The Best Hotels to Book in Jamaica, the Caribbean, for Every Traveler

Many places to stay in Jamaica come with views like this one at Silent Waters Villa that you won’t soon forget
Many places to stay in Jamaica come with views like this one at Silent Waters Villa that you won’t soon forget | Courtesy of Silent Waters Villa / Expedia
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Christopher Columbus once described Jamaica, the third-largest Caribbean island, as “the fairest isle that eyes have beheld.” It’s hard to argue with his assessment, especially if you swim in the dramatic Blue Lagoon, trek the Blue Mountains or laze on the sands of Seven Mile Beach. See it for yourself and plan a romantic boutique escape in Port Antonio or an all-inclusive resort holiday in Montego Bay at one of the best places to stay in Jamaica – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa


A tray of champagne awaits you on the smartly appointed balcony at Breathless Montego Bay, with sea and hill views
Courtesy of Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa / Expedia

Book one of the smart suites at this Montego Bay resort, where you can operate the curtains, mood lighting and surround sound system via an in-room tablet, and full-length glass doors open to a private balcony or terrace with a soaking tub. When you venture outside your room, you’ll find high-octane pool parties, water sports, trendy lounges and live shows at this all-inclusive adults-only resort. And if that’s not enough, you can cross the hotel sky bridge to access the amenities at two other resorts, Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St James.

2. Spanish Court Hotel


The lounge area at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, with modern furnishings and patterned carpet in blue and brown hues
Courtesy of Spanish Court Hotel / Expedia

The Spanish Court Hotel in Jamaica features Mediterranean villa-style architecture with sleek contemporary interiors. Each of the 125 rooms and suites features dark wood and a rouge color palette, along with blackout blinds, Roman soaking tubs and yoga mats. You can spend your days on one of the comfortable beds around the Cabana Pool while sipping cocktails from the bar before heading upstairs to the Sky Terrace lap pool for the party at night.

3. Zoëtry Montego Bay


The beach bar with chunky wood tables and turquoise water views offers an amazing atmosphere at Zoëtry Montego Bay
Courtesy of Zoëtry Montego Bay / Expedia

Arranged across three main buildings – Wood & Water, Bamboo and Blue Mountain – this resort brings you closer to nature. A peaceful private beach, yoga classes, meditation sessions, a spa and an array of healthy organic dishes ensure it’s one of the best places to stay in Jamaica for those seeking a holistic break. The all-inclusive package includes complimentary wellness experiences, gourmet dining and premium spirits.

4. Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa


Expansive lobby at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa with potted plants, marble floors and magnificent chandeliers
Courtesy of Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa / Expedia

Baby, mini and teen clubs, a choice of eight places to eat, access to four beaches, minigolf and a family pool make this a good option if you’re traveling with children. However, the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa is not just about keeping kids entertained. Adults-only areas, a plush spa with a beauty salon, several bars, sports courts and archery mean there’s plenty for grown-ups, too.

5. Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Villa, Resort, Hotel

The outdoor pool area at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas adorned with blue deck chairs and bougainvillea, overlooking the sea
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Romantic ocean-view rooms designed by Ralph Lauren and Jamaican-style villas (Sir Noël Coward was the original owner of Villa 3) await guests staying at Round Hill. Every night here is an event, with themed gatherings, in-villa catering menus or seaside restaurant dining created by executive chef Martin Maginley. Having amassed a wealth of accolades since its opening in the 1950s, this resort is a long-standing Montego Bay favorite.

6. Trident Port Antonio

Resort, Hotel

Outdoor plunge pool and shaded patio with lounge chairs at Trident Port Antonio, with views of the sea crashing onto rocks
Courtesy of Trident Port Antonio / Expedia

In Port Antonio, an area known as the Jamaican Riviera, this hotel with a spa is flanked by jungle and a cliffside coast, with a private beach below. With just 13 villas, Trident is one of the more elite resorts. It’s home to two restaurants, including one of the most interesting evening venues on the island, Mike’s Supper Club, a speakeasy-style cabaret lounge hosting live calypso music.

7. Silent Waters Villa


A stunning room at the Silent Waters Villa with four-poster bed, Asian accents, rattan furniture and panoramic green-hill views
Courtesy of Silent Waters Villa / Expedia

From a lofty perch on one of the highest mountains in Jamaica, Silent Waters Villa proffers epic sea and Great River vistas. It’s a sought-after place to stay in Jamaica for those arranging large-scale, high-luxury family escapes. You can hire the whole place and, with an on-site helipad, arrive in VIP fashion. Five villas accommodate a total of 18 guests (although you can also rent the owner’s home, taking that number to 20), and 14 staff members wait on your every need.

8. Somewhere West


Vibrant guest room at Somewhere West, Jamaica, with turquoise window frames, salmon walls and whitewashed furnishings
Courtesy of Somewhere West / Expedia

A rustic, breezy vibe, vibrant Jamaican furnishings and pastel decor are found at the peaceful Somewhere West. This Negril guesthouse has four self-catering apartments arranged across two floors; the owners also live on-site, providing a personal feel. A ladder provides direct sea access (on calm days, the snorkeling is superb), and the retreat also has a saltwater pool, a large deck and a thatched hut with a dining area.

9. Beachfront Modern Montego Bay


Two outdoor massage tables with flowers and treatments at Beachfront Modern Montego Bay overlooking the crystal-clear sea
Courtesy of Beachfront Modern Montego Bay / Expedia

Beachfront Modern is a six-bedroom villa with butler service, a private infinity pool and a tennis court. It’s right on the beach, with restaurants and shops with walking distance, and the airport is about a 10-minute taxi ride away. There are mango, banana, ackee and plantain trees on the lush grounds, and you’ll be treated to their fruits daily.

Want to discover more of the top places to stay in Jamaica? Read our expertly curated guide to the best boutique hotels in Jamaica. Or if you’re looking for the perfect place to unwind, check out our pick of the best spas And wellness centres in Jamaica.

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