Best Hotels for Destination Weddings in Jamaica

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From boutique hotels with unreal, Instagram-ready beach backdrops to large resorts with multiple wedding packages, these are the 16 top destinations for a Jamaican-getaway wedding.

  1. This remote resort's location is great for those looking to reserve an intimate, quiet space with breathtaking views, but if you want to invite more than 26 people, expect to pay an additional fee per person. And at this adult-only resort, children are only permitted if you book all 12 guest rooms and the one villa (the entire hotel sleeps 34 people).

  2. Round Hill is one of the most beautiful (and expensive) properties in Jamaica, meaning that a wedding here will be flawless and elegant -- but that comes with a somewhat gratuitous price tag.

  3. One of the most desirable destination wedding hotels in Jamaica, the Rockhouse goes to great lengths to create a memorable experience -- the food is excellent, the service attentive, and the setting exclusive, intimate, and beautiful. Word to the wise: Book early.

  4. A big step up from the typical all-inclusive resort, the Royal Plantation offers much better food, doting service, and a gorgeous beach that's largely cut off from strolling gawkers.

  5. This quaint, relaxed, and luxurious resort offers a personal touch and rich pedigree -- its roster of notable former guests includes Katherine Hepburn and Winston Churchill.

  6. The Couples Negril is a wedding hot spot; it often hosts more than two weddings per day. The popularity is understandable, as all-inclusive destination weddings do take a lot of hassle out of the process for the bride and groom (they don't have to worry about coordinating food and drink for their guests during the trip). The resort offers a number of packages that include a personal wedding planner, designer wedding cake, floral arrangements, and photographer, as well as practical elements such as a marriage certificate and officiant. The resort even provides U.S.-based planners.

  7. The Jewel has an extensive list of packages for destination weddings. The best deal is the Precious Gem package, which, comes free with any seven-night stay. This package includes a personal wedding consultant, an officiant, witnesses, ceremony music, a bouquet and boutonniere, hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine (for the bride, groom, and up to four more guests), a single-tier wedding cake, a 5x7 photo, a wedding gift from the gift shop, a private dinner for the bride and groom, and a rose petal turndown service.

  8. Jake's arid, otherworldly surroundings are without doubt some of the most beautiful anywhere in Jamaica, and when it comes to unique-looking photo ops, the property is a dream. Events here are more personalized, and far more private, than what you'll find at the mega-resorts. The only real downside: It's about a two- to three-hour bumpy and confusing drive from the airport. 

  9. Weddings at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa are a bit cookie-cutter -- and they're performed every day on the hour, so it's hard to add a personal touch -- but this makes planning the big day easy, and this Sesame-Street-focused resort can be a great option for families. Just note that if any of your guests choose not to stay at the hotel -- or at the nearby Sandals Negril, an adult-only couples resort -- you'll have to pay an extra fee just so that they can access the property. Weddings can be held on the beach, on the lawn, in the garden, or under a gazebo. None of the options are very private and the ceremony will be in clear view of other resort guests. Wedding packages, fees, and add-ons can be confusing to navigate, so it's a good thing the resort has a personal wedding consultant.

  10. Weddings here can be very cookie cutter and affordable, or personalized and expensive with a mind-boggling list of add-ons from flowers to invitations to cake and more. Thankfully, the bride and groom have access to a free travel and wedding planner who will make sure the travel, accommodations, and big day go smoothly for the couple and their guests. Ceremonies can have up to 600 guests, and can be held throughout the resort, in a gazebo, on the beach, or in a garden. Note that the weddings aren't private and you may have an audience of bikini-clad onlookers who weren't invited. Also, given the hotel's couples-only policy, any stag wedding guests, or those with families, will have to stay at Sandals' family-friendly sister property, Beaches Ochos Rios Resort & Golf Club (wedding guests who stay elsewhere will have to pay an extra fee to visit the Sandals property). Children need to be approved by the hotel in advance. 

  11. With exceptional, yet reasonably priced food and drinks, above-and-beyond service, and a gorgeous, intimate-feeling location, Tensing Pen is one of the best choices for small weddings.

  12. Planning a wedding in another country can be stressful, but many guests rave that the staff at Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club makes the process streamlined and relatively simple (depending on the size of your party and requirements). The wedding planner (whose services are provided for free) talks couples through all the details and logistics so everything from music to cake to photography is planned well in advance. Note that none of the ceremony sites are private so other resort guests might be watching your wedding.

  13. Along with its sister hotel -- the adjacent Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall -- the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is part of a large, two-resort beachfront complex. This hotel features an extensive list of amenities -- including a large, clean pool, eight restaurants, and a full-service spa with a steam room and sauna -- in a family-friendly, all-inclusive package. 

  14. Iberostar Rose Hall Suites offers plenty of options for weddings small and large. Enclaves throughout the resort offer private locales for intimate nuptials, and several meeting rooms are available for cocktail hours and receptions. The resort has an on-site wedding team that assists with details, such as the wedding cake, bouquet, music, photography, and catering.

  15. Simple, affordable options for a more intimate wedding (there is only one wedding per weekend) -- unlike the mega-resorts.

  16. Quality food and alcohol makes this one of the more attractive all-inclusive wedding destinations in Jamaica. If you book five or more rooms, the basic wedding package is free and includes ceremony decorations, a bridal bouquet, a boutonniere, ceremony music, a semiprivate reception dinner, a wedding cake, sparkling wine during the main toast, and a 10-percent discount on all spa services for the couple.

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