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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Staying at a resort where royalties have resided and celebrities have vacationed, in some of the most luxurious facilities will leave anyone feeling like a part of the upper echelon of society. If that is an experience you're hoping to have on your next destination getaway, Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica will be ideal for you.


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History Of Round Hill Hotel And Villas

The original property that forms a 100-acre peninsula belonged to Lord Monson’s Round Hill estate which was a sugarcane plantation at first but then also grew pimento and coconut. The grounds of the peninsula were also perfect for growing pineapples, which later became a part of the Round Hill logo.

The concept of Round Hill, purchasing of cottages to earn a share of the hotel's profits, was put in place by John Pringle. Round Hill was officially opened in 1953 with its first shareholder being Sir Noel Coward. Over the years some of its prominent shareholders included:

  • Adele Astaire
  • Bill and Babe Paley
  • Lord and Lady Ednam
  • Mr and Mrs Oscar Hammerstein
  • Clive Brook
  • Jack and Natasha Wilson
  • Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, Mr and Mrs Henry Tiarks
  • Viscount and Viscountess Rothermere

Over the years, Round Hill has managed to maintain the old classical charm and elegance of the cottages while incorporating modern technology. In 2001, Round Hill acquired 10 additional acres of beachfront property along with a restored plantation house from the 18th century. The spa at Round Hill was added at that time as well.

Here are some additional facts that might interest you:

  • Ralph Lauren directed the redesign of Pineapple House which consists of 36 deluxe guestrooms.
  • John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon in Villa 10.
  • Remember the movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Basset and Taye Diggs? Well, villa 11 was where it took place. It seems Taye liked it so much he returned later to marry Idina Menzel, a well-known actress.
  • Villa 12 was originally owned by Oscar Hammerstein, who would use his time spent there to write many musicals. It was at Round Hill that he met Maria von Trapp and wrote “The Sound of Music”.
  • Adele Astaire a famous dancer and entertainer was the original owner of Villa 25. It was by the pool at this villa that John F Kennedy later rehearsed and edited his inauguration speech. Mementoes from his stay can be found in the villa today.

How Many Rooms Does Round Hill Jamaica Have?

Round Hill Hotel and Villas have 36 guestrooms, 96 suites and 26 villas that range from 2 to 6 bedrooms. Some of the basic features include blackout curtains, bathrobes, housekeeping, whirlpool bathtubs, room service, bottled water and complimentary toiletries.

The villas at Round Hill Jamaica promises you the ultimate luxury experience and are considered some of the best on the island. There are three categories of villas: Classic, Signature and Estate.

Villas include these amenities:

  • Private Pool
  • Private Staff
  • In-room tablet
  • Wi-Fi and iPod docking station
  • Pillow Menu that includes Maternity, Down and feather, Snore stopper and bed rest.
  • Made to order breakfast each morning

Dining And Drinking At Round Hill

During your stay at Round hill, you will be provided with a variety of dining options. 

The restaurant at Round Hill provides an intimate and elegant dining atmosphere. You must make a reservation and children are not allowed in the restaurant. It is a seasonal restaurant and is only open from December to march each year. The award-winning chef Martin Maginley prepares Caribbean cuisines using fresh ingredients from the property gardens. There is a set daily menu and a vegetarian menu as well.

  • The Grille - offers beautiful sea views and features an indoor wood fire grill, one of a kind on the island. There is an open kitchen so you can watch as your meal is being prepared. The grille is opened every day for breakfast, but dinner is seasonal.

  • Seaside Terrace - offers nightly themed dinners. Mondays are informal and guests can dress as casually as they please.

Additional dining options include a kids menu, a selection of groceries for those staying in villas, and would prefer to prepare meals on their own, or pick-up and go options for those who would rather eat and explore the property grounds.

Bars: there is a cocktail bar that also offers delicious appetizers, a beach bar and a pool bar.

Is Round Hill Jamaica All-Inclusive?

No, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is not all-inclusive but they do have many packages that include meals and activities to choose from.

Tennis And Golf At The Round Hill Hotel

It doesn’t matter if you are new at playing golf or tennis, Round Hill offers the perfect amenities to hound your skills. Here you will find two well-lit Har Tu tennis courts perfect for playing at night along with a tennis shop. 

Located just 10 minutes away, the Tryall golf course is available to those who would like to play. This course has been named as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Other amenities at Round Hill Jamaica and villas include:

  • Pools - outdoor, shallow end and infinity
  • Water sports
  • Windsurfing
  • Babysitting services
  • Indoor play area for kids
  • Laundry service
  • Butler service
  • Business centre and meeting rooms

The Spa At Round Hill

Located in the 18th-century plantation house, the spa at Round Hill offers a long list of treatment options. There is also a gym and yoga pavilion, a pool, and a full-service salon. Some of the Spa treatments include:

  • Round Hill Signature Hot Stone Massage
  • Tranquillity Massage
  • Round Hill Hangover Massage
  • Superfood Pro-Radiance Skin Therapy
  • Thousand Flower Detox Wrap
  • Vichy Shower Therapies
  • Warm Stone Manicure or Pedicure and much more

Weddings At Round Hill

Foreigners and locals alike have chosen Round Hill Jamaica for their wedding venue. They have quite a few wedding packages available, some of which are customizable. Round Hill offers the perfect destination wedding, and many have travelled from far and wide to tie the knot here.

Where Did Harry And Meghan Stay In Jamaica?

In 2017, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan attended the wedding of Tom "Skippy" Inskip, Prince Harry’s best friend. And yes, that wedding was held here at Round Hill Hotel and Villas.

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References & Sources For Round Hill Jamaica

  1. ROUND HILL HOTEL AND VILLAS - Updated 2022 Prices & Resort Reviews (Hopewell, Jamaica) - Tripadvisor, https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g2307447-d147496-Reviews-Round_Hill_Hotel_and_Villas-Hopewell_Montego_Bay_Saint_James_Parish_Jamaica.html  
  2. Round Hill Hotel and Villas, https://www.roundhill.com/  
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