By Vince Font
You needn’t have had past romantic beach vacations ruined by the presence of gallivanting kids to favor the occasional adults-only resort. And you certainly don’t have to have a dislike of children. In fact, some of the most frequent customers of adults-only summer vacations are parents themselves, just looking for a bit of quiet romance far from the din and cacophony of family life. If this describes you, these two Montego Bay hotels offering high quality adults-only, all-inclusive vacations may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay – Adults Only Unlimited Luxury All-Inclusive
Some may ask “what’s in a name?” but in the case of Secrets Wild Orchid, the name pretty much sums up what you can expect in five syllables. An incredibly romantic resort, staying here gives you exclusive access to a half-mile stretch of private beach. All rooms offer the choice of king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds, but upgrading to the preferred club junior suite will get you the added bonus of a swim-out room, and preferred club master suites bring a Jacuzzi for two on a fully furnished private patio. I could go on about the seven gourmet restaurants and ten bars you’ll have to choose from, but between the swim-out room and private Jacuzzi you might not end up taking advantage of anything but the 24/7 room service.
Sandals Carlyle Luxury All-Inclusive
You may find those who’ll tell you that size matters, but the Sandals Carlyle is evidence that small and cozy trumps all options. With only 52 rooms in the entire resort, you’ll never feel as though you’re just another nameless lodger on summer vacation, and the service from resort staff is best described as impeccable. Most rooms on the property offer private balconies with views of the ocean, pool, courtyard, or gardens and surrounding mountains – in other words, there’s not a bad seat in the house. The outdoor, poolside dining is comfortable and intimate, and the resort has a distinct “bed and breakfast” feel that you’ll be hard-pressed to find at other large-scale resorts. Places like this make romance easy, just the way it should be.
Insider tip: Mix up your romantic stay with some of the fun all-inclusive activities available at each of these resorts, like snorkeling, scuba diving, or sailing. Visiting the nearby Croydon Plantation is also a great way to immerse yourself in the history of Jamaica, adding another dimension to your stay that you might otherwise miss if you don’t embrace the island’s spirit of exploration.
Vince Font is a travel writer with a deep love of weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations.