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, 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.

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 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.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Mar '20 to receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost between 16 Apr-23 Nov '20, 29 Nov-16 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Free nights: stay for 7 nights, pay for 6 or stay for 5 nights and pay for 4 for travel between 5 Jan-12 Feb '20, 19 Feb-15 Mar '20, 1 Apr-8 Apr '20 and 14 Apr-15 Apr '20, book by 31 Mar '20. Free nights are based on a Room Only board basis.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free nights: stay for 7 nights, pay for 5 or stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 for travel between 16 Apr-23 Nov '20 and 29 Nov-16 Dec '20, book by 30 Nov '20. Free nights are based on a Room Only board basis.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Kids stay free: 1st child (4-12 years) stays free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 1 May–23 Nov '20 and 1–16 Dec '20, book by 30 Nov '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Resort credit: receive up to $200 resort credit per room per stay for travel between 5 Jan–12 Feb ’20, 19 Feb–15 Mar ’20, 1 Apr–8 Apr ’20 and 14-15 Apr '20 when staying a minimum of 7 nights.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

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*. 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.

5 nights between 16-31 Mar '19, 17-22 Apr '19 and 24-30 Nov '19.

10 nights between 21 Dec '18-2 Jan '20.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: this hotel will be closed between 3 Sep–10 Oct '19 for general maintenance.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating THE most amazing experience!

Jan 21, 2020 T463OJleer

So I am a realtor in Columbus, OH and I wanted to take my team on a 5 star luxury caribbean vacation. I didn't want a Sandels type resort (too big)...I wanted something a bit more boutique and luxurious. I did ALOT of research on TripAdvisor. Thank you to everyone who left reviews! I was a bit nervous (especially because I didn't want my team to… Read more
So I am a realtor in Columbus, OH and I wanted to take my team on a 5 star luxury caribbean vacation. I didn't want a Sandels type resort (too big)...I wanted something a bit more boutique and luxurious. I did ALOT of research on TripAdvisor. Thank you to everyone who left reviews! I was a bit nervous (especially because I didn't want my team to be disappointed)...was this resort going to live up to the hype? Round Hill EXCEEDED my expectations and my team was just THRILLED! The ROOMS (get oceanfront second floor) were beautiful w/ their Ralph Lauren decor, HUGE picture window overlooking the ocean that you can open up all the way for gorgeous views and balmy breezes plus luxurious spa like bathrooms w/ tub and rain shower. The GROUNDS were lush, tropical and meticulously maintained. The FOOD was fantastic! The breakfast buffet and afternoon tea were the same every day, but each night the farm to table menu completely changes. We LOVED Monday night (Beach BBQ) round tables w/ white linen & candles set up directly on the beach with tiki torches and live Caribbean music. There was a seven course chefs meal that was amazing too. We enjoyed the SPA immensely--the treatments were some of the best I've ever had (maybe top 3). I selected a Round Hill Spa package which included a coffee scrub, wellness massage (ask for Richard) and facial (ask for Cassandra).The SERVICE was outstanding. They just cannot do enough for you and they make you feel as if you are a guest in their home. And home it is....as just about every staff member I met has been there 20 years or more. Such LOVELY people! We spent alot of time sipping rum punches and floating in the infinity pool and the beach was a tropical dream. There are two tiki hut cocktail bars on the beach where the friendly bartenders will mix you up the beverage of your choice and we usually ordered lunch there as we couldn't bear to leave the pool most of the time. Every night there was entertainment (live music) and one of the bands had a female singer that was a top notch talent---sooo good! One note: most of the time the evening ends around 10-11 so not really a place for partying late into the night. For a couple on a honeymoon or babymoon....for families...for a group of co-workers who want a dream vacation...look no further than Round Hill! Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 MollySTJ St. John

My mom and three sisters and I returned to Round Hill for our second visit. We stayed for 5 glorious nights in Cottage 11. The villa was SPECTACULAR. The views are incredible, the rooms and decor beautiful, and the service by the house staff was wonderful. We had come for the first time in 2013 during our every-other-year-or-so mother/daughter… Read more
My mom and three sisters and I returned to Round Hill for our second visit. We stayed for 5 glorious nights in Cottage 11. The villa was SPECTACULAR. The views are incredible, the rooms and decor beautiful, and the service by the house staff was wonderful. We had come for the first time in 2013 during our every-other-year-or-so mother/daughter trip and have visited other properties in the Caribbean since then. We decided to return to RH because we loved it so much. Breakfast in the great room of our villa overlooking our pool, the property below and the gorgeous ocean...lunch either at the Seaside Terrace or beach or pool bar, lounging on the beach chairs or by the pool, wonderful spa treatments coordinated by Keisha, vigorous walks around the property, a villa tour by Kingsley (ours was where How Stella Got Her Groove Back was filmed, by the way!), wonderful nightly entertainment at the Seaside Terrace restaurant with delicious meals, a special 7 course tasting dinner at the upper restaurant...it goes on. We hope to come back in two years, if not sooner! Read less
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Jan 20, 2020 AmbassadorHall Mexico City, Mexico

We reside in Mexico City with our twin 6 yr old sons. Although we only stayed for 4 days, it felt like weeks as we were able to completely relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of CDMX. Every morning the boys went exploring along the shore and around the property finding all manner of sea and land dwellers. It is a perfect place for children… Read more
We reside in Mexico City with our twin 6 yr old sons. Although we only stayed for 4 days, it felt like weeks as we were able to completely relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of CDMX. Every morning the boys went exploring along the shore and around the property finding all manner of sea and land dwellers. It is a perfect place for children to explore and enjoy. I had not slept that soundly in several months. All told Round Hill, aptly named for the rounded experience, is easily one of the best places to stay in Jamaica and by extension all of the Region including Mexico! Read less
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Jan 19, 2020 NashvilleGal88

We spent 3 nights at Round Hill this past week with friends and had one of the best vacations ever! The Round Hill property is fantastic, the weather was great, and the entire staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in Cottage 6, a beautiful 4-bedroom villa, and the staff was amazing. Angela, Daredy, and Sylvester did an exception job and… Read more
We spent 3 nights at Round Hill this past week with friends and had one of the best vacations ever! The Round Hill property is fantastic, the weather was great, and the entire staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in Cottage 6, a beautiful 4-bedroom villa, and the staff was amazing. Angela, Daredy, and Sylvester did an exception job and made us feel very much at home. They were a real highlight of the trip. We loved everything about our experience and will definitely go back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 1st time was perfect, the 3rd improved upon

Jan 18, 2020 Jmca1979

I am not one to review. I don't like social media, but when something that changes your life comes into focus, it seems only fair that you share it with the world. My wife and I stumbled upon Round Hill after the worst travel experience of our lives, also on the island, but not for this review. After getting some recommendations, same day, we… Read more
I am not one to review. I don't like social media, but when something that changes your life comes into focus, it seems only fair that you share it with the world. My wife and I stumbled upon Round Hill after the worst travel experience of our lives, also on the island, but not for this review. After getting some recommendations, same day, we were picked up and brought to the Paradise that is Round Hill. Now, the first time you go, you will need to recalibrate your idea of luxury. The food is the best in the Caribbean. It rivals James Beard nominated and winning restaurants around the world. The staff is the best. I have stayed at St. Regis', Park Hyatt's, Four Seasons, and Round Hill on your first stay is arguably as good. By your third, there is NO staff better, ANYWHERE. The entirety of the property is setup such that you see as many or as few people as you want. Staying in a Villa? You don't have to see a soul other than the house staff if you don't want. Head down to the beach and you will be rewarded with gorgeous water, a beautiful beach with both plenty of sun and shade and one of the best bartenders in the Caribbean. Shout out Stewart!. Everything oozes quality and old school luxury, a timelessness that cannot be bought and created in a year in the 21st century. The luxury and attention to detail of Round Hill is cultivated over decades. Our third stay, this past week, I felt like family. Everyone knew our names the second we got out of the car. They knew our preferences, they cared. Think of it as staying at your really rich friends paradise, it's the same. The entire place is beautiful, but some of the views will just shatter your expectations of a resort. Our first time, we had a gorgeous view. Our second, they moved us to another villa and the views left us slack jawed. The third time we came, we got placed into what the staff called 'The Treehouse' and let me tell you, I hope by the time I retire, I can attempt to put an offer in if they ever want to sell. It is PERFECT. The view is completely unobstructed. Plunge pool, the view from the bed is something out of Conde Nast or Travel and Leisure. An outdoor shower amongst the verdant greenery with a view of the sea. My wife and I keep asking ourselves, what did we do to deserve this? When we came here the first time, we were shell shocked from a truly awful experience and after the first 12 hours, we looked at each other and kept saying 'So this is what it is like to fail upwards'. Before Round Hill, I saw most of the Caribbean as 'eh'. Nice to be on a beach, nice attempts at luxury but ultimately a take it or leave it sort of vacation. Why spend so much when you could go anywhere else in the world? The beauty of travel is experiencing new things, right? Yes, but having something that feels like a real, true, second home is worth every penny, and we will come back at least once a year, more if we can. The food- incredible, the accommodations are (in some cases literally) out of a movie and the staff tends to you like you are royalty (and they are used to handling royalty) I could ramble on for hours. At the end of every vacation, there is a part of you that longs to go home and think about your experience. Round Hill, you get home and immediately figure out when you can go back and start counting the days. Three times and they feel like family. Thank you Round Hill. Read less