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5 must-stay resorts in Jamaica

Famous for its beautiful beaches and rich culture, Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations for vacationers looking for a laidback island getaway. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a fun-filled getaway for the whole family, we’ve compiled a list of arguably some of the best resorts in Jamaica!

Aerial view of Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Relax and recharge by the sea at Riu Palace Tropical Bay

Unwind in paradise at Riu Palace Tropical Bay, an upscale resort set on Negril’s white-sand shores. Start your day with a delicious champagne breakfast before heading over to the Renova Spa where you can indulge in spa treatments such as revitalizing facials, invigorating body scrubs and soothing seaside massages. Those looking to relax in the sun can lounge on the beach or sunbathe by one of the sparkling pools with tropical cocktails brought to you by attentive poolside waiters. Afterwards, retire to your newly-modernized guestroom and take advantage of premium amenities including in-room liquor dispensers and 24-hour room service.

Asian-themed restaurant with Teppanyaki cooking table
Treat your taste buds to gourmet cuisine at Royalton White Sands Montego Bay

Royalton White Sands Montego Bay offers five-star dining experiences that are sure to please of the most discerning of palates. With reservation free dining at an array of upscale à la carte venues, you can opt to dine at OPA!, the resort’s gourmet Mediterranean restaurant or Armadillo, a fusion venue specializing in Tex-Mex cuisine. Those looking for an elevated dining experience can savour expertly crafted seven-course meals at C/X Culinary Experience Chef’s table. After dinner, head over to the resort’s open-air theatre that offers a varied program of nightly entertainment.

Lazy river at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort
Zoom down winding water slides at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort

One of the island’s top family resorts, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort, is home to one of the largest waterparks in the area! Kids – and kids at heart – can spend the day slipping down the super speed slide, floating along the lazy river and cooling off in the splash pools. When it’s time to dry off, relax in a spacious family cabana or sunbathe on the expansive oceanfront sundeck. After splashing around at the water park, kids can head over to the supervised kids club while parents can take advantage of complimentary green fees at the nearby Runaway Bay Golf Club.

Sun loungers under palapa with private beach in the distance
Soak up the sun on a private beach at Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay Jamaica

Set on a private golden-sand beach, Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay Jamaica is an ideal vacation spot for sun-seekers. Spend sunny days relaxing in a comfortable lounger overlooking the ocean or cool off in style with resort-offered kayaking and snorkeling in sparkling waters filled with colourful marine life. After a day of fun in the sun, grab a bite to eat from Sea Breeze restaurant and take in stunning seaside views or enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise along Montego Bay’s picturesque coastline.

Views of lush jungle from spacious private balcony of treehouse suite
Stay in luxury tree house-style accommodations at Sunset at the Palms

Escape the everyday with a romantic retreat to Sunset at the Palms in beautiful Negril. Just steps from a pristine, white-sand beach, this adults only oasis is widely considered to be of the best resorts for couples in Jamaica offering unique experience surrounded by nature. Experience tropical tranquility from the comfort of your tree house-style guestroom nestled in verdant tropical gardens with spacious private balcony. When the sun goes down, enjoy fine dining at Chef’s Showcase Under the Stars, the resort’s elegant open-air dining experience.

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