Jamaica is well-known for its spicy food, Red Stripe beer, reggae music, marijuana, and resorts. Most travelers will choose to visit the island at least once in their lifetime.
Montego Bay has some of the most amazing all-inclusive resorts on the island. However, with so many to select from, it can be hard to choose the one for you and your loved ones.
- Best Montego Bay: December 2017
- What’s on Offer at Mobay Resorts:
- The Conclusion
Best Montego Bay: December 2017
Secrets Wild Orchid is an adults-only all-inclusive resort and is located on the Montego Freeport peninsula which offers some of the most amazing views.
Featuring suites that are inspired by British colonial times, this is the perfect place for sports-loving couples. If you are staying here on your honeymoon, it is highly advised that you book the Presidential Suite, which includes a big in-room hot tub and dramatic ocean views.
A few of the facilities are shared with Secrets St. James, which means that you have access to a wide variety of amenities, such as the basketball, volleyball, and tennis court facilities, as well as the pool tables, kayaks, and dance classes.
Pros of Secrets Wild Orchid
- Plenty of amenities and sports facilities
- Amazing views
- Adults only
Cons of Sandals Ochi Beach
- Large resort so it can take some getting used to
- Can get a bit crowded due to facility sharing
Why we love this resort: There is so much to see and do at Secrets Wild Orchid that you will never have a moment to be bored. The resort is perfectly located on a peninsula which affords it some of the most amazing views on the island.
Half Moon is one of the bigger all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay and is well-known for its extravagance and amenities. You can enjoy fine dining at its best at the on-site restaurant which is the only restaurant in all of Jamaica to serve Wagyu beef.
You can savor a couple’s massage or an aromatherapy steam session in the Caribbean’s biggest spa. If you love horses, this amazing resort allows you to swim with them.
With beautiful swimming pools and the warm crystal clear turquoise ocean, this is the ideal place for an intimate holiday despite being in a big resort.
Pros of Half Moon
- Restaurant serving Wagyu beef
- Beautiful location overall which features two beaches
- Huge spa which you’re sure to enjoy
- Plenty to do regarding water activities
- Has a luxurious and extravagant feel
Cons of Couples Sans Souci
- Wifi can be a bit slow in specific areas
- Can become quite busy
Why we love this resort: There is nothing like a luxury holiday in the beautiful tropical paradise that is Montego Bay. The addition of the horses makes this resort something extraordinary, especially for animal lovers.
There are three Iberostar resorts situated in Montego Bay, but the Suites is widely agreed to be the best.
The resort features modern décor, mouthwatering food, and contemporary features, making this the idyllic place for a wonderful tropical vacation.
You will be able to choose from the wide assortment of on-site gourmet restaurants, shimmering pools, and breathtaking white sandy beaches.
Pros of Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
- Decent size infinity pool facing the ocean
- Lazy river which kids and adults will enjoy
- Kid’s club featuring a water park
- Plenty of excursions to keep you busy
Cons of Ibero Star Rose Hall Suites
- Wifi in rooms come at a cost
Why we love this resort: There is something for everyone at this resort. Because it has access to fun amenities and there’s a wide variety of options available. The delectable food and modern features are also a huge plus.
If you want a high quality, worth-every-penny, all-inclusive holiday, this resort may have precisely what you are looking for.
It features a great variety of activities and amenities as well as delicious gourmet dining choices. Sandals Montego Bay really lives up to its famous status of being one of the most lavish and sought after all-inclusive resorts on the island.
Because of its amenity sharing between the other Sandals resorts, you can take advantage of the facilities and amenities of the two other resorts close by.
You will have an amazing variety of choice with swimming pools, restaurants, bars, local attractions, and shops; and the spacious rooms with large balconies offer spectacular views that will complete your trip.
Pros of Sandals Montego Bay
- Adults-only swimming pool
- Decent sized property with tons of activities
- Large pool
- Modern rooms
- On-site spa and fitness center
Cons of Sandals Montego Bay
- Free wifi limited to the club rooms on property
- Can get loud (there’s a airport closeby)
Why we love this resort: The amenity sharing means that there are a lot of facilities and activities available that suit everyone’s interests. There are a wide variety of dining options possible, and the views are lovely.
Situated in the popular resort sector of Montego Bay, you will find the oceanfront Hyatt Compound that is made up of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, its sister resort.
This resort has 234 radiantly colored, modern, expansive rooms, luxurious marble bathrooms, and private balconies, allowing you to enjoy relaxing in a privileged and sophisticated setting.
Its beach is a bit rough and rocky, so Hyatt Zilara has spared no expense on other lavish amenities, including sparkling pools, fully stocked bars, unlimited fine gourmet dining, boat trips, and the outdoor theatre.
Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva share 11 restaurants and the beachfront spa.
Pros of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
- Private beach which you’re sure to enjoy
- A close drive to the heart of Mobay and the Rose Hall Great House
- Lavish spa with excellent treatments
- Plenty dining options
- Butler service
- Free airport shuttle
Cons of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
- Adults-only property (so no kids allowed at this one)
- Small man-made beach (a bit rocky)
Why we love this resort: The modern and spacious rooms leave little to be desired, and the amenities are top quality. There is a wide range of dining options to suite everyone’s taste, and the exquisite location offers terrific views.
What’s on Offer at Mobay Resorts:
From traditional jerk pork and chicken to flame-grilled hamburgers served with island-grown seasonal vegetables, you’ll want your chosen resort to have fine dining available all day long.
Drinks and alcohol
Whether you would like a Jamaican rum punch, a Red Stripe beer, a fresh cocktail or a cold soda, having drinks all included is another big pull. There is no party like a Caribbean party, so all-inclusive beverages are a must.
Going to a tropical island involves spending lots of time in the sun and the water. Ensuring that you select a resort that includes a large variety of water sports will add a faster pace to your holiday. Note that at the majority of resorts, there will be a few activities not included, but make sure you find a resort that provides most of them.
Resorts are typically located in proximity to towns and attractions. If you would like to explore the island and see some of its attractions, check to see that your resort offers tours, and which ones are included in your package.
Most all-inclusive resorts will offer other facilities to keep you entertained, and can include amenities such as tennis courts, wellness spas, bicycle riding, and golf.
Catch the rays during the day and party up a storm at night. If you like the social scene, check what evening entertainment is offered and how often it happens. Nightly entertainment can include clubs, live music, dance classes, beach bonfires, and karaoke.
When you are on vacation, sometimes all you want to do is stay in your room and relax. If you are the type of person who likes breakfast in bed, ensure that the resort you select offers in-room dining. Most resorts do have this option.
There are so many wonderful resorts on the island; in fact, it is one of the things that Jamaica is most well-known for. Each resort offers something to suit different needs and personality types, so selecting a resort comes down to what kind of experience you want to have on your vacation.
If you are looking for an amazing tropical getaway, all of the listed resorts offer you a truly amazing experience. But our favorite is Secrets Wild Orchid, which is the perfect intimate setting, with brilliant service, fine dining, an array of water sports and peaceful kid-free seclusion.
The final decision will come down to your budget and personal preferences, so my last piece of advice would be to make a list of everything you would like at your chosen resort and then find one that offers as many of these at a price within your budget.