Jamaica's Sexiest Hotels for Honeymooners

Home to some of the most unique and elegant resorts in the Caribbean

Updated 08/31/12
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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, plantation-style 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 route, time to find your ideal hotel!

Here, our favorite Jamaica hotels for honeymoons and couples.

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Half Moon Resort

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This elegant, 197-room Montego Bay property is a celeb magnet—none other than Prince Harry has been known to visit. We're obsessed with the two-mile crescent shaped beach and the 68,000-square-foot Fern Spa, which has a yoga pavilion, a lagoon pool, and overwater treatment rooms, so you can hear the waves crashing during your rosemary reflexology foot massage.

From $269; Half Moon Resort

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Sandals Royal Plantation Resort

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At this 74-suite all-inclusive property in Ocho Rios, butlers swing by with rosewater mist while you're sunbathing on one of two private beaches, and even expensive activities like golf and scuba are included. Splurge on in-suite aromatherapy massages, or at Jamaica's only champagne-and-caviar bar.

Rooms from $1,362; Sandals Royal Plantation Resort

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Round Hill Hotel and Villas

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This gem of a resort in Montego Bay feels more fancy-preppy: Ralph Lauren, who has two villas here, styled the Pineapple House's 36 oceanfront rooms all white, with pops of blue and pink. (Think East Hampton meets the Caribbean). Nothing beats sitting by the double-edge infinity pool overlooking the sea with rum punch in hand.

Rooms from $379; Round Hill Hotel and Villas

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Jamaica Inn

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At this deliciously atmospheric hotel, the formal cocktail hour on the main terrace is like stepping back in time, with waiters wearing jackets and ties—pop round to the library and you'll see photos of Ernest Hemingway visiting back in the '50s. The 700-foot-long secluded beach is drop-dead gorgeous, and all 48 of the plantation-style rooms face it. Talk to Teddy at the beach bar: He's been there 53 years and has seen it all.

Rooms from $310; Jamaica Inn

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Christian Horan

Once owned by James Bond novelist Ian Fleming, now owned by Island Records founder turned hotel developer Chris Blackwell, this gorgeous property on Oracabessa Bay is Jamaica's star-studded stay of the moment. Blackwell's "friends" hide out in the 21 mod, white-on-wood cottages, and stand-up-paddle the lovely green-blue lagoon. And by "friends," we mean Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, and Naomi Campbell.

Rooms from $560; GoldenEye

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The Caves

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This gorgeous all-inclusive property has just 13 rooms—think beachy-chic cottages with louvered windows and four-poster beds, surrounded by two acres of lush gardens. No surprise, given the name, but there are lots of cool, tucked-away spots for couples—in caves. You can request a private candlelit dinner or a massage in one. Or do after-dinner drinks at the chic Blackwell Rum Bar, carved from local stone and set in a limestone grotto.

Rooms from $445; The Caves

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Strawberry Hill

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Combine this unique 26-acre mountaintop property, whose past guests include Bob Marley, with a more traditional beach resort. Set 3,100 feet above sea level, Strawberry Hill overlooks Kingston and the misty Blue Mountains—yes, of Blue Mountain coffee fame (the property was a plantation in the 18th century). There's a gorgeous pool, 10 acres of terrace gardens, and 12 adorable Georgian-style cottages with terra-cotta bathrooms, deep soaking tubs, and heavenly scented ginger shampoo.

Rooms from $235; Strawberry Hill

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Tensing Pen

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If you're into rustic simplicity, head for this lovely resort, a string of 17 airy thatch-and-stone cottages hugging 15-foot high cliffs (you can jump off to swim!). Spend days kicking it by the pool, or take a 10-minute taxi ride over to Negril's famous Seven Mile Beach.

Rooms from $110; Tensing Pen

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The Rockhouse

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Another affordable Negril gem, the Rockhouse is set up above the electric blue waters of Pristine Cove. Expect to see a mix of celebs (Kerry Washington, Jude Law) and in-the-know honeymooners, who love the thatched-roof bungalows, 60-foot-long clifftop pool, and kick-back Pushcart restaurant, inspired by street-food—think jerk sausage, shrimp marinated in a spicy Scotch bonnet-pepper sauce, and fried sweet potatoes.

Rooms from $125; The Rockhouse

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Sandals Whitehouse Resort and European Village

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This fab all-inclusive on Jamaica's southwest coast feels super-secluded, thanks to its location on a 500-acre nature preserve. The 360 guest rooms, all with four-poster beds and marble bathrooms, are set in three "villages"—Italian, French, and Dutch—and overlook a two-mile beach. Couples have seven restaurants to pick from: Do a breakfast of crepes at Café de Paris and a dinner of saffron risotto at Giuseppe's.

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Couples Tower Isle


Fresh from a $30 million makeover, this all-inclusive resort now sparkles, and the 226 rooms have a white, airy feel. We love the pool's fun swim-up bar, which overlooks the Caribbean, and the intimate spa. Amenities like bottomless rum punches, fabulous lobster dinners, snorkeling, and catamaran rides are all included.

Rooms from $382; Couples Tower Isle

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Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, Rose Hall

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This gorgeous Montego Bay property sits on a small but beautiful beach. Rooms have huge marble bathrooms and 400 thread-count sheets—but you won't be indoors much. Ask the beach boys to take you out on a complimentary sail, or head over to the White Witch, the Caribbean's best 18-hole golf course. Save time to tour the historic Rose Hall plantation house below—rumor has it, it's haunted by a sadistic former slave owner, Annie Palmer (hence the name "White Witch").

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

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This adults-only Montego Bay all-inclusive has 350 spacious suites; some on the ground floor are even swim-out. All your activities—everything from sailing to water aerobics to nightly movies on the pristine beach—are part of the price tag. And with eight restaurants, you can try a new cuisine every night—Jamaican jerk chicken at Blue Mountain, Japanese teppanyaki at Himitsu, or fresh Italian pastas at Portofino.

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The decor and vibe are very boho-chic, and you can't beat the prices at Jake's on Treasure Beach—garden-view rooms start at $95 per night! The property is still family-owned, and the staff is beyond attentive and welcoming.

Rooms from $95; Jake's

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