The Caribbean Journal has named four Jamaican resorts among the best in the Caribbean for 2017.
The website noted that the definition of “all-inclusive resorts” has been changing and what obtained as an endless buffet line and mass-produced travel kitsch no longer holds as there are now changes in the tastes and arrivals of new kinds of travelers.
It cited Steven Heydt of Elite Island Resorts, one of the region’s top companies specializing in all-inclusive resorts as saying, “travelers prize authenticity,” particularly in the Caribbean.
In 2016, visitor arrivals to the island were over 3 million.
The 4 top Jamaican resorts the site listed are:
1. Sandals Royal Caribbean
It noted that Sandals Royal Caribbean is perhaps Jamaica’s signature all-inclusive resort and stated that the resort is an excellent example of how Sandals continues to reinvent itself to meet the needs of travelers — most recently with the addition of its landmark over-the-water villas here. But the bungalows are just the beginning of a story that is one of the great exemplars for Caribbean all-inclusive.
2. Royalton Blue Waters
This resort is viewed as one of Jamaica’s newest all-inclusive resorts and described as simply terrific, with nods to traditional all-inclusive touches and some revolutionary additions, from cabanas with their own plunge pools to not one but two butlers in butler-service rooms. The food is said to be top class and is attributed to the emphasis placed on same by Royalton.
3. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
This Ocho Rios resort is said to have had a long life under several brands, but when Palace Resorts moved in the property was utterly transformed. It now boasts a new, sparkling design and 700 freshly redesigned suites. There’s something for every kind of traveler here, with amenities like a Kids Club, a FlowRider, and a sleek nightclub called Noir.
4. Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall
This all-inclusive resort is completely transformed from the former Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay to the new family-friendly Ziva and adults-only Zilara. This property is a traveler’s delight given its luxury and traditional Jamaican hospitality.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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