Spa with seven treatment rooms; five tennis courts; beauty salon; library; gardens; gym free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, Round Hill toiletries.
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.
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.
No need to lug snorkelling gear: the hotel has plenty of fins and snorkels for guests.
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.
Very welcome. There is a free kids’ club, plus a teen centre. Baby cots are free to borrow. Babysitting is $10 an hour (min. three hours). The restaurants all offer children’s menus. There is a third-person fee for anyone older than age three.
Cottage 10 is a four-bedroom Luxury Villa that was once a favourite of John F Kennedy and Jackie for its sweeping lawn, well-tended gardens and private pool. Nearly all villas have access to a shared or private pool.
Pineapple Kids' Club (ages three to six) and 7-Up Club (up to teens) are free. The programs have all-day agendas that include nature walks, sports, reggae lessons and arts and crafts, ending with afternoon tea at 5pm.
When kids aren’t at the two clubs, the hotel has plenty of sports for them to try. The beach has snorkelling gear, glass-bottom boats and other equipment for kids. There are also tennis courts. In nearby Negril, Dolphin Cove (www.dolphincovejamaica.com) lets kids swim with friendly, well-trained porpoises.
The infinity pool has a lifeguard on duty each day between 9am and 5pm, with a paddling area for children.
Rates include use of the kids’ club and non-motorised watersports, but exclude breakfast ($25 for full American-style breakfast).
The Grill welcomes children at all dining times, and has a menu that includes classics – grilled cheese, hot dogs, fish fingers, pizza and pastas – all named after cartoon characters and superheroes.
Babysitters are available for $10 an hour, for a minimum of three hours.
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.