Jamaican All-Inclusive Resorts that Scream “VACATION TIME”

By Andrew Wong,

White sand, Blue Mountain coffee and easy-going hospitality… these are things of Jamaica’s all-inclusive resorts. Be pampered like the queen and king you are with food, drink and activities included from the moment your airport transfer drops you off at the resort gates.

Further, we include some Go Local tips to not only help you experience a more authentic side of the island but also to do your part in supporting the local economy.

Discover these Jamaican all-inclusive resorts that trivago users unanimously agree will put you into an irie state of mind.

 

Ocho Rios All-Inclusive Resorts

Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort, Ocho Rios

For a quiet adults-only experience on your Jamaican getaway, the staff at Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort will see through that you indulge in a week of refined pleasure.

To start, be treated to complimentary WiFi and airport pick-up from Montego Bay airport. For the VIP treatment, opt for a suite which includes a mini bar stocked with premium spirits, plush bathrobes and a personal butler. Whether you need beach seats reserved for the following day or last-minute help with packing, help is one call away.

Dining options do not disappoint either with Japanese hibachi for dinner or the late night temptation to sneak a bite from the pizza oven. Couples looking for that special “date night” feel should book a Pier Dinner reservation which comprises of a five-course feast overlooking the water.

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Go Local: Things to do in Ocho Rios

There’s no visiting Ocho Rios without working your way up Dunn’s River Falls. This 600-foot long terraced waterfall was once the site of the Battle of Las Chorreras where British soldiers held their ground against returning Spanish forces in 1657. Today, the Falls make for a rewarding half-day activity for couples and families. Pair yourselves up with a local guide and don’t forget to bring or rent a pair of watershoes and a waterproof phone pouch.

 

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Ocho Rios

“Premium” is the keyword at this Sandals outpost where 16 restaurants satisfy every which craving from sushi to chicken roti to mahi-mahi enjoyed in an overwater dining room. Couples on their honeymoon or organizing an extra special escape ought to go for a Love Nest Suite with a four-poster king bed, private butler, jetted tub and waterfront views.

Premium activities like unlimited scuba diving, paddleboarding, golfing and a chocolate buffet all come included in the room rate at this all-inclusive. This water paradise is surrounded by pools big and small (that includes 98 private villa pools) and a shuttle to link you to the resort’s beach.

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Go Local: Things to do in Ocho Rios

Participate in The Sandals Foundation’s Pack for a Purpose campaign which encourages guests to bring along school supplies for one of seven public schools neighbouring the resort. Books, toys and craft supplies in addition to new and gently-used kids clothes are appreciated.

 

Moon Palace Jamaica, Ocho Rios

Keep busy surfing the FlowRider Double Wave Simulator by day and bumping and grinding to the rhythms of Club Noir by night at the Moon Palace Jamaica. Get in a massage or rejuvenating treatment early at the AWE Spa, billed as the largest of its kind in Jamaica.

Families will appreciate dedicated kids and teens clubs, a splash pad and water activities all-included in their room rate. No kid-friendly detail is overlooked in the Family Deluxe rooms from Xbox and Smart TVs to bathrobes and slippers for the little ones — hello March Break HQ. Concierge Level rooms include adult perks like exclusive beach lounge chairs, a private candlelight dinner, L’Occitane bath products and two 25-minute massages.

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Go Local: Things to Eat in Ocho Rios

Ital cuisine, the brand of vegetarianism practiced by Rastafarians, is both a healthy and über-local way to get to know Jamaican cuisine. In Ocho Rios, dig into a raw pizza from Live Food Lifestyle, a crisp salad garnished with raw ackee from Mihungry or the dishes of the day at Calabash Ital Restaurant.

 

Montego Bay All-Inclusive Resorts

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay

Check your gremlins into Hotel Grandparents and send yourselves to an adults-only, all-inclusive escape at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall. The resort experience starts from the moment you land at Montego Bay Airport with a dedicated Hyatt airport lounge and check-in available in the terminal.

Dining options span the globe from Moroccan to fresh caught seafood prepared Jamaican-style to Brazilian barbecue. Work off all that feasting with twice daily dance lessons on the pool deck or the added resistance of a spin class conducted in the pool. Finally, light-filled junior suites include swim-up private pools that you surely won’t forget anytime soon.

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Go Local: Things to Do in Montego Bay

For Reggae fans visiting in July, schedule your trip around Sumfest which promises leading acts at Jamaica’s leading music festival. This weeklong festival, known as the “The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth” includes a Sunday beach party and an All-White Party on the Tuesday.

 

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay

Your all-inclusive day at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort may resemble something like an early morning kayak on the calm Caribbean blue waters, followed by sipping an Appleton Rum at the swim-up bar, before tucking into an antipasti platter at Luca di Mare restaurant. Kids (and adults too) will love the lazy river and waterslides that compete with swimming in the sea.

Go for an Oceanfront room which promises a private balcony with an unobstructed view of the sea, a coffeemaker loaded with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and sumptuous pillowtop mattresses.

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Go Local: Things to Eat in Montego Bay

Sure you’ll have the all-you-can-eat buffet at your disposal but there would be no leaving Jamaica without paying a visit to one of the beloved jerk centres scattered across the island. A road trip essential as much as an after-work stop for locals, places like Scotchie’s in MoBay are specialists in rustic cooking. Enjoy your tin-foil bundle of chicken on a picnic bench with intermittent dips of pepper hot sauce and sips of ice-cold Red Stripe.

 

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort, Montego Bay

Marble floors and colonial columns set an appointed mood at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton. The best parts about a new resort? A massive pool with swim-up bar, crisp air-con, a wide range of à la carte and buffet dining options and new water sport equipment.

Luxurious Villa Suites include premium furnishings, a private jacuzzi tub for two and an outdoor shower for those looking for a little extra. Book yourself in, we’ll grab you some oil-drum grilled jerk chicken and we’ll save you a spot right on the beach under the shade of the palm trees.

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Go Local: Things to Do in Montego Bay

What would a tropical paradise be without its two-winged vocalists? A visit to Rockland’s Bird Sanctuary is a foray into the colours and sounds of Jamaica’s west coast. The highlight of a visit to this cage-free paradise is the opportunity to feed a hummingbird while perched on your very finger. Cameras at the ready!

 

Negril All-Inclusive Resort

Sunset at the Palms, Negril

Tucked into Negril’s Bloody bay, Sunset at the Palms is a lush escape in the fullest. Contemplative cabin-style guesthouses dot this manicured (and adults-only) property. Included in your all-inclusive experience are three square meals, snacks and beverages, non-motorized water sports and evening entertainment.

Dressed in teak and wood accents, the “treetop” style guest rooms are hidden behind the garden foliage for ultimate privacy. Lanais, inspired by the Tropics, come attached to guest suites and are best enjoyed with a good read or a premium rum in hand.

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Go Local: Things to Do and Eat in Negril

From your homebase north of Negril, venture southward down the coast where you can spend a day taking the route taxis along the West End Road. Start at the landmark Negril Lighthouse before coming back north to some cliffdiving (or cove swimming) by Rick’s Café. Finally, stop off at Hammond’s Bakery on the way home for a quintessential chicken or beef patty.

 

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