It can be difficult to decide where to stay in Jamaica when you visit. This island’s big personality offers something for each type of traveler. Luckily, there is a variety of accommodations geared toward travelers of every stripe, including urban explorers, romantics and adventurers.
The Urban Explorer: Spanish Court Hotel, Kingston
While the beaches of Jamaica are world class, don’t underestimate the draw of Kingston, Jamaica’s cultural center and the home of reggae. Trendy, urban travelers can’t get enough of the Spanish Court Hotel, where a Spanish exterior houses clubby, contemporary interiors that would be just as at home in New York City as in New Kingston.
During the day, visit the Bob Marley Museum to learn about Kingston’s most famous former resident and go to the National Gallery to surround yourself with Jamaican art. At night, head for the hotel’s Sky Terrace, which features a 50-foot lap pool, veranda, chaise longues and a bar. Or, if you’re looking for a night on the town, Kingston’s best restaurants and clubs are only five to 10 minutes away. The capital is famous for its reggae music, so get ready to party the night away!
The Romantic: Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios
When you’re researching where to stay in Jamaica, be sure to check out Jamaica Inn if you’re looking for a romantic getaway. This Ocho Rios inn regularly tops lists of the best hotels in Jamaica and even the entire Caribbean. The small, 48-suite hotel is renowned for its attentive staff, who go out of their way to make each guest feel pampered and at home. The private beach, open-air spa and roomy, antique-filled suites and cottages don’t hurt, either.
Jamaica Inn’s Ocean Spa Couples Moonlight Massage offers the ultimate romantic activity for couples. The nighttime massage experience lasts for two hours and ends with sparkling wine. Follow it up with a private dinner on the sand surrounded by tiki torches, and you’ll see why Jamaica Inn is one of the most romantic hotels on the island.
The Adventurer: GoldenEye, Orcabessa
Adventurous types will want to make a beeline for GoldenEye, the clifftop retreat where Ian Fleming wrote his 14 James Bond novels. The 52-acre property has been fully renovated but still retains the aura of a hidden hideaway where anything can happen due to its sprawling layout. Though there are only 20 rooms, cottages and villas on the estate, GoldenEye houses two restaurants, a spa, two pools and a slew of private beaches and coves to be explored.
In the spirit of James Bond, GoldenEye is paradise for active vacationers. The hotel offers standard water activities, but sets itself apart with excursions like jet ski safaris, river tubing and waterfall climbs as well as a robust FieldSpa fitness program. A stay at GoldenEye is one big adventure waiting to be had.
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