Craving a tropical getaway with world-class service, luxurious amenities, fun activities, and laid-back vibes? Jamaica has all of that and more, including plenty of things to do plus some of the most luxurious 5-star resorts in the Caribbean.
To make your trip all that it can be, consider staying in any of the 10 Jamaica most luxury 5-star resorts. We’ve rounded up our favorites right here.
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
Sharing grounds with the impressive historic Rose Hall Great House, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (and the adjacent Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall) offers luxury accommodations in Montego Bay. Enjoy a picture-perfect view of the Caribbean from your spacious balcony, or start your day with a dip in the pool from your swim-up suite.
Lounge chairs surround the resort’s main pool. You can access the beach from the main pool deck for additional comfortable loungers plus calm water for snorkeling. Butler service is included at the pool and on the beach.
There are 11 treatment rooms in the Zen Spa, some of which overlook the ocean. Alternatively, you can request a massage in your room or balcony. Reflexology and couples’ treatments are extremely popular.
Between both of these 5-star luxury Jamaica resorts, guests have 17 dining and bar options to choose from. Petit Pariz, an upscale French eatery, is a notable guest favorite, with separate family and adult-only sections. For your honeymoon, you can arrange a romantic dinner on a private beach, treats in your room like chocolate-covered strawberries, and a special spa treatment for two.
Excellence Oyster Bay
Trelawney Parish is a quiet beach town about 40 minutes away from bustling Montego Bay. on a Set on a private peninsula down a skinny stretch of beach east of Falmouth is Excellence Oyster Bay, a luxury adults-only resort surrounded by mangroves.
With nothing around but a few jerk shacks, this resort is for couples who want to rest and relax. In the evening, listen to some smooth jazz over cocktails at the Martini Bar or take in a live theatre show. During the day, luxury treatments await at the spa, or you can relax and enjoy poolside service or visit the ultra-secluded beach.
Most of the rooms feature ocean views and open floor plans with large, furnished private balconies or patios. It’s hard to beat a villa, which comes with a private pool, a porch that leads directly to the beach, butler service, and watersport equipment like kayaks and SUPs.
Your rate includes dining and drinks at 8 restaurants and 10 bars serving everything from surf and turf to Asian fusion. Upgrades to the Excellence Club get you into nicer rooms in an even more secluded area of the resort, plus dining privileges at an exclusive restaurant called Magda that offers prime views of the sun setting into the Caribbean.
Half Moon opened its doors in 1954 and has become an iconic part of Montego Bay with a long history of serving the most prestigious guests. This Jamaica luxury resort is an elegant space modeled after a plantation mansion.
Two private beaches–one facing the sunrise, one facing the sunset–deliver pristine views and shallow water to wade into, but seagrass prevents beachgoers from doing much swimming. There are kayaks and paddle boats to borrow for free if you do want to get in the water.
One of the resort’s best dining options is Sugar Mill, an award-winning fine-dining restaurant that serves a creative take on Caribbean classics made with delicious ingredients like Jerk spice and fresh seafood. The restaurants are incredibly pricey, but the resort has an all-inclusive option that covers the cost of meals, some drinks, and an airport transfer.
Fern Tree Spa adds to the affluence with its massive bungalow that has 12 treatment rooms, a yoga room that overlooks the ocean, and overwater bungalows with massage tables. For active guests, there are tennis courts available to use for free, plus an equestrian center and an attached 18-hole golf course with a shuttle service that takes you right to your tee.
Sandals Royal Plantation
Sandals Royal Plantation is one of the best-rated Sandals resorts and offers a relaxed, sophisticated vibe. It is also right next to Sandals Ochi, which has a livelier atmosphere, and guests of Royal Plantation have full access to all the facilities of Ochi. Set among beautifully manicured lawns adorned with peacocks, the resort’s antique furnishings pair harmoniously with innovative creations (such as the only champagne and caviar bar in Jamaica) for an elegant atmosphere.
What makes Sandals Royal Plantation unique is two things: its small size (just 74 oceanview suites) and the Butler Elite service provided to every room. Since the resort is small, your butler and other staff will always be nearby to serve you a drink, bring you some food, help you schedule an excursion, or anything else you may need.
There are two different beaches, and the staff at the beachside bar and cafe is always close making sure you have all you need. They are also private, which makes them super peaceful, and feature calm water perfect for all the complimentary watersports. Guests here have free shuttles and greens fees at the Sandals Golf & Country Club–one of Jamaica’s finest–with tumbling fairways creating an 18-hole course over 700 feet above sea level.
You can also chill by the pools, work out at the fitness center, enjoy a variety of land activities, or indulge at the spa. Sandals Royal Plantation has 5 restaurants serving a variety of gourmet cuisine and 2 bars.
Rates at all Sandals all-inclusive adults-only resorts include unlimited meals and snacks at every restaurant; unlimited premium liquors and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines; minibar that is refreshed daily; unlimited nonmotorized water sports like snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing, with equipment plus professional instruction; scuba diving; unlimited land sports; greens fees at resorts with golf courses; state-of-the-art fitness center; WiFi; daily and nightly entertainment; complimentary airport transfers; and all tips and taxes. You can also get a free wedding at Sandals with a minimum 3-night stay!
With only 13 luxury villas, The Trident Hotel in Port Antonio is an intimate and romantic honeymoon resort in Jamaica. It’s been around since the 1960s, represented by an interesting decor that blends relics of the past with modern pieces.
The villas are all unique but follow a similar open, breezy floor plan. Most villas come with large private terraces complete with warm soaking pools, with the only exception being the Studio Villa. Other amenities include indoor or outdoor bathtubs in most accommodations (some also come with an outdoor shower); daily maid and nightly turndown service; a cell phone with its own dedicated line and 20 minutes of free local or international calls; and a home theater system with Smart TV and movie archive.
There are only two restaurants, the most popular of which is Mike’s Supper Club. It’s modeled after an old-time speakeasy. While the meals here are world-famous, it’s the Harlem-era vibe and cabaret lounge music that keeps guests coming back.
The Cliff Hotel is a 22-suite 5-star luxury resort in Jamaica built in a prime location on the cliffs of Negril. Although guests will have to trade direct beach access for unparalleled views, the multi-level pool (with a swim-up bar) means that you’re never far from the water, and a shuttle makes several runs to the beach and to nearby restaurants, bars, and stores several times per day.
Four villas are located on the property, two of which are cozy one-bedrooms perfect for a Jamaican honeymoon. Suites have a simple color scheme of dark wood and white and there is a hammock on a private veranda.
Zest Restaurant, the resort’s only a la carte option, features an impressive menu that’s been expertly curated by two of Jamaica’s top chefs who hand-select the best ingredients to showcase Jamaican dining. Three tiers of dining packages are available and a beverage plan is sold separately. Private candlelit dining can be arranged for an extra romantic experience.
The KiYara Spa on The Cliff has just two treatment rooms with dramatic cliff-side views. The Beauty Salon has an entirely separate menu of treatments, while the fitness center offers private one-on-one personal training sessions or small group training.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
Not far from Montego Bay, you’ll find Round Hill Hotel and Villas, an extravagant 5-star luxury Jamaica resort. It features a small beach with calm water for snorkeling, comfortable lounge chairs, and a bar area reserved just for guests. What was once an 18th-century mansion is now an elegant spa and beauty salon offering a full menu of bespoke treatments. A peaceful nature path helps you start your experience in a state of mindfulness and relaxation. Award-winning gourmet dining completes the experience.
The resort’s stylish rooms and suites were designed by Ralph Lauren and have lots of big windows and a light color scheme, making them sunny and bright. One-bedroom suites are surrounded by lush tropical plants and have separate seating areas and a large terrace with a private plunge pool. Villas are on a hillside and offer dazzling views of the beach below. A private pool, dedicated staff, and a fresh homemade breakfast prepared right in your villa are included in the rate.
With gardens everywhere, Round Hill truly feels like a deserted tropical oasis. There is a large infinity pool with a separate shallow wading area on the main pool deck and a smaller pool near the spa that is only for adults. There are tennis courts and non-motorized watersports equipment for guests to use for no extra charge. Tours are available and there is live music every night, but the overall vibe here is calm and relaxing. As far as social events go, a beach BBQ and a daily afternoon tea, both of which are free of charge, are about as wild as it gets.
Ocean Eden Bay
Part of the H10 Hotel chain, Ocean Eden Bay is a 5-star luxury Jamaica resort near Montego Bay with a massive swimming pool, direct access to the beautiful beach, and lots of entertainment and restaurants, including immersive dining options and dinner theaters.
The hotel is divided into two areas, Ocean Eden Bay, which is for adults only; and Ocean Coral Springs, which allows guests under 18. Most of the amenities are located on the family-friendly side, but there is a pool and a beach area with lounge chairs reserved for adults only and some dining options on the adult side including the dinner theater, a buffet restaurant, and 4 a la carte restaurants. Ten other restaurants, 9 additional bars (there are 4 on the adult side), 2 swimming pools, a lazy river, the spa, a fitness center, and a salon are all on the family-friendly side of the resort.
Rooms are quite modern and stylish. Junior Suites have hydro-massage bathtubs and offer views of the garden, pool, or ocean. Some ground-floor suites have direct pool access via a swim-up entrance. Rooftop Junior Suites come with a massive terrace, a jacuzzi, and views of the entire complex and the ocean beyond. An upgrade to a Privilege Suite gets you oceanfront views, a pillow menu, a bottle of wine, a welcome gift, exclusive lounges and restaurants, VIP amenities like a private area on the beach and free use of the hydrotherapy circuit,and all-inclusive rates plus discounts on spa services and car rentals.
The Jamaica Inn is one of the most popular luxury Jamaica resorts. Surrounded by huge all-inclusive resorts outside of Ocho Rios, Jamaica Inn is unique in its ambience. There are 48 suites and cute little cottages with colonial-esque pieces like 4-poster bets and Victorian-era chairs mixed in with modern touches like overstuffed white couches and colorful throw pillows and rugs. The layout and amenities vary considerably by location, but you can expect things like large verandahs, private gardens, plunge pools, outdoor showers, and views of the sea.
There aren’t many social activities and no TVs or radios anywhere on the property (don’t worry– there is Wifi); guests are mostly there to enjoy the experience, not to party. Daytime activities consist of quiet tours of the grounds, trips to the farmer’s market followed by a cooking class, yoga, glass-bottom boat rides, and “rumology” classes. You could also take a trip to Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove, both less than 15 minutes away by car.
The Inn doesn’t have any all-inclusive plans, but their rate covers your accommodation, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres in the evening, and some amenities like non-motorized watersports, croquet, tennis, and a welcome drink.
The Caves Hotel
Known for romance, the intimate Caves Hotel has just 10 suites and 12 cottages, all of which have been designed with couples in mind. Built on Negril’s stoney coastline, the extraordinary cliff-side views are totally unique to each room and add to the experience.
The owners have used the natural landscape of the grounds wisely. Stone-carved staircases lead from the resort to a striking private dining cave where you can enjoy a 5-course meal surrounded by the sea and soft candlelight as an optional romantic add-on. For an after-dinner drink, head to The Blackwell Rum Bar, an upscale pub carved right into the limestone caves that face the Caribbean.
The Caves Spa has been rated one of the best spas in Jamaica. Their brown sugar body scrub is a favorite and treatments can be arranged either outdoors or–you guessed it–in a cave beneath the resort.
Don’t expect any wild parties at The Caves Hotel, but the resort does have a fun nightlife scene for low-key couples to mix and mingle while they enjoy Caribbean music and a handcrafted cocktail. During the day, guests can snorkel through the caves, rent a kayak, or just lounge by the pool.
Sandals Dunn’s River
The newest of the 7 Sandals resorts in Jamaica, Sandals Dunn’s River is located in Ocho Rios on a pristine beach near famous local attractions like Dunn’s River Falls and the Blue Hole. It is also close to Sandal Ochi, which guests have access to.
The lush landscaping, jaw-dropping design, and amazing amenities of the all-new Sandals Dunn’s River make it a new contender for the best honeymoon resort in Jamaica. Unique touches create a sophisticated, magical ambiance inspired by the iconic natural attraction Dunn’s River Falls, such as a cascading waterfall in the lobby sourced with water from the river.
This 5-star luxury Jamaica resort features some amazing innovative suites, including Jamaica’s first Skypool Suites. These luxurious accommodations, which debuted at Sandals Grenada, offer an elevated infinity edge pool that runs the full length of your balcony and overlooks the beach. You also get a Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two on your balcony. There are also the first-ever Coyaba Sky Rondovals: round villas with access to the river pool, an oversized private swim-up pool, and a terrace that takes up the entire roof and features a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. Both of these romantic sanctuaries come with butler service and in-room check-in.
There are 12 unique dining experiences (many of which are new concepts) serving Latin Fusion, Sushi, Greek, Asian, French, Jamaican and much more, plus 9 bars, including a swim-up bar, a beach bar with beds to lounge on, a rooftop bar, a rum club, and the upscale Lapidus Lounge.
Sandals Dunn’s River offers a full range of complimentary water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing, in addition to land activities, a fitness center, and nightly entertainment. When you feel like relaxing, lounge on the stunning beach or by one of five pools—including two river pools, one of which is Jamaica’s largest and features an incredible glass panel edge overlooking the ocean. You can also indulge at the spa.
Now that you’ve read our picks for the 10 Jamaica most luxury resorts (5 star), what do you think? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.