Think of Jamaica hotels and you probably imagine cocktails in hand while idling on gently-swinging hammocks, deep pools in which to cool off from the beautiful sunny weather, fresh platters of seafood served up at candle-lit beach-side restaurants, and the sight of lush tropical gardens - perhaps even the Caribbean Sea - from your private balcony. Welcome to Jamaica, where your holiday dreams really can come true.
Hotels in Jamaica offer fantastic facilities alongside a warm welcome and top-class hospitality, and many hotels operate on an all-inclusive basis, so you need never leave the hotel complex if all you wish to do is simply lounge in the sunshine, take advantage of food and drink on tap, and let the stresses of everyday life simply vanish.
Of course there is plenty to see and do in Jamaica, the Caribbean island that gave the world Bob Marley, Rastafarianism, reggae music and, more recently, the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. The beaches are a major draw, naturally, blessed as they are with white sands and azure seas and fringed with palm trees. But this former British colony also features stunning mountains, energetic towns and historical pearls; you'll never be short of ways to fill your time in Jamaica.
There are many four- and five-star hotels, where excellent facilities, spa treatments, and world-class dining are offered amid spectacular and opulent beach-side surroundings. Mid-range accommodation and budget hotels can also be booked in Jamaica, though most holidaymakers prefer to splash out and spoil themselves during Caribbean breaks. Look out for well-known brands such as Sandals and sister company Beaches, Couples, Hilton, Iberostar, Ritz-Carlton and Riu.
Cheaper accommodation can be found in the capital of Kingston, while the beach resorts along the north, west and south west coasts are home to the most exclusive hotels. The areas around Montego Bay dance to a very groovy beat, so go for Negril or Ocho Rios if you prefer a quieter pace of life. Other peaceful northern resorts include Rose Hall, Runaway Bay, Discovery Bay and Falmouth.
In the south, which is a bit more wild and remote, you'll find resorts such as Treasure Beach and Whitehouse.
You can bag a hotel bargain in the summer months, between June and October, but be aware that July and August is hurricane season and rainfall is highest in summer.
Top five attractions
James Bond Beach
World-famous author Ian Fleming spent a lot of time in Jamaica, taking inspiration from the island for his tales of 007. Visit James Bond Beach, near Ocho Rios, and be sure to take your sunglasses (not just to look as cool as Bond, but because the sparkling blues of the sea are so dazzling).
Kingston is the beating heart of Jamaica and it would be a shame to miss out on a visit to this thriving city and the historical treasures within.
Dunn's River Falls
The easily-climbed terraces of this beautiful natural treasure attract thousands of adrenaline-hungry visitors eager to scale, splash and swim.
Tick an activity off that list and swim with dolphins under the heat of the Caribbean sun.
Walking routes meander up and down over this stunning range. Tackle the biggest mountain, Blue Mountain Peak - you can see the entire island, you can even see Cuba on a clear day!
Rebel Salute; January: This is a family-friendly reggae party where alcohol and meat are not welcome. Join the crowds in the parish of St Elizabeth for this fun musical extravaganza.
Jamaica Carnival; April: Many of Jamaica's two million residents join in this fiesta of music and dance that celebrates the traditions of the Caribbean. Find a prime spot to see the vibrant parade.
Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival; June: Chill out with the smooth sounds of jazz instead of reggae during this annual and popular event. There are performances around the island.