Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Jamaica

Most resorts in Jamaica call themselves "family friendly," and many are. But here are the few hotels that offer an incredible pool, calm waves at the beach, supervised kids' activities, cribs, and large rooms. Plus, these hotels go above and beyond with everything from Sesame Street sing-alongs to private nannies to pirate-ship water parks.

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa


Beaches Negril Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Location: Negril, Jamaica

Partnered with Sesame Street, the Beaches brand of resorts offers Muppet-led activities for kids. Beaches Negril comes with a great water park, a pristine, calm beachfront, an extensive, supervised kids' club, and enough entertainment to keep kids totally occupied. The buffet's Kids' Corner comes with quartered grilled cheese, pizza, waffles, and french fries at all three meals. Even the a la carte restaurants have kids' menus -- a rarity among Jamaica all-inclusives.

Half Moon, a RockResort


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 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.

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites All-Inclusive


Iberostar Rose Hall Suites All-Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites is the family-friendliest pick of the Iberostar resorts trio, with affordable rates, pull-out sofas in every room, on-site babysitting services, all-inclusive meals featuring kids' menus, and, best of a all, a rockin’ kids' club with a water park, video game center, playground, pool, and arts and crafts. Lucy’s Kids Club is free for kids ages four to 12, and has a (literally) cool water park, with a playground pool showered by fountains and a giant bucket that spills over the children as they play on slides and bridges.

Rose Hall Resort and Spa, a Hilton Resort


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.

Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club


Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Also steeped in Muppet-led sing-alongs, with signposts marking every corner "Sesame Street," the resort has two major advantages over the Beaches Sandy Bay: its huge water park and a nearby golf course for parents. There's also a Fun Club where kids can get their hair braided and learn to tie-dye shirts.

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica


Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The enormous pool and the smaller kids' pool at the Gran Bahia all-inclusive mega-resort are overflowing with happy tots. Kids can snorkel out on the beach or dance at the mini-disco, and the large, well-organized kids' club helps parents get some alone time. Rooms are large and equipped with couches big enough for kids to crash on.

Sunset Beach Resort & Spa


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


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.

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