Jamaica’s private beaches, island cuisine, reggae
and spa-ing? Why wouldn’t you?
WHETHER in search of warm weather, locally sourced cuisine, or only-in-Jamaica culture and adventure, these top resorts via Island Destinations celebrate unforgettable views, seaside golf courses, and opportunities to explore and decompress.
Nestled along tropical gardens, private beaches, and secluded coves in Oracabessa, this hotel is a collection of private villas, cottages, and beach huts. With ancient vines and trees, this jungle-meets-sea locale creates an ethereal ambiance.
Known For: Part fresh spring water, part seawater, the Lagoon is always warm, clear, and tranquil—ideal for swimming laps, exploring beneath the water’s surface, or just lazing the afternoon away.
Not to Miss: Plant a tree at GoldenEye. By making a donation of $1000 to the Oracabessa Foundation, which focuses on local, sustainable development, you’ll follow in the footsteps of such Hollywood stars as Michael Caine and Johnny Depp.
Eat: Dine at the treehouse-style Gazebo, which overlooks Low Cay Beach and the Lagoon. Order the Butter Roasted Lionfish, served with cornmeal, mussels, garlic and parsley.
Spa: Unwind at the Field Spa with the Cooling Sea Salt Glow Body Scrub. Receive a detoxifying scrub with sea salt harvested in nearby Oracabessa Bay, combined with Jamaican green coconut oil, followed by a hydrating massage with mint-infused coconut lotion.
Located in Montego Bay, Half Moon is a favorite destination for presidents and royalty. The private oasis celebrates the finest in Jamaican hospitality, culture, food, and adventure.
Known For: The resort’s 35 acres of beach front, originally used for stevedoring (loading and unloading ships) and home to a sugar cane estate, stretches several miles between foothills and Jamaican coastline.
Not to Miss: Half Moon’s Equestrian Center offers riding, jumping, and polo lessons. Additionally, the unique Turf and Surf Experience includes a swim with the horses.
Eat: Experience Sugar Mill Restaurant, known for its historical location and unique twist on Jamaican cuisine. Order the Solomon’s Brochette—a beef, pork, sausage, fish, and shrimp skewer prepared tableside. Sip a curated selection of premium rums, including the 50-year-old Appleton Estate rum.
Spa: Cleanse your soul and revitalize your body with the Fern Tree Spa’s Jamaican Bush Bath, steeped in fresh herbs, roots, leaves, and fruits. This traditional Jamaican experience is known for its healing principals.
With a backdrop of impeccably manicured green lawns, vibrant flowers, and blue seas, 48 blue-trimmed white suites and cottages frame ocean views at this Ocho Rio property. International travelers are tempted to this intimate Jamaican resort for its authentic spin on the country’s laid-back lifestyle.
Known For: The iconic, small luxury hotel was where Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller famously toasted their honeymoon, and James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, sipped martinis at the bar.
Not to Miss: Take a day boat trip to Dunn’s River Falls with Tony and Marvin and discover the rugged coastline. Along the way, snorkel in crystal-clear waters—Tony and Marvin have insider knowledge of top spots.
Eat: The local favorite, Jamaican Patties, is a decadent pastry filled with curried chicken or spicy beef and served with a mixed greens salad and herb vinaigrette.
Spa: Try the signature Biolight™ Miracle Facial at the Ocean Spa. It employs a Glyco-Sea Glyolic peel to help brighten and diminish the appearance of hyper-pigmentation from sun while enriching the skin with anti-aging benefits.
Known as one of the most luxurious resorts in Montego Bay and the Caribbean, Round Hill is lauded for genuine Jamaican hospitality, while the resort’s Kids Club is a draw for young families.
Known For: Ralph-Lauren designed oceanfront suites feature white stone floors, romantic, four. poster mahogany beds and furniture from the designer’s home collection.
Not to Miss: Experience Jamaica’s South Coast on a Black River Safari. Float down the Black River and explore an incredible ecosystem of exotic animals.
Eat: Don’t miss the Seaside Terrace’s Jamaican Night Buffet. It’s filled with traditional Jamaican fair including Crispy Fried Conch and Red Pea Soup with Jamaican Coco Bread.
Spa: Try the Vichy Shower Therapy. An outdoor shower is located under a canopy of tropical foliage and increases blood circulation, hydrates the skin, and soothes the nervous system through hot and cold water movement.