History of Jamaica All Inclusive Resorts
I stayed at an all inclusive resort years ago and wanted to return but I can’t find it. What happened to my hotel?
Over the last 30 years, you might have honeymooned or vacationed at an all inclusive resort and now the resort seems to have disappeared. You Google and Bing it and nothing comes up! What happened to your favorite resort in Jamaica?
Well, since we’ve been in the all inclusive business for 20 years and have been traveling to all inclusive resorts for almost 30, it’s time to provide the answers to your questions!
Jamaica All Inclusive Resorts of the Past – A History
Allegro Jack Tar Village (Montego Bay) – Operated as Montego Beach for a period and is now the Royal Decameron Montego Beach.
Beaches Grande Sport – Merged with Sandals Ocho Rios and branded as Sandals Grand Ocho Rios. Operated as Sandals Grande Riviera and finally as Sandals Ochi Beach.
Beaches Sandy Bay – Was acquired by Karisma Hotels and renovated. Now operates as Azul Beach Resort Negril.
Breezes Trelawny (Falmouth area) – After a change to Starfish Trelawny, the resort is now the Royalton White Sands.
Boscobel Beach (Ocho Rios)- The original family all inclusive in Jamaica! Boscobel Beach was taken over by the Sandals group and renamed Beaches Boscobel and now goes by the name of Beaches Ocho Rios.
Breezes Grande Negril – Formerly the original Grand Lido Negril, this resort was bulldozed to make way for the Royalton Negril and a new Grand Lido Negril (au naturel resort).
Breezes Montego Bay – Breezes was the name of the all inclusive hotel located on Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay. When no buyer was found for the resort, it was shuttered for many years. Christopher Issa, the owner of Spanish Court in Kingston, Jamaica purchased the structure and after an extensive gutting and refurbishment, the resort will open in 2019 as the S Hotel Jamaica. The hotel will offer European Plan and cater to business travelers and those looking to experience Jamaica without the confines of an all inclusive resort.
Ciboney – The resort has undergone several name changes. Originally, when the Sandals group took the resort over, the name was Beaches Grande Sport. When the Sandals Ocho Rios and Beaches Grande Sport resorts were merged into one, the new name became Sandals Grand Ocho Rios and eventually Sandals Grande Riviera. The resort complex is now under the name Sandals Ochi Beach.
Couples Ocho Rios – A rebrand to Couples Tower Isle pays homage to the original name of this resort that opened in 1949. Tower Isle was the first year-round beach resort in Jamaica.
Coyaba Beach (Montego Bay) – After an extensive renovation, the AM Resorts management company has branded the resort as Zoetry Montego Bay.
Dragon Bay (Port Antonio)- The resort was purchased by Sandals in 2002 and was on a development chart. News reports in 2017 surfaced that the resort would be rebuilt but not under the Sandals or Beaches name. This was the resort where the Tom Cruise movie, Cocktail, was filmed.
Enchanted Gardens Resort (Ocho Rios) – The resort was shuttered after undergoing financial difficulties. Despite several rumors the resort remains closed.
FDR Pebbles – Opened as a rustic cabin-like family resort, the concept was drastically changed to au naturel as the N Resort. Once closed and overgrown, the resort is now open as Mangos Jamaica.
Grand Lido Braco (near Runaway Bay) – Once popular for its au natural section and Jamaican town-square in the center of the main resort, the hotel was in flux for a period of years. At one point the resort was called Braco Village and was finally taken over by the Sol Melià management group and is currently operated as Melià Braco Village.
Grand Lido Sans Souci – Superclubs acquired the management of Sans Souci and eventually the resort operated independently as Sans Souci until the current management took over under the Couples Resorts chain. Couples Sans Souci is one of 4 Couples all inclusive resorts on the island.
Hedonism III – The resort was a new build for Superclubs and eventually became the short-lived Superclubs’ Super-Fun Resort. After a renovation, the resort was taken over by the Jewel Resorts and named Jewel Paradise Cove. Jewel is now a part of Playa Hotels.
Jamaica Grande – After a takeover by Sunset Resorts, the resort was renamed Sunset Jamaica Grande and operated for several years. Palace Resorts acquired the resort and spent millions in a massive renovation to rebrand the resort as Moon Palace Jamaica Grande.
Jamaica Jamaica Resort (Runaway Bay) – The resort eventually became Breezes Runaway Bay and after Super Clubs reduced their number of hotels, the new management company renamed it the Jewel Runaway Bay. Jewel Resorts is now a part of Playa Hotels.
Jack Tar Village (Montego Bay) – The resort was renamed Allegro Resort Jack Tar Village and for a period operated as Montego Beach Resort and is now called Royal DeCameron Montego Beach.
Montego Beach – Operates now as the Royal Decameron Montego Beach in Montego Bay.
N Resort (Falmouth) – Once a completely au naturel resort, the facility was shutdown and overgrown but has re-emerged as the Mangos Jamaica resort.
Negril Beach Village – The original all inclusive in Jamaica, it eventually became Hedonism II and is still in operation under a relatively new ownership group.
Negril Cabins – The resort was rebranded as all inclusive under Sunset at the Palms.
Negril Gardens – The resort is now operated by the Sandals group under the name Grand Pineapple Beach Resort.
Poinciana (Negril) – Became Beaches Sandy Bay and was acquired by the Karisma Hotel group when the lease expired. After a major renovation and addition to the property, the hotel is now branded as the Azul Beach Resort Negril.
Point Village (Negril) – Bulldozed to make way for the current Royalton complex of resorts.
Rose Hall Beach Resort (Montego Bay) – The resort has had several name changes. After having operated as the Wyndham Rose Hall for many years, the resort operated as Rose Hall Beach and went on to be converted to the Hilton Rose Hall.
Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios) – Originally the Plantation Inn, the resort was acquired by Sandals and was operated as Royal Plantation, Beaches Royal Plantation and finally as the current name, Sandals Royal Plantation.
Sandals Carlyle – Currently operated as Sandals Inn with full exchange privileges with Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean.
Sandals Dunn’s River (Ocho Rios) – The resort management was taken over by Jewel Resorts and the name was changed to Jewel Dunn’s River. Jewel is now a part of Playa Hotels & Resorts.
Sandals Grande Riviera – Now named Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.
Sandals Inn (Montego Bay) – Formerly Sandals Carlyle.
Sandals Ocho Rios – The resort has gone through several name changes over the years. Our CEO was fortunate to visit Sandals Ocho Rios on his first-ever trip to an all inclusive. The Sandals group acquired Ciboney next door and this led to an eventual blending of the two resorts into one. The combined hotel was originally called Sandals Grand Ocho Rios. After a name change to Sandals Grand Riviera, there was one final change to the modern name of Sandals Ochi Beach.
Sandals Royal Jamaican (Montego Bay) – Currently the Sandals Royal Caribbean. Sandals used the name Royal Jamaican more than once before settling on Royal Caribbean.
Sandals Whitehouse (Whitehouse) – Rebranded as Sandals South Coast to reflect the exclusive location.
Sans Souci Lido (Ocho Rios) – Become the Grand Lido Sans Souci, operated as Sans Souci and is currently Couples Sans Souci.
Starfish Trelawny (Falmouth) – Is operated now as the Royalton White Sands.
Sunset Beach (Montego Bay) – AM Resorts took over the management of Sunset Beach and changed the name to Sunscape Splash Montego Bay and Sunscape Cove Montego Bay.
Sunset Jamaica Grande (Ocho Rios)- After a multi-million dollar renovation, the resort has emerged as the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande.
Superclubs Super-Fun Resort (Falmouth) – The resort became the Jewel Paradise Cove, operated by Jewel Resorts.
Swept Away (Negril)- Operating independently for many years, the resort came under the Couples Resorts umbrella and was renamed Couples Swept Away.
Trelawny Beach (Falmouth) – This classic resort went on to become Breezes Trelawny and Starfish Trelawny and is now the Royalton White Sands, owned by Sunwing from Canada.
Wyndham Rose Hall (Montego Bay) – Operated independently as the Rose Hall Beach Resort until the switch to Hilton Rose Hall.