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The 12 best luxury resorts in Jamaica

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I have traveled all around the island and seen almost all the hotels and this is my selection of the 12 best luxury resorts in Jamaica. If you are ready to splurge in the best luxury experience you have ever had, read on.

But first thing first, I guess you are wondering how I can possibly know all the hotels in Jamaica. I am happy to answer that so that you will trust my suggestions. Before starting this full-time traveling and blogging adventure, I was working as a hotel contracting manager for an international travel wholesaler and part of my job was to travel to these beautiful destinations in the Caribbean islands and visit every single hotel from the budget one to the top luxury property. I loved every bit of it. And now I am happy to share what I have learned.

Ready now? here I am honored to present to you the best luxury resorts in Jamaica by destination.



This amazing all-inclusive boutique hotel belongs to the group of luxury hotels “Island outpost” created by Chris Blackwell, the famous former record producer known for forging the career of Bob Marley and bringing Reggae music to the world. (You might want to read this interesting article he just wrote about its successful story)  Well, his genius was not only related the music world but also radiated into the tourism field, as he created three amazing luxury properties, all of them in Jamaica and all of them differently classy, sophisticated and elegant. I will present them to you in their respective location.

The Caves is located in Negril, in the hip zone of the west end, on the cliff, overlooking intense blue water and the most beautiful sunsets ever. The hotel is made of private cozy cottages, all of the different shapes, locations, and decorations,  looking at the ocean. A fine restaurant within the premises offers full board services, access to the water, and a swimming pool for the less adventurous. A luxury experience in privacy and relaxation is totally granted.

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We are still on the cliff here, with this cute little property with only 9 cottages, scattered around the lush garden as you can see in this aerial stunning picture. 

This is not all-inclusive, which leaves you free to try different other restaurants outside the property although the 2 options you have at Tensing Pen will definitely exceed the expectations.

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Located at the very end of the west end cliff of Negril, this colonial-style stunning property is your perfect Caribbean home nestled in the tropical vegetation with stunning views of the ocean and unforgettable sunsets. The beauty of the interior merges the local design pieces, such as bamboo furniture, with modern comfort and elegance. You can choose between the villas or the suites. All of them will guarantee peace tranquillity and privacy. Click here for more information and availability.

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Although I am not a fan of ALL inclusive, I have to say that Couples Swept Away got to my heart. I love that place, the location and their superb fitness center, immersed in the lush vegetation, its delicate and diverse cuisine and the style of the rooms. Everything looked after in the minimal detail.  I used to spend my free afternoons, training at the gym and playing squash. It’s, in fact, open to external clients but there are always few people. Despite the beautiful and fully equipped gym immerse in a lush tropical garden, everybody prefers to spend time on the amazing huge equipped beach or float on the comfortable mattresses on the water. How can you blame them? Couples Swept Away is in fact located in one of the best stretches of beach of the 7 nine miles. For the fitness lover, the resort offers a variety of activities from yoga, pilates,  tennis lessons, and so forth. The spa also is one of the best in Negril. The rooms are grouped in different blocks of villas scattered around a thick and lush tropical vegetation. The restaurants offer a variety of meals from healthy to “differently” healthy. Once you enter Swept Away, you will never want to go out. It’s a luxury experience tout court.  The hotel is only for couples and doesn’t accept kids below 18. For singles, you need to make a specific request to the hotel.  

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The sister property of the Idle Awhile cliff property, but this time you are on the beach. The concept is the same, the beautiful bamboo furniture the pastel colors that evoke the beautiful garden surrounding you. You will love these places and will feel at home. Located on the popular 7 miles beach you can enjoy morning walks and you can try different restaurants on the beach beside the fancy one on the property.

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The iconic hotel is actually comprised of guest rooms and villas, scattered around the huge park which includes also tennis courts and a golf club. Besides the luxury experience, you will be brought back in history as the 100-acre peninsula was part of Lord Monson’s Round Hill Estate – a sugarcane plantation that later grew coconuts and pimento (allspice) and ultimately pineapples whose fruit became the logo of the exclusive resort.

Round Hill was conceived by Jamaica-born entrepreneur John Pringle, whose vision was to take the ’boutique’ concept both onto another level and so he did, indeed. The property is considered one of the most elegant and exclusive resorts in the Caribbean, welcoming you with the best of the Jamaican hospitality, award-winning seaside dining, an exceptional spa, and a private beach.  Luxury experience is an understatement here – (My favorite indeed, shhh!)

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Another icon of the Jamaican hospitality history is the luxury hotel Half Moon beach, located just outside the city of  Montego Bay on the way to Ocho Rios, it is a destination in itself with its 400 acres of extension along 2 miles beach and stunning gardens. The resort includes 197 rooms and suites and 31 luxury villas,  an award-winning spa and an internationally known 18 holes golf course. But it is not it. An equestrian center with 28 horses and dolphin center (where dolphin are free to go in and out of the natural swimming pool), tennis courts, jogging trails, well-equipped gym and yoga classes; and finally the so popular restaurant Sugar Mill probably complete the picture.

Bicycles are available to stroll around the property and feel at home. The numerous restaurants offer a sufficient variety of meals to keep your palate satisfied all through your stay. Despite the busy activity option you can also enjoy the tranquillity of the resorts and the numerous private areas and forget about everything else.

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Useless to say this is another favorite of mine but as you might have noticed they are all my favorites. 🙂 You are probably familiar with the name of this resort for being one of the 007  series of movies and in fact, this is where Ian Fleming had his house built from where he wrote his exciting novels. You can also book to stay in the house as it is for rent but very much in demand.  The hotel luxury cottages are built all throughout the huge property some on the beachside other in the garden or on the lagoon, which has a fascinating unique atmosphere. You are assured that your tranquillity and privacy won’t be interrupted. If you wish to know more and check availability click here.

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The beautiful colonial-style rooms and their stunning location, bring it around the immaculate gardens or right on the water, the friendly staff, who will make you feel like you are home, together with the exceptional dining it is what will make you want to go back every year, like the 80 % of the guests do. The Spa is another important landmark of the unique identity of Jamaica Inn.  There is something magic about it and you will tell me what it is after you have stayed there.

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The sister property of Couples Swept Away in Negril, Couple Sans Souci is another landmark in Jamaica, one of the oldest hotel in Ocho Rios, known as the “Jewel of Jamaica” The hotel blends old world charm with modern style. One of the things I love the most here is the natural mineral grotto, a mineral spring pool, and one of the spa cabins in a tower on the water. Of course, you can count on the kindness of the staff and their genuine Jamaican style hospitality. You will love this top all-inclusive luxury property. (Couples and adults only) 

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If you are in the area it is a must to go and enjoy at least a cup of tea and the famous cheesecake while enjoying the beautiful view. Even better if you can stay there for a couple of nights after hiking over the Blue mountain peak. That would be my ideal vacation. This is the best you can have in Jamaica for me. Oh! I have already said that. I know !! But Strawberry hill its a unique place and its glorious past resonates in the wooden walls of the newly restored buildings that Mr. Blackwell has had rebuilt after hurricane Gilbert devastation in 1988. In the 70s Bob Marley used to come here to revitalize and relax, and so many other artists appreciated its location, thinkers, and doers, continue to return to Strawberry Hill, time and time again, for revitalization and renewal. When you go you will understand why. On the hills of the blue mountains overlooking the city of Kingston glancing at the blue bay during the day and watching the sparkling city lights in the night while enjoying the silence and tranquillity, resting in the beautiful colonial rooms where the spirit of the past meet the modern luxury and elegance: pure bliss. Strawberry Hill is the exact definition of a luxury experience for me!   You can read more of its fascinating history here.

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This cute little jewel is located in one of the less beaten parts of Jamaica and yet the most interesting. The south coast is about to boom so hurry up and check it out before it happens so you can enjoy its peace and tranquillity. There are many cute little places but Jakes beat them all and if you want even more privacy you can rent one of their marvelous villas.  This place is really unique in its genre.  From the location to the colored furniture and service, pure magic. Especially I loved the honeymoon suite, a little isolated with the rooftop terrace as you can see in the picture,  heaven on earth. The food is delicious too and the spa will take you to the moon. They also have a yoga pavilion where they offer yoga classes in the mornings and evenings.

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Talking about iconic places, this other precious property couldn’t miss from the list. More than a luxury hotel, it is a luxury retreat which was built first of all as a recording studio. The rooms were built to have the singing stars stay directly in the resort close to the recording spaces. So everything had been built with this purpose in mind, even the glamour, the peace, and tranquillity. The restaurant is popular for its delicate and healthy dishes based on both Jamaican and Asian cuisine and the stunning view which will inspire you to write your next song.

Of course, an exclusive spa for massages, facials and aromatherapy treatments is in the peaceful lush premises and a fitness center.

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So, which one you pick? You can let me know your favorite hotel in the comments below, don’t be shy! 🙂

If you are looking for an Au Naturel resort, instead, you can check out this complete guide.


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