1 . Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

Rose Hall,

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You may say that if you stay anywhere in Jamaica as long as it was in Bob Marley country, it’d be fine by you. However, we promise that you won’t want to stay any other place when you step your sandal-bearing foot onto the grounds of our No. 1 pick, the adults-only Iberostar Grand Rose Hall.

This grown-up Jamaican paradise is something of a dream. Except, you don’t have to worry about blinking twice, it’ll still be there! Palm-tree covered courtyards, infinity-edge pools and a plethora of palapas await your hasty arrival to Rose Hall, not far from Montego Bay. And don’t worry about any lovers’ quarrels you might have about lost luggage or forgotten sunblock; this place breeds romance. And how could it not, with welcoming suites toting private balconies – complete with come-hither swinging benches, cushioned and ready for a serious snuggle fest! And the extensive list of resort activities perfect for couples is definitely worth mentioning. Although smooching isn’t on the list, we know it’ll be hard to refrain on a champagne sunset sail along Montego Bay’s coastlines. Zip-lining, horseback rides and good ol’ sunbathing are other must-do Jamaican adventures!

Highlights

Four à la carte restaurants featuring Italian, Japanese, surf and turf and gourmet entrees make your stay at Iberostar Grand Rose Hall an all-inclusive dream come true!

Related activities

Kayaking, golfing, beach activities, parasailing, cruise tours, live entertainment.

Fun facts

Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica.

2 . Royal Plantation

Ocho Rios,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (876) 974 - 5601

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This place is no royal pain in the behind; it’s quite the contrary! Royal Plantation – the No. 2 selection on our Top 10 Jamaica Resorts list – is also our second adults-only haven, making for a whining-free, crying-free, hassle-free Caribbean getaway in Ocho Rios.

Unless you’re bellyaching about having to decide where to drink Royal Plantation’s signature elixir, mangosa, then you needn’t worry about hearing or dealing with grouchy guests here at this Jamaican hotspot. Known as one of the country’s most discerning boutique resorts, Royal Plantation definitely lives up to its reputation. Delicious tropical concoctions, rosewater face and body misting and daily tea on the terrace are just some of the upscale extras that sets this resort apart from the rest. And for those in search of ultimate island R and R, the all-inclusive Royal Plan is the way to go. Besides drool-worthy meals at the award-winning restaurant, you have the opportunity to golf some of Jamaica’s best greens at the Upton Golf and Country Club. And should your heart (or lungs) desire to, you can even participate in a cigar-rolling class!

Fun facts

Royal Plantation’s 74 sumptuous suites boast jaw-dropping views of the ocean.

Related activities

Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and sunbathing.

Highlights

Royal Plantation offers extras like cooking classes featuring Jamaican flavors, too!

Laze on the same sundeck that iconic Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy sunbathed on at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Once private havens to the most elite, this Caribbean gem is now your place to rest, relax and drink in the Caribbean rays on your much-deserved Jamaican getaway.

Yes, you deserve to get pampered! Everyone deserves to now and again, especially if you’ve suffered through months of economic crisis while the job market went down the tubes. Well, all your money-scrounging and budgeting will have been worthwhile if you stay in any of Round Hill’s private villas or suites. Serenity starts at the doorway of this glamorously-understated boutique resort. We loved The Pineapple House’s oceanfront rooms, both renovated and designed by Ralph Lauren. But if you’re trying to impress your lovebird or plan on bringing the kids, we recommend staying in the bigger, individually-owned private villas. Luxe wicker, mahogany and bamboo furniture bedeck all 27 villas, while some even have pools! After a dip, dry off and try a gourmet creation by Round Hill’s award-winning chef, Martin Ian Maginely.

Fun facts

Other notables who made Round Hill their private Jamaican getaway include Noel Coward, Babe Paley and Cole Porter.

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, fitness classes, nature garden, Cabana shopping, jogging, walking, tennis, sea kayaking, tubing, waterskiing, diving and golfing.

Highlights

Looking for a great massage? Try The Spa at Round Hill!

4 . Geejam

Kingston 6,

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Melodiously calling all music heads: Geejam is your harmonic Jamaican retreat and our No. 4 pick. No, you don’t to be deeply involved in the music scene to appreciate this place, but it may strike your fancy to know that Geejam was originally a recording hideaway for superstar band No Doubt.

There’s nothing tragic about this kingdom of ultra-modern technology and organic island style. Situated on six lush acres near the foothills of the John Crow and Blue Mountain chains and extending to the Caribbean coast, Geejam offers you the best of both Jamaican terrains. And you’ll definitely want to explore them – that is, if you can tear yourself away from the Philippe Starck bathtub in the uber upscale Drum and Bass Suite overlooking the endless ocean. We also loved the Sandwood Villa and Deluxe Cabins, surrounded by meandering stone pathways and vibrant groves of avocado, breadfruit, plum apple and star fruit trees, making just the walk to your accommodations a blissful experience. And if you’re looking for a quality sunbathing location, check out the nearby Frenchman’s Cove - voted by Condé Nast as one of the world’s top five beaches.

Fun facts

Other musical greats that made Geejam their Jamaican recording home bas include Common, India.Arie, Björk and Gorillaz.

Related Onsite Offerings

Expect to be surprised by the advanced technology at Geejam – Apple iTV comes standard!

Highlights

Geejam Studios is the finest international residential recording studio in the Caribbean.

Goldeneye Resort may have been where the most memorable 007 adventures were born, but you don’t have to be a secret agent to enjoy the lush, natural beauty of the Jamaican jungle at the No. 5 choice on our list of Top 10 Jamaica Resorts.

Have you ever bathed outdoors? No, we’re not talking about getting sprayed by the garden hose while you’re washing your car or shivering in a communal, wooden-planked campsite shower stall. At Goldeneye, outdoor bathing is an art form you’d best take part in. Deep soaking tubs and soothing rain showerheads spring from thick, tropical foliage – all part of your stay in this Caribbean gem’s vacation house and villas. Now, about 007. Here, you have a chance to vacation in the original three-bedroom Fleming house, where Ian Fleming himself crafted all his James Bond novels. Like Fleming, you’ll be inspired by the intimate enclaves amongst the flora and fauna of this exotic wonderland – we sure were!

Related Onsite Offerings

Goldeneye Resort offers three villas: the one-bedroom Honeychile, the two-bedroom Tiffany Case and the three-bedroom Romanov, Solitaire and Vesper.

Getting there

Ian Fleming wrote all 17 James Bonds novels at Goldeneye.

Highlights

Delight in Goldeneye’s delicious entrees, like the Jamaican curried goat served with shredded coconut and nuts.

6 . Half Moon

Montego Bay,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (876) 953 - 2211

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Want to vacation at a luxury resort in Jamaica that has the time-proven reputation of being the best? Then get your fannies to Half Moon. For more than 50 years, our No. 6 selection has been providing the tropical stuff you’ve only dreamt about or yearningly watched on the Travel Channel!

Well, we didn’t want to do this do you, but we just don’t see any other way of fitting in all the unbelievable amenities at this Jamaican gem: a 68,000-sq.-ft. full-service spa, a par 72 championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., an Equestrian Centre, two miles of private shoreline and even a Dolphin Lagoon. We could go on about just how magnificent each and every amenity is, like the Fern Tree Spa’s chroma-therapy bubble massage tubs and the horseback riding along the sandy beaches. There will be more than enough decisions to make just based on activities alone, but you’ll also have to choose from nearly 200 guestrooms and suites! Don’t worry, though, there’s no bad selection at Half Moon. And for a secluded island experience, opt to stay in one of the 34 stately five- to seven-bedroom Royal Villas with private chefs and butlers!

Fun facts

Half Moon was awarded the prestigious Virtuoso Award!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon is a sprawling indoor/outdoor sanctuary featuring a private garden terrace, soothing massage room and dipping pool.

Highlights

Children younger than 12 years stay free at Half Moon!

7 . Jamaica Inn

Ocho Rios, St. Ann,

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Named as Jamaica’s Honeymoon Hot Spot by Modern Bride, it’s no surprise that Jamaica Inn is known for its heavenly suites and location on the most sought-after private beach on the island. Our No. 7 pick is sure to be your No. 1 selection if you’re looking for an inspiring Jamaican love nest!

Let’s face it; when you’re in love, everything around you seems perfect. At Jamaica Inn, you don’t have to be in love to see that everything’s perfect, but just think how much sweeter it’ll be if you escape from your busied life on an Ocho Rios rendezvous. Wake up to the sounds of the lapping waves with your darling as you watch the sun rise from your sprawling, open verandah. All 47 suites at this premiere boutique resort are guaranteed to set the mood on your romantic island getaway, but Jamaica Inn’s White Suite is in a league of its own. Situated on its own private peninsula, this one-of-a-kind suite features heart-stopping vista views of the aquamarine Caribbean from anywhere within the 2,000-sq.-ft. living space.

Fun facts

Jamaica Inn was awarded the title as No. 1 Jamaican hotel in 2008 by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Highlights

All Jamaica Inn’s suites feature an oversized, private balcony or verandah overlooking the Caribbean.

Related Onsite Offerings

KiYara Ocean Spa, pool, croquet, snorkeling, kayaks, exercise room, windsurfing, diving, meeting facilities, gift shop and laundry service.

8 . The Caves

Negril,

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Caves aren’t just for bats anymore; at our No. 8 pick situated, near Negril’s famed seven-mile beachfront, you have the exclusive chance to sip rum, smoke cigars and soak in soothing, bubbly waters all tucked deep in the bowels of the limestone cliffs bordering the sparkling Caribbean.

No worrying about stalagmites or stalactites – {adore}The Caves resort is an 11-acre tropical wonderland that incorporates the fossil-ridden cliffs that formed from age-old volcanic activity and the lush Jamaican flora with a truly elevated way of life. We were more than pumped when we found out that a private dinner could be arranged in either one of the resort’s natural caves or in a secluded cliffside alcove. And then we saw where we’d get to rest our heads. Comprised of one- to two-bedroom cottages and suites, plus a four-bedroom villa, The Cave’s 11 seafront accommodations will soon trump any past experiences you had in Jamaica. Louvered windows, handcrafted wood and wicker furnishings and one-of-a-kind artwork are featured in each naturally-ventilated suite and cottage. One of our favorites was the intimate One Drop A-frame cottage. You’ll love curling up on its inset couch after a rejuvenating shower under the clear, blue sky.

Fun facts

The Caves’ Aveda Amenity Spa was voted among the "Top Five Jamaican Spas" by Ocean magazine.

Highlights

Jump right into the ocean from the decks and stairways built into the cliffs at The Caves!

Related Onsite Offerings

Aveda Amenity Spa, cliffside Jacuzzi, saltwater pool, sauna, cave hot tub, yoga classes, kayaks, snorkeling tours, water rafts, bikes and 24-hour self service bar.

9 . Couples Negril

St-Mary,

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Your vacation doesn’t get any more hassle-free than at the all-inclusive Couples Negril – the No. 9 hotspot on our list of Top 10 Jamaica Resorts. Grab your sweetheart and your swimsuit and get to this tropical haven just as fast as that little jet can carry you!

Exclusively customized to couples, this Jamaican wonder was created as an oasis for the weary. Your vacation starts with a resort orientation that will introduce you to 18 acres of lush landscapes, white beaches and all the blissful amenities at Couples Negril. Here, you’ll be able to choose to take part in an action-packed itinerary of daily activities or to skip them and sneak off to hidden enclaves for a secret midday rendezvous. There’s even a secluded natural plunge pool – a perfect way to cool off from the warm Jamaican rays. After a calming couples massage in a thatched hut overlooking the Caribbean, you may want to sip a martini and listen to the melodic tunes at the piano bar. A candlelit meal in one of the resort’s five appetizing restaurants is a good way to round off the night – unless you’re up for a midnight dip!

Fun facts

Couples Negril was awarded No. 2 ranking in the Top 25 Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas in 2009 by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

Highlights

Couples Negril features 234 refined guestrooms and suites.

Related Onsite Offerings

Five restaurants, four bars, shopping excursions to downtown Negril, catamaran cruises, golf, Margaritaville shuttles, SCUBA diving and glass-bottom boat tours.

10 . Strawberry Hill

Kingston 6,

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A mountain resort in a prime Jamaican location? How could it get any better than this! Strawberry Hill has brought island vacationing to new heights not only with its elevated way of tropic living, but its location in the majestic Blue Mountains. Get ready for a good time at our soaring No. 10 selection!

Strawberry Hill has gone above and beyond the surrounding Jamaican resorts – literally! Perched 3,100 ft. above sea level, this distinguished mountain haven boasts 12 cottages steeped in 19th-century Georgian style, each overlooking the vivid city of Kingston. You’ll want to gaze at the island and ocean panorama forever, but we encourage you to take a gander at the historic buildings and gardens dating back to when the resort was an 18th-century coffee plantation. We loved the romantic ambiance of each custom cottage, and especially Strawberry Hill’s own bath amenities, including bath salts, gels, shampoos and lotions all made with fragrant night flower and hedychium, a scented ginger that only grows in high altitudes. And if you aren’t already in a state of Zen when you get to this Blue Mountain mecca, a Fusion Stone Massage at Strawberry Hill Living Spa will get you there.

Fun facts

In 1972, founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell bought Strawberry Hill.

Highlights

Check out Strawberry Hill’s extensive assortment of photos, awards and memorabilia from Chris Blackwell’s personal collection, including legends like U2, Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger and Sting.

Related activities

Mountain trail tours, SCUBA diving, deep-sea fishing, duty-free shopping, climbing waterfalls, botanic gardens tours and hiking excursions.

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