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Jamaica has been pampering vacationers since the '50s when Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly would jet in, so this Caribbean isle knows how to do hotels in all shapes and sizes. Whether you two want an all-inclusive, pamper-perfect beach resort, a small inn or a resort that's more mod and boutique, Jamaica has it all.
Jamaica also couldn't be easier to get to: fly into Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, which is serviced by most major airlines, including Jet Blue, United, Air Jamaica, and American Airlines. Resorts in Ocho Rios (about two hours east) and Negril (one hour west) offer transfers. Now that you have a route, it's time to find your ideal hotel! Here, our favorite Jamaica hotels for honeymoons and couples.
Best Overall: Half Moon Resort
The legendary Half Moon is so famous that even Prince Harry has stayed there. While Jamaican honeymoons are more than just beautiful beaches, the two-mile crescent-shaped beach is perfection and it’s hard to imagine he could have missed the 68,000-square-foot spa, complete with a lagoon pool, yoga pavilion, and overwater treatment rooms that give couples the pleasure of a little aquatic eye candy with their pampering therapies.
The 210 glamorous rooms and suites plus 28 villas almost all have views of the striking Caribbean and are separated into three distinct areas. Eclipse at Half Moon, the newest, is best for couples, with expansive outdoor living spaces and some outdoor showers, too. The property-within-a-property boasts the refined Italian Delmare, Lester’s Bar, Market Cafe for takeaway snacks, and the traditional Jamaican cuisine eatery Spice. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jamaican honeymoon without water sports, wellness experiences, an infinity pool, and one-of-a-kind excitement like swimming with horses, plus access to an 18-hole championship golf course.
Best Story: GoldenEye Hotel & Resort
If James Bond were to go on a honeymoon it might look a little something like GoldenEye, since this exclusive Caribbean retreat on Jamaica’s north coast is where author Ian Fleming penned his 13 iconic novels. The 52-acre property is where literati and glitterati have holidayed over decades, making it an iconic place to spend a week snorkeling on Fleming’s favorite reef, paddleboarding from private docks, and throwing back cocktails as the sun sets at Firefly, rumored to be Captain Morgan’s lookout.
There’s an epic spa called The Field, immersed in a jungle-y environment beside a bright blue lagoon, with new standalone spa huts and a yoga deck plus healthy bites and elixirs from owner and music producer Chris Blackwell’s private farm. The cuisine on property hits high marks, too, with its perfect blend of Caribbean flavors and tropical ingredients. When it’s time to cozy up in bed, there’s Fleming’s personal five-bedroom villa plus a collection of beachy chic cottages in stumbling distance to the lagoon or sand.
Best Luxury: Round Hill Hotel and Villas
On a breathtaking 110-acre peninsula west of Montego Bay sits a little slice of paradise, which has played host to A-list actors and world leaders. A major draw? The 36 crisp, nautical-chic, Ralph Lauren-designed guest rooms that give way to seriously stunning seascapes from large windows. There is also a collection of rooms, suites, and larger private villas with private pools from which to choose.
Start with a rum punch and take your time with decisions such as whether to hang around the infinity pool or on the white-sand beach, or maybe float in the warm sea while tropical fish swim by. Work up a sweat in a pedal boat a deux, ride in the glass-bottom boat, and learn to scuba dive. There are couples massages to indulge in and candlelight dinners to cap off picture-perfect sunsets. Speaking of, the culinary offerings are a seriously great reason to get out of bed. The James Beard-winning executive chef oversees several options morning to night that encompasses moonlit dinners, a wood-fired grill, and barefoot evenings of Jamaican fare surrounded by torches.
Most Private: The Tryall Club
Picture 2,200 acres of spectacularly verdant valleys, hills, and one and a half miles of private shoreline—blissful white-sand beach included. This all-villa country club resort is ideal for anyone who seeks seclusion on their honeymoon. Think world-class golf, state-of-the-art tennis, and an 1800s Georgian great house for afternoon tea or pre-dinner drinks and fine rum vintages.
Book a private villa such as Aqua Bay, as it comes with its own Peleton bikes, ocean-facing gym, in-villa yoga classes, zero-edge infinity pool, butlers to coordinate in-villa couples massages, and a personal chef who will cook whatever your hearts desire. When you do want to peek your newlywed heads out, there are several dining options, like the Beach Restaurant, which harnesses produce from its own organic garden and other local suppliers. Get moving on forest and aqueduct hiking trails, a Jamaican heritage tour, prolific non-motorized and motorized water sports, and birdwatching in the inspiring slice of heaven.
Best Deal: Sunset at the Palms
Live out your romantic Robinson Crusoe fantasies in treehouse-style accommodations in Negril at an all-inclusive, adults-only resort. The 85 guest rooms all have balconies overlooking lush landscaping, with plenty of timber, daybeds, Asian-inspired furniture, and couple-ready showers equipped with double heads and four body jets. Chill out by the serene jewel-toned pool and hot tub, swim up to the bar for a tropical cocktail or get active with a slew of non-motorized water sports—kayaking, snorkeling (under arches and above coral gardens and reefs) and windsurfing—along the two-mile sandy beach.
Or, head off the property to golf, river raft, horseback ride or mountain bike. There are half a dozen dining and drinking options, from an a la carte restaurant with Caribbean flair to an intimate chef-driven dinner under the stars with a Mediterranean twist. There’s live reggae several times a week, too. Foodies can try a Jamaican cooking class or bartending lesson. And the spa is always available to massage out any tension lingering in the Treatment Garden.
Most Racy: Hedonism II
For couples who want to turn up the heat on their honeymoon—way up—there’s the adults-only beachfront resort that’s all about creating uninhibited experiences at couples’ own speeds. This all-inclusive property is fresh off a $1 million renovation, from its premium jacuzzi-studded rooms with a nude and a prude side, each with its own pool, hot tub, Beach Grill, and several bars so you can choose your own adventure.
There’s no judgement and ultimate freedom. Hedonism here means everything from a lemon butter-smothered lobster tail and decadent chocolate cake to a visit to the Romping Shop, with an L-shaped bed, sex swings, a glass shower, and suspension cuffs hanging to the ceiling where couples can explore and rediscover their boundaries—or lack thereof. And a boudoir photo shop is available for getting professional photos in sexy ensembles.
Best Design: Skylark Negril Beach Resort
With a name that means “to laze about and engage in shenanigans” in Jamaican slang, this new hotel on the famed Seven Mile Beach is for fun, social couples who wish to do just that. The sister property to Rockhouse boasts 28 rooms with Caribbean views, geometric breeze block exteriors, and a colorful, retro design referencing the island’s vibrant palette. The “laze about” part is well taken care of via beachside loungers, umbrellas, and food and drink services, plus an award-winning spa with a menu full of romantic couples’ treatments as well as relaxing beachside rituals.
Activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and meditation are also on offer. For meals, there’s Miss Lily’s, the first Jamaican outpost of a beloved New York City restaurant known for its on-display jerk smokehouse and BBQ grilling station, plus a vintage style, state-of-the-art sound system—there are DJs spinning reggae and dancehall nightly—and top-shelf rums.
Most Romantic: Jamaica Inn
Tucked away in a private cove in Ocho Rios, Jamaica Inn has been a place for romance since the 1950s. Fun fact: it’s where Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller honeymooned! This is paradise at its finest—and with no children under 10 years old. Made up of all suites (55 to be exact), it offers ultimate privacy as well as everything you could want in one timeless resort. A private 700-foot beach complements the bright, breezy suite, decked in antiques and turquoise accents to match the water outside.
Kick off the dream trip with a couples treatment in the oceanfront open-air spa using locally grown organic ingredients, and continue with a sampling of water sports. A gentle sea breeze is the cherry on top of every al fresco meal, whether on your own veranda, in the white-tablecloth prix fixe fine dining restaurant with live music (don’t miss Saturday Lobster Night), or at a private table on the sand.
Best Escape: Rockhouse Hotel
Jamaica’s a star-studded destination and Rockhouse is no exception; vacationers at this Negril hot spot include the likes of Kerry Washington and Jude Law. Honeymooners will find this 34-room boutique hotel stretched along the volcanic cliffs of Pristine Cove on the West End, fitting seamlessly into its environment with elegant rustic stone villas with thatched roofs and panoramas of the turquoise landscape beyond. The spa and bathhouse are world-class, with extensive treatments offered in either cliff-edge cabanas or the architectural temple-like Spa Pavilion in lush gardens (plus daily yoga).
There are six brand-new ocean suites with plenty of places to lounge and large balconies that are the place to be for sunset—perfect for honeymooners. The 60-foot horizon pool is beyond incredible, but lovers can also take the stairs down to the cove for snorkeling. There’s plenty to fuel the adventures: famous jerk chicken seasoned with organic herbs from the garden at the Pool Bar for lunch and two locally-loved restaurants for dinner, plus room service.