Jamaica – Oddball’s Favorite Things at Resorts

Our photos and opinions from the all-inclusive resorts we have visited in Jamaica...

“Have you been there?” Yes! Oddball has recently visited these resorts in Jamaica. And we’re sharing a few of our photos and things we liked best about each resort. We travel to learn about the resorts so that we can help you find the ideal resort for your vacation! Ask us about these resorts, and others not listed here. Want more info? Email Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com for more information!

Excellence Oyster Bay (Falmouth area)

Overview. This adults-only resort is located on a private peninsula, and has a modern Caribbean vibe in it’s decor and entertainment.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Ocean views. - Nearly all of the rooms at this resort face the ocean for terrific views! And most ground-floor rooms have a private pool.
  • Beach houses. - Located directly on the beach, these beach houses features 4 suites have direct view of the ocean. The perfect location!
  • Private villas. - Wow, a paradise away from home! Enjoy your own private villa with a private pool, private beach, a porch, 2 bicycles and more!

Hideaway at Royalton Negril

Overview. Hideaway is the adults-only resort within the larger Royalton resort, which you will have full access to during your stay.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Ocean views. - Wow! Water is everywhere! All rooms face the ocean view, and the pool areas are stunning as well.
  • Natural landscape. - Beach coves are carved into the natural rocky landscape, perfect for snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters!
  • Sunset. - At the point of the peninsula is the Hideaway's restaurant, the best location on resort to view colorful sunsets.

Over-the-water villas + bungalows
at Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay area)

Overview. Stunning! These private villas and bungalows are located just steps from the resort’s private island, and a boat shuttle to the main resort.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Villas. - These 5 private villas offer complete ocean views, a floating hammock, glass floors, an outdoor shower, and your personal infinity pool!
  • Bungalows. - Smaller yet spectacular, these 12 bungalows offer several seating options on your private patio, a glass floor, and more!
  • Butler Elite service. - Your butler is there to handle every details of your vacation, along with 24 hour room service and additional perks.

Sunset at the Palms (Negril area)

Overview. These treehouse-style bungalows are a VERY unique resort in Negril, Jamaica, and yes, they are truly all-inclusive!

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Only 85 rooms. - This is a very intimate experience, with no need for large-scale pools, restaurants, and theaters. It's all about unique relaxation here!
  • Private balconies. - Each treehouse room features a private balcony with a sitting area as well as a "daybed" cushion for lounging and relaxing.
  • Beach access. - In order to immerse you in the lush tropical atmosphere, the main resort is located across the street from the beach. But it's a short walk to the beautiful waters of Bloody Bay, where a restaurant and bar allow you to enjoy this wide beach all day long. Perfectly convenient!

Overview. With its stunning location on 7-mile beach, and with 5 uniquely different villages, there is truly something for everyone at this Sandals resort!

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Beachfront layout. - Beach lovers, this resort is for you! The resort extends along the beach, for lots of beach space and wonderful ocean views!
  • Five villages. - From a staggered chalet vibe, to villas with a front lawn, and a lagoon with swimout suites, you choose the vibe that's perfect for you.
  • Décor! - We loved the small attention to details in the overall design, décor, and knick knacks. The details at this resort are stunning! Loved it!

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton (near Lucea area)

Overview. Located halfway between Montego Bay and Negril, this family-friendly resort is centered around a massive pool and very social public spaces.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Romance suites. - Exclusively for adults, these villas face the sea for gorgeous views! We love the rooms' very unique and spacious layout.
  • Coves & ocean views! - The beach areas are spaced out in several coves. Outside the coves, rocky shorelines provide stunning views against the ocean!
  • Large pool! - Wow, what an impressive pool area that allows people to spread out, or mix and mingle with their friends! Very nice.

Zoetry Montego Bay

Overview. Designed for relaxation and wellness, this boutique hotel with only 49 suites is just minutes from the Montego Bay airport.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Swimouts and pool. - Although this resort is small, you can soak in the views of the amazing infinity pool and ocean vistas.
  • Décor. - We loved the use of drift wood and wooden decor around the resort! It gave a very zen vibe to the resort's already beautiful location.
  • Inclusions. - Extra complimentary perks include a 20-minute wellness experience, a sunset boat ride, a motorized snorkeling tour, and more!

Royalton Negril

Overview. Located on a stunning peninsula on Bloody Bay, this resort has ocean views, beautiful beaches, pools, and modern rooms.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Layout. - This resort extends the length of the peninsula, with plenty of ocean views and beautiful walkways along the water!
  • Perfect for all ages. - From toddlers to grandparents, this resort has the perfect mix of entertainment for vacationers of all ages.
  • Convention area. - Looking to host a meeting in Jamaica? The Royalton Negril has plenty of space and modern technology.

Azul Beach Resort Negril

Overview. This family-friendly resort has an amazing location on 7-mile beach, and of course features the all-gourmet experience of a Karisma resort.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Kids Club! - We were so impressed with the kids club! Lots of toys, entertainment stations, crafts, outdoor activities and attention to detail.
  • Pools. - Water water everywhere! Nearly anywhere you are on this resort, you'll see either a pool or the ocean. Perfect resort for water lovers!
  • A compact layout. - Because this resort sits along the ocean, it's a short walk from the beach to the back of the resort. Very scenic walkways.

Secrets Wild Orchid + St. James (Montego Bay)

Overview. Located on a peninsula just minutes from the Montego Bay airport, here you will experience two resorts while staying at one.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Beach coves. - The resort's three beaches allow people to spread out between 3 separate coves, and feature comfortable chairs & shade.
  • Preferred Club. - Upgrade and receive access to 2 additional pool areas. This nearly doubles the size of the resort!
  • Restaurant area. - A cluster of restaurants have a beautiful view, as they are just steps from the calm waters of the lagoon. So pretty.

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall (Montego Bay)

Overview. The most upscale of the 3 resorts on the Iberostar complex, this adults-only hotel provides you access to all three resort experiences.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Pool seating! - So many places to sit around the pool area! From comfy chairs under palapas to shaded beds, any spot is a perfect one!
  • Luxury. - The Grand collection features the best amenities offered by Iberostar, including butler service.
  • HUGE balcony! - Perhaps the perfect balcony! These balconies are very spacious and have a sofa and swing chair. LOVED this balcony!

Royalton Blue Waters (Montego Bay area)

Overview. Only 40 minutes from the airport, this family-friendly resort is all about the pool, the beach, and wonderful views of the ocean!

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Lazy river. - How much fun is this?! This lazy river has so much personality. We loved the buckets, waterfalls, and other things water features!
  • Water slides & splash zones. - This resort has it all, from small slides for toddlers to 3-story water slides for older kids... and adults too!
  • Quality. - All Royalton resorts are known for their quality food, comfortable "dream" beds, tech-friendly rooms, free wifi & connectivity, and more!

Overview. A jungle paradise located on a beautiful cove in Negril, Jamaica. Perfect for couples that want a true hideaway with lots of activities.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Beachfront walkouts! - While the rooms are "directly" on the beach, you will walk out directly on the sand, and the main beach is only steps away!
  • Wide beach! - Located on the fantastic waters of Bloody Bay, you'll enjoy a very wide beach area with plenty of space against beautiful ocean waters.
  • A lot of inclusions! - Scuba diving, glass bottom boat ride, waterskiing, catamaran cruise, selected off-shore excursions and more is ALL included!

Couples Swept Away (Negril area)

Overview. This resort is perfectly located on 7-mile Beach and features a wide beach, a beautiful ocean, and buildings surrounded by lush greenery.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Two main public areas. - The restaurants and pools are located on both ends of the resort, with all the rooms spread out in the center of the resort.
  • Porch-like balconies. - We loved the large, spacious balconies that often felt more like a porch than a small balcony. We could hang out here all day!
  • A lot of inclusions! - Scuba diving, glass bottom boat ride, waterskiing, catamaran cruise, selected off-shore excursions and more is ALL included!

Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay area)

Overview. A short drive from the Montego Bay airport, the Sandals Royal Caribbean resort is a conveniently located escape for couples & newlyweds.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • British vibes. - Not only are the buildings named after various British locations, but the room décor is very colonial as well for a British vibe.
  • Variety in room locations. - With several different room locations and "neighborhoods," you can choose the atmosphere where you'd like to stay.
  • Coves & various beaches. - This resort features several coves and beach areas, perfect for those seeking more of a laid-back vibe.

RIU Palace Tropical Bay (Negril area)

Overview. A family-friend resort located on Bloody Bay with a wide and spacious beach and stunningly clear waters! 

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Three pool personalities. - An amazing pool bar with built-in tables and chairs! Plus there's a sporty pool, and a third pool designed for relaxation.
  • Balconies on all rooms. - Traveling with kiddos? Even the ground floor rooms have balconies, to keep the kiddos from wandering away.
  • Connecting rooms. - Easily connect two rooms with a private shared hallway, perfect for families or friends traveling together.

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites (Montego Bay)

Overview. Located on the Rose Hall corridor outside of Montego Bay, this resort features a courtyard with many pools and is located on a spacious beach.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Pools. - The main infinity pool is large and of course has a swim-up bar, but there's also an activity pool and a lazy river!
  • Suites. - All rooms at this resort are spacious junior suites, with warm and inviting colors and décor.
  • Shared facilities. - While staying at the Suites, you will have full access to the facilities of Iberostar Rose Hall Beach next door.

Royalton White Sands (Montego Bay area)

Overview. Located on the same property as Royalton Blue Waters, you’ll receive access to their lazy river and restaurants. 

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Budget-friendly. - Many rooms are located toward the back of the resort, but the views are fantastic from the upper-level ocean view rooms.
  • Entertainment. - You won't be bored at this resort - kids club, waterslides, sports bar, outdoor theater, an infinity pool, tennis courts, and much more!
  • Swim outs. - Not all ground floor rooms are swimouts, but a couple buildings do have them available! So be sure to reserve these rooms early.

Overview. Located on the upper end of Bloody Bay, this family-friendly resort is budget-friendly with a terrific location for a wide beach and nice ocean.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Rooms away from public areas. - Enjoy the chill vibe near your room, as the buildings sit to the side of the main public areas and pools.
  • Unique trees. - The beautiful brick walkway along the beach is lined with local trees such as almond trees, red fruit trees, and more!
  • Upstairs seating at buffet. - The buffet features an upstairs seating area with terrific views of the pool. A very refreshing place to enjoy a meal!

Iberostar Rose Hall Beach (Montego Bay)

Overview. Off the 3 resorts on the Iberostar complex, this one is the most family-friendly, with plenty of entertainment for all ages.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this resort:
  • Affordable. - The most budget-friendly of the 3 resorts on the complex, you'll still feel the grandure that Iberostar is known for.
  • Large pool. - The main pool is huge and located beside the beach, for amazing ocean views! Plus, kiddos can enjoy their own pool and children's park.
  • Wide beach. - With plenty of space on the beach, you can choose to simply relax or to have as much fun as you wish!

Rick's Cafe in Negril

Overview. Located 10-20 minutes away from the resorts in Negril, this is a fun-filled oceanside hangout with plenty of music & people-watching.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this activity:
  • Cliff jumping! - Well, I technically don't recommend participating. But you will see people jumping from a short, mid-range, and slightly taller platform.
  • Sunsets! - This is a stunning location to watch the sunsets! There are also catamaran cruises to Rick's Cafe, where you can enjoy the sunset from a boat.
  • Mix & Mingle. - Enjoy listening to music. Dance. Grab a drink and perhaps a bite to eat. This is the perfect spot to mix and mingle with travelers and locals.

Mayfield Falls experience

Overview. A journey into the interior of the country will take you to Mayfield falls, where you can climb your way through the terraces!

  • Top 3 favorite things about this activity:
  • Different activity levels. - You can make this as easy of an experience, or as adventurous as you wish!
  • Swimming! - The falls cascade down a series of terraces, and you can enjoy refreshing swims in the pools that gather in the flat areas.
  • Rock jumping! - Ker-splash! Find your foot, then leap into the air! Your guides will advise you on the areas that are deep enough for jumping.

Island Luxe Beach Park in Negril

Overview. Located on 7-mile beach, this place offers travelers an amazing to connect with locals, taste local local foods, and listen to local music.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this activity:
  • Local food! - They offer 3 different dining experiences, each in a separate area - an area for veggie lovers, a Jerk side, and a seafood side.
  • Water fun! - Both kids and adults will enjoy the inflatable "water park" in the ocean, with plenty of fun-filled obstacles and challenges.
  • Nightly entertainment! - They offer a different theme each night of the week, but Fridays are known for their beach parties!

Chukka Good Hope Estate + Adventure Park

Overview. This former sugar plantation is now a fun-filled adventure park for travelers of all ages, from relaxing pools to thrilling zip lines.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this activity:
  • History! - Visit the historic Great House, and the surrounding 17 working buildings that date back to when this land was a sugar plantation.
  • Pools! - Enjoy 3 pools, a cascading waterfall, river walk, and a 300-foot slide in this lush jungle landscape.
  • Various packages! - If you want to zip line, river tube, or include more adventure, you can add additional activities into your package!

shopping at Time Square in Negril

Overview. Located on the main road by 7-mile beach, this outdoor shopping center is a great option for buying souvenirs and duty-free items.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this activity:
  • Not pushy. - You walk into a shop, and yes they will come welcome you, and encourage you to buy stuff. But it's not abrasive or pushy.
  • Bargain! - Yes, you can bargain here! Items may have price tags, but it's common to negotiate for a lower rate, especially if buying multiple things!
  • Clean & comfortable. - The facility is clean, and has tables and chairs where you can relax and grab a snack (available in the store at the back).

Club Mobay at the airport

Overview. VIP arrival and departure services are available at the Montego Bay airport for an additional cost.

  • Top 3 favorite things about this activity:
  • Arrival. - For $100 per person, you'll be fast tracked through the arrival process and have access to the VIP arrival lounge, if needed to wait for friends.
  • Departure. - For $60 per person, you'll receive access to the VIP departure lounge while waiting for your flight to board.
  • Already included? - A handful of select resorts offer arrival and/or departure services as a part of your vacation stay!

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