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Where to stay in Jamaica - the best accommodation from budget to luxury

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When going abroad, the accommodation you choose can really make or break a trip. In some cases you might be looking simply for a place to rest your head before the next adventure, whereas in others you could require the utmost luxury to unwind and indulge. Whatever the case, the island of dreams can be a reality for all types of traveler; from the budget explorer to the luxury seeker - there's something for everyone. 

Robert Stephens

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Jamaica

Budget

 

It may be a common misconception that the exotic Caribbean island only caters for romantic getaways and expensive tropical breaks. However, Jamaica also caters for tourists on a budget. If you're looking for a simple bed to rest your travel weary head, the Mount Edge Guest House offers classic accommodation for an eye wateringly cheap fare. At just £13, visitors can spend the night in the wooden guesthouse, nestled amongst the scenic backdrop of the Blue Mountains. Although only 30 minutes from Kingston, the reggae capital of the world, the buzzing city vibe couldn't feel further from the relaxing and comfortable rooms. After a night singing your heart out to Bob Marley, kick back and relax in the garden hot tub or take a short walk to the refreshing river running nearby.

 

Standard

 

Located in central Kingston, the Spanish Court Hotel is a close neighbor to some of the capital's best sites like the National Gallery of Jamaica and Emancipation Park. After a day seeing the sites, you can come back to the comfortably air conditioned rooms, or indulge in a massage at the on-site spa, lift some weights in the gym, or swim some lengths in the outdoor pool.

 

Alternative

 

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an eco-warrior, you might be interested in Jamaica's Green Castle Retreat. Set in an old plantation, you'll be privy to an authentic islander stay, with personal, friendly service and traditional cuisine. Allowing a maximum of 10 people at a time, the intimate retreat respects its surrounding environment and does everything it can to create a sustainable haven. The grounds are home to a diverse array of ecosystems from mangrove swamps to fresh water ponds, meaning it is a hot bed for tropical birds. Twitchers from far and wide are drawn to the area and it's known as the best place to spy Jamaican endemic spies like the Mango, Tody and the local Woodpecker.

 

Luxury

 

For the more extravagant traveler, The Caves, perched on the limestone cliffs in the West End of Jamaica, offers outstanding luxury. A stone's throw from Negril's seven mile beach, the resort is nothing but a traveler’s utopia. The individual cottages with azure sea views are complimented with the seductive sanctuary of the on-site spa and the private cave dining, which, with candle lined walls ensures you are truly removed from the stresses of everyday life. And if that doesn't tick all the boxes, the area just happens to be the best spot for snorkeling, dolphin spotting, hiking and the cultural hub of Negril town. What more could you want?

 

Romantic

 

If your trip to Jamaica calls for a truly romantic setting, then the island has a host of secluded and amorous accommodation for you to choose from. One such place is the acclaimed Geejam, nestled just outside Port Antonio, the resort is entirely private. Although there are five cottages in total, there is no communal pool, reception or lobby - guests simply ring through for room service or for the use of the staff driver for trips around the island. Just seconds from Frenchman's Cove, the resort is privy to some of the most beautiful beaches and secluded bays for privacy and total relaxation.

 

For backpackers, party animals, honeymooners, and all other types of traveler, Jamaican has budget to luxury accommodation in all shapes and guises to suit your every need.