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Hotel Highlights

  • Exquisite spa in an 18th-century plantation
  • Ralph Lauren-decorated rooms
  • 110 acres of grounds

Overview

Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Jamaica was built as a colony of cottages for the rich, famous and glamorous of the 1950s. Today, not much has changed: the family-friendly resort’s shore-side pool villas, perfect spa and Ralph Lauren-designed suites make it the Caribbean hotspot of choice for wannabe JFKs and Jackie Os.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Round Hill Hotel & Villas with us:

A bottle of wine in your room; members staying four nights or longer also get $100 to spend in the spa

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Winter sun: spa special 25% off two-night stays

7 nights for the price of 5 14 nights for the price of 10

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

124, including 88 suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $399.00, excluding tax at 25 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of $4.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include use of the kids’ club and non-motorised watersports, but exclude breakfast ($25 for full American-style breakfast).

Also

The grounds are impeccably maintained. Get a closer look during tours offered each Friday afternoon by the head gardener. The tour includes a peek at the garden of rare tropical orchids. The Spa at Round Hill is set in a restored 18th-century house over 10 acres by the Caribbean Sea, and offers treatments using local lemongrass, botanicals from the grounds and stones plucked from the ocean. Overcome the previous night’s rum cocktails with the hangover massage, which diffuses toxins using Jamaican sweet basil.

Hotel closed

Early September to early October.

At the hotel

Spa with seven treatment rooms; five tennis courts; beauty salon; library; gardens; gym free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, Round Hill toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Some rooms are in the Pineapple House, and are decorated by Ralph Lauren. The second-level Villa Suites in Pineapple House are closest to the beach, and offer the best sea views and ocean soundtrack. Of the Villas, the five-bedroom Luxury Villa 18 has its own pool and bar, and can be rented as a whole or separated into five one-bedroom villa suites, each filled with local art, rattan bar stools and mahogany four-poster beds. The six-bedroom Luxury Villa 16 is the most luxurious with Anglo-Caribbean decor, white linens and colourful cotton fabrics.

Poolside

The unheated outdoor infinity pool is made with 18th-century stone, and has views of Round Hill’s bay. The spa has an adults-only pool.

Packing tips

No need to lug snorkelling gear: the hotel has plenty of fins and snorkels for guests.

Also

Golfers can tee up at Tryall Golf Club, the Caribbean’s best course; Round Hill can make reservations and provides a free shuttle there and back. Smoking is only permitted outdoors at the beach, the pool and in the gardens.

Children

Very welcome. There is a free kids’ club, as well as a teen centre. Baby cots are free to borrow. Babysitting is available for $10 an hour at a minimum of three hours. The restaurants are child-friendly and all offer extensive children’s menus.

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Eco‐friendly

Round Hill has been recognised for its efforts to conserve natural resources through the use of eco-friendly energy and water practices and recycling initiatives. It also maintains an organic chef’s garden, where staff grow most of the produce used in the restaurant.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chef Martin Maginley and his team harvest organic vegetables from the gardens to prepare contemporary Caribbean dishes at the Grill five nights a week. The other two nights are themed dinners: on Mondays, the hotel hosts a beach barbecue with a calypso band; on Fridays, a jerk-spiced Jamaican buffet is on offer on the terrace, with reggae, dancing or other entertainment.

Hotel Bar

Three. The Ralph Lauren Cocktail Bar, designed by Phillipe Starck, mixes tropical cocktails and a 500-bin wine list with snacks. The Pool Bar and Beach Bar are both open throughout the day, serving snacks and a cocktail menu of daiquiris, punches and rum drinks.

Last orders

The Grill serves breakfast between 7.30am and 10.30am, then dinner service is from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. The pool and beach bars are open from 10am until 5pm and 6pm respectively for lunch and snacks.

Room service

A full menu of salads, sandwiches and child-friendly specials is available for delivery from 7.30am until 9.30pm every day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Sandals and kaftans are ideal for beachy meals, but trousers and long dresses are best for dinner at the Grill.

Top table

Choose a table facing the water to catch the best ocean views and cool breezes.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Though lazy days in the sunloungers can be tempting (especially when there’s a full cocktail service on offer on the beach), there’s no excuse to be lazy. For starters, there’s the vast array of watersports, including tubing, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaks and Hobie cats. Everything you need to go snorkelling is provided; you can take a boat out sport fishing, sailing or on a sunset cruise, and tennis and golf are readily accessible. The fitness centre offers oceanfront yoga and exercise classes.

Saddle up to explore Jamaica on horseback with Chukka Caribbean Adventures (+1 877 424 8552; www.chukkacaribbean.com), which leads riders over land and into the Caribbean Sea. Round Hill’s ‘English Style’ ride is a high-tea horseback that pauses at a polo field for afternoon tea. The company also offers ziplines, ATV rides and, interestingly enough, dogsledding.

Local restaurants

Dine on the water at Houseboat Grill, a boat docked in Montego Bay’s Marine Park Fish Sanctuary that serves grilled lobster, spicy smoked marlin and other aquatic dishes (+1 876 979 8845; thehouseboatgrill.com). The fish dinners are especially impressive at Marguerite’s Seafood by the Sea (+1 876 952 4777), where the chef cooks elaborate flambéd meals to serve on the waterfront terrace. It’s only open for dinner, and reservations are a must. French-Caribbean fusion restaurant Nikkita’s on the Hip Strip of Montego Bay has one of the best champagne selections in Jamaica (+1 876 979 6373).

 

Local cafés

Pull off North Coast Highway at Falmouth Road in Ocho Rios (+1 876 794 9457) to try jerk chicken from Scotchie’s. The no-frills open-air café specialises in chicken, but it also prepares excellent seafood, pork and sausages, all cooked on a fire pit. Find room at a picnic table to try jerk-seasoned specialties from Pork Pit on Gloucester Avenue (+1 876 952 1046). The giant cooktop sizzles with spicy, ginger-rubbed meats, including chicken and fish – best with fresh mango juice.

 

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Rolling greens on Montego Bay

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, St James

Just west of Montego Bay – Jamaica’s second-largest city and a bustling tourist hub – Round Hill sits apart from the crowds on a secluded and tropical 110-acre peninsula on a stretch of Caribbean Ocean coastline.

Planes

Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (www.mbjairport.com), is the nearest option, a 30-minute drive from Round Hill. Airlines including Caribbean Airlines, United and Virgin Atlantic operate regular flights to Miami, New York, Montreal and other major cities in North America. Though it is a four-hour transfer from the hotel, Kingston's Norman Manley Airport is another option, receiving flights from London (with BA), Toronto (via Air Canada) and other international hubs.

Automobiles

If you fancy exploring beyond the resort, it’s a good idea to hire a car, and main coastal routes and roads are well maintained. There are rental desks available at the airport, and the hotel has free parking onsite.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Think Jamaica is all reggae and mega-resorts mobbed with rum-swilling revellers? Then prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the timeless slice of family-friendly island paradise that is the Round Hill Hotel & Villas. Perched directly on glittering Montego Bay, this former sugar and coconut plantation opened in 1953 as a complex of luxury cottages, hosting John and Jackie Kennedy, Bob Hope and …
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Round Hill Hotel & Villas

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Think Jamaica is all reggae and mega-resorts mobbed with rum-swilling revellers? Then prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the timeless slice of family-friendly island paradise that is the Round Hill Hotel & Villas. Perched directly on glittering Montego Bay, this former sugar and coconut plantation opened in 1953 as a complex of luxury cottages, hosting John and Jackie Kennedy, Bob Hope and Paul Newman to name-drop a few.

Today, it retains its classic charm and entices families with a free activity-packed kids’ club, loads of watersports, a pristine private beach and a kitchen helmed by a James Beard-awarded chef (take that, picky eaters). And, when kids are busy weaving traditional baskets or taking a guided nature walk around the tropical grounds, parents can relax with signature treatments at the spa (or just soak in the adults-only spa pool), stretch out in a beachfront yoga class or work up a healthy glow on one of the five tennis courts. And don’t worry, with themed family nights with Jamaican-style beach barbecue and live music, you’ll still get an authentic dose of local culture and reggae, too, mon.
 

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