Where to Stay During a Trip to Jamaica

The idyllic ocean view from Jakes Hotel
The idyllic ocean view from Jakes Hotel | © Juan Serrano Corbella / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 August 2020

When booking a hotel on the tropical island paradise of Jamaica, you can choose from luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Ocho Rios, affordable homely hostels in Kingston or a romantic getaway in Negril. Here’s where to stay when visiting Jamaica.

Jake’s Hotel

Independent Hotel, Hotel, Cottages
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Pool and bar area overlooking the sea Jakes Island Outpost Treasure Beach south coast Jamaica West Indies
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This bohemian enclave in Treasure Beach is the perfect place to relinquish yourself to the easy-going pace of island life. Jake’s Hotel’s ocean-front bungalows, intimate cottages and villas with private pools are adorned with whimsical decor including stained-glass windows and mosaic flooring. The family-owned accommodation is equipped with an ocean-fed swimming pool, several restaurants offering typical Jamaican delicacies prepared with locally sourced ingredients, an open-air spa and daily yoga practices upon request.

Couples Negril

Resort, Love Hotel
4.6/5 (986 Reviews)

If you’re traveling to Jamrock with your significant other, reserve a room at the romantic Couples Negril resort. The all-inclusive couples-only beachfront resort is the best place to surf and sunbathe with your partner. There’s even a slice of the beach where you can soak up the rays in your birthday suit. If that’s not your thing, get a massage on the beach or partake in unlimited scuba diving and watersports, including paddleboarding. The 234 guest rooms and suites feature a tropical aesthetic with luxurious amenities and private balconies.

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Moon Palace

4.3/5 (748 Reviews)
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - April 22, 2019: Coastline view with Dolphin Cove Moon Palace, in the tropical Caribbean island of Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
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From $301 Per night per room
If you want to be based in the middle of all the action, reserve a room at Moon Palace in Ocho Rios. The luxurious all-inclusive beachfront AAA Four Diamond resort has 705 rooms, a private beach and multiple swimming pools. Relax with a massage and hydrotherapy at Awe Spa, the largest spa in Jamaica; get an adrenaline rush on the only double wave simulator in Jamaica; and enjoy phenomenal meals and expertly crafted cocktails at the property’s many eateries.
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  • GoldenEye

    Cottages, Cabin, Lodge
    4/5 (1 Reviews)
    From $578 Per night per room

    Vacation like James Bond at GoldenEye in St Mary. Ian Fleming wrote many of the James Bond novels at the family-friendly Island Outpost property. Forty-five villas, cottages and beach huts are sprinkled along the private beach and surrounded by lush jungle. Some rooms have direct access to the lagoon and all feature a record player and a selection of records. Take a dip in the circular pool that jets out over the ocean, indulge in a facial at the Fieldspa and enjoy dinner and drinks at the al fresco dining establishments.

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    Round Hill

    Villa, Resort, Hotel
    4.7/5 (257 Reviews)
    Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica, Caribbean
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    From $602 Per night per room
    Stay at a traditional Jamaican hotel that has hosted many movie stars throughout the decades. Located conveniently in Montego Bay with 36 elegant oceanfront Ralph Lauren-designed rooms and 27 luxury villas, Round Hill is a timeless property and a memorable place to stay. Enjoy remarkable hospitality at the 110-acre (45-hectare) property as you make use of the accommodation’s award-winning seaside dining establishment, idyllic spa, yoga classes in an open-air shala and swim in the private bay. The family-friendly establishment also has an exciting Kids Club.
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    Ragamuffin Hostel

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    Stay in the middle of all the action in Kingston at the Ragamuffin Hostel. With eccentric decor and affordable rates, this is the perfect place for budget travelers who are eager to immerse themselves in Jamaica’s unique culture, as it’s just a stone’s throw away from Devon House and the Bob Marley Museum. Book a bed in the dorm rooms that offer guests privacy curtains, reading lamps and power outlets in each unit. There’s also a coffee shop on-site.

    These recommendations were updated on August 6, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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