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The 9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica for Adults [2024]

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Travelers to Jamaica can look forward to warm, humid weather, great beaches, rum punch, and a laid-back attitude. Indeed, it’s a great destination for families and singles alike, even if they’re not sharing a resort.

At an all-inclusive resort, guests can enjoy unlimited food, beverages, and most on-site activities all for 1 price. Some amenities, such as excursions, spa services, and top-shelf alcohol, may not be included in the all-inclusive rate. Travelers enjoy the convenience of paying once for most things, or over time with a payment plan, and can relax on vacation without keeping track of the tab.

All-inclusive resorts are especially enticing for couples and friends who want to get away for a while. And an adults-only option almost ensures relaxation in a peaceful environment.

How To Get to Jamaica

Jamaica is in the Caribbean, only about 600 miles from Miami.

The island has 3 international airports:

  • Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios (OCJ)
  • Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (KIN)
  • Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay (MBJ)

There are direct flights to MBJ from several U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Miami, New York, and Orlando. Direct flights operated by American, JetBlue, Spirit, and more can also be found at the other 2 international airports.

Most all-inclusive resorts offer round-trip airport transfers, which is convenient because even the closest airport to your resort may be an hour-long drive.

Areas To Stay in Jamaica

The hotels on this list are in 6 areas around Jamaica, some more familiar than others.

Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Negril are likely the most recognizable Jamaican destinations. Ocho Rios is considered a better place to stay if you’re looking for adventure and hoping to explore the island. The famous Dunn’s River Falls that you can climb is in Ocho Rios.

Montego Bay is quieter than Ocho Rios and seemingly better for families who aren’t too adventurous or those who otherwise don’t plan to venture out much from their resort.

Negril is home to one of the best beaches in all of Jamaica: Seven Mile Beach. The beach features white sand and clear blue water with plenty of space to lounge or take advantage of the water activities.

Oyster Bay is between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. The best airport to fly into is MBJ, and the area is best known for its 2-mile stretch of pristine beaches.

Rose Hall, an area within Montego Bay, is home to Rose Hall Great House, which has a haunting past, but that’s not the main reason to stay in the area; the surrounding hotels and resorts are. The plantation home has been renovated and now serves as a museum.

Lastly, there’s Whitehouse, located southeast of Negril. Whitehouse is about a 1-hour drive from MBJ, and there isn’t much to do in the area compared to Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Expect long transfer times to excursions or plan to relax at your all-inclusive resort for most of your stay.

Bottom Line:

How active you plan to be on your Jamaican vacation will dictate where you should consider staying. To get the best of both worlds — relaxation and adventure — consider a resort in Montego Bay or Ocho Rios.

The 9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica for Adults

1. Couples Sans Souci (Ocho Rios)

An aerial photo of the hotel and beach at Couples San Souci.
Couples Sans Souci is the most intimate of the 4 Couples Resorts in Jamaica. Image Credit: Couples Sans Souci

Couples Sans Souci is 1 of 4 Couples Resorts in Jamaica. Located in Ocho Rios, Couples Sans Souci is the most intimate of the 4 resorts and great for couples looking for some serious downtime. The minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

With just 150 suites, this hotel is one of the smaller resorts on our list. It features its own mineral pool and grotto. The all-inclusive rate includes round-trip airport transfers, 24-hour gourmet dining, a customized in-room minibar, and more. On-property activities include a spa, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling tours. In addition to the grotto, there are 3 pools and 3 Jacuzzis for relaxation.

There are 6 dining venues at Couples Sans Souci in addition to in-room dining and private beach dining. Options include international cuisine at Cassanova Restaurant, Beach Grill, and Bella Vista Asian Restaurant, and a healthy lunch or post-workout smoothie at Charlie’s Veggie Bar.

Rates at Couples Sans Souci start at $494 per couple per night.

2. Excellence Oyster Bay (Oyster Bay Peninsula)

An aerial image of the hotel, pool and beach at Excellence Oyster Bay Jamaica.
Excellence Oyster Bay is situated close to MBJ, which is ideal if you want to avoid a long transfer to your resort. Image Credit: Excellence Oyster Bay

Excellence Oyster Bay is located within a private peninsula in Montego Bay. The MBJ airport is just 30 minutes away. You must be at least 18 years old to stay here.

There are 5 swimming pools to choose from at this resort, which has over 300 guest rooms. On-site activities are plentiful, including fitness classes, cooking lessons, snorkeling gear, and stand-up paddle boarding. Deep sea fishing and scuba diving with an instructor are also available for an additional fee. There’s a spa available to guests at an additional cost.

For those looking for even more luxury at Excellence Oyster Bay, check out Excellence Club, which comes with VIP amenities. Inclusions when booking Excellence Club include 2 private lounges, 2 private swimming pools, exclusive Excellence Club restaurants and bars, and a private beach.

You can look forward to a dozen restaurants at this resort, from fine dining to casual beach service. Some dining options include an international buffet at The Kitchen Table, handmade pasta at Oregano, and Jamaican cuisine at Jer Hut: Jamaican Barbecue.

Rates at Excellence Oyster Bay start at $463 per night for 2 adults with a minimum stay requirement of 3 nights.

3. Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (Rose Hall)

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is a World of Hyatt all-inclusive resort that can be booked with points. Image Credit: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

Rose Hall, where the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is located, is home to the famous Rose Hall Great House, a former plantation-turned-museum. Guests must be at least 18 years old to stay at this resort.

On-property amenities at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall include a spa, private adults-only pool, a fitness center, and non-motorized water sports. The beach is serviced by beach butlers who will bring you food and drinks while you lounge.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall guests have full access to Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, the brand’s family-friendly resort nearby, including the activities pool.

There are a whopping 19 bars and restaurants at the resort, not including private beach dining or in-room dining. Some of the restaurants to look forward to include casual West End Grill, Barefoot JerkZ Jamaican Barbecue, and seafood restaurant Blue Grill at CalypZo.

Rates at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall start at $427 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night for 2 adults.

4. Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica (Montego Bay)

An aerial view of the hotel and beach at Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica.
Guests can enjoy access to all 5 Riu resorts. Image Credit: Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica

Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica is a popular choice for friends and couples alike. While the minimum age required to check in is 18, the hotel does not allow spring breakers.

The resort features daily daytime activities and several nights of live musical entertainment. Active activities available on-property include a beach volleyball court, gym, fitness classes, kayaking, and snorkeling equipment. Guests of Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica have non-reciprocal access to all 5 Riu resorts on the island.

The dining options include a buffet that’s available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as à la carte restaurants. The restaurants require advance reservations and include Italian and Japanese cuisines as well as a steakhouse.

Elite Club at Riu grants exclusive access to an upgraded in-room minibar and snacks, a reserved area on the beach, an exclusive pool just for Elites, and more. There’s also one more dining option only for Elite Club guests as well.

Rates at Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica start at $447 per night for 2 adults.

5. Sandals Dunn’s River (Ocho Rios)

An aerial photo of the hotel, dock, and beach at Sandals Dunns River.
Sandals Dunn’s River, reopened in 2023, is the newest Sandal’s property. Image Credit: Sandals Dunn’s River

Sandals Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios is appropriately close to and named after the famous tourist attraction Dunn’s River Falls. The hotel was originally the Arawak Hotel, one of the first hotels in Ocho Rios, before it became Sandals Dunn’s River, which was further renovated in 2023.

The age requirement for all Sandals resorts is at least 18 years old.

The 200-room resort features 14 room categories, including those with swim-up pools and butlers. Activities include snorkel gear, PADI-Certified scuba diving and equipment, and 2 river pools.

There are 12 restaurants and 9 bars throughout Sandals Dunn’s River. Dining options include Latin fusion restaurant Zuka and Asian fusion restaurant Banyu. Additional cuisines include Italian, Greek, and French.

Rates at Sandals Dunn’s River start at $295 per person per night.

6. Sandals Negril (Negril)

The pool and jacuzzi at Sandals Negril
Sandals Negril is located on Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach. Image Credit: Sandals Negril

Another Sandals property, this time in Negril, Sandals Negril sits on Seven Mile Beach.

The resort features 4 swimming pools and 3 whirlpools and plenty of adventure water sports like waterskiing. You can also look forward to paddleboards, fitness center, and day and night entertainment. Tennis and croquet are available for those who prefer to stay on land.

Sandals Negril doesn’t have a large collection of restaurants and bars by Sandals’ standards. There are just 8 restaurants and 5 bars, including 2 swim-up bars. Cuisines include Caribbean, seafood, Spanish, Japanese teppanyaki, and more.

Rates at Sandals Negril start at $215 per person per night.

7. Sandals South Coast (Whitehouse)

The overwater bungalows at Sandals Whitehouse.
Sandals South Coast features Overwater Villas. Image Credit: Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast is located in Whitehouse in Westmoreland Parish in Jamaica, south of Negril. Whitehouse is known for its fishing industry, with around 4,000 people living there. Sandals South Coast is about an hour and a half drive from MBJ.

Sandals South Coast is a special place for couples because of its overwater villas. Each villa comes with a personal butler and amenities, including private airport transfers. There are 19 other room categories to choose from.

Sandals South Coast offers tubing, wakeboarding, and pickleball. It also has 4 pools, 4 whirlpools, and a fitness center. Entertainment, including live shows, can be found during the day and into the evening.

There are 9 restaurants and 7 bars. Restaurants include Italian restaurant Giuseppe’s, Mediterranean restaurant Neptune’s, and sushi restaurant Sushi on the Sand.

Rates at Sandals South Coast $197 per person per night.

8. S Hotel Jamaica (Montego Bay)

The pool area at S Hotel Jamaica surrounded by red umbrellas and lounge chairs with palm trees.
S Hotel Jamaica is a boutique luxury all-inclusive hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Image Credit: S Hotel Jamaica

S Hotel Jamaica is not a part of any large hotel chain. The boutique hotel is actually a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Note that adults are considered as young as 16 years old at this resort.

Activities at the resort include beach volleyball, yoga, and water aerobics as well as other adult-friendly activities. These include cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, and paint and sip. There is also an in-house reggae band that plays every night. The all-inclusive rate includes a $25 credit to be used at the in-house spa.

There are 7 restaurants and bars at S Hotel Jamaica, 3 of which are only open for dinner and require a reservation. Roots Rock serves Jamaican classics like ackee and saltfish, the menu at Jamrock features cuts of meat and fish served on heated rocks, and you’ll find continental classics at Rocksteady.

Rates at S Hotel Jamaica start at $535 per night for 2 people.

9. The Caves Hotel (Negril)

Image of The Caves Jamaica along a cliff.
The Caves Hotel in Negril, Jamaica is built on top of sea caves and along the cliffs near Seven Mile Beach. Image Credit: The Caves Hotel

The Caves Hotel has just 12 cliffside cottages, making it the smallest and most intimate accommodation on our list. It’s touted as a place to relax in peace. Adults are considered 16 years old and older here.

On-site activities at The Caves Hotel include a cliff diving expert who can guide you on a snorkeling excursion through the caves. The watersports director can also offer other water sports activities directly from the resort. There is also a spa on the property.

There are just a few dining venues at The Caves Hotel. The Gazebo serves made-to-order breakfast, while Bamboo Terrace is open 24 hours for drinks and snacks. The Sands opens to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays, where the menu includes jerk chicken. Blackwell Rum Bar is located at the end of a spiral staircase where guests can sip on the national drink while overlooking the ocean in the evening.

Rates at The Caves Hotel start at $443 per night for 2 people.

How To Book An All-Inclusive Resort in Jamaica

There are many ways to book an all-inclusive resort, including on third-party booking sites like Expedia and Priceline. You can also book your stay using a credit card or hotel points.

The simplest way to redeem your credit card points for an all-inclusive resort is to book it directly through your credit card’s travel portal. Some credit cards, such as the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, give you an annual credit to use towards travel purchases through their travel portal. The Chase Sapphire Reserve® gives cardholders travel credit of up to $300 for any travel purchases, not just purchases through a dedicated portal.

Some all-inclusive resorts are part of larger hotel chains, like the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall listed here. When this is the case, you can redeem hotel points for a free night. Don’t have enough points? Transfer credit card points to World of Hyatt, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, or IHG One Rewards (our Transfer Partner Calculator can help make this easy!).

If paying cash, you can book most hotels through your credit card’s travel portal and earn bonus points. The Platinum Card® from American Express, for example, gives 5x on prepaid hotels booked through The Capital One Venture X card earns 10x on hotels booked through Capital One Travel.

Final Thoughts

Jamaica’s laid-back lifestyle is just the break you and your partner or friends need. The island has many great areas to stay in for your next all-inclusive resort vacation. The adults-only properties on this list are the highest-rated all-inclusives in each of the most popular areas in Jamaica.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go to Jamaica?

The best time to visit Jamaica has traditionally been between November and April, when you can avoid the peak of Atlantic hurricane season.

Is Montego Bay or Negril better?

It depends on what you want to do. If you want more adventure and excursions, Montego Bay may be the better choice for you, plus, it’s close to the major international airport. Negril is home to Seven Mile Beach and lends itself well to those looking for more relaxation.

Which all-inclusive resorts in Negril, Jamaica, are located on Seven Mile Beach?

Sandals Negril and The Caves Hotel are adults-only all-inclusive resorts on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach.

Is the Hyatt Ziva in Jamaica an all-inclusive resort?

Yes, Hyatt Ziva in Jamaica is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort.

Is Sandals Jamaica an all-inclusive resort?

Yes. All Sandals resorts are all-inclusive and adults only.

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Ashley discovered a love for travel in college that’s continued as her family has grown. She loves showing parents how they can take their families on trips using points and has contributed to numerous publications and podcasts.


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