Round Hill

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Virgin rating

The hotel

Undoubtedly one of the most sought after hotels in the Caribbean, Round Hill has been a long-standing Jamaican icon since its opening in 1953. A former pineapple plantation on the outskirts of Montego Bay, what is it about Round Hill that makes it such a magnet? Round Hill is where Jacqueline and JFK spent their honeymoon, where Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the Sound of Music, where Hitchcock got sunburned and where Noel Coward, if egged on enough, would sing for the guests. After 50 years, Round Hill has a million stories to tell. Today, this elegant beachfront resort offers the same blend of qualities that has always pulled the famous names and faces; namely a well-preserved slice of old Jamaica and tremendous hospitality. You still enjoy the plantation’s stylish architecture and a predictably colonial pace of life, but with the added pull of an oceanfront spa, an exceptional family program and refurbished hotel rooms designed for beach living by Ralph Lauren, (perhaps whilst visiting his own villa at Round Hill). The ocean side restaurant perfectly blends the hotel’s historic pedigree with its new energy, classic décor with an open kitchen and wood-fired grill.

Amenities

  • Hobie Cats
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Babysitting service
  • Kids Club
  • Honeymoon
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

A former pineapple plantation on a lush green peninsula with 110 acres of beautifully manicured grounds on a golden crescent shaped beach, close to Montego Bay. Transport time from Montego Bay Airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

36 ocean front rooms and 27 private villas. All with air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi access and safe. Ocean View Rooms feature white stone floors, 4-poster mahogany bamboo beds, Ralph Lauren designed upholstered furniture, bathrooms with soaking tub, rain showers and wet bar, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. 

All Inclusive option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all drinks at the bar and restaurant by the glass.

Breakfast/Half Board/Full Board options: available at a supplement. 

Oceanfront Balcony Rooms are located on the first floor, and feature a balcony or patio with views of Round Hill's bay, with 1 four-poster king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Villa Suites with Pool are larger with open-air living area, and all have custom designed pools, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Master Villa Suites with Pool are larger still, with open-air living room, views of the ocean, and a custom designed pool, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Grand Pineapple Suites with Pool are the largest, and have a luxurious living area, open-air living room, and custom designed pool, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

2- and 3-Bedroom Deluxe Villas with Pool are secluded, tucked away on the forest border with a private garden and dedicated housekeeping staff. Sleeping maximum 8 adults or 5 adults and 3 children.

Please note: a room sleeping more than 2 adults will include either an additional sofa bed/rollaway bed.

The rooftop restaurant The Grill offers ocean views and a newly refurbished restaurant space. The open kitchen specialises in wood fire grills and special seafood. Other dining options include the Seaside Terrace, The Restaurant at Round Hill (seasonal) the Cocktail Bar, daily high tea, room service* and private in-villa dining*. Guests can also enjoy light snacks and refreshments on the beach and at the beach and pool bar. Theme buffet dinners served on some evenings on the seaside terrace.

Weekly beach party and Saturday jazz. Managers cocktail party each Wednesday.

Double infinity pool. Fitness Centre. Oceanfront Spa* and beauty salon*. 5 tennis courts with optional tuition* if required. Snorkelling, paddleboats, Hobie Cat sailing*, water-skiing*, kayaking, glass-bottom boats and windsurfing. Sunset cruises and fishing trips can also be arranged*. Nature walk with head gardener (weekly on a Fri). Jogging and walking trails. Outdoor yoga pavilion. Newly refurbished Kids' Club.

Complimentary high-speed WiFi. Babysitting service*. 

February 17 to March 25, 2022, 5 nightsApril 14 to 19, 2022,  4 nightsNovember 22 to 26, 2022,  5 nights

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: this hotel will be closed between 7 Sep– 7 Oct '22 for general maintenance.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Can I give a 7 star review? Beyond amazing vacation!

May 14, 2022 cherylhD4760RU

Where to begin... from the moment we arrived til the end of our vacation - beyond paradise and beyond any expectation from any vacation dream and believe me - this place is something of a dream. We stayed at Villa 11 - OMG - was this for real? From the entire villa property to our wonderful Villa 11 staff. Bless you Diana, Blossom & Ewin - my… Read more
Where to begin... from the moment we arrived til the end of our vacation - beyond paradise and beyond any expectation from any vacation dream and believe me - this place is something of a dream. We stayed at Villa 11 - OMG - was this for real? From the entire villa property to our wonderful Villa 11 staff. Bless you Diana, Blossom & Ewin - my new Jamaican family. We have been home for a week and my mom misses you all so much to the point of tears! The entire Round Hill property is beyond immaculate from the villas to the flowers/trees -the beach - just everything. How do you leave paradise. My family was skeptical about vacation to begin with - due to busy schedules and college coming - but all were in tears the last day - no one wanted to leave this amazing resort and that's putting it mildly. No crowds - hardly see anyone during the day due to privacy and so many things to do. The staff - OMG - I miss all of them from concierge to office staff to waiters/bartenders and all attendants. I felt safer at this resort than my own home and felt like this place is my new home away from home. This was a life changing event for my family. Every day was peaceful and the food - amazing and Jamaican Friday nights - will blow you away - the food and the entertainment. I could go on and on with Round HIll and I planned for 14 months for first vacation in over 20 yrs and was exceeded by anything I thought this resort/vacation spot could be. We are planning to go back in next year or so. If you want a vacation that will leave you and your senses wanting more and making life long memories - Round Hill is your destination. Again - where is the 7 star ratings? I'm longing for my Jamaican family and memories and will never go anywhere else than Round Hill. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing slice of paradies!

May 10, 2022 HeatherMac82

Round Hill is such a special place. Everyone you encounter is kind and accommodating. We enjoyed multiple meals on property, all of which were excellent. The property is beautifully decorated, and the grounds are stunning. We enjoyed a couple of meals and trips off property, and the concierge team went above and beyond in ensuring our requests… Read more
Round Hill is such a special place. Everyone you encounter is kind and accommodating. We enjoyed multiple meals on property, all of which were excellent. The property is beautifully decorated, and the grounds are stunning. We enjoyed a couple of meals and trips off property, and the concierge team went above and beyond in ensuring our requests were taken care of. We cannot wait to return! Read less
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May 9, 2022 jasonmC8217IW

Instead of a review .. here is my email to their team 3 hours after departing. Simply, if you have the means to visit, you should absolutely go (and, if you're looking at going in the rainy months, don't let the weather reports fool you. There will be plenty of sun). Round Hill Team .. "First, I wish I had as good of a memory as everyone at… Read more
Instead of a review .. here is my email to their team 3 hours after departing. Simply, if you have the means to visit, you should absolutely go (and, if you're looking at going in the rainy months, don't let the weather reports fool you. There will be plenty of sun). Round Hill Team .. "First, I wish I had as good of a memory as everyone at Round Hill. For now, I have to send this message broadly, yet specifically, to everyone who made our trip amazing (I know your faces!) . To all the bartenders, the crew on the beach, those who took care of our rooms, those at the front desk, those securing our table, those preparing food, and those providing the final touch of delivering food - your kindness and simple gestures did not go unnoticed, it'll be something we'll bring forward to those back in New York .. as you would say, "Respect" (to all of you). The music was incredible - my thanks to those on the piano, sax, and every last person singing (and dancing). You have to deal w/ a lot of unique personalities (trust me, I know some New Yorkers are not the easiest at times!), your level of empathy (or maybe you're just really good at biting your tongue) is to be commended, I learned so much just by observing. With that, my girlfriend already posted a photo on her Instagram account (thanks SJ for the shot). My friend, who's stayed with you, simply responded back with "the greatest place in the world". That says it all. Best to all of you, we look forward to finding our way there soon again. In the meantime, have a great summer and hopefully a relaxing September for your team (well deserved)." Read less
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Apr 22, 2022 Mark M

The beach bars aren’t island friendly and not willing to make drinks that are not on their drink menu. If you ask for a simple mixer and vodka you’ll likely be sent to restaurant bar. I think all the beach bars are set up to serve the kids lemonade and chicken tenders, they don’t want to be bothered mixing drinks. Round Hill is missing the fun,… Read more
The beach bars aren’t island friendly and not willing to make drinks that are not on their drink menu. If you ask for a simple mixer and vodka you’ll likely be sent to restaurant bar. I think all the beach bars are set up to serve the kids lemonade and chicken tenders, they don’t want to be bothered mixing drinks. Round Hill is missing the fun, vacation feel. We stayed there five days and the staff never could remember our name or room number. Definitely buy the daily meal and drink plan or you’ll pay through the roof. Two drinks will cost well over $40. Whispering Angel over hundred. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Is there a happy pill for Round Hill?

Apr 20, 2022 Holly894 North Palm Beach, Florida

My husband and I rented villa 21 with our older daughter and another couple. Four bedroom villa for a week that was originally planned for Christmas but with one of us having Covid it was moved to Easter week because we couldn’t get our money back on the booking from Round Hill even with the trip insurance we took out with them.Breakfast each… Read more
My husband and I rented villa 21 with our older daughter and another couple. Four bedroom villa for a week that was originally planned for Christmas but with one of us having Covid it was moved to Easter week because we couldn’t get our money back on the booking from Round Hill even with the trip insurance we took out with them.Breakfast each morning is prepared in the villa by morning staff, our morning staff weren’t morning people. Patricia is flat out frightening- if you have her on your trip ask for someone else immediately because she was flat out rude every morning. We travel a lot of places, this was our first time to Jamaica and our last. There are so many beautiful places to visit and wonderful people to engage. Round Hill is not really trying to help you get into vacay mode, they are all about no. Read less