This past December, I returned to Jamaica after not visiting for about 6 years. What a sore mistake that was. I forgot how beautiful and lush the land is and how blue the water is, but most of all, I forgot how much I love the Jamaicans! Jamaican people make your vacation, they are the heart and soul of the island and the resorts they work for. All of this being said, I wanted to give you a list of my personal favorite top 5 Jamaican resorts, both family friendly and adult only. Here they are in no particular order!
#1- Secrets Wild Orchid – All Adult All Inclusive
I was so privileged in 2009 to attend this resorts grand opening celebration. I loved it then and was all too happy to return in December. Upon my arrival, it was pretty busy in the lobby area and the front desk staff was working diligently to get everyone checked in and settled as soon as possible. Once I was checked in, I went up to my room and my cousin ordered a hamburger through room service because we were both so hungry! It came hot with fresh french fries. We feasted and explored the resort. For dinner that evening, we went to the Jamaican restaurant and had fabulous, friendly service. After eating, we grabbed a drink at the piano bar and then danced with the live band. It is an incredibly welcoming property that I recommend again and again!
#2- Iberostar Grand Rose Hall – Family Friendly Resort
The Iberostar Grand Rose Hall is the top tier of the Iberostar resort in Jamaica. I love this resort because of the multiple room layouts for families and the wonderful water park for kids. There are plenty of food options to satisfy even the pickiest eater. There is a great kids program available starting with 4-7-year-olds, 8-12-year-olds and 13-17-year-olds. They offer a vast array of activities to keep kids engaged while parents can relax.
#3 – Couples San Souci – All Adult Resort
Couples Resorts is the best value for your dollar in Jamaica. Couples is the true all-inclusive. Couples San Souci is a beautiful 150 suite property located outside of Ocho Rios. Couples offers amazing inclusions such as a trip to Dunn’s River Falls, shopping tours, trip to Margaritaville, or glass bottom boat tours. There is plenty to see and enjoy at this fabulous all adult all inclusive!
#4 – Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma – Family Friendly Resort
The beautiful Azul resorts are very well known, well rated in Mexico. The Azul Beach Resort in Negril opened in 2017. This is a fantastic all-inclusive option for families. Azul has a great partnership with Nickelodeon and My Gym. They have thought of everything for families with young kids. They offer strollers, cribs, pack and plays, bottle sterilizers and other baby amenities so that you do not have to literally pack up your entire house to go on vacation with your little one! They offer some great kid-friendly food options as well as gourmet baby food. For the adults, premium alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages as well as all gourmet bites and food is included. There are wonderful entertainment and activities included as well. This is a great resort for couples, families and would be a fantastic location for a destination wedding.
#5 – The Caves – All Adult Resort
The Caves is a unique property located in Negril. The intimate 12 cliff-side accommodations are sure to spark romance. If the cliff-side accommodations are not enough romance for you, you can set up a gorgeous private sunset dinner tucked away in a cave surrounded by the sea and flower petals. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy at the resort. You can pass the time by kayaking, taking a dip in the saltwater pool or enjoying a massage in a candlelit cave. If you are looking for the perfect honeymoon or intimate romantic getaway, look no further than The Caves, Negril!