The Best Hotels in Montego Bay, Jamaica

In addition to its mainland property, the Sandals Royal Caribbean also has a private off-shore island
In addition to its mainland property, the Sandals Royal Caribbean also has a private off-shore island | Courtesy of Sandals Royal Caribbean / Expedia
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18 May 2021

Big-brand resorts of every stripe line the sparkling turquoise coast around Montego Bay, Jamaica. Some feature DJ sets and frolicking pool partygoers, others serene spa music and the sound of the Caribbean surf, but a sense of indulgent relaxation runs throughout the whole lot. To help plan your holiday, here’s our pick of the best hotels in the area – bookable with Culture Trip.

S Hotel Jamaica

Hotel, Luxury
S Hotel Jamaica
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Given its Small Luxury Hotels of the World stamp of approval, S Hotel Jamaica is an unsurprisingly stylish, sexy and compact beach hotel with interiors you’ll constantly want to photograph. Scarlet double daybeds jut out over the ice-blue pool, and vines dangle from the lofty, polished-wood lobby ceiling. Meanwhile, the minimalist, black-and-white rooms have circular mirrors and minibars. It backs the naturally gorgeous Doctor’s Cave Beach and is within walking distance of Montego Bay’s nightlife scene.

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Zoëtry Montego Bay

Hotel
4.2/5 (105 Reviews)
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With just 49 suites set across a cluster of villa-size buildings, there’s a feeling of low-key luxury to Zoëtry Montego Bay. The long pier and slender crescent of sand are ideal jumping-off points for paddleboarding, snorkelling and boat-based adventures, while your all-inclusive rate covers à la carte restaurants, premium drinks, room service, afternoon tea and even a 20-minute spa treatment. You’ll want to linger for far longer in the compact, glam spa, however, with its outdoor whirlpools and massage beds.

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Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Villa, Resort, Hotel
4.7/5 (257 Reviews)
Round Hill Hotel And Villas
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Upmarket Round Hill is something of an institution in Jamaica’s luxury scene – and for good reason. You’ll swoon over the Ralph Lauren decor and the little details, such as Blue Mountain Coffee and photography books, in the rooms. There’s also the tree-shaded beach and gorgeous raised pool terrace overlooking the sea. Here, there’s a palpable sense of island history (Villa 3 once belonged to Sir Noël Coward), and the tropical reef will encourage you to strap your fins on and dip below the surface.

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
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High-glam, honeymoon-ready rooms and facilities characterise this adults-only resort, set on a photogenic peninsula surrounded by aquamarine shallows. Swim-up rooms have comfy dining areas for al fresco breakfasts, and a slick, open-sided cocktail pavilion has a grand piano for live sunset sessions. Tips and taxes are all absorbed into one transparent rate – another stress saver. Book the presidential suite to stargaze from the balcony hot tub.

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Sandals Montego Bay

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Sandals Montego Bay
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There are few bad beaches in Jamaica, but it’s fair to say that Sandals has one of the most showstopping, with powder-soft, ice-white sand, pale jade waters and fabulous thatched cabanas for lazing. Rooms have varying levels of bling – swim-up lagoon pools, bathtubs on the balconies, full-size bars and airport transfers – and many have 24-hour butlers on hand to indulge your every whim.

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Hotel Riu Reggae

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Riu Reggae Adults Only
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Riu Hotels & Resorts offers a large-scale, unpretentious party vibe with the feel of a sociable cruise ship. The adults-only Hotel Riu Reggae is a five-minute taxi ride from the airport, so you’ll find yourself waist-deep in its vast pool overlooking a sparkling Caribbean beach in the blink of an eye. The simple but crisp contemporary rooms come in blue and white, with minibars for DIY top-ups. For clubbers, the nightclub Pacha is right next door.

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  • Sandals Royal Caribbean

    Hotel
    Sandals Royal Caribbean
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    This Sandals resort is famous for its overwater villas – some of the first in the Caribbean region – and they do not disappoint. The villas open out to serene wooden decks with seating areas for two protruding over the clear waters, while circular daybeds and plunge pools are cutting edge in design. Inside, the glass-bottom bedrooms enable you to spy on the local marine life from bed. Whether you’re in these A-list stilted rooms or not, the resort is seductive, with live Jamaican music on the beach by night.

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    Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa

    Hotel
    4.1/5 (272 Reviews)
    Breathless Montego Bay
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    Don’t expect a hushed and breathless vibe by the pool at this adults-only hangout – afternoon-long DJ sets, theme nights and foam parties keep things rocking day and night. Glam design details give it a bold and bohemian feel, from abstract murals in the rooms to origami-esque light fixtures and living walls by the pool. The beach is stocked with comfy daybeds and loungers for those fuzzy-headed mornings after.

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    Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (938 Reviews)
    Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
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    A warm welcome party greets you at this informal but glam stay, with its calming rooms featuring soothing colours and marble-adorned bathrooms. Kids will love the crowd-pleasing pizzas and pasta at Di RoZa, while a primary-coloured jerk shack on the beach serves up a great introduction to Jamaican food. Join in with aqua aerobics at the pool, borrow goggles, snorkels and fins from the watersports centre, or book a morning at the pretty spa, which has treatments designed especially for teens.

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    Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (1186 Reviews)
    Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa
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    A handy 12-minute drive from the Sangster International Airport, this large-scale Hilton spa resort sits within gardens with rocky cascades, rope bridges and sculpted shrubs alongside the obligatory swaying palms. The beautiful neutral-coloured suites have simple glass balconies to unwind on after a day at the beach, and there’s an 18-hole golf course to break up spells by the pool. Make time for a body scrub inspired by the island’s natural crops, from coffee to cane sugar.

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