If you’re planning a luxury vacation, you may be setting your sights on Jamaica. Luxury in Jamaica comes in all shapes and sizes, from gratuitous pampering to watersports. Scattered throughout Jamaica are plenty of choices in which you can vacation with style, so Oyster.com has brought us a list of luxurious hotels that truly live up to their reputation.
For a small, romantic getaway, the Jamaica Inn is all about quiet luxury. All of its large, elegant rooms face the sea, providing the perfect view. This is not a party resort, but a quiet, comfortable inn designed for destination weddings,honeymoons and anniversaries. With its single thatch-roofed bar, beautiful rooms, and soft colonial décor, the Jamaica Inn has once hosted Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller.
On the lush foothills of Port Antonio, five private cottages make up the Geejam, providing a gorgeous setting and extraordinary service. Ideal for couples, this resort offers privacy above all else. The service is by request only so the staff can assist you when you need it, without being intrusive. But you can ask and you shall receive everything from unlimited menu requests to a chauffeur, and the whole lot in between. With the Caribbean’s most beautiful beach just ten minutes away, and the famous Blue Lagoon just twenty minutes away, the Geejam has been a host to Grace Jones, Gwen Stefani, and Sharon Stone.
Sandals Royal Plantation
Built into a bluff 25 feet up from the sea with neo-classical structural design, the adults-only Sandals Royal Plantation is ideal for honeymooners, with 74 ocean front rooms, some of the best beaches in Jamaica, and unparalleled services in the offering. From the personal check-in to the drinks service on the beach or anywhere else at this all-inclusive resort, the phrase “whatever you want” is taken seriously here.With its high-quality restaurants,two-tier hot tub and popular spa, couples would not need to look anywhere else in order to find a more romantic getaway.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas
If you are looking for a more family friendly destination for your vacation, the Round Hill Hotel & Villas offers devoted service and kids’ menus all alike. This resort looks and feels like a country club in an exotic, remote land. This resort features 110 immaculate rooms designed by Ralph Lauren, all with an exquisite view of the sea. The dense, tropical landscaping and tree-lined paths create an isolated haven. But there is no shortage of activities—parasailing, kayaks, a glass-bottom boat, and a 24-hour infinity pool built into a cliff edge. Breathtaking scenery, sincere hospitality, staff-supplied nannies, and a kids’ club make the Round Hill a perfect resort for the whole family.
With twelve unique, private cottages and suites tucked along garden paths and steep seaside cliffs, the Caves offers Jamaica’s most romantic escape. Local cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and attentive service are combined with scenery seemingly pulled from a storybook. Instead of a traditional beach with sand, the Cave features a series of platforms and paths carved into its cliffs. A diving platform rests just above the sea’s surface, where you can swim into—you guessed it—an actual cave.
The Half Moon
For timeless luxury, the Half Moon offers 230 rooms on over 400 acres with a two-mile beach. With regal décor and huge marble bathrooms, the rooms seem like they came from Buckingham Palace or the White House. Its breadth of activities sets this resort apart from all others, with a private cove where you can swim with dolphins, dozens of pools, and swim-up bars. Or try the spacious gym and spectacular spa for some high class pampering. There’s even Anancy Children’s Village for the kids and Hype Zone for teenagers. The regal elegance, endless activities, quality cuisine, and attentive service of the Half Moon has drawn everyone from Lil Wayne to Queen Elizabeth.
The GoldenEye Hotel & Resort
But little else compares to a chance to stay at the birthplace of 007. The GoldenEye Hotel & Resort was the former home to Ian Fleming, where the author penned all 14 James Bond Novels. In 2010, the property reopened after extensive renovations into Jamaica’s hippest and most luxurious resort. The Bond similarities aren’t taken too far, so don’t expect tuxedos and opulence; the luxury here is more laid-back. With stunning cottages and villas, a private beach and lagoon, trendy restaurants, and a tree house spa, the GoldenEye is drastically different than any other Jamaica resort.
Whether high-class or high-tech, elegant or trendy, you deserve a vacation. So if it’s luxury you’re after, you won’t go wrong with any of these choices. So take that break from the grinds of reality and rest in style, whatever the style. You earned it.