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4 Luxury Hotels in Jamaica – A Guide to The Best Paradise Escapes

4 Luxury Hotels in Jamaica - A Guide to The Best Paradise Escapes

Craving for a winter holiday in the sun? Here are four luxury hotels in Jamaica that will make you drool.

From paradise villas next to the beach to bohemian cottages upon a volcanic cliff and Ralph Lauren's go-to getaway. These luxury hotels in Jamaica makes it easy to beat winter blues. You can even stay at the place where Ian Fleming created Bond. James Bond.

Do I have to say more? Spend days on white-sand beaches, go swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear Caribbean waters, admire breathtaking sunsets, enjoy island-inspired cocktails and dining and just be.

Jamaica exceeded all my expectations. It's easy to find your own piece of paradise and escape from reality. What can be said for all of these luxury hotels are that they welcome you with genuine Jamaican hospitality. Begging repeat visits.


Luxury Hotels in Jamaica
An ordinary walk becomes extraordinary at the romantic Rockhouse

Half Moon Luxury Resort in Montego Bay

Half Moon Luxury Resort, Montego BayBeach Sunset at Half Moon Luxury Resort, Montego Bay

We stayed at the 5-star luxury resort Half Moon in Montego Bay. It's a beyond fabulous getaway that stretches across 400 acres. The immense size means that the resort never feels crowded. It's like you've found your private piece of paradise.

Half Moon Resort features 197 rooms and suites and 31 villas, most of which have views of the Caribbean Sea. Add two miles of beachfront, 50 pools, fantastic food, the largest award-winning spa oasis in Jamaica and tons of exciting activities – from windsurfing and kayaking to horseback riding on the beach.

It's a place where you can start your day with yoga meditation in the overwater bungalow, cycle to the Seagrape Terrace for breakfast, indulge in a massage, swim with horses and eat dinner under the stars at the Sugar Mill, awarded as Jamaica's best restaurant.

I wish I could have stayed here for weeks. Half Moon Resort is a destination in itself.

Half Moon Luxury Resort in Jamaica

Half Moon Resort Villas

GoldenEye Resort in Oracabessa

White beach at Golden Eye Resort
James Bond fan or not, this place is hard to leave …

Welcome to GoldenEye Resort SignGoldenEye Boutique Hotel & Resort | Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica

Another paradise in Jamaica is GoldenEye Resort, situated on a white sand beach along the Caribbean coast. This high-end hotel features mesmerizing private beaches, hidden coves, a saltwater lagoon, a chic spa and tropical forests.

The resort is a favorite among celebrities and draws guest like Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Jay-Z, and Grace Jones. It was also Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat. All 14 James Bond novels were written here. If you've got $2,500 to spend, you and nine of your friends can even stay in Fleming's original 5-bedroom villa for a night.

The 58-acre resort features ocean and lagoon view villas, cottages and huts – some with their own bar, pool and snorkeling beach.

James Bond fan or not, GoldenEye is a place you'll never want to leave. It's an idyllic island getaway where it's easy to feel like a celebrity on vacay too.

  • I recommend it for: Everyone (with enough budget) that wants the ultimate Caribbean retreat and privacy
  • Location: Oracabessa, St. Mary, Jamaica
  • Stars: 5
  • » Click here for rates and booking

Golden Eye Resort

Snorkeler's Cove in Jamaica

Rockhouse Hotel in Negril

Rockhouse Hotel in Negril

Another luxury retreat (with a smaller price tag) is the chic boutique hotel Rockhouse. It's so freakin' romantic and absolutely perfect for couples. The hotel is perched on the volcanic cliffs of Negril's scenic Pristine Cove.

The thatched-roof cottages are situated directly over the turquoise water and are nestled among tropical gardens. You can go swimming in the sixty-foot horizon pool, go snorkeling on the reef, listen to live reggae music and try the best of Caribbean cooking and island-inspired cocktails at the Rockhouse restaurant. This place, at Jamaica's westernmost point, is also known for its jaw-dropping sunsets.

While Half Moon and GoldenEye feel more classic and luxurious, Rockhouse mesmerize you with it's romantic and hip vibe. At just a glance, it's easy to understand how Rockhouse can yet again, claim the title as Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel.

Fish fountain at Rockhouse

Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica

Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay

Round Hill - Paradise room outside

Round Hill - Luxury Hotels in Jamaica

Round Hill Hotel & Villas has been a Jamaican icon since its opening in 1953. It's one of the most sought-after hotels in the Caribbean. The elegant and timeless beachfront resort features bright Ralph Lauren-designed rooms and ocean views, award-winning seaside dining, open-air yoga pavilion, 4-poster beds, spa, and huge fitness center looking out over the beautiful panoramas of Jamaica's northern coast.

There are 27 stunning villas and 36 oceanfront guestrooms. The villas are all privately owned, Ralph Lauren amongst them, but when they are not in residence, you can rent the suites or whole villa for yourself.

Round Hill has been a favorite vacation spot for old Hollywood stars and new celebrities alike. Everybody from JFK and Jackie – who honeymooned here – to Paul McCartney, Grace Kelly, Heidi Klum and Ryan Gosling have stayed in a private villa. It's not difficult to understand why celebrities love this resort. Even though it's popular, it feels like a secret retreat. It's private and elegant. It's the sort of place where you can shower outdoors underneath palm fronds or enjoy a dip in your own pool overlooking the ocean – with nobody else in sight.

It's a down-to-earth and relaxing place with magical settings. It's an ideal getaway for both couples, friends, and families.

Adaras at Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Round Hill Beach

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*I visited Jamaica on a press trip organized by Visit Jamaica. As always, all opinions are my own.