In recent years, Jamaica has seen a great deal of high-end luxury development, transforming it into a destination to compete with St. Barth’s or the Bahamas. The culture of Jamaica is unlike that of any of the neighboring islands, and the hotel and resort culture reflects that, with some of the most innovative and unique hotels found in the Caribbean. The culture is very much one of enjoying everything the islands have to offer, and the all-inclusive concept dovetails nicely with this, allowing guests to partake in everything they see, without having to worry about cost.
Royal Plantation includes many interesting perks as part of its all-inclusive package – from premiere cigar rolling classes, to green fees at the nearby Upton Country Club, to a manager’s cocktail party. Staying here is luxury at its pinnacle – upon arrival guests are greeted by their personal butler, who will help them design every aspect of their trip, from activities, to the types of pillows they want in their room (the pillow menu has six options), to meal plans. The butler also acts as a liaison with the general hotel staff and staff at anywhere you choose to visit.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
Built as the great house of a sugar plantation in the 1700s, the Round Hill property is built around the idea of natural beauty. The rooms may not have televisions, but that’s because the philosophy here is one of enjoying the beaches, the ocean, the food and the gardens – and the gardens deserve special mention, as the grounds are covered with acre after acre of lush, colorful flora. The all-inclusive package includes meals at the Round Hill restaurant, basic drinks and a wide range of activities – including snorkeling, sailing, water-skiing, and excursions into the jungle.
Rose Hall Resort
Rose Hall Resort is a splash of modern luxury in Montego Bay, nestled between the waters of the Caribbean and the sweeping Jamaican Mountains. Built as a plantation in the 1700s, Rose Hall has seen numerous renovations in the intervening centuries and now brings all of the modern design touches one expects from a Hilton premiere property. One new highlight of Rose Hall is a massive water complex, with various pools, lazy rivers, a water slide, relaxing lagoons and waterfalls. At the private beach guests can enjoy snorkeling lessons, wind surfing, sailing and kayaking. The all-inclusive package includes meals on-site, standard-brand liquor, access to the fitness center and tennis court, and all nonmotorized sports.
The Breezes at Negril is the flagship of the resort chain’s Super-Inclusive properties, and it shows. Numerous pools and bars, six restaurants on site, 22 acres of tropical garden, and a host of indoor and outdoor entertainment options make this a virtual cocoon of relaxation. The super inclusive concept is exactly what it sounds like – taking everything about all-inclusives, and adding everything that isn’t included. Instructors for sports and equipment, motorized activities, golf, meals at all six restaurants, and any drinks you want – all included, with no costs to worry about.
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