Round Hill Hotel And Villas
What We Love
- Tennis pro on-site, along with kayaking and water facilities
- 2,300-square-foot fitness center with a weight room, open-air yoga pavilion and juice bar
- Spectacular water views from guestrooms
- Stellar service
What To Know
- Not a party scene — best for couples and travelers seeking total relaxation
- Hotel cuisine is delicious, but tabs can add up quickly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Round Hill is one of the Caribbean’s most legendary and low-key full-service escapes, where guests don’t need to lift a finger unless they want to. It’s all about style and relaxation here, and visitors are quietly catered to. There’s a tennis pro on-site to help with your swing, and a kids program that can be a lifesaver for parents who need an afternoon off. Designed by Ralph Lauren, a member of Round Hill’s board, the rooms are elegant and expansive. In addition to the gorgeous Caribbean colors, the rooms have four-poster beds, high ceilings, and sunken baths that allow for deep relaxation after a long day in the sun. Grand Pineapple Suites also include separate living rooms and semiprivate pools. The beach is small but private, with waiter service and a beach bar with a mellow vibe conducive to relaxing with a book and a Red Stripe. When hunger strikes, the resort’s Grill at Round Hill dishes up fresh, tasty fare, such as local seafood and copper-singed jerk chicken. In the morning guests are greeted by the smell of Blue Mountain coffee roasting and the ocean sparkling in the Mo’ Bay sun. A 2,300-square-foot fitness center features a weight and cardio room, an open-air yoga pavilion and juice bar. The spa offers a full menu of massages, facials and wraps — we’d opt for the pineapple body buff in a treatment room right on the ocean.
In the Area
While Round Hill has its own course with ocean views, consider playing a round at nearby Cinnamon Hill Golf Course; the back nine overlooks Johnny and June Cash’s former home. Looking to head out for dinner? Scuba fans should opt for an afternoon with Captain’s Watersports for dives in Jamaica’s pristine waters or explore the island’s forests and beaches on horseback with Chukka Horseback Ride ’n’ Swim. You can’t leave Jamaica without trying the spicy, sweet and savory jerked meats. Hit the Pork Pitt, near Walter Fletcher Beach, for Montego Bay’s best.
How to Get There
This was my third but longest visit to Round Hill and it once again did not disappoint. As we were part of a larger group, I had the opportunity to visit villas other than the one I was staying in and they were all uniquely lovely. The property itself is well kept, the beach relaxing with lots of space for privacy and the staff was always attentive yet unobtrusive. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed after staying here.
There is something more magical about Round Hill in Jamaica. You get the feeling of being in an exclusive private Club. The staff is incredibly warm, friendly and welcoming. The rooms are spectacular. If you get the chance to stay in one of the villas or cottages, it is incredibly impressive. Each one is unique. I was in #18 and it was newly renovated to the highest levels of quality and taste imaginable. The diversity of tropical fish right off Round Hill's beach was surprising. The snorkeling is amazing. The beach is very nice with two fun bars. The tennis pavilion is beautiful and the pros/coaches are both fun and helpful. The courts are beautifully maintained The Chef is outstanding, and there was some unbelievably talented night time entertainment with musicians, jugglers and acrobats. Within close proximity to Round Hill there are plenty of things to do and see. However, there is really no need to leave Round Hill. The dinner themes seem to change every night. Most of all, I think this property is stunning. It is ideal for the rich and famous who don't want to be bothered by tourists. The security is tight. You'd never know who was staying there if those people wanted to remain private and the staff can cook for them in the villas and cottages. The staff at the cottages and villas are incredibly discreet. We never saw them but the beds were always turned down and made before we were back in our rooms. This is one of the finest hotels in the world, without a doubt.
From the moment you enter the Lobby, you are immersed in warmth and classic elegance.The staff are remarkably friendly with an easy smile. Friday night is Jamaica night, where a casual laid back buffet is the order of the evening. I wanted to try a Jamaican Corn Meal Pudding. I ask if it was on the offerings and was told not for tonight. Would you believe my joy and surprise when I was offered a small one the following night. Its a simple gesture but, in my mind represents service above and beyond.