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The top 12 resorts for the best Jamaican luxury experience

Isabella CARIBBEAN, JAMAICA Leave a Comment

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I guess  you are wondering now: “How can she possibly know all the hotels in Jamaica and  be able to tell us which one is best ?” I am happy to answer that, so that you will trust my tips :). Before starting this full time travelling 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 will bring my knowledge to you, to help you and chose what is best for you and have and amazing luxury experience.

(Curious about why  I have left that amazing job? click here)

Ready now? here I am honoured to present to you the top luxury hotels for your unforgettable experience in Jamaica.

NEGRIL

THE CAVES

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A romantic dinner at The Caves

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 the 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 an intense blue water and the most beautiful sunsets ever. The hotel is made of private cozy cottages, all of different shapes, locations, and decorations,  looking at the ocean. A fine restaurant within the premises offer full board services, access to the water and swimming pool for the less adventurous. A luxury experience in privacy and relax is totally  granted. Click here for more information and check availability.

TENSING PEN

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Aerial view of Tensing Pen

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. Click here for more information and availability.

IDLE AWHILE CLIFF

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Idle Awhile – view from a suite

Located at the very end of the west end cliff of Negril, this colonial stile 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 merge the local design pieces, such us bamboo furnitures, with the modern comfort and elegance. You can chose between the villas or the suites. All of them will guarantee peace tranquillity and privacy. Click here for more information and availability.

COUPLES SWEPT AWAY

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Couples Swept away evening view

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 centre, immerse 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 prefer to spend time on the amazing huge equipped beach 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 stretch 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.  Click here for more information and availability.

IDLE AWHILE BEACH

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Idle awhile on the beach

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 colours that evoke the beautiful garden surrounding you. You will love this places and will feel like 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 property. Click here for more information and availability

MONTEGO BAY 

ROUND HILL HOTEL AND VILLAS

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Round hill from above

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. Beside 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, exceptional spa and a private beach.  Luxury experience is an understatement here – (My favourite indeed, shhh!)

Click here for more information and availability.

HALF MOON HOTEL 

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One of the beautiful  rooms at Half Moon

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 acre 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 like 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.

You can get more detailed information and check out rates and availability here.

OCHO RIOS

GOLDEN EYE 

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Golden eye – view from the patio of a beach front room

Useless to say this is another favourite of mine but as you might have noticed they are all my favourites. 🙂 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 beach side other in the garden or on the lagoon, which has a fascinating unique atmosphere. Your are assured that your tranquillity and privacy won’t be interrupted. If you wish to know more and check availability click here.

JAMAICA INN

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Jamaica inn – view from a room

The beautiful colonial style rooms and their stunning location, being 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. You can have a look here for more info  and availability to this link. 

COUPLES SANS SOUCI

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A room at Couple San Souci

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 thing 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) 

Follow this link for more information on property, availability and rates

KINGSTON

STRAWBERRY HILL

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View from the infinity pool at Strawberry Hill

If you are in the area it is a must to go and enjoy at least a cup of tea and the famous cheese cake 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 new 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 revitalisation 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  luxury experience for me!   You can read more of its fascinating history here.

If you wish to know more and check availability and rates follow this link.

TREASURE BEACH

JAKES

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View from the roof top of a cottage

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 marvellous villas.  This place is really unique in its genre.  From the location to the coloured furnitures 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 pavillon where they offer yoga classes in the mornings and evenings.

Check out more info and availability here. 

PORT ANTONIO

GEEJAM

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The view from a room

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 have 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 an  fitness centre.

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

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