Montego Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Jamaica. But no matter how sublime the surroundings, the wrong choice of hotel can quickly turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Fortunately, the area is blessed with enough first-rate hotels to make sure that doesn't happen. From all-inclusive resorts to cozy beachfront inns, you'll have your pick of great places to stay. To whet your appetite, here's our selection of the ten best Montego Bay hotels.
10. Country Country
If you prefer cozy little hotels over sprawling resorts, you won't be disappointed with Country Country, Small, intimate, and blessed with more charm than a basket of kittens, this precious little beachfront inn is ideal for customers looking for the personal touch. Its location in the middle of Negril's 7-Mile Beach is hard to fault, as are its amenities. Its 20 beach cottages feature the full complement of comforts and conveniences, including radios, phones, in-room safes, mini-refrigerators, cable television, and air conditioning. If that wasn't enough, each cottage boasts its own private patio that spills out onto tropical gardens and beach walkways.
9. Sandals Inn
With just 52 guest rooms and suites to its name, Sandals Inn isn't what you'd describe as large. But while it might be small on rooms, it's big on everything else. Guest rooms boast the whole caboodle of amenities, including Wi-Fi access, well stocked minifridges, sitting areas, HD smart TVs, and Sandals' iconic mahogany four-poster beds. Elsewhere on the property, you'll find three restaurants, two bars, and several sports courts. If you want to add some spice to your dining and entertainment options, opt for the "Stay at 1, Play at 3 Program" package, which lets you eat and play at the hotel's nearby sister resorts, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay.
8. Negril Tree House
If you're on a shoestring budget, don't despair. Montego Bay boasts some great budget options, including the delightful Negril Tree House. Cheap, cheerful, and blessed with a prime beachside location, it's a great choice for vacationers who aren't prepared to sacrifice quality for economy. Each of its 70 rooms comes complete with air conditioning and kitchenettes. Onsite amenities are extensive and include a pool, Jacuzzi, airport shuttle, hot tub, gift shop, beach bar, parking, and WiFi.
7. Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
If you're looking for an adults-only, all-inclusive resort, look no further than Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay. Set on a thin peninsula and blessed with stunning views, this is the kind of hotel where your every need is catered to. Each room or suite features a private balcony with either garden or ocean views, a flat-screen TV, and a fully stocked minibar. Onsite amenities and activities are bountiful: expect a pool, tennis, snorkeling, yoga, and a choice of nine restaurants. If you want to take the luxury up a notch, opt for the Unlimited-Luxury package to enjoy unlimited beverages and wait service at the beach and pool.
6. Toby's Resort
You don't have to spend a fortune to live like royalty. Toby's Resort may be one of Montego Bay's more budget-friendly options, but this is a place that doesn't use affordability as an excuse for poor service. Blessed with charm and oozing Caribbean hospitality, this family-run hotel offers a smorgasbord of amenities, including an open-air gym, a meeting room, a game room, a restaurant and two bars. The rooms may lack some of the ultra-modern conveniences of some of the area's more luxurious hotels, but they still have everything you'll need for a comfortable stay, including private patios, cable TV, free wi-fi, and air conditioning.
5. Secrets St. James
Located around 5 miles from Sangster International Airport on a peninsula that juts into the Caribbean Sea, Secrets St. James is blessed with a sublime location and an equally sublime reputation. Each elegant, spacious guest room is equipped with private balconies with deck chairs, flat-screen TVs, fully stocked minibars, and 24-hour room service. Complimentary wait service, Wifi access, unlimited food and drink, themed parties, and a full roster of activities are included as part of the package. It may be on the expensive side, but if you're prepared to blow a hole in the budget for the kind of vacation you won't forget in a hurry, it's well worth it.
4. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
If you want to skip the family-friendly resorts and stick to the calm, relaxing atmosphere of an adult-only environment, you'd do well to consider Iberostar Grand Rose Hall. This adults-only, all-inclusive resort is the height of luxery. Rooms are spacious and just a little bit glamorous, with bold color schemes and glitzy decor. Amenities are nothing short of outstanding: choose between a total of 11 restaurants for dinner, treat yourself to some R&R at the hydrotherapy room, practice your downward dog at the yoga studio, or take a lap around the infinity swimming pool. The service is as sublime as everything else. It may be one of the most expensive options on our list, but it's unquestionably worth the expense.
3. Sunset at the Palms Resort
Ranked as one of 10best.com's 10 best hotels in Jamaica, Sunset at the Palms Resort has a lot to recommend it. Its 85 treehouse-style rooms might be novel, but the emphasis on luxury and comfort is old school. The rest of the amenities are a delightful mix of trendy and classic. If you want a bit of pampering, indulge in a Blue Mountain coffee body scrub or mango manicure at the spa. If you want to unwind, kick back with a cocktail at the very chic martini bar. If you want to try something a little more active, you can book numerous activities directly with the hotel, including scuba diving and snorkeling.
2. Round Hill Hotel and Villas
As U.S. News notes, since opening in 1953, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has played home to a bevy of stars, including Grace Kelly, Cole Porter and Jackie Kennedy. The appeal is obvious. Small, elegant, and dripping with charm, the hotel is all things to all people. Its 36 guest rooms boast simple, timeless decor, four-poster beds, and private bathrooms with rain showers. If you want to take things up a gear, opt to stay at one of the 27 villa suites, which come with open-air living rooms and verandas, private pools surrounded by tropical greenery, and cottage housekeepers.
1. Half Moon
As Tripsavvy.com writes, there’s hardly a more historic name in Jamaican resorts than Half Moon. A favorite with celebrities, dignitaries, and royals since the 1950s, the 398-room resort is unquestionably Montego Bay's hottest destination. Occupying over 400 beachfront acres, it offers everything you could need for a deliciously relaxing break. Whether you spend your time relaxing by the pool, enjoying a round of golf, taking a yoga class at the spa, or indulging in some first-class cuisine at one of the resort's numerous restaurants, you're guaranteed the kind of vacation dreams are made of.
Written by Dana Hanson
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