The Best Luxury Resorts in Jamaica: Half Moon, Ritz Carlton Rose Hall, Sandals Montego Bay
Before departing from the MBJ airport, we finished our tour-de-force with three final site inspections:
Sandals Montego Bay
I loved this property, which offers the best of the Montego Bay area by combining all inclusive with great accommodations (the Bay Roc Villas are phenomenal for the prices). The colors of the property are understated, the perfect pairing with all that’s going on throughout the resort.
There are just enough restaurant choices to give variety, the resort is just big enough to be interesting, and those villas are just private enough to feel like a home away from home. All in all, it’s just right.
Ritz Carlton Rose Hall
For those looking for the classic Ritz Carlton elegance, this property does not disappoint. From the main lobby to the accommodations, the resort offers a familiar grandeur paired with the bright, fun style of Jamaica.
Out of every hotel we visited, I’d say that the Ritz is the most comfortable for US travelers accustomed to luxury travel style. By no means a boutique property, the resort is large enough (with the best pool I’ve seen in Jamaica) to keep entire families entertained. Great for groups, families, and Ritz Carlton aficionados.
While I’m a big fan of a modern hotel look, Half Moon’s old Hollywood style is simply breathtaking. The beautiful black and white awnings and marble floors are brilliant against the bright blue ocean – and this was just in the lobby.
I was taken aback at just how spacious the cottages and villas are (even the lowest level room category was roomy!) – one of the cottages, my personal favorite, has its own baby grand piano and wet bar, like a “make your own piano bar” feature. With an on-site area to swim with the dolphins, a shopping village, and much more, this resort can easily keep the interest of any traveler – romantic settings for honeymooners and tons of activities for those who need to be entertained.
For just $30 per person, travelers can now purchase VIP access through immigration and into the Club MoBay Sky Lounge. Now, seeing the line at immigration, which would have taken at least an hour to get through, I can tell you that $30 is worth skipping ahead. Let me also note that, while no immigrations officers are every friendly, the Montego Bay employees seem to be especially abysmal. Unfortunately, your $30 will not buy them smiling faces. However, it does allow you to get through immigration seamlessly – what would’ve taken us 1+ hours only took about twenty minutes. After dealing with the bluebirds of happiness, we skipped into Club MoBay, the brand new lounge for VIP pass holders. The lounge is really an incredible addition to skipping ahead in line (seriously, I would pay well over $30 to do that in Atlanta) and I would encourage this for any traveler coming from MBJ. Well worth it.
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