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The Best Luxury Hotels in Jamaica

Geejam Hotel overlooks the sea of Cocoa Walk Bay
Geejam Hotel overlooks the sea of Cocoa Walk Bay | Courtesy of Geejam Hotel / Expedia
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2 February 2021
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Tropical paradise with a hard edge, reggae laboratory and source of some of the most coveted coffee on the planet, Jamaica has a complex vitality that’s pungent and alluring. It’s also a destination where wise visitors tread carefully and perhaps for this reason is home to upscale all-inclusive resorts, most of them on the northern coast. But if that’s not to your liking, our deeper dive unwraps some of the best luxury boutique options too.

Moon Palace

4.3/5 (804 Reviews)
Moon Palace
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Now from $327 per night

The devotion to comfort and joy at The Moon is impressive and in this virtually self-contained coastal resort, many guests never leave to sniff ‘real’ life in Ocho Rios town. An almost bewildering array of rooms and suites fill two main blocks with modern, tasteful décor, though polished marble floors are a touch austere. Four pools (with cabanas and swim-up bar), a FlowRider wave simulator and children’s waterpark underline the family credentials. Food offerings resemble the UN and the huge Awe Spa has chandeliers above a swimming pool.

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Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

4.6/5 (946 Reviews)
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
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Now from $372 per night

The Grand is the plushest of a trio of linked resorts overlooking a sandy beach near Montego Bay. A cathedral-like lobby with classical pillars and rotunda ceiling suggest the adult-only clientele are here to worship at the altar of pleasure. Rooms have garden aspects or ocean-front views while swim-out suites seemingly have it all. Four restaurants (reservations essential) embrace Japanese and European haute cuisine. Grand guests can access the facilities of the adjoining sister resorts whose often livelier pool and beach scenes keep pure the holiday faith.

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Excellence Oyster Bay

4.3/5 (371 Reviews)
Excellence Oyster Bay
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Now from $427 per night

Beautifully sited on a private hook-like peninsula at Falmouth, this luxury resort faces the ocean on one side and a pretty bay on the other. Tranquil exclusivity is its lifeblood and the lack of children lends a sophisticated grown-up atmosphere. Suites and villas are supremely tasteful, most with in-room jacuzzis and pillow menus, some with plunge-pools or private pools, and the elite tier with personalised butlers. At the heart of it all is a two-level pool and restaurant complex just yards from the limpid Caribbean.

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

4.3/5 (976 Reviews)
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
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Now from $456 per night

With a relatively secluded peninsula beach, the Wild Orchid has an enviable location by Montego Bay. The ‘Unlimited Luxury’ buzzword here means unfettered access to 10 restaurants and nine bars (with gourmet dining and top-shelf beverages), themed parties and entertainment, and a raft of activities – pretty much everything apart from the spa.

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  • Hermosa Cove

    4.9/5 (59 Reviews)
    Hermose Cove
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    Now from $503 per night

    Near Ocho Rios, this unique haven offers quirky bohemian-tinged luxury courtesy of an arty couple who nurtured their 5ha (12-acre) seaside plot in the early 2000s. Divided into ‘the village’ and ’boutique lodging’, accommodation ranges from pretty Caribbean-style cottages and bungalows to a swanky modern villa plus a tree house. Tasteful décor with Gaudi-esque touches includes locally produced wooden sculpture and artworks. A trio of cascading swimming pools, luxuriant gardens and a highly regarded Jamaican-focused restaurant help gild this one-of-a-kind property.

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    Half Moon

    4.6/5 (493 Reviews)
    Half Moon
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    Now from $492 per night

    Opened in 1954 on an already generous plot, this grand dame of the Caribbean now occupies an extraordinary 160ha (400 acres) with two miles (3.2km) of private beach. Elegant accommodation comprises three distinct zones, from the original ‘cottages’ to newer five- and seven-bedroom fully staffed villas. Unifying them in varying degrees is a handsome whitewashed colonial style with pillars, arched verandas and balustrades. Past guests encompass royals, politicians and celebrities, while a lavish 2018 renovation has further secured its polish and anchored its pedigree.

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    Geejam Hotel

    4.7/5 (21 Reviews)
    Geejam Hotel
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    Now from $587 per night

    Overlooking the sparkling limpid sea of Cocoa Walk Bay on the northeastern coast, Geejam marries ultra-cool celebrity vibes and spectacular views with a section of rainforest in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The original recording studio opened by industry veterans has segued into boutique accommodation ranging from sleek modern rooms to rustic-looking cabins and a trio of boutique villas. There’s a private cove beach and the al fresco bar features an infinity pool plus state-of-the-art sound system. The musical DNA and studio of Geejam still draws some of the biggest names in pop.

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    More luxe breaks await in our rundown of the best resorts in Jamaica and the top boutiques on the island. Or if you’re got a destination in mind, why not check out our guide to the best hotels in Negril and the finest resorts in Montego Bay – then book your stay with Culture Trip.

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