Caribbean

Jamaica's Finest All-Inclusive Resorts

Filed Under: Caribbean, Jamaica, Resorts

The option to have lodging, meals, drinks and activities included in one fixed nightly price tempts many travelers, allowing them to be worry -- and wallet -- free during their Caribbean vacation. Still, some have held off booking at an all-inclusive resort for fear they'll face overcrowded lodging, limited activity options and a bland buffet food. Not so in Jamaica. The island is home to a number of luxe, all-inclusive resorts featuring superb accommodations, impeccable service, locally grown food and a wide array of activities. Read on for our picks for Jamaica's finest all-inclusive resorts.

Island Outpost
The Caves

To experience absolute luxurious pampering in Jamaica, book a stay at The Caves, the island's most exceptional accommodation, located near stunning Seven Mile Beach in Negril. The utmost in intimacy, adults-only Caves features 12 handcrafted wood and stone thatch-roofed cottages and suites perched alongside dramatic cliffs overlooking azure water; yes, every room has a fabulous sunset view. The impeccable service is complemented by high-end restaurant options -- quite arguably the best and freshest all-inclusive dining at any Jamaican resort. Though there is no beach on the property, the hotel features a saltwater swimming pool, multiple access points to the ocean, and one of the premier spas on the island, Caves Aveda Concept Spa. Room rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner, house wines and spirits and non-motorized watersports. Book a private dinner in one of the cliffside grottos for a perfectly romantic evening.

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Jamaica Inn

Travelers looking for an intimate, quiet stay in Jamaica will find their haven at the Jamaica Inn, a small, luxury, all-inclusive resort located in Ocho Rios. The elegant lodging has a mark in Jamaica's celebrity-studded past; it was once the stomping grounds for luminaries like Sir Winston Churchill, Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn. Today, the inn's understated luxury is evident on the property's croquet courts and in its library and bar. Rooms feature a colonial English decor, canopied beds, oceanfront balconies and sprawling open-air verandahs. Guests can relax under thatched umbrellas on the property's silky white sands, or enjoy snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. A variety of inclusive meal plans are available; the all-inclusive plan includes all meals and drinks by the glass.

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Couples Swept Away Negril

Located in the midst of Jamaica's 7-mile stretch of pristine beach in Negril, Couples Swept Away lures travelers with its countless amenities, such as intimate swimming pools, perfect sand beaches, azure waters and open-air cafes. Jamaica' adults-only resort is a regular beacon for honeymooners looking to experience all-inclusive luxury at a romance- and activity-filled accommodation. Swept Away earns its reputation for action thanks to its large selection of sports offerings, including a 10-acre fitness complex, as well as kayaking, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing opportunities. The resort is perfect for couples looking to stay in proximity to activities but who don't want to feel pressured to take part in them, if they choose to simply relax. Each of the 312 suites either feature a balcony or verandah, as well as sea views, and are a short walk to the beach. A variety of all-inclusive packages can be found at the resort's website.

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Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica

This behemoth, Victorian-style resort in Runaway Bay on Jamaica's north coast features more than 800 junior suite rooms -- there's no sense of intimacy here, though that's made up for by the vast number of activities and amenities, such as an all-night karaoke bar, all-night dining options, multiple swimming pools, an entertainment and shopping pavilion and more watersports than you can count on 2 hands. The all-inclusive rates include beach towel service, beach recliners and umbrellas, 3 dinners in an a la carte restaurant per week, unlimited local drinks, beer and soft drinks, and free Wi-Fi.

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Couples Tower Isle

A recent $40 million renovation has helped guarantee that Couples Tower Island offers guests updated and unprecedented luxury, including access to its own private, clothing-optional island. The resort's 19 acres of beachfront property include 226 rooms and suites, 3 pools, 4 bars, 6 restaurants and a high-end spa. Rooms features king-size beds with private balconies and are just steps from the beach; a few of the rooms even offer their own private plunge pools. All-inclusive rates include all meals, and a number of activities, including non-motorized watersports and scuba diving, pool access, trips to the private island, excursions to Dunn's River Falls, unlimited golf and a glass-bottom boat tour.

About the Author

Valerie Conners is a freelance writer, editor and producer who has worked with the Travel Channel for more than 14 years, specializing in travel topics including the world's best beaches, outdoor travel and romantic getaways. Her work also appears in many online and print publications including, Aol Travel, Discovery Channel, World Hum, Frommer's Travel Guides, the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer. She's happiest when eating spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets. She blogs about her travels at PassengerConners.com.

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