamaica Grande) boasts the longest beach in Ocho Rios and a sprawling pool complex with waterslides and waterfalls, teen and kid's clubs, tennis, water sports, and a variety of dining options.