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Famously relaxed Jamaica packs spectacular natural wonders and a whole lot of culture into a small isle set in the south Caribbean. Surrounded by blue tropical seas, visitors can avail themselves of innumerable water sports including snorkeling, water skiing, jet skiing, and deep-sea fishing. Inland, the diverse Jamaican terrain includes tropical savannahs and dramatic mountains clad in thick rainforests and home to unique flora and fauna. Nature hikes, all-terrain biking, and white water rapids allow visitors to explore the stunning natural scenery according to their desire.
Though Jamaica is a great location for family holidays, its relaxed and liberal attitude has seen it emerge as one of the premier adult destinations in the Caribbean. The many all-inclusive resorts lining the coast include a respectable selection of adult-only properties offering a range of experiences, from tranquil beachside retreats to rambunctious party spots. Below, we take a look at the island's best properties.
Best Overall: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
Situated along the coast a short drive east of Montego Bay, the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is a sophisticated luxury resort that offers a relaxed environment. While guests are welcome to enjoy numerous exclusive facilities, they also have access to the Ziva half of the complex, ensuring a wide range of amenities are at their disposal. Spacious rooms and suites are bedecked with contemporary furnishings and a furnished terrace with views over the resort or ocean. Higher-end rooms offer a variety of additional amenities, such as swim-up access or an oceanfront setting. All bathrooms come with marble countertops and chrome fixtures, though upgraded versions spell out two-person baths and separate walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads.
Outside, a large multi-tiered pool is surrounded by sun chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas; snacks and drinks are provided by both the attentive poolside wait service and the Islandz swim-up bar. Other facilities include the beachside, rustic-chic Zen Spa and a modern, well-equipped fitness center. Along with the restaurants in the Ziva section of the resort, guests can partake in gourmet dining experiences at Petit Pariz or the steak and seafood grill of the open-air, beachfront Jamaican Rootz.
Best for Activities: Couples Negril
Guests at Couples Negril can take advantage of an incredible number of activities both on land and in the water. Set on the west coast overlooking a gracefully curving bay, catamarans, kayaks, and paddleboards are all at guests' disposal. Below the surface, vacationers can explore intricate coral reefs on a snorkeling tour or on a scuba diving expedition. On land, guests are treated to unlimited golfing at the Negril Hills Golf course, and both clay and hard-surface tennis courts are located within the resort. Water volleyball is a popular activity at the large beachfront main pool, which contains two jacuzzi tubs and a swim-up bar. At the fitness center, a diverse mix of exercise classes is offered, including yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and aquacise. After a day packed with activity, guests can relax at the tranquil spa, considered one of the finest in the Caribbean, where bamboo fusion massages and seaweed body wraps are provided in open-air treatment huts by the beach or in the secluded treehouse room.
Best Boutique: The Caves
Perched atop tumbling limestone cliffs overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, The Caves is a charming boutique hotel that blends seamlessly into its natural setting. Thatch-roofed buildings are done up in traditional island style with natural wood, local limestone, and bright tropical hues. At the Aveda Amenity Spa, guests can relax in hot tubs, jacuzzis, and saunas, or indulge in a range of treatments, including the signature brown sugar body scrubs, in shaded cabanas, candle-lit caves, or under the warm Jamaican sunshine.
For a particularly romantic experience, guests can descend down the cliff along a steep winding staircase to enter an intimate, candlelit cave grotto. Within, they dine in privacy on a delectable five-course dinner before retiring next door to the Blackwell Rum bar, where handcrafted cocktails accompany stunning ocean views framed by the craggy cave entrance. Other dining options include casual beach restaurant The Sands, where hanging lanterns strung between palm trees illuminate diners munching on jerked chicken. Guided snorkel and kayak tours explore the caves and cliffs along the shoreline, and the adventurous can take a thrilling plunge from the top of the cliffs into the deep ocean waters below.
Best for Nature: Sunset at the Palms
Surrounded by verdant tropical forest, native shrubbery, and lush flora, Sunset at the Palm provides a serene island setting. Stunning treehouse-style rooms offer rustic luxury with polished hardwood floors, plush furnishings, and peaked wooden ceilings. The attached porches contain an outdoor living space with comfortable daybeds, tables, and chairs. The secluded beach, which is located across the road and down a shaded sandy path, provides an idyllic atmosphere with uncrowded sands and thick jungle vegetation lining the shores. There are snorkels, kayaks, and windsurfing facilities for guests wanting to have fun on the water, and staff can assist in arranging off-site activities including canoeing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Back at the hotel, the pool is surrounded by a wooden deck and garden; the relaxed spot offers sun lounges, pool service, and a swim-up bar. Several restaurants showcase Caribbean fusion cuisine, from the sophisticated dining at Lotus Leaf to the casual beachside bites at the Palm Breeze Beach Bar & Grill. The Blue Coffee Café delivers gourmet coffee blends and tasty sandwiches, salads, and desserts, and the Irie Martini Bar serves rum-based cocktails and ice-cold beer in a stylish tropical-themed lounge with live piano music.
Best Pool: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Guests staying at the Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay have access to two beachfront infinity pools, one of which is located at the neighboring Secrets St. James. Both offer a lively scene with swim-up bars, a separate whirlpool with sunset views, and pool games such as water polo and pool volleyball. Guests signing up for the Preferred Club program, however, will also enjoy exclusive access to swim-up suites which lead to the graceful, serpentine beachfront pool which overlooks a sheltered private beach. Amenities in the stylish guest suites include whirlpool tubs, separate showers, and double vanities. Digital entertainment includes a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station, but a missing wall encourages guests to wander out to their private balcony or terrace where a soaking tub and superb ocean views wait.
On the beach, sun lounges line the sands and a variety of non-motorized water sports are available. A luxurious spa offers a variety of massage, facial, and body wrap treatments. Ten restaurants serve an impressive range of fare, with themed restaurants doling out delicious Jamaican, Italian, Pan-Asian, classic French, and Mexican dishes in carefully curated atmospheres.
Best for Luxury: Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
At Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall (the adult-only section of the Iberostar Grand Hotel Resort), elegant modern rooms are richly decorated with ornate drapes, white leather couches, and a choice of pillows. Marble bathrooms contain walk-in showers and jacuzzi tubs, and balconies are furnished with hanging wicker chairs and marble-top coffee tables which overlook the garden or sea. The relaxed, sophisticated pool forms a stunning resort centerpiece, with three cascading levels crisscrossed by footbridges, and features a swim-up bar and stunning infinity edge views of the ocean. Cushioned day beds are scattered under the palms of the pool courtyard, and more sun lounges can be found on the quiet and sparsely-populated beach.
Guests have access to a total of 13 restaurants between the three resorts; six exclusive restaurants serve gourmet Japanese, steakhouse, and Italian cuisine, as well as the usual international buffet option. The large Spa Sensations offers a full service of treatments and therapies, including healing mud body wraps, cell renewing facials, and couples massages, as well as containing hydromassage pools and a scenic, private outdoor treatment room.
Best Overwater: Sandals Royal Caribbean
Romantic, well-heeled, and indulgent, the Sandals Royal Caribbean consists of two parts: an on-shore resort complex full of restaurants, activities, and other amenities, and a private island with overwater villas branching off from a heart-shaped central boardwalk. The latter have been constructed with meticulous attention to detail and in traditional tropical island style with wood and glass floors, peaked ceilings, private ocean view terraces, and outdoor showers. The island contains secluded beaches, including a clothing-optional section, with wide hammocks suspended over the shallow water. Other amenities include a pool with a swim-up bar and separate hot tub, the Red Lane Spa, and ocean-view terraces with carved wooden chairs placed around blazing firepits.
In the main resort, suites contain more traditional luxury fittings, with carved four-poster beds and marble countertops. Suite types include swim-up access, beachfront, and ocean view. Infused with British touches, the main resort resembles an opulent governor's house, right down to Georgian-style architecture surrounded by peacock-strewn lawns, croquet, and daily high tea service. Cuisine includes gourmet French fare in an elegant outdoor courtyard, Thai dishes served on a scenic alfresco terrace, and a traditional British pub grub in an antique-filled bar. As well as the eight on-site restaurants, guests are welcome to dine at 13 other venues spread between two nearby Sandals resorts.
Best for Nudists: Hedonism II
With a liberal and permissive ethos and many amenities designed to facilitate an open-minded, social atmosphere, Hedonism II certainly lives up to its name. The hotel accommodates couples and singles of all types with two distinct sections: a nude section where a lack of clothing on the beach and in the pools is compulsory, and a clothing-optional section for those who prefer their fun a bit more mainstream.
Suites here come with sexy furnishings such as ceiling mirrors, glass bathrooms, and private patios with jacuzzi tubs. Restaurants include traditional Italian and Japanese teppanyaki dining experiences as well as casual beach grills and Jamaican chophouse fare. Theme nights, live music, and costume parties keep energy high. The Romping Shop Playroom — with its beds, pools, showers, and toys — is for guests looking for a little extra excitement. Of course, a respectful, non-judgemental attitude is at the heart of every experience here.
Best Beach: Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
Sprawling across Seven-Mile Beach, this Sandals resort offers guests the largest stretch of private shore in the area. Clean white sands are dotted with cushioned sun lounges, shaded palapas, and cabanas, and beach volleyball courts are set up for active guests. Watersport activities include non-motorized options such as kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and sailing, while powerboats pull guests through the water on high-octane wakeboarding and water-skiing adventures. On-shore activities include tennis, lawn chess, and croquet, while inside guests can play pool, table tennis, and darts.
Rooms and suites come with options such as swim-up access, private pools, and beachfront locations; they also come in a range of styles from old-fashioned luxury (think: carved, polished wooden furnishings) to fresh contemporary designs. The spa offers a full range of Caribbean-inspired treatments that use natural products sourced from the surrounding region. Seven restaurants dole out an array of international dishes and fresh seafood, while five bars offer ample opportunity for swim-up and beachfront cocktails.
Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular adults-only resorts in Jamaica. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different resorts and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.