Half Moon, a RockResort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Kids under 16 eat and sleep for free at this classic luxury resort. Anancy Children's Village has a series of colorful cabins that house supervised activities like video games, arts and crafts, and stories with nap time. From a great playground to a shallow kiddie pool to a mini-golf course to horseback riding stables to a private dolphin cove, Half Moon's 400-acre property offers ample resources for families, including full-time nannies. Rooms are large, and multiroom villas are also available.
Rose Hall Resort and Spa, a Hilton Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Sugar Mill Falls -- a complex of waterslides, waterfalls, and swinging bridges in a massive lagoon-shaped pool -- is an instant family favorite. Private perches outside the falls help parents keep an eye on their kids. The Kids' Klub, a fenced-off and supervised playground with slides and swings, offers daily activities.
Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The kids' club contains lots of games, a small playground, and two shin-deep pools with animal-shaped floaties. Staff members regularly try to get children involved in group activities, and they'll even spend two hours losing to an 8-year-old at Connect Four on a rainy day. There is no water park, but the main pool is enormous and filled with various sports activities.
Sunset Beach Resort & Spa Rating: 3.0 Pearls
All three pools are only four feet deep, and kids love the Sunset's elaborate, castle-like water park, with its huge waterslides and its shin-deep play pool for younger swimmers. The kids' club features afternoon relay races that take over the lobby, and Club Mongoose serves as a drop-off center with video games and supervised flop space. Basketball hoops, miniature golf, swing sets, face painting, and various other attractions abound.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Private nannies are available 24 hours a day ($12 per hour before midnight, then $15 per hour), and kids can play at the supervised activities center or take lessons at the free kids' tennis clinic. Younger children can play in the one-foot-deep baby pool, and lifeguards are on the beach. Kids' menus are available for every meal -- picky eaters can live on chicken fingers with ketchup and chocolate milk shakes (should you allow it) -- and in addition to the large standard rooms, private villas are available with various room configurations.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The playground is old and rusty, but families love the lagoon-shaped pool, supervised kids' clubs, and the various sports -- from basketball to Ping-Pong to boccie -- that can be played in the large interior courtyard. Kids' menus are available at every restaurant (including in-room dining), and the large rooms come in several family-friendly combinations.