The Caribbean

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica That Are Sure to Please the Whole Family

Jamaica is a longstanding favourite among vacationing Canadians, as all-inclusive resorts aim to make family trips as easy as possible.

Imagine spacious guestrooms, plentiful dining options, help with child-care and activities to keep everyone entertained—all under the Caribbean sun and in the arms of a unique culture.

With family-friendly resorts from the western tip of the island in Negril all the way to Ocho Rios via Montego Bay, our selection takes you to white-sand beaches, clear blue waters and misty mountainscapes. Expect water parks, tai chi sessions and dawn-till-dusk kids’ clubs, not to mention spas for the adults to unwind in.

Colonial-style family resort for Caribbean vibes

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Beachfront Meliá Braco Village blends colonial style with modern amenities for an intimate Jamaican getaway. Check in to a calming, cream-coloured guestroom, where you’ll wake each morning to a garden or sea view. In select rooms, slide open patio doors and pad barefoot straight onto the golden sand.

After christening the morning with a gentle dip in the pool, you can head to the beach with snorkels, buckets and spades. Families with older kids should visit the on-site Adventure Park’s outdoor trampolines and towering rock wall. Those with energy to burn can take on the ultimate obstacle course, swinging between footbridges, U-ropes and suspended logs before zooming down a 320-foot-long zipline.

For dinner, you’ll have a choice of six restaurants. Enjoy a fine cut of Angus beef at 876 Prime Steakhouse, or dig into classic jerk dishes at Jamaican O’Grille. For kids who like to custom-make their own plates, the open-air international buffet offers a range of fish, meat and veggie dishes.

Meliá Braco Village

8.1 Very good (491 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
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Meliá Braco Village

8.1 Very good (491 reviews)

Colossal all-inclusive in Ocho Rios

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Moon Palace Jamaica, nestled against the mountains of Ocho Rios, fits the bill for all-inclusive on a grand scale. With more than 700 guestrooms designed with privacy in mind, this resort caters to families with its two-bedroom deluxe suites. Take in the view and Caribbean breeze from your balcony before your exploration of the complex begin.

Make your way to the water for aqua sports hosted by the resort, from kayaking to paddle boarding. You can also tackle the waves on land with a surfing simulator if you’re new to the board. Send the kids to their own club to tumble around in the indoor ball pit, kitchen play area or outdoor waterpark, while teenagers can hang in their own lounge equipped with air hockey, foosball and gaming stations. Parents seeking tranquillity will find it in the Awe Spa, where soothing body wraps and deep-tissue massages create a rejuvenating experience.

Food choices abound at the resort’s five eateries, with local seafood and Jamaican jerk dishes occupying the limelight. Got a sweet tooth? Follow the aroma of pastries and crêpes to Boulangerie, open 24/7.

Moon Palace Jamaica

Ocho Rios, 3 km to Dolphin Swimming
7.5 Good (3125 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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Moon Palace Jamaica

Ocho Rios
7.5 Good (3125 reviews)

Baby-friendly all-inclusive Jamaican resort

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You’ll find family fun in abundance at Azul Sensatori Jamaica on the tip of the west coast in Negril. The kids will race you to Azulitos Playhouse, packed with themed activities for all ages and supervised by experienced staff.

Take time while they’re occupied to relax with some tai chi or the Soul Mate’s Ritual—a soothing couple’s massage and body mask followed by champagne and chocolate fondue. Alternatively, retreat to your room’s sunny balcony for drinks overlooking landscaped pools or the sparkling sea.

On the resort’s own slice of heaven, Seven Mile Beach, you can claim a four-poster cabana-style bed (with butler service) while the kids build an epic sandcastle. As for dining, four on-site restaurants plate up Mediterranean, Thai and local Caribbean cuisines. For something extra special, book a family dinner on the beach and tuck into fresh seafood while the moon rises. Those with infants can take advantage of the Gourmet Inclusive service and pre-order baby food—you’ll also find baby equipment from strollers to sterilizers at your disposal.

Azul Sensatori Jamaica

Negril, 3.8 km to Negril Lighthouse
8.5 Excellent (670 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Azul Sensatori Jamaica

Negril
8.5 Excellent (670 reviews)

World cuisines and waterslides at this family resort

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The Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay Resort combines luxury accommodation with family-friendly activities. Try a lesson in kayaking or scuba diving in the pool, then gather your brood for the resort’s own Beach & Pool Olympics or a game of ping pong. Alternatively, the winding lazy river invites leisurely floats.

Little ones can scamper away to a scavenger hunt or create arts and crafts in the Kids’ Adventures program (ages 4-12). Cool games in the Hangout Lounge cater to teens, though the splashing sounds of waterslides might lure them out into the sunshine. The adventures extend to your tastebuds, too, with 11 eateries dishing up world flavours. Sample authentic West Indian spices at Calypso, sizzling Tex-Mex fajitas at Armadillo or gawk at the mesmerizing knife skills of Japanese teppanyaki chefs.

To top off the day, catch a live show in the open-air theatre before heading back to your room for a rainfall shower and a sound sleep in sumptuous linens. If you’ve booked a two- or three-bedroom suite, you can toast the night from private balconies off every room.

Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay

7.9 Good (271 reviews)
Very good Cleanliness 8.3 / 10
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Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay

7.9 Good (271 reviews)

Victorian all-inclusive family resort in Runaway Bay

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Runaway Bay’s Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica is a Victorian-style hotel right on the beach, with turrets adding a Caribbean castle vibe. In your spacious suite furnished with traditional wooden pieces, you can get right into relaxation mode with a bath in your hydromassage tub.

Start the day with a family swim in one of the three interconnecting pools surrounded by tropical gardens. Play with the kids in the waterpark before heading down to the half-mile stretch of warm white beach. For evening meals, browse menu options like a mouthwatering steak at four à la carte restaurants, while the extensive international buffet offers choices for kids. After dinner, you can get the little ones dancing at a family-friendly evening show.

To tick off some of those bucket-list dreams, ask at reception about off-site excursions. Families with older kids can swim with dolphins, zipline through treetops or recreate the famous Cool Runnings bobsled training in the jungle.

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

7.8 Good (8120 reviews)
Very good Cleanliness 8.3 / 10
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Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

7.8 Good (8120 reviews)

Private beach at an all-inclusive Caribbean resort

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For an all-inclusive experience in Jamaica’s famous Montego Bay, consider the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. A place for big families, you’ll find accommodation ranging from suites to three-bedroom villas. Try your hand at jerk cooking in a fully equipped kitchen, or order in a room-service feast from one of six on-site eateries like grilled-to-order steaks at Le Bouchon or teppanyaki-style dining at Pierside.

Let the kids plan their own days from a club schedule packed full of scavenger hunts, games and kite flying. You’ll also find a beachfront play area and a jungle gym to satisfy keen climbers and active little ones. Set preschoolers free in the splash-pad area while teens chill out in a lounge with Wii games and bowling.

For bonding time with the family, swing by the resort’s private beach for an exhilarating catamaran ride. When you return with the sun on your skin and salt in your hair, kick back with some ice cream or take a nap in your private cabana.

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort And Spa

Montego Bay, 14.5 km to Canopy
8.8 Excellent (410 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort And Spa

Montego Bay
8.8 Excellent (410 reviews)

All-inclusive Jamaican resort for families on a budget

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For a budget-friendly all-inclusive that offers the same basic services as a high-end resort, Holiday Inn Montego Bay lets guests choose from rooms or spacious suites. Among landscaped gardens overlooking the sea, you’ll find beach volleyball, giant chess, table tennis and more awaiting an exciting family challenge. Take a plunge in the pool or head to the glistening beach to build sandcastles as the sun sets. There’s even a hair salon and spa where you can share a pampering day with your partner or kids.

Wake with the Caribbean sun and slip away to the fitness centre or tennis court for a morning workout. That is if you’re not tempted by a massage or icy beverage at the adults-only pool bar. For dining options, there are four à la carte restaurants plating up buttery seafood and a mix of Caribbean and Italian dishes. At the main buffet, steer your youngest to the Kid’s Corner—a buffet designed just for them!

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica - All Inclusive

Montego Bay, 10.5 km to Canopy
7.7 Good (3830 reviews)
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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica - All Inclusive

Montego Bay
7.7 Good (3830 reviews)

Small-scale family resort with a midnight buffet

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For a cozy vacation, book into one of the 144 rooms at Royal Decameron Montego Beach. Rooms at this beachfront property come bathed in bright Caribbean hues, each centred around an expansive sea view. Head straight for the balcony for a bit of downtime under the ocean breeze.

You’ll have your pick of two restaurants, both with international fare and traditional Jamaican dishes. Savour the jerk flavours that the island is famous for, or dive straight into a colourful selection of fresh salads, tropical fruit and seafood. There’s even a midnight snack buffet should your stomach grumble after dark.

Check the daily activities schedule for excursions leaving from Montego Bay. The buzzing Aqua Sol Theme Park is just minutes away, next to the bay’s “Hip Strip” of souvenir shops. You can easily fill a day with water trampolining, jet skiing or a trip on a glass-bottom boat. If you’d like to keep things close to home, slot in a game of tennis back at the resort or stake out a spot on the beach.

Royal Decameron Montego Beach

Montego Bay, 3.4 km to Canopy
7.8 Good (2669 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.5 / 10
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Royal Decameron Montego Beach

Montego Bay
7.8 Good (2669 reviews)

Family-friendly all-inclusive on Jamaica's Rose Hall estate

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You’ll find the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa on the renowned Rose Hall estate in Montego Bay. Light and airy rooms boast views of the neighbouring golf course, the Blue Mountains or—of course—the sea. The Oceanfront Royal Suite works well for families, where an in-room dining area with pantry and fridge cater to ’round-the-clock snack attacks.

Get the kids burning energy with a family match on the tennis court, a game of beach volleyball or a kayak ride. You can cool off afterwards in the waterpark or with a paddle down the lazy river. With appetites worked up, you can browse casual and fine dining options to sample traditional Jamaican jerk chicken and pork.

Local history awaits at Rose Hall Great House just metres away. The 18th-century Georgian mansion hosts a fascinating museum about the curious legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall. After a culture-filled day, tuck the kids into soft beds for a peaceful night. With adjoining rooms, you’ll get to unwind in the privacy of your master bedroom complete with deep-soaking tub and quiet balcony.

Hotel Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Montego Bay, 14.6 km to Canopy
8.4 Very good (2680 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.8 / 10
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Hotel Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Montego Bay
8.4 Very good (2680 reviews)

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