The 9 Best Montego Bay, Jamaica Hotels of 2021

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The Rundown

01 of 09

Best Overall: Half Moon

Half Moon, A RockResort in Jamaica
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There’s hardly a more historic name in Jamaican resorts than Half Moon, which has been drawing upscale clientele since 1954, including the Kennedys and the British royal family. Covering 400 beachfront acres and located east of the airport and downtown Montego Bay, the 398-room resort is the perfect mix of a relaxing retreat and an upbeat destination. If you’re in the mood for a laid-back day, lounge by the main pool, book a treatment or take a yoga class at Fern Tree Spa, or head out to the golf course for a round. But if you’re looking for a little more action, you can rent snorkeling equipment or kayaks, play tennis or volleyball, swim in the lap pool, or hit the gym.

There are plenty of family-friendly activities, too, like mini golf. When you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in Half Moon’s top-notch restaurants — and if you booked an all-inclusive package, your meals are complimentary, but there’s à la carte dining, too. At night, retreat to the elegantly appointed rooms and suites with black-and-white color schemes.

See reviews of some of the other best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Toby’s Resort

Toby’s Resort

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For travelers looking for a more budget-friendly accommodation, Toby’s Resort is the place to stay. Even though it’s an affordable property, there are still plenty of amenities, including two pools, two bars, a restaurant, an open-air gym, a meeting room, and a small game room. The family-run hotel has 62 rooms, and while they look a little worn out, they do have cable TV, private patios, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning — a must in Jamaica.

For a more spruced-up room, choose the Deluxe category, as those accommodations have been more recently renovated. While there’s no private beach for guests here, the famous Doctor’s Cave Beach is only a 10-minute walk away. Plus, the hotel is located right on the “Hip Strip” of Montego Bay, meaning that plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance. Additionally, the airport is a five-minute drive away. If you’re not renting a car, taxis from the airport to the hotel are quite affordable.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

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Another historic Jamaican property, Round Hill Hotel & Villas has been operating since 1953. Though there's more than 100 acres of secluded grounds to explore, there are only 36 hotel rooms — designed by Ralph Lauren, might we add — and 27 privately-owned villas, creating an intimate, boutique environment. The colonial-style property, located on the west side of Montego Bay, has a small, but lovely beach, an infinity pool, a wellness center with a spa, gym, salon, and tennis courts that are free to use. There’s also a kids’ club and free non-motorized water sports.

Round Hill is known for its dining options, which include the seasonal Restaurant at Round Hill, the fine-dining Grill, and the casual Seaside Terrace. Many guests end their night at the Cocktail Bar, which has been a favorite of visitors for decades. Both all-inclusive and à la carte rates are available, with most guests opting for the former.

04 of 09

Best for Luxury: Tryall Club

Tryall Club

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For the ultimate luxurious vacation in Jamaica, book a stay at the Tryall Club, a 2,200-acre property with 75 private villas that range from one to 10 bedrooms. Each individually designed villa, the majority of which have private pools, is fully staffed from butlers to private chefs for an exclusive experience. But the resort has excellent shared amenities, including the Great House, a 19th-century building that serves as the hub of the property. There you’ll find reception, a game room for children, complimentary afternoon tea service, and a bar and terrace, plus a swimming pool outside.

Elsewhere on the property, there are tennis courts and a golf course, too. And if you’re not using your private chef for dinner, you can dine at the casual Beach Restaurant and Bar. While the resort is outside the main center of Montego Bay, or about a 30-minute drive west from the airport, that means you’re just further away from the crowds.

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

Swim-up King Suite

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Many of the resorts in Montego Bay offer family-friendly accommodations and amenities, but perhaps none more so than Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, located a 15-minute drive outside downtown Montego Bay. The all-inclusive hotel, which shares a complex with the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, makes things easy for traveling families from the start, offering free shuttle service from the airport — a 12-minute drive.

As for the property, there are 277 rooms, including sprawling suites that offer more space for families. If you’re traveling with teenagers, you can even book a swim-up room (guests must be 13 years or older). The list of amenities is massive and includes eight restaurants, five bars, a large pool, a spa, a gym, and a beach with water sports. Better yet, there's also a playground for kids. The hotel is a great option for families who want to stay put in one place throughout their vacation, though it’s quite easy to leave the resort if they choose to. Keep an eye out for great family deals, like kids staying free in off-seasons.

06 of 09

Best for Romance: Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island

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There are no less than three Sandals resorts in Montego Bay (seven all together in Jamaica), and each one is for couples only. But our favorite is Sandals Royal Caribbean for one main reason — it has overwater villas. The majority of such accommodations are found in French Polynesia, the Seychelles, or the Maldives, so it’s quite special to have them in the Caribbean. The 15-acre resort has 227 rooms, so it’s not a small property by any means, though that doesn’t make the resort any less romantic.

Villas aside, there are also swim-up suites with private pools and beach bungalows that sit right on the sand. Plus, some accommodations even come with butler service. Decor ranges from British colonial to more contemporary, but each room is well appointed. Amenities within the all-inclusive plan include eight restaurants (though some require reservations), seven pools, water sports and scuba diving on multiple private beaches, land sports, and a gym. For an extra fee, you can book treatments at the Red Lane Spa. 

07 of 09

Best for Business: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

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While most travelers head to Montego Bay for leisure, the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall has great business facilities, especially for large conferences and events. The adults-only all-inclusive resort (in conjunction with its adjacent sister property, Hyatt Ziva) has 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,744-square-foot ballroom. There are 344 modern rooms at the hotel, and even the entry-level ones offer plenty of space for you to spread out and get work done. Even more, they all have private terraces.

When you’re ready to close your laptop and have some fun, you can head out to the pool and swim-up bar, the beach, the open-air spa, or the fitness center. Guests also have the option of using the Hyatt Ziva’s amenities, which is particularly great for the dining scene. Between the two properties, there are more than a dozen restaurants and bars to enjoy. One of the other perks of staying here is actually not on site — guests have access to a special Hyatt lounge at the airport.

For more options, check out our guide to the best adults-only resorts in Jamaica.

08 of 09

Best for Nightlife: Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites All-Inclusive Jamaica

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It’s never hard to find a party in Jamaica, but if you want to stay at a hotel where nightlife is a staple, pick the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites. Though it’s a family-friendly property, the atmosphere is a bit on the rambunctious side, especially at the casino, nightclub, and the swim-up bar (one of six bars on the property). Guests also have access to the brand’s Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, which has even more bars for you to explore.

Don’t stay here if you’re looking for serenity — there’s loud music blasted at the pool every day, which you can hear from the beach, too. You can, however, enjoy some downtime at the spa or in your room, as all 319 rooms have beautiful soaking tubs for ultimate relaxation. Other amenities at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites include a theater, a kids’ club, a lazy river, several shops, and a Pilates and yoga studio.

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09 of 09

Best Water Park: Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

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Sure, Jamaica might be known for its beaches, its rum, and its waterfalls, but it’s also got some of the best water parks in the Caribbean. The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa’s Sugar Mill Falls Water Park is the largest in the country, and it’s great for kids and adults alike. There are three terraced pools to enjoy — including one with a swim-up bar — plus a lazy river, a water slide, hot tubs, and a jungle garden with a rope suspension bridge.

Of course, there’s plenty to do outside the water park, like dine at one of the six restaurants, relax at the salon and the spa, dance at the nightclub, play a round of golf, or sunbathe at the beach, which is private and doesn’t have hawkers. The all-inclusive property has nearly 500 rooms spread across its 400 acres, and they range from garden-view standard rooms to sprawling suites with full kitchens.

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