Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Virgin rating

The hotel

Undoubtedly one of the most sought after hotels in the Caribbean, Round Hill Hotel & Villas has been a long-standing Jamaican icon since its opening in 1953. A former pineapple estate 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 70 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

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

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, most with a private pool. 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, 2 four-poster double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

One Bedroom Suites are located on the hillside and offer a separate living space and private plunge pool, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Each of the private, luxury villas are uniquely designed ranging from two-six bedrooms, in the Classic, Signature and Estate category. Theses spacious villas are set on the hillside surrounded by lush foliage and bright, tropical blooms. Each offering the highest expression of comfort and refinement while maximising indoor/outdoor living, private pools, ample outdoor lounging areas, and outdoor showers, spacious en-suite bathrooms. dedicated housekeeping staff.

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. 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. Join in the cocktail lounge for afternoon tea, daily from 4:00-pm-5:00pm.

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. Pickle ball. Snorkelling, paddle boats, 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 Friday). Jogging and walking trails. Outdoor yoga pavilion. Kids' Club.

Complimentary high-speed WiFi. Babysitting service*.

4 nights between 25th-30th November.

5 nights between 15th-20th February, 14th March-4th April.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: this hotel charges an additional room tax, ranging from $4-$24 per room per night prior to arrival, or upon check out.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beyond Expectations!

Feb 29, 2024 ExperiencingTravelin

Our first time visit at Round Hill exceeded every expectation! The staff goes above and beyond to ensure that every need that you may have is taken care of. The hotel rooms and villas are beautifully decorated; the beach is lovely; the dining options are delicious and dining locations have stunning views; the Spa is great and the activity options… Read more
Our first time visit at Round Hill exceeded every expectation! The staff goes above and beyond to ensure that every need that you may have is taken care of. The hotel rooms and villas are beautifully decorated; the beach is lovely; the dining options are delicious and dining locations have stunning views; the Spa is great and the activity options are wonderful, too. Cleanliness is excellent as is the layout of hotel. A fabulous vacation at a hotel which I can't wait to return to! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The epitome of luxury

Feb 28, 2024 Eloise L

We had such an amazing time at Round Hill! If you are looking for comfort, convenience, and luxury all the way from airport pickup to departure, Round Hill is for you. Best service we’ve experienced traveling anywhere in the world, and some of the best food as well! The setting is gorgeous and tranquil, and the design choices throughout the… Read more
We had such an amazing time at Round Hill! If you are looking for comfort, convenience, and luxury all the way from airport pickup to departure, Round Hill is for you. Best service we’ve experienced traveling anywhere in the world, and some of the best food as well! The setting is gorgeous and tranquil, and the design choices throughout the property make it feel classy and top notch. Everything was clean, comfortable, and easy. We enjoyed many complimentary activities and amenities like welcome drinks, a glass bottom boat ride, and cocktail hour in a gorgeous villa. It’s not particularly walkable to local shops or services, but once you are there you will not want to leave. Truly 5 stars! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Value for money is poor

Feb 21, 2024 stephan242024

Rooms are old style, not according to international standards. When we were there it was like being in a children camp. No chance to relax, very noisy. Quality of food at dining and breakfast is far away from value for money. At breakfast the buffet is very poor. Every three star hotel has a better one. Brewed coffee charged extra for 5 US… Read more
Rooms are old style, not according to international standards. When we were there it was like being in a children camp. No chance to relax, very noisy. Quality of food at dining and breakfast is far away from value for money. At breakfast the buffet is very poor. Every three star hotel has a better one. Brewed coffee charged extra for 5 US Dollar. Cappuccino unbelievable 10 US Dollars. No fresh orange juice available. In such an expensive Resort! Three slices of bacon for your eggs, extra charge 6 US Dollars. You get the feeling that they just want to pull the money out of your pocket. Compared with 5 Star hotels in the world not worth to visit. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Chic, timeless and great service

Feb 15, 2024 Beckybb203 New York City, New York

We will continue to return to Roundhill. The staff is incredible, service is bar none, it’s beautiful, the views are great. Donovan is an amazing yoga instructor! Beauty everywhere! Can’t wait to return.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Villa

Feb 13, 2024 woodyj915 Palmetto, Florida

If you are looking for an amazing property, with spectacular views and updated villas, Round Hill is for you. 8 of us stayed in signature villa 18 and it was indeed memorable. Plenty of room for 8 or more adults. Staff was helpful and friendly. This place is for beach lovers, however, as much of the off property entertainment is touristy. I… Read more
If you are looking for an amazing property, with spectacular views and updated villas, Round Hill is for you. 8 of us stayed in signature villa 18 and it was indeed memorable. Plenty of room for 8 or more adults. Staff was helpful and friendly. This place is for beach lovers, however, as much of the off property entertainment is touristy. I like to hike and most if not all of the hiking opportunities are near Kingston. Onsite food and beverage is excellent but very expensive. I would encourage exploring off property meals when possible. We did a day trip to Negril and Rick’s cafe which was fun. Also we rented a car which gave us a little more flexibility, but roads are narrow and bumpy and drivers are a bit nuts. Do not drive at night. All in all a wonderful spot for those who like to stay at the resort and enjoy high end accommodations and hospitality. Read less