Whether you’re visiting the buzzing nightlife of Montego Bay or the serene shores of Seven Mile Beach in Negril, or you want a secluded escape at Runaway Bay, these are the best holiday apartments Jamaica has to offer.
In the heart of the Caribbean, Jamaica pulses with an undeniable rhythm. Rum shacks and reggae fill the sultry evenings, while days on the pristine beaches come with opportunities to swim, snorkel and jet-ski across the water. Book a vacation apartment (or at least accommodation with extra space and cooking facilities) to experience the magic of the third-largest Caribbean island.
A budget-friendly option amid the five-star resorts of Montego Bay, the El Greco Resort has all the simple charm of a family guesthouse. The larger accommodations are spacious, with living areas and kitchenettes. The soft white sand of Doctor’s Cave Beach is just across the road, and all the bars, restaurants and shops of the Hip Strip are on your doorstep. There’s private parking if you want to rent a car and a rooftop pool in which to cool off during the day.
Set on the beautiful Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Rondel Village provides elegant accommodation within lush, tropical grounds. Octagonal-shaped beach villas are designed in keeping with the Caribbean setting, and each one comes with a private balcony overlooking the sea, a kitchen and a jacuzzi whirlpool bath. The Village Spa offers an array of relaxing treatments. This place is eco-friendly with an environmental management system designed with sustainable tourism in mind.
Comfortable, stylish rooms with kitchenettes and sea-view balconies are on offer at the Oasis Resort. Seven Mile Beach is just a few footsteps away, and a variety of bars, restaurants and shops are all within striking distance. Relax with a cocktail at the pool bar, or recline on one of the lavish day beds. The pool itself has an integrated hot tub. The on-site restaurant specializes in farm-to-table dishes, with locally grown produce at the heart of the menu.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly stay, this is the spot for you. The restaurant serves organic fusion dishes using fresh, local produce from the sea and soil. Wake up with a yoga session on the beach or a coffee on your private balcony. Days can be filled with water sports on the turquoise ocean, beach strolls or by diving into the sea from the rustic swim platform. The one-bedroom apartments at Beachcomber Club Resort come with a kitchen and living room.
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On Seven Mile Beach, Moon Rooms offers a comfortable, budget-friendly option for groups of all shapes. Hotel-standard rooms are available as singles, doubles and twins, but for more space, plump for an apartment with a king-size bed and kitchenette. Colorful curtains add a bit of tropical flair to the rooms, while balconies provide a little private space to unwind.
As the name suggests, this resort is set up for idle days in the sun. Choose to while away the hours on the sun loungers on Seven Mile Beach, sipping cocktails at the rum shack-style beach bar or enjoying the poolside food and drink service. The snorkeling, shopping and water sports of Negril are all within walking distance, but there is private parking if you want to hire a car. The accommodation comes in the form of luxe, oceanfront villas with private swimming pools and butler service.
Hidden among fruit trees, yet by the buzz of the main road in Negril, LTU Garden features spacious stays in lush gardens. There’s a pool with a waterfall feature, and apartments come with private balconies. Also, it’s just minutes from live entertainment and restaurants. This hotel is a great choice for budget travelers who want a few of the finer touches thrown in.
On a quiet stretch of sand at Runaway Bay, Pipers Cove has a selection of one-bedroom apartments and cozy studios. Kitchens come with a fridge, stovetop and cooking utensils, but the beach bars and restaurants of Runaway Bay are all around. If you opt for an apartment with an ocean view, you’ll get to watch as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea from your private balcony. The resort-style pool backs onto the sea, where a sandy swim platform has turned the calm shallows into a natural, saline swimming hole.