The Hilton all-inclusive resort occupies part of the beachfront to Jamaica’s most famous 18th-century sugar plantation (there’s a free shuttle to the Rose Hall Plantation House and other area attractions). It’s aiming for a family crowd: Kids 12 and under stay free, and there are water slides, terraced pools, and a lazy river in the Sugar Mill Falls, the largest water park in Jamaica. While the rooms are all perfectly nice—and differ only in view (hotel grounds, Blue Mountains, partial sea view, or ocean-front) and size (suites are twice the size of regular rooms)—they are sort of a soulless brand of modern stylish, with nothing Jamaican about the decor at all.
The all-inclusive rates cover meals, drinks, and non-motorized water sports—though the Hilton corporation needs to get with the times and stop charging for Wi-Fi (and for premium brand liquors, for that matter). They should also consider—as do other competitive Jamaican resorts with their own golf courses—waiving the fees at the 18-hole Cinnamon Hill Golf Course across the street, designed by Robert von Hagge and host to an LPGA event.
- Reid Bramblett