Jamaican charm hits you the minute you land in Montego Bay and, if you're staying at the oceanfront Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort on the island's North Coast, the all-inclusive ambiance kicks in, too, the minute you arrive following a 45-minute ride from the airport. The best part? This 4-star resort is offering some solid deals that will let you visit for less this year.
The resort's 266 rooms and suites range from basic to rooms that are comfortable for families, to lavish suites that include plunge pools and special concierge services. Then there's the ultimate in luxury: the "Plunge Pool Oceanfront Butler Suite" that, of course, includes butler service.
Like most all-inclusive resorts, all "non-motorized" water sports are fully included (kayaking, kite surfing, snorkeling) as is tennis, volleyball, basketball, and even greens fees at the 18-hole PGA championship golf course across the street. You can also choose from three swimming pools, including an oceanfront infinity pool. Notable nearby excursions include Dunns River Falls, Mystic Mountain, Ochos Rios, and the Green Grotto Caves, or you can always hit up any of the nearby local restaurants and bars serving up tasty jerk chicken and local beer.
The Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort runs several specials throughout the year. It's hard to beat their current offer of 40 percent savings on stays before December 23 (must be booked before April 30). We found mid-April rates for as low as $309 per night, including taxes and fees.
If a more mature ambiance is what you are looking for, neighboring Jewel Dunn's River offers a sophisticated slice of island life at a reasonable price. Rates include unlimited premium liquors at six bars on site, complimentary greens fees, a pool concierge at two pools with swim-up bars, non-motorized sports, and free airport transfers. Planning ahead pays off Dunn's River: book by April 28 and stay through December 23 for 40 percent off current rates. We found mid-April rates starting at $359. Or, if you're looking for a more contemporary stay in Jamaica, there's the new Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa. It offers an expansive spa, a sunset cruise, glass-bottom boat tour, reef snorkeling excursions, and water skiing. Book Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa by April 30 and stay by December 23 for a savings of up to 55 percent. Mid-April rates start at $289 per night.