TROPICAL TWOSOME

IN BOTH MASS AND CLASS CATEGORIES, JAMAICA’S HOTELS ARE JAMMIN’


Hotel Riu Tropical Bay opens this month on Negril’s Bloody Bay. The 396-room Riu marries Victorian-style buildings to modern hedonism with two swimming pools and watersports, plus restaurants, bars, a disco, and live music. Break away, if you can, for Negril’s eat-and-drink epicenter, West End, just down the road. Rates from $195; (305) 604-3336 or www.riuhotels.com

The Ocho Rios hideaway Jamaica Inn sports new decor and, ingratiating its mover-and-shaker guests, a new telephone system providing in-room Internet connections. But fear not, Luddites. The serene 45-room host of celebs from Winston Churchill to Kate Moss keeps the connectivity buzz low-key. Rooms start at $450; (800) 837-4608 or www.jamaicainn.com. —