The best of Jamaica’s luxury hotels

06 April 2018


Jamaica is a Caribbean island that is no stranger to culture. From reggae music to natural splendour, it is a place known the world over and its charm and vibrancy keep people going back for more.

The Land of Water and Wood is home to some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts, which are opulent, coastal retreats for travellers who are looking for a spot of sun-soaked indulgence. Here are some of Jamaica’s top properties.

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn is one of Jamaica’s most intimate resorts. With a nod to its colonial past and a prime location on 700 feet of private, white sand, staying at Jamaica Inn will feel like returning home.

The hotel is in Ocho Rios on the more tranquil west coast of the island and each suite and cottage faces either the beach or the warm, turquoise waters. Although each one comes equipped with air conditioning, most guests opt to open the windows and let the sea breeze act as a natural coolant.

Jamaica Inn’s cosy feel makes it one of the most romantic places on the island, with an outdoor terrace where couples can dine and a separate veranda for cocktails, as well as a live band on most nights.

Half Moon

Set on 400 acres of manicured grounds with a backdrop of two miles of beachfront, Half Moon Jamaica is itself a destination.

The accommodation at Half Moon has been designed with both comfort and privacy in mind, with all rooms offering either patios or balconies allowing guests to enjoy the peaceful view of the gardens, pools and the ocean. With an abundance of space for comfort and relaxation, the rooms and suites are near to the sea and are all within walking distance or a short bike ride from the resort’s facilities.

Guests will be treated to the luxury of space and tranquillity that Half Moon offers, from the panoramic views of the ocean to sunrise yoga sessions in their overwater bungalow. Whether guests choose to relax on the beach, play a round of tennis or golf, visit a local art gallery or go horse riding along the beach, days at Half Moon can be spent any way you wish.

Round Hill

Steeped in rich history, timeless elegance and true understated luxury, Round Hill welcomes its guests with genuine Jamaican hospitality.

Set across 110-acres of private land, Round Hill offers an enclave of luxury villas, Ralph Lauren-designed boutique oceanfront rooms, award-winning seaside dining and an exquisite spa which lies nestled in lush, tropical hillside.

Round Hill also provides the perfect setting for a wedding or honeymoon and is where JFK and Jackie spent their first few days as newlyweds.


Set on Ian Fleming’s former retreat and giving inspiration to its name, GoldenEye resort is not an ordinary hotel; rather a collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts.

Each is surrounded by tropical gardens, private beaches and secluded coves and is perched on a sumptuous stretch of north Jamaican coastline in Oracabessa.

An excellent spa, water sports centre and tennis courts ensure you’ll always have the option to get active, while rooms are decked out with the latest electronics including Apple TV, iPhone docks, a Sonos sound system and flat screen television.


Luxurious and exclusive, Trident Hotel has 13 oceanfront villas which blend modernist design with an inspired take on the 1950s and 1960s décor. These secluded accommodations have spacious, airy interiors which flow organically from room to room in addition to private terraces with plunge pools.

From exceptional cuisine available at one of two first-class restaurants to a culture of fun and relaxation, this Port Antonio experience combines authentic Jamaican roots with the modern Caribbean lifestyle to ensure guests have the best time possible.

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