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Best family hotels in Jamaica for a child-friendly stay

Do leaden skies make you long for a family getaway in sunny climes? When it comes to sunshine, there are few places better than Jamaica.

By Nela Lukic | Last updated Oct 26, 2022

Best family hotels in Jamaica

As one of the best Caribbean paradises, Jamaica has something to delight everyone - from small holidaymakers through to grandparents, a visit here is guaranteed to be an incredible experience.

Jamaica is famous for warm seas, white sandy beaches, its natural landscape, abundance of wildlife, and its rich historic and cultural heritage. It’s also the birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley, as well as the world's fastest sprinters, including Usain Bolt. Plus Blue Mountain coffee, Red Stripe beer, Jamaican rum and jerk dishes are beloved by gourmets the world over.

All-inclusive child-friendly resorts, often with a private beach, are extremely popular in Jamaica. They offer a worry-free environment for a relaxing family holiday and a host of facilities that come included in the price of the accommodation. As a rule, all meals and drinks (with some limits on the alcoholic beverages) are included, as are non-motorised water sports such as kayaking, snorkelling, or windsurfing. These resorts are very child-friendly, offering free child activities, free infant cots and babysitting services at a surcharge. In one on our list, you even get complimentary babysitting!

Half of the 10 best family hotels in Jamaica from our selection are all-inclusive resorts. For those of you who are not fond of the all-inclusive vibe, we’ve also included several outstanding hotels, as well as self-catering establishments.  

You'll find in our selection a number of luxury 5* resorts and hotels in Jamaica, but also several more affordable places that still offer all that a family needs for a perfect holiday in a tropical paradise.  

Whichever of these family-friendly hotels in Jamaica you choose, you can be assured of top service… As a rule, Mumsnetters praise the welcoming, friendly, and attentive attitude of the staff. 

Read on for our guide to the best family hotels in Jamaica, according to parents.

Top 5 Jamaican hotels for families, a quick look

1. Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Saint James

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa

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The all-inclusive luxury Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa is set in the vibrant Montego Bay on a former 18th Century sugar plantation. The lovely gardens with tropical flowers stretch all the way to the private beach.

This beachfront resort offers lots of free leisure activities, from kayaking to rum mixology. There is an onsite spa and a nearby golf course. For meals and beverages, there are six restaurants, plus several bars and cafes. By all accounts, the food at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort is excellent.

But what really sets this resort apart is their Sugar Mill Falls Water Park, with its lazy river, sparkling pools and thrill slides. This is the stuff that is sure to delight kids of all ages! With plenty of adult and kid-friendly activities and features, Rose Hill is a great all-inclusive family resort in Jamaica. 

  • Distance from airport: Sangster airport is about 8 mi away.

What Mumsnet users say

“Hilton Rose Hall, Jamaica." Ricekrispie22

2. Royalton White Sands, Montego Bay

Royalton White Sands Montego Bay

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Royalton White Sands is a haven for families with young and older children. This luxury all-inclusive resort features palm tree lined lagoon pools, 11 a la carte restaurants and other highlights that will turn any holiday into a truly relaxing and refreshing experience, even with young children. 

This family friendly resort has a variety of activities that will keep you and your kids busy throughout your stay - that is, if you choose activities over relaxation. Specifically, three outdoor pools and a waterpark with spiralling chutes, mini slides and fountains for the little ones. There is also a great playground with a climbing frame and swings to delight the younger holiday-makers. You’ll be spoilt for choice with yoga, on-site beach volleyball and a full-service spa.

Fellow travellers have had great feedback about their experiences, especially the friendly staff at the resort. 

  • Distance from airport: Sangster airport is about 22 mi away. The hotel offers transfers to and from the airport.

3. White Sands, Negril

White Sands, Negril

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This relaxed, mid-range family-friendly beachfront hotel is located near the famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril. The sand here is powder-soft and you can see the bottom of the ocean as you wade through the water, looking out for the starfish and the stingrays even without snorkelling gear. Great fun for kids and grown-ups alike!

Run by the same family since 1971, the hotel exudes a friendly atmosphere. The property is split by a road into a garden and ocean section. An outdoor pool is on the garden side. The beach area features free sun loungers and parasols, a bar, and an open-air restaurant serving delicious Jamaican fare for breakfast and lunch. Nearby are several other hotels, bars and restaurants.

Rooms range from basic to apartment-style units with kitchens. All have furnished outdoor spaces. Only a handful of rooms have TVs. 

Note that beach towels are not included, so plan to bring your own.

  • Distance from airport: Sangster airport is about 50 mi away and transfers can be arranged by the establishment.

4. Azul Beach Resort, Negril

Azul Beach Resort, Negril

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Azul Beach Resort in Negril is a modern all-inclusive resort that lines the amazing Seven Mile Beach, which offers white sands and tranquil waters. 

This luxury resort has several pools, including a kids' splash park. There is also a children’s playhouse, as well as supervised programmes for kids and teens. You can head to the top-notch spa and fitness centre, or play tennis, volleyball or soccer. Plus, the whole family will have fun rowing, canoeing, or just relaxing on the beach. No family member will ever get bored with all the activities and entertainment designed to make sure everyone has a great time here.

When you get hungry, choose among the resort’s nine restaurants that serve local and international cuisine. There are also several bars on the beach and by the pools. 

Azul Beach Resort has a separate section for adults that includes an adults-only swimming pool. 

  • Distance from airport: Sangster airport is about 46 mi away. 

What Mumsnet users say

“Sensatori, Jamaica.” Ricekrispie22

5. Half Moon Resort, Saint James

Half Moon Resort, Saint James

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Located in Montego Bay’s entertainment district, the luxury Half Moon Resort is nestled on 400 acres of green surroundings and two miles of shoreline. This huge resort offers guests a plethora of activities and plenty of space.

The all-inclusive plan is optional in Half Moon, but it is recommended, since paying as you go adds up quickly. The resort has four onsite restaurants.

When you stay at Half Moon, you have access to two stunning private beaches, a championship golf course and a unique equestrian facility. You can also rent a bike. Other activities include yoga and aerobics classes at the gym, basketball, tennis, squash, and water sports. Alternatively, relax in the top-rate spa or simply sip a drink while lounging by one of the pools. 

Children have their own swimming pool and a playground to enjoy while you relax on a sun lounger nearby.

  • Distance from airport: Sangster airport is about 6 mi away and transfers can be arranged by the establishment.

6. Franklyn D. Roosevelt Resort and Spa, Saint Ann

Franklyn D. Roosevelt Resort and Spa, Saint Ann

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The all-inclusive Franklyn D. Roosevelt Resort and Spa is located 9.9 mi west of Ocho Rios in Runaway Bay, just a few steps from the sea. 

This casual mid-range beachfront resort offers one, two and three bedroom suites with a separate living/dining area, coffee maker, microwave, and a refrigerator. All suites have large balconies or a garden terrace, too.

Dining options include two international restaurants, one of which is adults-only, a seafront eatery, and a grill. Other amenities include a spa, a gym, tennis court and several outdoor pools. One pool has water slides favoured by kids, and the hotel has a variety of kids' and adults' activity programmes.

The most notable feature of Franklyn D. is that the hotel provides a complimentary babysitter for each family for the duration of their stay.

  • Distance from airport: Ian Fleming airport is about 10 mi away. Shuttle service is offered only from and to Sangster airport, about 44 mi away.

What Mumsnet users say

“We have been to Franklyn D Roosevelt Hotel several times from North America - fly into Montego Bay from Atlanta. This place is amazing.” CraftyGin

7. Hermosa Cove Villa Resort and Suites, Saint Ann

Hermosa Cove Villa Resort and Suites, Saint Ann

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This elegant Ocho Rios self-catering beachfront hotel that consists of nine villas evokes the charm of an idyllic seaside village. The resort is just a short stroll from the reef-studded cove with two pristine beaches where you and your family can enjoy complimentary kayaking and snorkelling. There are also cascading pools on the property.

Although it feels secluded, Hermosa Cove Villa Resort and Suites is just minutes from Jamaica’s popular attractions and breathtaking natural wonders. It’s a perfect spot for families eager to explore their surroundings. What’s more, transportation and admission are included to Dunn’s River Falls, the Blue Hole, and the Island Village entertainment and shopping complex.

The one- or three-bedroom luxurious villas come with full kitchens, but if you don’t feel like cooking, head for the resort’s restaurant that serves locally sourced cuisine with international flair, or to the jerk shack down at the beach.

  • Distance from airport: Ian Fleming airport is about 9 mi away and Sangster airport is about 62 mi away. Transfers can be arranged by the establishment.

8. Beaches Ochos Rios, Saint Mary

Beaches Ochos Rios, Saint Mary

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This luxury beachfront resort in Boscobel, 10 mi east of Ocho Rios, boasts lush tropical gardens and a gorgeous private white sand beach. It has seven gourmet restaurants, several swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool, a variety of water sports and complimentary green fees at the nearby golf club. 

A spa and an adult-only piano bar are some of the other features geared towards grown-ups, but the all-inclusive Beaches Ocho Rios is probably best described as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Jamaica. Your kids will have no shortage of amazing entertainment opportunities, what with a video game garage for teens and tweens, kids’ club for the little ones, and a huge action-adventure Pirates Island Waterpark for all ages. 

Since the majority of guests are families, the resort can be noisy. Also note that some water sports and restaurants must be booked in advance.

  • Distance from airport: Ian Fleming airport is about 1.5 mi away and Sangster airport is about 70 mi away. Transfers are included.

What Mumsnet users say

“I've always been with work so I have seen a few hotels through that! We're staying at Beaches Ochos Rios but we have a ten year old so need plenty to do for a family.” EnglishGirlApproximately 

9. Goblin Hill Villas, Portland

Goblin Hill Villas, Portland

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Goblin Hill Villas is a Port Antonio bayfront self-catering resort located in one of the most unspoiled corners of Jamaica, between the Caribbean waters and the Blue Mountains. Opt for this mid-range establishment for a complete relaxation in television-less villas. 

A white-sand beach (with entrance fee) is a fifteen-minute walk away. At sunset, take the nature trail through a miniature rainforest to a terrace overlooking the bay, a perfect setting for a sundowner. Quiet surrounding roads are great for walks under a canopy of trees. When you don’t feel like venturing out, head for the outdoor pool or go to the library with a cable TV.

For your family’s dining options, you can visit the onsite restaurant to enjoy national dishes full of verve. Or you can cook your own meals. Or you can have them cooked for you by a private cook-housekeeper, available at an additional charge. 

  • Distance from airport: Norman Manley airport is about 72.5 mi away and Sangster airport is about 129 mi away.

10. Jamaica Inn, Saint Ann

Jamaica Inn, Saint Ann

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Jamaica Inn is a small luxury hotel located in Ocho Rios. This family-run historic property has beautiful grounds and a private champagne-colored beach, which is considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean.

The rooms are beautiful, featuring big, nicely furnished and comfortable verandas with ocean views. You will not find TV sets or radios in your room, and this is on purpose. Jamaica Inn is not a place to party! You come to this upscale romantic resort for quiet luxury and the sophisticated vibe.

To preserve such an atmosphere, Jamaica Inn only welcomes children over the age of 10. 

The hotel has an al fresco dining terrace, a small pool, and a stunning sea-view spa. It also offers several activities and sessions throughout the week, including yoga, croquet, and a variety of water sports. 

  • Distance from airport: Ian Fleming airport is about 8 mi away and Sangster airport is about 62 mi away. Transfers can be arranged by the establishment.

What Mumsnet users say

“My dream when we can go alone is to stay at Jamaica Inn, it isn't the biggest or most glamorous resort but it's so charming and feels like real understated luxury.” EnglishGirlApproximately

What is the best part of Jamaica for a holiday?

Jamaica is renowned as a favourite tourist destination. Negril on the westernmost tip of the island, Montego Bay in the north-west, and Ocho Rios on the north are considered to be the best areas to stay in Jamaica with kids. Negril boasts amazing beaches; in Montego Bay, you’ll be able to experience the city’s nightlife; and Ocho Rios is close to some of the island’s most stunning natural attractions. 

It follows that most of the 10 best resorts in Jamaica that we chose are located in these three incredibly scenic spots.

What’s the best month to go to Jamaica?

Jamaica has a tropical climate. It is warm throughout the year, with only a slight variation in temperature between winter and summer. In the winter, average temperature is 27°C, and in summer 30°C. Sea temperatures range from 27°C in January to April and 29°C in July to November.

The rainy season is between June and November, though Jamaica seldom sees a full day of rain. More often than not, rain falls for a part of the day, and then makes way for sunshine. If you and your kids can take the humidity, this is the period when you can get top-class accommodation at a lower rate. October has the most rainfall (with the possibility of hurricanes).

Winter is the peak season in Jamaica, with an influx of tourists from around the globe. Shoulder seasons, from mid-April to May and from November to mid-December, are the best time for a Jamaican holiday if you want to avoid the crowds and higher prices.

Is Jamaica safe for kids?

Jamaica has problems with crime, but is a safe tourist destination as long as you use common sense. As a rule, tourist areas are safe, with many resorts and hotels employing a 24/7 security guard on sites. 

If you really want to, you can confine your holiday to the resort and the private beach in front of it. However, it would be a pity not to explore this beautiful island. 

Your accommodation will be happy to recommend a reputable guide or to help you book a tour. Jamaica is made for exploration, so take full advantage of your stay on this island! 

Is Jamaica a good place to travel with kids?

There is so much to see and do in Jamaica with the kids. We understand that it may not be easy to tear yourself and your family from the fabulous Jamaican beaches, but it will be worth the effort in order to experience a slice of Jamaica’s natural wonders and its rich cultural and historic heritage. 

Here are some of the things to do and see when staying in one of the best hotels and resorts from our list. These excursions are great for the whole family, though walking up a waterfall or zip lining are probably best suited for kids above the age of seven, while hiking the Blue Mountain should be reserved for older children.

In Negril and Montego Bay area: 

  • The Luminous Lagoon: Take a boat tour at night to see the lagoon light up due to microorganisms in the water.    

In Ocho Rios area:

  • Konoko Falls: Visit the botanical garden, the zoo, and the waterfall. 
  • Mystic Mountain: Experience zip lining, bobsledding, and a rainforest adventure. 
  • Blue Hole: Jump off the rocks, use a rope swing, or just wade into the water and swim in the magnificently blue pool.
  • Green Grotto Caves: Admire the fascinating rock formations, see the lake within the cave and the fruit bats. 
  • Dunn’s River Falls: Climb up the 200 yards of gently terraced waterfalls and cool off in the refreshing pools at the base.
  • Columbus Park Museum: See the spot where Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica in 1494 and explore the open-air museum documenting the island’s history.

In Port Antonio area:

  • Frenchman’s Cove: This postcard-worthy beach is a celebrity in its own right, having featured in several films.
  • Reach Falls: A gentle hike through the tropical rainforest takes you to the top of these pretty and peaceful waterfalls. Stand under the streaming cascades, explore the caves, and swim in the fern-fringed waters.
  • Blue Lagoon: Swim with the sea turtles in this fantastic fairy-tale-like pond.
  • Blue Mountain National Park: Soak up the amazing scenery as you climb up the iconic mountain range. Best suited for teens and their (fit) parents. 

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations by real parents

Before choosing any destination for our roundups, we first consult the Mumsnet forums. With over 10 million users per month, there’s a lot of suggestions by real parents who have been there, done that when travelling to Jamaica with the family. 

Expert guidance and traveller reviews

After we’ve collated our hotel picks, we then turn to the experts and consult the likes of TripAdvisor and Expedia to see what their recommendations include for family holidays here. 

We also scrutinised industry portals such as The Travel Foundation and news outlets such as Caribbean National Weekly in order to present to you a balanced and thorough overview of 10 best family hotels in Jamaica.

Celebrated hotels

Finally, we cross-referenced all of the above information to find the best Jamaican hotels for families that had won the most awards and recommendations across the board. We feel there’s something here for everyone, to suit every budget.

Why should you trust us?

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