Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (from US$148 pp) is a 489-room, seven-floor property that boasts sleek South Beach design. Food is excellent, with indoor and outdoor seating in buffet and à la carte formats, and a seaside bar and grill by the Olympic-size pool in front of the hotel. The Sugar Mill Falls Water Park on the property boasts an 85-meter (280-foot) water slide for a thrilling ride on tubes, spill- ing into a freeform pool with a swim-up bar, a lazy river, waterfalls, and hot tubs in a lush garden setting.
Sunscape Splash Montego Bay (from US$280 low season, US$365 high season) has a casual, family-friendly atmosphere with tennis courts, a water park, and a private beach. The 430-room resort is located in Freeport, facing west. Rooms are divided between a main building and smaller structures on the opposite side of a large pool area and face out to sea or toward central Montego Bay. Unlimited food, along with local and international beverages, is available 24 hours a day in several restaurants and bars across the property.
Zoetry Montego Bay (from US$400) is a 46-room, five-star, all-inclusive boutique property on a private white-sand beach 10 minutes east of the airport. The hotel has three seafront à la carte restaurants, a tapas bar, and unlimited top-shelf spirits. Zoetry features swim-out pools from ground- level rooms, a wrap-around infinity pool, and a 230-square-meter (2,500-square-foot) spa with plunge pools.
S Hotel Jamaica (rooms from US$209 d, US$287 pp all- inclusive), built from the dilapidated shell of the old Superclubs Montego Bay into a gleam- ing resort that couples rootsy Jamaican cul- ture with high-class sophistication. A swanky pool sits on an elevated deck between the rooms and the beach. Amenities include air- conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, big plasma TVs, USB outlets, mini fridges, Wi-Fi, a func- tional workspace, and Bluetooth speakers. Spa Suites have large showers and balconies over- looking Doctors Cave Beach.
Deja Resort(US$168 low season, US$195 d high season, all-inclusive) is a 93-room hotel at the heart of Montego Bay’s Hip Strip di- rectly across from Doctors Cave Beach, where guests have access included. Step outside for easy access to the beach, bars, and restaurants and a quick taxi ride to anything Montego Bay has to offer. Rooms are equipped with flat- panel TVs, air-conditioning, safes, irons, and either two double beds or one king bed; rooms with king beds feature private balconies.
Polkerris Bed & Breakfast (from US$134) has a total of 10 rooms in two villas on opposite sides of the road. Rooms have a king, queen, or two doubles, all with en suite baths, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs. Hidden on a quiet residential street, the villas seem far from the bustle of the Hip Strip but are only a five-minute walk away, striking the perfect balance of seclusion and proximity.
Wharf House (from US$170 nightly per room or US$640 for an exclusive rental with up to eight guests, add US$40 per day for cook and 15% gratuity on total, breakfast included) is an impeccable 300-plus-year-old collection of stone hewn buildings facing Bogue Lagoon, a protected marine sanctuary. Gun slits in the 18-inchs walls were once used to protect the sugar and rum warehoused on site. The property has been remodeled into a rustic luxury accommodation fit for modern day barons with TV, sound system and Wi-Fi throughout.
Tranquility on the Beach is one of the top villa options in the Montego Bay area, sleeping up to 14 with seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. Located at the mouth of the Great River, the villa shares tennis courts with Serentity villa next door. Amenities include beach club membership at nearby Round Hill, wireless internet, AC, a staff of nine, gourmet chef, kayaks, snorkeling gear and a gym, all 20 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.
A luxurious hilltop oasis commanding fine views of the city, the river and the sea
Goat Hill is one of the most over-the-top gorgeous villa properties in the greater Montego Bay area, and likely boasts the best view of the city itself. With only three bedrooms sleeping a total of six, the villa is perfect for intimate retreats with a few sets of couples. Lit tennis courts, a Jacuzzi, pool, open format and attentive staff make it a top-pick. It's also relatively affordable (US$7,000/week low season, US$8,000 high, US$9500 Christmas).
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