Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica

Oyster's team of undercover reviewers spent weeks exploring 40 hotels in Jamaica. We slept in the beds, lounged by the pools, ate in the restaurants, and even sampled the nightlife, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here's a list of our favorite all-inclusive resorts.

The Caves

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The Caves Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Location: Negril, Jamaica

Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape (for adults only), the Caves' 11 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (there's no beach). High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive, though nearby Tensing Pen and Rockhouse offer similar settings at cheaper prices.

Jamaica Inn

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Jamaica Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls

A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury -- a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with oversize terraces and soft, colonial décor. This is not the place to party (the whole resort typically shuts down by midnight).

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The sprawling Secrets Wild Orchid is one of the more luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay, and has a laundry list of property features, including eight restaurants and five bars, and a host of activities: a theater, a spa, a water sports and dive center, a shopping center, and a casino. But the resort shares virtually all of its amenities with the next-door Secrets St. James, and some of the best amenities and freebies are reserved only for the VIP guests staying in the “Premiere” part of the resort. (Rooms here are a touch more luxurious than those at the St. James.)

Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall All-Inclusive

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall All-Inclusive Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The best of the three Iberostar resorts in Montego Bay, this 295-room all-suite hotel is light years beyond its neighbors in terms of decor, food, and features. While some elements remain shared with the lesser Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and Iberostar Rose Hall Suites -- for instance, the spa, fitness center, casino, nightclub, and shops -- guests at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall get the pick of the litter with free access to all three resorts’ restaurants, bars, pools, and beaches. The rates might be higher, but for good reason.

Rose Hall Resort and Spa, a Hilton Resort

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Rose Hall Resort and Spa, a Hilton Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls

With modern features, professional service, and a huge on-site water park, this relaxed, beachside golf resort is more popular with somber families than rum-chugging partiers. Though the rooms are small, they feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, spa-quality bath products, great beds, and a powerful Wi-Fi signal -- all rare luxuries in Jamaica.

Couples Swept Away Negril

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Couples Swept Away Negril Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Location: Negril, Jamaica

Restricted to couples ages 18 and up, this large (though quiet) 312-room all-inclusive is on one of Jamaica's best beaches. Modern rooms with Wi-Fi and iPod docks, quality food, and a low-key atmosphere best Sandals, but Couples isn't as intimate as the Sunset at the Palms or The Caves. Hundreds of guests share the beach and restaurants.

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

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Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica Rating: 3.5 Pearls

A massive, beautifully landscaped 700-room Spanish mega-resort, the Gran Bahia is great for families or couples, but it's a pretty tame crowd--even with all-night karaoke and access to a nude beach. The huge, slightly dated rooms come with Jacuzzis, the streaming pool is superb, and the restaurants are better than at most all-inclusives.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort And Spa

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Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort And Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls

A brand-new mega-resort, the Grand Palladium feels like a shopping mall but is expansive enough for privacy, romance, and fun. It has five pools, large rooms, name-brand liquor, tasty breakfasts, mini-golf, and more--all for lower rates than lesser-equipped all-inclusives. But its remote locale comes with rocky, man-made beaches.

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