10 Best Independent Hotels, Beach Resorts and All-Inclusives in Jamaica

Being an island, Jamaica has no shortage of beachfront hotels with sweeping views of the azure Caribbean waters. Massive, high-end properties with household names dominate much of Negril and Montego Bay; two major tourist destinations. Choosing what hotel is right is the challenge, and each traveler seeks something different. Whether they are looking for an all-inclusive resort or privately-owned property, some stand out among the crowd for consistent service, friendly staff, and quality accommodations.

Hotels of this caliber like the Sunset at the Palms Resort will accommodate all of a guest's needs during their stay. When staying at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resorts, even the tiniest details are taken care of, leaving guests feeling welcomed and pampered. Golfers can also check out the Tryall Club, or Half Moon (Rose Hall), while scuba divers will find that Iberostar Grand Rose Hall has an excellent dive center.

Budget-conscious travelers can bunker down at Negril Tree House Resort, or stay at some independent hotels like the Country Country Beach Cottages and luxurious Moon Dance Cliffs.

This list helps visitors choose from the best hotels in Jamaica by reading trusted expert and user reviews. These sun-soaked, laid-back hotels and resorts will be the highlight of any vacation to Jamaica.


This Montego Bay hotel combines elegant ambiance with carefree Caribbean vibes. Bright and airy Ralph Lauren-designed guest rooms or private villa suites overlook the ocean and feature wicker, mahogany, or bamboo furniture with plush bed linens. Hotel amenities include the oldest beachfront spa in Jamaica with eight treatment rooms and a full-service beauty salon, in addition to tennis courts, a fitness center, and soft-sand beach. A kids' club will entertain little ones and several dining options include traditional Jamaican fare, farm-to-table dining, beach service, meals served on the outdoor patio, and live music in the evenings. There's even a boutique shop for those last-minute souvenirs.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This award-winning hotel has several packages, ranging from all-inclusive to romance to help customize your vacation.

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Sunset at the Palms Resort - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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Set on 10 acres, this hotel boasts 85 tree house-style rooms with two miles of white, sandy beaches. To really kick back, visit the treatment room for European-style spa options with a twist. Try the mango manicures or Blue Mountain coffee body scrubs. Several restaurants and bars are available both indoors as well as open-air dining, including a martini bar, Asian-style restaurant, traditional Jamaican cafe, and pool bar. This chic, adults-only resort is all-inclusive with upscale, air-conditioned rooms and suites in a lush, garden setting. A number of excursions and activities can be booked through the hotel, including the Rhodes Hill Plantation tour, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Be sure to check out the other two "Sunset" brand hotels in Montego Bay.

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Moon Dance Cliffs
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One of Jamaica's newest hotels, Moon Dance Cliffs, offers guests a boutique hotel experience on Negril's westernmost edge. Its picturesque setting is perfect for weddings and honeymoons while active travelers can have the adrenaline rush of jumping off the cliffs into the aquamarine water below. Rooms and villas offer luxurious amenities and a beautiful spa provides massage treatments outdoors or in one of three treatment rooms. Three dining options are available that include a swim-up pool bar, while Annie's bar grants panoramic views of the sunset. The 5,000-square foot pool area is truly stunning with a waterfall, hammocks and massage hut - all facing the ocean.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This independent hotel has a surreal setting and is doing everything right.

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Negril Tree House Resort
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Not everyone is looking to splurge on a luxury hotel, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice service. Negril Tree House Hotel is a bit more budget-friendly (rates starting around $120 per night), but still offers a prime, in-the-sand location. In business for over 25 years, all 70 rooms at this hotel are air-conditioned with suites offering kitchenettes - perfect for families or those who prefer preparing meals at "home." Cool off and relax in the pool and Jacuzzi, or go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters. Other amentites include an airport shuttle, hot tub, massages, gift shop, beach bar, parking, and WiFi.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: While other hotels and resorts come with a high price tag, Negril Tree House is significantly more affordable.

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Set on the sand in chilled-out Negril, this all-inclusive resort and spa is full of open-air spaces to bring the outside in. As part of the Sandals brand, Beaches Resort & Spa Negril offers plenty of dining options and activities bundled into the ticket price. Foodies will appreciate that there are eight different restaurants serving everything from Caribbean cuisine and barbecue to French and Italian. Depending on room or suite category, guests can have their own butler and private terrace, views of the Caribbean Sea, en-suite marble bathrooms, and hand-carved mahogany furniture. The Red Lane Spa offers high-end European products and treatments to ease worries away.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Operated by the Sandals resorts, Beaches is a solid choice for those seeking an all-inclusive stay.

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall All Inclusive
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This massive, all-inclusive hotel has something for couples, families, business travelers, and just about anyone on vacation. With four restaurants to choose from - including both Cajun and Japanese restaurants, - a relaxation spa, kids club, and nightly entertainment, there is always plenty to see and do. The five-star, beachfront property is eco-friendly and is an ideal choice for scuba divers: Dressel Divers is located right on the property and the boat launch to nearby sites is a few steps away. Complimentary sports include tennis, gymnastics, water polo, aerobics, volleyball, table tennis, and dance lessons as well as water-sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, catamarans, and sailing.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A great base camp for scuba divers, this all-inclusive resort is also great for families and couples.

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The Tryall Club
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As a favorite among golfers, this sprawling resort has more than 70 villas that become your home-away-from-home while on vacation. These villas make an excellent choice for lengthy stays, family reunions, weddings, and other events. Dining options range from breakfast at the Great House to romantic gazebo dinners with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. Gourmet chefs prepare a variety of dishes with both West Indies and Continental influences. In addition to an 18-hole, par 71 golf course, the Tryall Club also employs a staff of 24 professionals at the tennis center, including instructors offering private lessons to guests.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is an excellent choice for golfers and tennis players.

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Half Moon (Rose Hall)
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For more than 60 years Half Moon has been an institution in Rose Hall (Montego Bay) and is still under the same family ownership. Featuring 197 rooms and suites, private cottages and spacious villas, this luxury resort continues to provide excellence and service to its guests. Two miles of soft-sand beaches beckon visitors on this 400-acre, private estate as well as an 18-hole championship golf course, an equestrian center, 13 tennis courts, and numerous children's facilities. In addition to high-end dining options, guests can kick back with a beach barbecue, or sample international far with a Caribbean twist at Robbie's Kitchen.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: An institution in Montego Bay, this familly-operated resort continues to impress.

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If all-inclusive resorts and luxury hotels aren't your thing, this darling, beachfront inn might be more your style. Set smack in the middle of Negril's 7-Mile Beach (right near Margaritaville), Country Country Beach Cottages oozes with Caribbean charm and warm hospitality. Choose one of 20 beach cottages that each feature a private patio and walkways to tropical gardens and soft sand. The open-air restaurant and bar is a great place to catch the sunset and sip on a cocktail, or enjoy a traditional Jamaican breakfast. All rooms come with air conditioning, mini refrigerators, cable television, radios, phones, and in-room safes.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Country Country offers an authentic Jamaican experience away from mobs of tourists.

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This mega-hotel chain is a household name for a reason, and has become a popular choice for visitors to Jamaica. In Montego Bay, the all-inclusive Sandals Royal Caribbean sets itself apart with a historical-British theme (think afternoon tea and croquet), beachfront location, a private island featuring a Thai restaurant, and high-end accommodations complete with personalized butler service (in higher categories). Their all-inclusive package covers unlimited scuba diving, water sports, nightly entertainment, land activities (beach volleyball, billiards, Xbox), dining at one of eight premier restaurants, and alcoholic beverages. Other optional add ons include private, dining by candlelight and lavish spa treatments.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For an all-inclusive stay without the stress, Sandals has it covered.

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