12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica

From oceanfront locales to onsite water parks for kids, these are the best Jamaica all-inclusive resorts for families.
Water Sports at Moon Palace Jamaica All Inclusive Resort
Photo: Moon Palace Jamaica All Inclusive Resort

Whether you’re a family of water worshippers, adventure addicts, or nature lovers, you’ll find it all in Jamaica, an island that’s spirited yet serene and home to many of the Caribbean’s top all-inclusive resorts for families.

You can raft down the Martha Brae River to explore the country’s caves and many waterfalls. You can spot hundreds of species of birds on a hike. You can soak up the culture and the reggae music. You can sample the food and drink, from jerk pork or chicken to guinep, a small fruit that’s especially fun for kids (when you peel away the skin, out pops a sweet, jelly-like substance).

The Best Jamaica All-Inclusive Resorts

And yes, you can definitely stay at a luxurious Jamaica all-inclusive resort that caters to families. If you’re looking for a great all-inclusive resort to enjoy with your kids, we’ve got you covered. These are the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.

Beaches Negril Resort and Spa – Negril, Jamaica

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You’ve heard about Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach, one the the best Caribbean beaches on any island. There’s a reason it’s part of the story line in many vacation tales, so why not write your family’s next vacation chapter here?  

Beaches Negril Resort and Spa is one of the most popular all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, with a wide variety of guestrooms, suites, and villas to choose from. The Tropical Beachfront Three-Bedroom Walkout Grand Butler Family Suite sleeps 12! Those with picky eaters in their group will be pleased to find nine dining options onsite, and nobody can possibly get bored with kayaking, windsurfing, hydro bikes, snorkeling, Hobie cats, paddle boarding, knee boarding, scuba diving, basketball, tennis courts, and more.

Your kids will especially love the Pirates Island Waterpark and the Xbox Play Lounge. The little ones will enjoy Beaches’ Kid Camp and Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street. For teens, there’s Club Liquid. And for tweens, an arcade called Trench Town. When you’re ready to kick back for a bit of renewal, head to the Red Lane Spa.

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Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa – Lucea, Jamaica

This Jamaica all-inclusive resort gets kudos for being home to the largest kids’ club in the Caribbean. There are 10 restaurants onsite at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa, and plenty of places for a late-night slip-away for the grownups. (Parents, take advantage of the onsite babysitting services and childcare!)

You’ll love that you can pay at one resort and play at two as well. Guests of the Grand Palladium can enjoy the facilities at its sister property, Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort. Your biggest decision will be choosing which of the five pools to take a dip in. Snorkel, sail, kayak, play mini-golf, or wind down at the full-service spa.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – Montego Bay, Jamaica

The 18th-century Rose Hall estate is straight out of the movies, a drop-dead gorgeous playground for families. At Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, you can enjoy six dining options, six bars/lounges, yoga and Pilates classes, tennis courts, golf, beach volleyball, billiards, an arcade/game room, boat tours, nightly entertainment, karaoke, kayaking, parasailing, snorkeling, and sailing.

There’s also a Kids Retreat and Teen Zone. The biggest attraction at this Jamaica all-inclusive resort, however, is the Sugar Mills Water Park, the largest water park in Jamaica, with lagoons, a lazy river, jungle garden with a rope and wood suspension bridge, and replicas of the former Rose Hall Plantation. 

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Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort and Waterpark – Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Photo: Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark

It’s all about the water at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort and Waterpark. This all-inclusive Jamaica resort’s Jewel Lagoon Water Park boasts nearly a dozen attractions, including a family raft ride, lazy river with rock grottos and waterfalls, and even live entertainment.

When it’s time to get out of the water, there’s kids’ programming for all ages from tots to teens. Meanwhile, parents can play at the pool or beach. Come together in the evenings for a meal and a dive-in movie.

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Bluefields Bay Villas – Bluefields, Jamaica

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You don’t have to stay at a mega resort to have an all-inclusive experience in Jamaica. If you’re looking for an intimate getaway, make your way to Bluefields Bay Villas on the island’s south coast. The deluxe villas are perched along the hilly coast and overlook the ocean.

There are a mere six villas, so privacy is a premium. Each villa has Instagram-worthy views, private pools, butler and maid service, a full kitchen, and a chef. For the the full Jamaica all-inclusive experience, you can get nanny service 24/7, and there’s elderly care for seniors, too.

Soak up the sun on the private beach or at the pool. Here, there’s no pressure to buzz about; do as little or as much as you like. Guests can arrange dive tours, deep sea-fishing, glass-bottom boat cruises, and more. 

Royalton Blue Waters – Falmouth, Jamaica

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If you have children younger than age four, you might choose another Jamaica all-inclusive resort. But for families with kids ages four and up, there’s plenty to do at the Royalton Blue Waters.

The Clubhouse Kids Club is where children up to age 12 can meet their favorite bunny buddies, Max & Ruby; watch cartoons; and play games. Teens have their own space at the Hangout, with a video game lounge, pool and Ping-Pong tables. Everyone can come together for snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, floating down the lazy river, or trivia games. You can even take dance and cooking classes.

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Moon Palace Jamaica All Inclusive Resort – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Photo: Moon Palace Jamaica All Inclusive Resort

Location is everything. At Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios, you’re situated in a regional park and a short walk to Ocho Rios Craft Park, where you can buy arts and crafts from locals. Turtle Beach, Dunn’s River Falls, and Dolphin Cove are only three miles away, too.

Onsite, kids love the Flowrider surfing simulator. There are also four restaurants, Club Mongoose for ages two to 12, and Jamrock Teen Center. Cool off in one of the five pools with waterfalls, or plummet down the Lighthouse Waterslide. Show off your tennis skills on the championship tennis courts, and check out the weekly themed party. Drink up at eight bars or see how good you are at beating the odds at the casino.

Ready to relax? Head to the afternoon tea, stake out a spot on the private beach, or book an appointment at the full-service Awe Spa. 

Beaches Ocho Rios Resort and Golf Club – Boscobel, Jamaica

Set on 22 acres of lush greenery, Beaches Ocho Rios this is the second Beaches resort in Jamaica.  Along with a gorgeous stretch of beach, Beaches Ocho Rios offers activities galore, including PADI certified diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing. Have you tried aqua trikes? Now’s the time.

This Jamaica all-inclusive resort has clubs for kids and teens (including the popular Xbox Lounge). And, for everyone in the family, there’s the popular Pirates Island Waterpark with its waterslides, lazy river, and more.  Other highlights include five-star global gourmet dining at seven restaurants, the nearby Sandals Golf and Country Club (included in rates), and the Red Lane Spa.

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Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Expect big fun and and a lot of food at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, where there are 16 dining options. You’ll cheat yourself if you don’t go for the spice at Barefoot JerkZ, the beachfront Jamaican jerk shack.  Italian, Asian, and Brazilian fare are among the many other culinary options.

Choose which pool to visit based on your mood; there’s a quiet pool and then there’s one for the party folks. The activities pool is also where you’ll find water spinning. Leave the children to the KidZ Club for beach sports, arts and crafts, and games during the day; come nighttime, there are PJ and disco parties.

The entire family can enjoy sailing on a catamaran, boogie boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. If you’re hankering to try something new, there are dance lessons and cooking demonstrations. Your family will especially love the Jamaican street music with steel drums and theatrical performances. 

IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach – Montego Bay, Jamaica

At IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach in Montego Bay, kids will feel like they own the joint. Star Camp features its own pool and children’s park. As for you, you’ll feel pretty good, too, whether you’re pampering yourself at Spa Sensations or getting your diver certification at the Dressel Diver Center. And you’ll want to explore the Montego Bay Marine Park, as well the Falmouth Luminous Lagoon, one of four such spots in the world.

Be ready for more action back at the resort, with tennis, a fitness center, an array of water sports, and golf at two 18-hole golf courses nearby. When the sun goes down, it’s all about the live music, shows, and this Jamaica all-inclusive resort’s lively game room. 

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Franklyn D. Resort and Spa – Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Complimentary nanny service? Yes, please! That’s just one of the many family amenities offered at Franklyn D. Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay, about 20 minutes from Ocho Rios. This all-inclusive Jamaica resort also offers the Yellow Bird Kids’ Club, teen-only discos, an onsite water park, playground, live entertainment, glass-bottom boat tours, and the ever-important spa. All accommodations are suites.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Photo: Round Hill Hotel and Villas

The ocean views at Round Hill Hotel and Villas simply cannot be beat, nor can the deluxe accommodations, some of which feature private pools and open-air spaces. Round Hill has two kids’ clubs for younger and older children; water sports such as snorkeling and wind surfing; land activities including golf and tennis; live entertainment; a deluxe spa; and three onsite dining options.

Traveling with little ones and want to enjoy a quiet meal alone? Early dining for kids and nanny services are available.

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Sheryl Nance Nash
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer, specializing in travel/lifestyle, personal finance and business. Her travel articles have appeared on CNTraveler, Newsweek.com, Fodors, Afar, RD.com, The Daily Beast, Culture Trip, Shermans Travel, Orbitz, among others. She is based in New York.

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