Jamaica is known for its white sandy beaches and these resorts deliver
If you are looking for a sunny vacation spot where everyone will be happy about the food, the music, the water temperature, and the chill vibes, then Jamaica is for you. We’ve rounded up seven properties that cater to families and go the extra mile.
Azul Beach Resort, Negril
Azul Beach Resort is stunningly located along Seven Mile Beach and no matter where you go on the property, you are always steps from the beach. With its boutique feel, it’s the perfect oasis for both couples and families. When you visit Azul Beach Resort, it will be hard to choose what you love the most—the stunning sunsets, the food, the beach, or the people.
With nine restaurants, nine bars, seven pools, a spa, and a gym, this smaller property offers a very relaxed guest experience. There is so much to do here; even on a rainy day, you’ll have many things to keep the family happy. The activities team does a great job keeping kids busy with activities like the foam party at the pool.
As part of the Sandals family, Beaches Negril is a true family-friendly ultra-all-inclusive resort. Jamaica has two resorts, one in Ocho Rios and one in Negril. The property in Negril just underwent renovations on all their rooms and suites. The resort caters to all age groups with dedicated programs for infants, toddlers, and teens. There is a new 18,000 sq ft water park with lazy rivers, water slides including some for toddlers, a dining area, and more. Parents can enjoy the all-inclusive amenities, including premium drinks and gourmet dining at 11 restaurants.
As the only resort chain with a partnership with Sesame Street, your kids can meet some of their favorite characters during their stay. Parents with babies will love the infant program at no extra cost, and this is one of few resorts that offer childcare for infants under one year. The Kids Club program ranges from babies to teens.
Beaches Resorts provides terrific value for families who dive with all-inclusive diving at no extra cost! Beaches truly is for all and was the first resort company in the world to complete training with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and Autism Certification. Their kids’ programming includes options for families who have special needs.
Bahia Principe Grand, Runaway Bay
Bahia Principe Grand is in Runaway Bay, between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and the highlight is the gorgeous sandy beach. It’s a large property with three pools facing the ocean and a new waterpark that the kids will love. We especially love that the areas around the pool are lit at night. The property features six restaurants, 11 bars, a kids club, and a spa. Take advantage of the complimentary kayaking, snorkeling, or catamaran rentals for 1 hour daily.
Moon Palace, Ocho Rios
Moon Palace Jamaica is a beachfront resort with scenic views along the shores of Ocho Rios. The resort’s all-inclusive package includes a dedicated kids’ club where older children can engage in supervised activities and children under four years old can participate with parental supervision. One feature that parents of infants will love is the baby menu, where parents can schedule freshly prepared pureed meals for their entire stay. Parents can save on the cost by booking during their kids/teen stay free offers. This resort also offers a 24-hour room service option.
Grand Palladium, Lucea
Grand Palladium is an indulgent escape located between Negril & Montego Bay. There are two hotels on the property, and guests have full access to both facilities, including all pools, beaches, restaurants, and bars. A highlight of this property is the private beaches and coves that give a sense of privacy and seclusion away from the busyness of the rest of the island. Though it’s a large resort, it’s still walkable, but if you prefer or need it due to mobility challenges, some golf carts can take you around the property.
Parents will love that this resort includes a baby club for kids ages 1-3, a mini club for ages 4-12, and a Junior club for teens. With one of the largest pools in Jamaica, a kids’ pool, and an adults-only pool, there is something for everyone.
Hotel Riu, Ocho Rios
Hotel Riu Ocho Rios is a large beachfront resort featuring 900 rooms, five pools, one children’s pool with slides, 11 restaurants and bars, and 24-hour service. The kids will love Splash Water World and the RiuLand Kids Club. The hotel is on a long white sand beach, with a section allocated only for guests.
Royalton Blue Waters, Montego Bay
Royalton Blue Waters, an Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort nestled on the stunning shores of Montego Bay, offers guests 228 suites, 7 bars, nine restaurants, pools, and a pirate-themed waterpark. This luxury resort with a boutique feel is excellent for families. The kids club is for children aged four and up.
Amenities include water sports, poolside cabanas, a lazy river, and more. The pirate-themed waterpark will surely be a hit with kids of all ages.
For families who want to avoid a long drive from their airport, this property is only 34 minutes from the Montego Bay airport.