Jamaica could be the “King of All-Inclusive Resorts.” The island, a popular vacation destination for couples and families, offers a wealth of all-in-one accommodations, from big names like Beaches and IBEROSTAR, to hidden gems such as Jewel Runaway Bay. Ya’ mon, these all-inclusive family resorts in Jamaica, ranked in no particular order, are the best for kids, based on family ratings and editor reviews.
1. Franklyn D. Resort & Spa
In Runaway Bay, Franklyn D. Resort & Spa features a water park, pools, kids’ club, teen programming (including scuba diving) and four onsite restaurants, plus a separate kids’ buffet with entertainment—all included in nightly rates. The biggest draw, however, might be the resort’s complimentary nanny services.
Upon request, nannies are able to assist in all needs, from changing diapers (a nice break for parents) to watching little ones when time alone is needed. Families stay in spacious suites, all of which include free Wi-Fi and some of which feature ocean views. Did we mention the resort sits right on the beach?
2. Round Hill Hotel and Villas Resort
If you’re looking for a luxurious, tropical getaway with kids, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is your match. The resort offers a kids’ club, along with children’s menus and the option for them to dine early; after-hour nanny services are also provided if you’d like to enjoy the spa or a late dinner at The Grill, a rooftop restaurant, or Seaside Terrace, situated right on the beach.
Activities include glass-bottom boat tours, sport fishing, catamaran and speedboat trips, plus snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, tubing and more. If you have a teen in tow, they’ll enjoy the 7-Up Club, which includes access to a game room and a reading and TV room. Families stay in oceanfront rooms, many of which feature connecting capabilities, or spacious villas that feature private pools.
3. IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites
IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites entertains families with pools (including one just for kiddies), water sports, organized games, a spa and a location right on the beach. It also offers the Lucy Kids Club, geared for ages 4 to 12, as well as babysitting services for an additional fee. Also available for an additional fee are parasailing and scuba diving.
Enjoy family dinners (and maybe even a date) at four different restaurants (three are a la carte and one is buffet-style) before retreating back to your room or suite, which likely includes a view of the ocean. Bonus: IBEROSTAR Rose Hall is located just an hour from Dunn’s River Falls.
4. Jewel Runaway Bay Resort
The water park at Jewel Runaway Bay Resort is a complement to all the activities and amenities it offers to families. These include a water park; three swimming pools, where dive-in movies are offered; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; a kids’ club and teen lounge; golf course; laser tag; horseback riding; bonfires; water sports rentals; spa and more.
While the hotel bustles with excitement, it also remains intimate, with just 266 guestrooms on offer—62 of which have connecting capabilities for large groups. Free Wi-Fi, five onsite restaurants and airport transfers to Sangster International Airport round out the appeal for families.
5. Beaches Negril
Families love Beaches, and lucky for you, there are two in Jamaica! Beaches Negril features several programs for little ones, including a kids’ camp and the opportunity to enjoy shows and meet-and-greet experiences with characters from Sesame Street. Teens are treated to Club Liquid, the Xbox Play Lounge and Trench Town, where arcade games are available.
Together, the whole family can enjoy Pirates Island Waterpark, or try kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding or scuba diving. The resort offers nine restaurants with nine different specialties—have Italian food one night and French food the next—and designated family rooms and suites, which sleep seven to nine guests.
6. Beaches Ocho Rios
Beaches’ other property in Jamaica is situated in Ocho Rios. It features similar offerings, including Pirates Island Waterpark, Club Liquid, Trench Town, and Xbox Play Lounge. Elmo and friends also appear at Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club, performing in shows and participating in activities with kids.
There are several pools (including one for youngsters) and a spa, as well as seven restaurants, each featuring a specialty cuisine. Aside from traditional sports like scuba diving and snorkeling, Beaches also offers hydro bikes and Hobie Cats. Families can stay in a traditional guestroom or suite, or try a specially designed Family Sized Room or Family Sized Suite.
7. Royal Decameron Club Caribbean
Royal Decameron Club Caribbean is located in Runaway Bay, just an hour from Montego Bay, and features cottage-style rooms with direct access to the sand and surf; standard guestrooms are also available. Other features include a kids’ club; non-motorized water sports, such as windsurfing and snorkeling; organized games, such as beach volleyball; and nightly entertainment that’ll please the whole family.
There are two pools, including one that’s designated for families, as well as a giant sun deck (teens love it). The resort offers three restaurants, with afternoon and evening snacks served daily.
8. Royalton White Sands Montego Bay
The Royalton White Sands Montego Bay offers two refreshing pools, plus an interactive children’s pool, along with non-motorized motorsports that include kayaking, snorkeling and introductory scuba diving lessons in a pool.
Other activities include cooking classes, dance classes and organized games—and that doesn’t even include the kids’ club and teen programming and lounge. Families have the option to dine at six different restaurants and sleep in spacious rooms with views of the ocean or gardens. Free Wi-Fi and mini-bars (restocked daily) are also provided.
9. Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is a luxurious, all-inclusive resort with a unique past. The resort is actually located on a former sugar plantation (and on a private beach), and guests can visit historical ruins throughout the property. The hotel offers a giant water park—the biggest in Jamaica—along with several terraced swimming pools, where dive-in movies are often shown.
There’s also a Kidz Klub, Teen Zone and golf course. Complimentary shuttles allow guests to explore nearby attractions in Rose Hall, and kids ages 12 and under stay free in accommodations, which include mini-fridges and, in many cases, ocean views.
10. Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa
Opened in 2017, the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa quickly became one of the best all-inclusive family resorts in Mexico. This all-inclusive Jamaica resort features suites and villas that accommodate families of all sizes and offer fully equipped kitchens should you want to cook your own meals. If you don’t, the hotel has about a dozen dining options, plus swimming pools, a kids’ club, teen lounge, water sports and of course, a lovely location on the beach.
11. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
A location just 15 minutes from Montego International Airport means your all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica can quickly begin after you arrive! The oceanfront Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall features two pools, hammocks on the beach, water sports, a kids’ club and at night, live entertainment at the outdoor amphitheater. This resort is separate from, but connected to, its sister property, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, an adults-only resort.
12. Royalton Blue Waters
The Royalton Blue Waters is located on Montego Bay and features 228 guestrooms with balconies or patios and 24-hour room service. The resort features unlimited a la carte dining that doesn’t require reservations, which gives families plenty of dining flexibility. The pools and lazy river are great for the whole family, and the kids will have a blast on the waterslides and splash pad. There’s also a kids’ club for ages 4 to 12, a teen lounge, a playground, PlayStation game room, beach volleyball, dance classes, trivia games, and nightly entertainment.
13. Sunscape Splash Montego Bay
Sunscape Splash Montego Bay offers family-specific rooms with bunk beds, plus connecting rooms—score! This all-inclusive Jamaica resort also features multiple pools, an onsite water park, private beach, water sports, a kids’ club for ages 3 to 12, and a teen club. There are dining options to be found 24 hours a day, and in-room babysitting is available (additional fee) if you’d like to enjoy a date night.