Jamaica has great honeymoon destinations for every taste, from the classic, luxurious accommodations at Half Moon in Montego Bay to the private cottages at The Caves along Negril’s rugged West End cliffs.
The Caves is as honeymoon-perfect as it gets: just 11 spacious, private cottages; no guests under 17; all-inclusive food made to order; a drop-dead gorgeous cliffside setting; and a friendly, ultra-attentive staff, all set to a seductive reggae soundtrack. Perks include a private Jacuzzi for sunset viewing, and romantic candlelight dinners for two inside a cave. It may be a tad less luxurious than some of the other properties on this list, but it's adults-only, all-inclusive policies and intimate, romantic setting make it our top choice for a hassle-free honeymoon.
These five modern villas on a remote mountaintop are cut off from prying eyes by thick stone walls or dense flora. Designed for utmost privacy, there's no communal pool, lobby, or front desk. Service is by request only, and each room comes with a cell phone so guests can call anyone from room service to the free staff driver to the hotel's owner. The rooms are self-contained sanctuaries with the 24-hour room service, in-room massages, free Wi-Fi, and the pre-programmed Apple TVs set with cult movies or eclectic reggae. Frenchman's Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is 10 minutes away. The property's seclusion, intimacy, and high level of luxury make it one of our top picks for honeymooners.
The 21-room GoldenEye is hands down Jamaica's hippest and most luxurious resort. It's also one of the island's most historic, as the former home of Ian Fleming, and the hideaway at which the author scribed all 14 of his James Bond novels. Today, the property, which reopened in 2010 after an extensive $50 million renovation, is a premier honeymoon pick, with stunning cottages and villas overlooking a private beach and lagoon, as well as two happening restaurants, two pools, a tree house spa, and an extensive roster of on-site activities.
With 400 rooms and everything from a shopping mall to a dolphin lagoon, Half Moon isn’t exactly tiny. But it’s spread over 400 gorgeous acres, and includes a broad range of luxurious accommodations, from standard hotel rooms to private beachfront bungalows. Two miles of beaches afford guests plenty of privacy, and five gourmet restaurants on the premises –bolstered by all-inclusive dining options – mean honeymooners are unlikely to get sick of the menu, as often happens at smaller resorts.
Jamaica Inn still exudes its original 1950s charm with large, private verandas, soaking tubs in every room, and formal dinner service. The resort features a mix of 47 elegant suites and private cottages, which lack TVs and radios, but can include sumptuous outdoor showers and private pools. While low on extra features, Jamaica Inn’s fabulous beach, non-motorized water sports and acclaimed spa suit low-key guests just fine.
Low-key and funky, Jake’s is one of the only hotels in Jamaica’s less-developed (but up-and-coming) Treasure Beach area. Considered “chic” by no less an authority than Vogue, it’s a fantastic budget option with rooms starting at just $150/night. With only 26 large, TV-less rooms and service that is friendly but laid-back, the ultra-casual, colorful resort is ideal for couples who are big on chilling out.
A secluded location, meticulous gardens, designer villas, and refined service make Round Hill ideal for honeymooners in search of quiet luxury. There are 36 oceanfront hotel rooms and 27 private villas spread across the 30 acre property. Many have hot tubs, and all villas face westward to catch the sunset. The resort is a celebrity fave; Taye Diggs – who originally filmed How Stella Got Her Groove Back on the property in the mid-90s – returned for his own wedding in 2003.
Located along Negril’s stunning West End Cliffs, Tensing Pen features just 15 thatched-roof cottages tucked among its secluded property. With low-season rates starting at just $140/night, the resort’s upscale Caribbean décor, friendly, personalized service, and gorgeous setting make it an unbeatable steal. Some rooms lack air conditioning and none have TVs, but every cottage comes equipped with a wonderful veranda, and live entertainment is a short walk away at Rick’s Café or Mi Yard.
All-inclusive Royal Plantation combines insanely attentive service with sumptuous surroundings and endless amenities for active couples who don’t want to have to think too much. Though the resort lacks private cottages, its spacious suites all have ocean views, large balconies, luxurious Italian linens, and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Some suites have separate spa areas with ocean-view Jacuzzis. And it’s quiet: no guests under 18 are allowed.
This former coffee plantation nestled among the steep and winding hills of Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain is a little oasis above the very un-resort-like city of Kingston. The resort offers plenty of intimacy and privacy, with just 12 cottages on more than 26 acres. It also has the features of a larger property: an expansive spa, a breezy restaurant and bar, a hilltop pool with panoramic vistas, lush gardens, and ample relaxation space. We would rank it higher on the list for honeymoon hotels, if it weren’t for the lack of beachfront.
With just 65 rooms, this Negril resort is one of Jamaica’s most intimate all-inclusives. All rooms are located in romantic treehouses with massive private balconies and daybeds, and the dark, Bali-style décor and luxurious slate bathrooms are perfect for couples. Dinner is served by candlelight, and the resort’s chef is renowned for his inventive cuisine. On the down side, the resort is across the street from its private beach. But this makes its gorgeous, lushly-landscaped grounds extra private and perfect for intimate strolls.