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Round Hill, Jamaica

Round Hill

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Set in a former sugarcane plantation and surrounded by tropical forest, Round Hill offers guests luxury private villas, an award-winning restaurant and a private beach.

There are 36 guest rooms and 27 serene private villas, all luxuriously furnished with Ralph Lauren designs. The hotel caters for all guests, from honeymoon couples, to families and adventurers. Guests can try their hand at sailing, snorkeling, or simply laze by the infinity pool, and there are activities for children at the kids' club. Yoga lessons are also available and the indulgent spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials and body wraps.

OUR RATING: First Class

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A luxurious resort situated on a stretch of private beach and surrounded by tropical forest, Round Hill Hotel is ideal for both couples and families, with whitewashed beach house style villas, a scenic infinity pool and a well-reputed kids' club.

Rooms

The rooms lead right out onto the infinity pool area and have views across Round Hill Bay, perfectly angled for sunset. Inspired by the whitewashed style of Hamptons beach houses, the rooms are bright and airy with white wooden ceilings, mahogany four-poster beds and concertina doors folding onto their own private balcony. Large, white tiled bathrooms have double sinks, deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers.

Many of the rooms are interconnecting to accommodate families, and all come with Elemis Bath Products, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, a coffee machine, iPod docking station, safe, and air conditioning.

The villas suites are tucked away on the hillside, offering panoramic views of the bay and gardens. The suites mirror the guest rooms in design, with decor incorporating whitewashed walls, rich mahogany and sumptuous linens. The villas have air-conditioned bedrooms, en suites and a large veranda or indoor living area. Guests at the villa suites can use the semi-private pool and the villa housekeepers are on hand to assist.

For larger groups, the villas can be booked in their entirety, sleeping up to four or six people.

Location

Originally a sugarcane plantation on Lord Monson’s Round Hill Estate, Round Hill's fertile soil makes for a lush setting. The resort sits on the northwest coast of the island, close to Montego Bay. The hotel is situated only 26 minutes’ drive from the Sangster International Airport and three hours from the capital, Kingston.

Food and drink

Round Hill’s award-winning executive chef Martin Maginley showcases local Jamaican ingredients and Caribbean cuisine at the restaurant. Ingredients are grown in the onsite garden and procured from local farmers and fishermen, to offer sustainable classic dishes with a modern flair. Seafood specialities include lobster bisque and short rib of beach with sauteed pole beans. There are also a good range of vegetarian options on the daily set menu.

The Grill is a panoramic rooftop restaurant with sea views and an indoor wood-fired grill. Dishes are awarded a delicious smoked flavor from the sweet wood embers burned on the fire. Again, all produce is fresh and sourced locally as part of the taste experience.

Themed buffet dinners are served at the seaside terrace, with Caribbean curries, beach barbecues and tradition Jamaican dishes being enjoyed alongside live music. 

The seaside terrace, beach and pool bars also offer a light lunch menu and refreshments. The cocktail bar provides the backdrop to watching the sunset, with soft atmospheric music.

Families

The hotel has an extensive program of children’s activities, as well as specially designed ones for all the family. Children have the option of joining in with fun games and educational activities each day. There are menus available in all restaurants specifically designed for children, and a nanny service is available for a fee.

Facilities and activities

The state-of-the-art spa is the only one in the Caribbean to use Elemis in their treatments to relax and rejuvenate guests during their stay. The spa is set away from the main resort in manicured gardens and has yoga classes on offer, as well as spa treatments and an ocean view gym.

Jamaica’s warm clear waters are ideal for water activities. Complimentary snorkels are available for spotting reef fish and corals in the shallows. The water sport building has windsurfed boards, water-skis, Hobie Cats, kayaks and scuba diving equipment available for all guests, as well as running glass-bottom boat tours.

For golf enthusiasts, the renown 18 Tyrall Golf course in Montego Bay is open to guests from Round Hill Villas, with complimentary transfers to and from the course. The resort also has multiple tennis courts and a tennis pro is on hand to offer lessons to both adults and children.

Environmental and social responsibility

Growing and harvesting ingredients in their onsite organic gardens, the hotel is endeavoring to reduce their carbon footprint and increase sustainability year-on-year. They commit to support the gardening projects of two local primary schools and are working with Seascape Caribbean to rehabilitate and restore coral reefs by planting coral nurseries. They also have many green initiatives at the hotel including waste water management, plastic reduction and linen re-use.

Tour ideas in Montego Bay

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Round Hill as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Organic farm tour with alfresco lunch

      Organic farm tour with alfresco lunch

      See a different side to Jamaica on this guided tour of a family-run farm. You’ll explore the grounds on foot with your hosts, learning about the local produce, before sitting down to a seven-course plant-based menu out on the terrace.

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