Round Hill

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

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, 1 king-size bed, or 2 double 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.

Platinum All Inclusive option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, all drinks at the bar and restaurant by the glass, bottle of wine and fruit plate in room on arrival and private rountrip airport transfers.

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 king-size bed, or 2 double beds, 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, or twin beds, 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, or twin beds, 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, or twin beds, 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. Oceanfront spa*. Fitness centre. 5 tennis courts with optional tuition* if required. Snorkelling, paddle boats, 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. Kids' club.

10 nights between 21 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous 60th birthday!

Oct 18, 2021 cmm09 Cold Spring Harbor, New York

We received a call several weeks in advance stating that the restaurant was closed for renovations but they would put our 3 rooms in a villa. It was a wow, we were very comfortable there, we had a private pool and they brought our drinks and meals to us. Tiffany was very diligent all the way through setting up a zoom call with us in advance to… Read more
We received a call several weeks in advance stating that the restaurant was closed for renovations but they would put our 3 rooms in a villa. It was a wow, we were very comfortable there, we had a private pool and they brought our drinks and meals to us. Tiffany was very diligent all the way through setting up a zoom call with us in advance to plan each menu and detail. She was also on site nearly every day making sure we were well taken care of. She executed a fabulous 60th birthday celebration for me and my family which we really enjoyed. Kenneth and team were incredible in working hard to make sure every detail was addressed. Susan and team cooked us breakfast each day and made us great smoothies! The beach was gorgeous, warm, soft sand, Steve the lifeguard made sure our chairs were waiting each day. The glass bottom boat was fun as was the hobie cat and snorkeling. We thoroughly enjoyed Marcel and team at the beach bar and the infiniti pool which was really gorgeous. We saw beautiful sunrises and sunsets each day. The spa was decent. The golf was great. The fitness center perfect. We would love to return when everything is reopened but overall we had an excellent experience, its a simple easy ride from the airport which the RH team perfectly executed. Thank you again Tiffany and team for making my birthday a moment to remember. We will be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Magnificent travel destination and superbly delightful Villa 6 staff

Sep 22, 2021 ccoopy Lee's Summit, Missouri

Our late July 2021 trip to Round Hill was absolutely fantastic! We wanted a quick getaway to a high end resort destination trip, planning and booking in advance by only a few weeks at the suggestion and with the help of Crossing Travel, an excellent boutique travel agency in the UK. As a family of 5, we stayed in the fabulous Villa 6. The large… Read more
Our late July 2021 trip to Round Hill was absolutely fantastic! We wanted a quick getaway to a high end resort destination trip, planning and booking in advance by only a few weeks at the suggestion and with the help of Crossing Travel, an excellent boutique travel agency in the UK. As a family of 5, we stayed in the fabulous Villa 6. The large and breezy veranda with comfortable furnishings overlooked our full size private pool with expertly manicured Round Hill landscaping and ocean views in the background. Bedrooms were very comfortable with excellent air conditioning. Bathrooms have plenty of countertop room to spread out with double vanity sinks, along with spacious showers and oversized tubs. We enjoyed playing tennis near daily and had 3 high quality clay courts available to us just a quick minute walk from the villa. Staff there are very gracious and kindly offer to chase down your balls as a nice bonus to the experience. The facility grounds are tiered beautifully and very walkable, yet all the villas are perfectly positioned to provide an amazing amount of privacy. The staff is attentive, patient and always pleasant. Tiffany was our concierge and she offered quick attention to our immediate needs on arrival and personally came to our villa to fully brief us on the resort activities and meal options. She also served as a readily available host to direct us on activities outside the resort and booked our dinner reservations. Sylvester was our gardener and pool keeper, a kind and hardworking man eager to make our outside villa experience better in any way. The true charm of our entire stay were our personal housekeepers and chefs – Angela, Donna, and Daredra. These three ladies individually and collectively have hearts of gold, exude a genuine kindness with a world class level of servant’s care, and worked tirelessly to accommodate any of our wishes. Angela cooked our daily breakfasts, American or Jamaican style per our request, each morning and arrived early to ensure everything was prepared to her high standard. The culmination of our trip was having these three ladies cook our dinner the night before we left to go home. We set the menu in advance and enjoyed a unique experience of authentic Jamaican food, freshly cooked just steps away from the veranda dining table in the full kitchen. We treasured our conversations with these precious women and are so fortunate to have them serve us during our short week at Round Hill. They are angels on earth and we most look forward to coming back to villa 6 one day to see them again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful, intimate Caribbean experience

Sep 21, 2021 oliviastone1023 New York City, New York

Several friends recommended that we try Round Hill and I'm so glad we did. We had a wonderful week of relaxation-- a pristine beach, bright and airy rooms, delicious food and drink and the most accommodating staff. Kudos to Josef and his amazing team for putting together an unforgettable experience for us. We loved the beach BBQ and we highly… Read more
Several friends recommended that we try Round Hill and I'm so glad we did. We had a wonderful week of relaxation-- a pristine beach, bright and airy rooms, delicious food and drink and the most accommodating staff. Kudos to Josef and his amazing team for putting together an unforgettable experience for us. We loved the beach BBQ and we highly recommend the hike with Trish up a hill behind the hotel--you pass by the ruins of an old mansion when the property was a plantation. A very different perspective of this beautiful place. We can't wait to return with our kids in 2022. So glad they have a Kids Club and nanny services! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A well much needed staycation!

Sep 1, 2021 taynian Jamaica

Just spent a wonderful few days at Round Hill Resort. A balm for the soul. Very comfortable accommodation; wonderful meals; enjoyable entertainment. But what made the stay to special was the warmth and hospitality of the management and staff. It was not my first stay and it won’t be my last!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Well worth the trip!

Aug 16, 2021 46khaleelt

My fiancé and I recently returned from this illustrious hotel located in a beautiful section of Hopewell Jamaica on the border of Montego Bay, and were extremely pleased with the level of service and professionalism displayed by each member of staff. Interestingly enough my fiancé and I stayed at a Riu Hotel located in Montego Bay just days prior… Read more
My fiancé and I recently returned from this illustrious hotel located in a beautiful section of Hopewell Jamaica on the border of Montego Bay, and were extremely pleased with the level of service and professionalism displayed by each member of staff. Interestingly enough my fiancé and I stayed at a Riu Hotel located in Montego Bay just days prior to our reservation at Round Hill due to a personal need for a change of location, so we had the unique experience of staying at two well known hotels in one trip. We were located in the ‘Oceanfront Balcony Room’ and stayed for a total of 3 nights. Though each have their own particular styles, attractions and pricing….Round Hill Hotel was the clear winner. With stunning views, lush greenery and the way in which the property was purposefully built into the landscape we felt as though we were one with nature. Oddly enough, though it is a family friendly hotel one would assume it’s more of a couples retreat because of romantic atmosphere the property exudes with the ambient sounds of nature and dimly lit walkways. At first we were taken aback when noticing there was no tv provided in our room (though a dedicated tv room is on property), but once we opened up our window overlooking the ocean we soon realized what a distraction it would have been. The ambiance of the hotel was just the starting point. The cuisine offered at the hotel was certainly one to remember. At no point did the Chef disappoint, the menu items each night was different and featured a wide variety. The drinks were also quite fresh and never failed to pack a punch. Above all, the friendly and knowledgeable staff is who ties this place together and makes the stay worthwhile. Each meal was accompanied with laughter and wonderful conversation with the staff members. Even after checkout when our flight was delayed for 3+ hours, the staff made sure we were comfortable on the beach with a drink in hand and had our driver on standby until we were ready to leave. I would highly recommend this hotel and my fiancé and I personally look forward to returning at some point in the future. Read less