Destination weddings are losing their stigma and more people view it as an excuse to take a much-needed vacation. With popularity picking up steam, many beach hotels in exotic locales have entire departments dedicated to destination wedding guests—and Jamaica is one of them. Dream as big as you want and plan your beach wedding in Jamaica with the help of a personal wedding planner at one of these elegant beach resorts.
Best Wedding Resorts in Jamaica
A dazzling boutique hotel made up of mosaic-tiled huts sitting right in the cliff’s edge over turquoise water that’s just begging you to dive in. Green Globe Certified, this ecofriendly retreat is built with natural materials and made to blend in with the surrounding nature, meaning right outside your room you can climb into azure-blue Pristine Cove for a swim or snorkel. All 34 rooms have a queen-size bed, safe, WiFi and, most importantly, no TVs. Rockhouse Hotel is a Jamaica vacation for the nature-lover-at-heart that appreciates luxury. The Premium Villas and Villas sit right on the cliffs facing the sunset with personal sound systems so you can jam to reggae to your heart’s content, while the Garden Villas, Studios and Standards have private outdoor showers, garden-seating areas and garden or water views.
If the views here don’t make you fall in love, the food will—the restaurants here are three of Jamaica’s most popular. Rockhouse Restaurant is a fine-dining experience overlooking Pristine Cove with Caribbean cuisine. Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar offers a traditional Jamaican dining experience—move to the live music as you order up Jamaican classics like jerk chicken and curried goat then wash it all down with a delicious rum. The Pool Bar & Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a sumptuous cocktail, eat a burger and watch the sunset, but if you’re in the mood for something more rejuvenating, pop by the Juice Bar for a fresh juice made using produce from the on-site organic garden.
Rockhouse’s on-site spa received the World Travel Award for best spa in Jamaica, twice. Using all-natural Caribbean-made products, the holistic-therapy spa team takes you to a place of complete weightlessness. Similarly, the daily Iyengar Hatha-style yoga classes will bring you to a peaceful state that fully allows you to embrace your vacation. For daily activities, you have the most beautiful cove right outside your door—which you can rent snorkel gear for at the Pool Bar—and weekly classes in cooking, painting, Zumba, African drumming and more. To learn about the hotel’s charitable efforts, take the Rockhouse Foundation Community Tour where you’ll learn how the Foundation is improving education for kids in Negril—it’s donated more than $4 million.
Finally, destination wedding planners love this hotel. It’s strict “one wedding per week” policy, with a max of 20 per year gives couples the attention and exclusivity they deserve on their big day. The Weddings Manager “Lici” Eastwood will work with you to create your dream wedding set in the cliffs of Negril.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
This family-run boutique hotel sits on its own private beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with just 48 spacious cottages and suites. While Jamaica Inn welcomes children 10 years and over, this manicured property has a reputation for romantic getaways. Luxury amenities and service here have been perfected over 50 years, ensuring you get the relaxing vacation you need, hassle-free. You’ll be delighted on arrival to your lodging—turndown service, upscale bedding and furnished balconies, make for a serene escape when you’re not lounging by the beach or pool.
Indulge in a variety of cuisines al fresco at the oceanfront terrace, in your room or on the beach three meals per day. Unlike many small hotels, Jamaica Inn offers meal plans and an all-inclusive option should you decide that’s best suited for your vacation. Complimentary kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and sunfish sailing add the perfect amount of excitement to your days while the Ocean Spa awaits you with massages, facials and a full beauty salon when it’s time for R&R.
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Take in unsurpassed beauty with star treatment at this AAA Four Diamond Resort in Montego Bay. The Unlimited-Luxury® package means 24-hour concierge, luxury amenities and outstanding service are all included—plus access to Secrets St. James next door. Choose from 350 smoke-free suites with swim-out suite options and a whirlpool tub, private balcony and complimentary minibar in each. Seven gourmet dining options plus two 24-hour cafes, unlimited top-shelf spirits at nine bars and dining on the beach? This is Secrets.
Whether your idea of activity is yoga and spa treatments or windsurfing and scuba diving, this resort offers every water and land sport you can think of. Enjoy endless ocean views with a cocktail in hand in the infinity pool or take to the sand with beach concierge conveniently included so you don’t have to lift a finger for refreshments. Pamper yourself at the 15,000 square-foot spa with hydrotherapy, massage and salon treatments before kicking up your heels at a theme party or live show (or nearby at the Breathless Montego Bay resort party for Preferred Club guests only).
If you’re looking for a place to forever hold memories of your big day, have a destination wedding at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay’s a delicate ocean-view gazebo or on a private beach. Between the on-site wedding coordinator and multiple package options—including South Asian wedding options—wedding planning will be a breeze.
Head to Sandals Negril if you’re looking for a resort that was made for romance right on Seven Mile Beach. Soft white sand and gentle turquoise water set the stage for a luxurious getaway where only the best of everything is included, including gratuities. Choose from Butler, Club and Luxury Level rooms or go all out on a Love Nest Suite. All rooms have plush king-size beds, flat-screen TVs and rainfall showers, while only upper-level options offer swim-up suites, two-story suites, spa bathrooms and Butler Service. Seven restaurants with seafood, Italian, Caribbean and more cuisines, complemented by five bars ensure an new and delicious meal is just around the corner at all times.
When it comes to unwinding, Sandals is the expert. See your own Rejuvenation Specialist at Red Lane® Spa for a massage and facial or rent a private cabana and enjoy food and drinks with the sea breeze on your face. For active days on land you can try beach volleyball, tennis or the fitness center to start, and in the water you’ll enjoy complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, unlimited diving and more. You’ll likely have a hard time escaping your dreamy suites for the evening—especially if you order in—but theme parties and nightly entertainment await when you want to enjoy a drink, meet other couples or dance the night away.
Sandals South Coast
White House, Jamaica
Sandals South Coast sits on two miles of immaculate, white sand in a 500-acre nature preserve. This romantic, adults-only resort is separated into three separate European villages with three pools—including Jamaica’s largest—and swim-up bars. Once you see the 12 Tahiti-style Over-the-Water Bungalows with glass floors, outdoor showers, overwater hammocks and Butler Elite Service it will be hard to choose otherwise, but the beachfront suites are equally as enticing with patios designed to mesh nature with indoors and alluring soaking tubs for two.
Everything revolves around the pristine beach here—including delicious sushi on the sand and beach bonfires and an Over-the-Water wedding chapel. Dining options keep your senses fresh at nine restaurants with Mediterranean, Italian, Asian, Jamaica and more cuisines, unlimited cocktails and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® Wines. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment, theme parties or a relaxing night in with the help of room service. Your all-inclusive package includes serious perks like beach volleyball, wakeboarding, tubing, bodyboarding, snorkeling, kayaking and even unlimited scuba diving for certified divers. If you’re not certified, take your PADI Open Water Diver certification while you’re there. Red Lane® Spa luxury treatments are available for an additional cost when you need a rejuvenating boost.
Secrets St. James Montego Bay
Montego Bay, Jamaica
This adults-only resort is geared towards keeping people on the grounds, as there isn’t anywhere to walk to. The beach is closed off to all but resort guests, ensuring a private shoreline experience. The main pool has a great ocean view but can get crowded—unless you’re in the Preferred Club, enjoying their separate pool (those guests actually have their own hotel, which can cause some envy for non-Preferred guests).
Rooms vary in size and quality—the master suites feature hot tubs—but 24-hour room service and flat-screen TVs can be found in all accommodations (free WiFi is only afforded to the Preferred Club rooms). The full-service spa features a wide menu of services, as well as saunas and steam rooms. The fitness spa could be bigger but there are more fun ways to get physical, with tennis, dance classes and non-motorized watersports on hand. Want to get less physical? Visit the casino or on-site shopping. Impressive eateries are the norm here, with no less than ten restaurants, though some are shared with a neighboring resort. The larger restaurants vary from Mexican and Pan-Asian cuisine to seafood specialties and Continental choices. Bars serve everything from the ever-popular Red Stripe to top-shelf liquor, all part of the all-inclusive price. The facilities are also well-equipped for weddings, in case you are looking for a nice place to tie the knot.