When I got married, it was a rainy Sunday in March. The temperature was good, but the weather was miserable. That was almost 30 years ago. A trend that was beginning back then was destination weddings, many in Jamaica. So I asked myself, if I could redo my wedding day but instead do it in sunny Jamaica, what resort would it be?
Here’s my list for the best resorts to get married in Jamaica:
Let me explain why I picked these resorts. I’ll talk about the rooms followed by restaurants. And to cap it off, I’ll describe the actives you can enjoy on or near the property. If you’re ready to plan your dream wedding, you can use the link on the right or down below to select your resort.
If you’re looking for an intimate wedding, Round Hill Hotel and Villas should be on your list. How does this sound? There are only 27 private villas. If you’d rather stay in one of the 36 oceanfront guestrooms designed by Ralph Lauren, you’ll be greeted by plantation-shuttered windows or balcony. Inside is a four-poster bed, walk-in shower, dual vanities and a soaking tub.
You’re getting married. The ambiance is set. Likely you’ll spend your honeymoon here. So you’ll want that luxury feel for the remainder of your stay.
That’s why the Round Hill Restaurant is among the best there is. You’ll enjoy dishes created by a James Beard award-winning chef and choose from a wine list recognized with the “Award of Excellence” in 2014 by Wine Spectator.
If you choose a villa, you can take your cooked-to-order breakfast on your private terrace.
When you’re ready for dinner, the rooftop restaurant, The Grill, provides fantastic views of the ocean. The smoky aroma of the sweet wood cooking sustainably-grown, organic produce is the perfect way to finish the evening. You can even enjoy breakfast there if you choose.
When you’re not enjoying your villa or authentic Jamaican food, there are a host of actives to enjoy, particularly if you like water sports. Here’s a quick rundown:
Glass bottom boat
If the only thing you’d like to do in the water is swim or get your toes wet, you can always play golf or tennis. If shopping is what you would define as a sport, then the Round Hill Gift Shop & Boutique is probably for you.
Rooms at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort scream luxury no matter what category of room you select. Considering that you are planning a wedding and honeymoon, the Love Nest Luxury Suites might be your first choice. Or perhaps you’d like the attention that a private butler affords in the Butler Elite. Club Sandals or Sandals Luxury might be more to your liking, complete with refined luxury and hospitality if you’re willing to spend more. No matter what you choose, I think you’ll have a wedding and honeymoon you will remember for a very long time.
There’s no shortage of dining options here at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. With 16 different restaurants to choose from, you should have no problem finding something you like. And they are included in your package:
Vista Sky – Seafood
Valentino’s – Italian
Soy – Asian
The Reef Terrace – Pan-Caribbean Cuisine
The Southern Table – American Southern cuisine
Neptunes – Mediterranean Seafood
Manor – Caribbean Cuisine
Kelly’s Dockside Over the Water Restaurant – Fresh seafood & Mediterranean cuisine
Great House Café – Jamaican specialties
Tapas on the Riviera – Small plates
The Mariner Seaside Bar & Grill – Seafood
Dinos Pizzeria Italiana– Pizza and Italian
Kimonos Oriental Cuisine – Teppanyaki
Le Gourmand Classic French Cuisine – French
Bella Napoli Pizzeria – Pizza
The Jerk Shack – Traditional & contemporary Jerk style cuisine
And that’s just for food. Also included at no additional cost are house wines, premium liquors, Appleton Estate Rum, and Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
Just like the previous resort, this and the others on this list offer an abundance of watersports. What’s special is that these are included for the price of your stay:
Glass Bottom Boats
Snuba (scuba diving with the ease of snorkeling)
Land activities like golf and private golf lessons and the usual complement of resort actives are also available.
Much like its sister resort, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, you have a selection of luxury class suites to choose from. From Together Next Suites to Beaches Luxury and Beaches Concierge suites, you’ll be immersed in luxury that will provide you with an experience straight out of your dreams.
As an all-inclusive resort, your dining comes at no additional cost. While some establishments are shared with other resorts, the ones that aren’t provide a good mix of variety.
Stew Fish – Jamaican & Caribbean Seafood
The Mill – Caribbean and international buffet-style
The Venetian – Northern Italian cuisine
Kimonos – Teppanyaki
Mariachi – Mexican
Bar.B.Q. – (‘nuff said)
Café de Paris – Parisian-style patisserie with pastries, crepes, coffee and tea
Soy – Asian
Dinos Pizzeria Italiana – Pizza
YoYo’s – Frozen yogurt
Just like its sister property, you’ll also get at no additional charge Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, multiple bars, and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum.
Since you are in the islands, watersports are a staple. And because it’s all-inclusive, you don’t pay anything extra.
Like most of the resorts on this list, Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites is all-inclusive. And it gets very high ratings on Trip Advisor. And what would you expect at a resort made famous by James Bond. The rooms are spacious with many positioned to give you the most spectacular ocean-views available.
If you’re health conscience, you’ll be able to keep active and enjoy your Jamaican paradise. With everything from basketball, to volleyball and golf, you can engage in activities you love. In addition, the Aliveness program integrates with the spa to give you a relaxing way to reconnect.
Accommodations available at The Caves has an authentic island feel no matter if you choose a villa, ocean front cottage, or a suite. And while you have that island feel, you’ll still get modern touches and conveniences such as:
Mosquito net & fan
Royal Hut bathrobes
Nightly turn-down service
One of the best things about this resort is that everywhere you look, you are immersed in lush, beautiful surroundings.
The dining experience at The Caves lends itself to a more intimate feel that perfectly complements the surroundings. No matter what venue you select to dine, you’re assured to have local, fresh produce, authentic Jamaican jerk BBQ and romantic candlelit 5-course meals.
The Caves in of itself is a unique experience. There’s a reason why it’s called The Caves. And the ambiance that’s created is truly one of a kind. So it’s no surprise the activities complement the environment.
As is to be expected, watersports is on the agenda. But most resorts aren’t going to be led by a cliff diving expert. Your guide will take you on a snorkeling expedition that includes going through the natural caves. You might even get a visit from a school of dolphins that patrol the area.
When Every Choice Is a Good Choice
The best thing about these resorts is that all provide the ideal environment to get married in Jamaica. Most on this list are all-inclusive resorts. It makes planning, not just the wedding, but also the honeymoon easy and, just as important, affordable.
If you’re ready to plan your dream wedding, just type the name of the resort in the box below.
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