A dozen colorful cliff-side accommodations jut over the turquoise sea. Cottages are bright and cheery with wicker furnishings. Amenities of note: a cliffside jacuzzi, salt water swimming pool, natural caves for exploring, and a candle lit rum bar built into a grotto.
Rustic with provisions. This is not a cookie-cutter resort. It's a well thought-out compound on the edge of the Great Morass (a protected marshland for exotic birds and royal palms) with five tin-roofed buildings. Book the rooms on the top floor of the larger houses for the best light. Sure, there's a little wear and tear, the kind that happens in a tropical environment, but the vaulted ceilings and charming makeshift kitchens make up for it. The owner, John Babcock, has the answer to almost everything and will be able to give guests instant local access.
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Originally the private retreat of Ian Fleming (it's where he wrote all his James Bond novels). A lush and fragrant jungle setting, you'd have to be a rock not to feel the romance of this sexy place. Prepare for midnight swims in the calm, warm lagoon. Pack a white bikini for full effect.
One of those marvelous old-school Caribbean resorts that celebrities have been flocking to since the '50s. Suites are all about outdoor space with sprawling living room-like verandas. The resort menu is packed with excellent Jamaican favorites. Paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga, and playing croquet with a staff member is as active as it gets here. And that's perfectly fine.
A lush, quiet, ecofriendly resort of tree houses nestled among swaying palm trees in a secluded cove. Furnishings are West Indian elegant; there's an overwater spa; locally farmed menus cater to all dietary habits.
Thirty four studios, bungalows, and villas are woven along a pristine, dramatic cluster of rocky cliffs set on sparkling blue-on-blue Caribbean waters. The local staff is professional, hospitable, and charming. The hip crowd is decidedly unhurried and fantastically laid back, and the vibes lean uniformly harmonious.
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Sitting on 110 acres of lush jungle-meets-ocean property just 30 minutes outside Montego Bay, Round Hill is nothing like the mega-resorts you find elsewhere in Jamaica. With just 36 hotel rooms and 29 private villas, the property oozes old-world elegance. Ralph Lauren-decorated rooms (four-poster mahogany beds, white-on-white décor) have ocean views, and many have French doors that open onto private terraces. The biggest night of the week (with the best food as well) is Monday, when the whole resort heads to the beach for a huge BBQ. With flowing rum punch, grilled lobster, and a steel drum band, this night is worth planning your trip around.
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