Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay
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Turn off your cell and throw away your Blackberryfrom A TripAdvisor Member
But I must warn you: cliched terms that don't do the resort justice like "paradise" and "idyllic" keep popping into my mind as I write this as I struggle to find more descriptive and helpful terms to explain why I loved the place so.
When we made our reservations, we were initially booked in the main hotel at the resort - the "Pineapple House." We were upgraded to a villa, which we shared with one other couple (some really great folks from the DC area who we enjoyed getting to know), as a result of remodeling that they were doing on the hotel.
When we were taken to our villa, we were stunned by the view from our backyard. The villa overlooked its own private pool and the bay and was also flanked by mountains. Every morning when I woke up there, I would walk outside, take a deep breath, and say to myself: "This is why I work hard all the **** time: so that I can spend my vacations in a place like this." It is the kind of place that makes you feel wonderfully seperate from the real world. I had no desire to do anything other than to be exactly where I was when I was at Round Hill.
The interior of the villa was also exactly as promised on the hotel's website. Very elegant, understated and comfortable. Lots of white cotton, dark wood and tile floors. It was kind of like staying at the beach house of the very wealthy aunt whom we all wish that we had.
As for the negatives about the trip (lest you think I have been stripped of all objectivity as a result of my great experience there), I would be doing you a disservice were I not to mention the one downside to the place: the food. It was shocking to me that a place as beautiful and elegant (the dining area is perfect- like something out of a "Vanity Fair" spread) would offer such consistently mediocre fare. Every meal we had at the resort was average at best. Some meals were memorably horrible (avoid the "Lean Cuisine" quality curried lobster at all costs). The fact that the food was expensive would not have been so bad if it had been at least decent. But I can honestly say that a meal from any reliable chain restaurant (which I generally avoid) would have been worlds better than anything I managed to choke down at the resort. All things considered, however, the mediocre food was certainly not enough to keep me from returning (perhaps with some food stuffed in my bag).
In sum, I will definitely be returning to Round Hill and will recommend it without hesitation to my family, friends and coworkers. Some things in life are just worth it. This place is one of them.
Incredible Wedding Weekend!!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
We brought with us 50+ guests from Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, and even Germany. We couldn't have asked for a better time. The Round Hill folks coordinated a great rehearsal party at a private Villa, a spectacular wedding at the water's edge, a reception with a delicious Jamaican buffet and awesome reggae band, and a snorkeling trip on a giant catamaran.
Everything was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!! The Round Hill staff was attentive without being overbearing. Their efforts in putting this entire wedding week together will not be forgotten by anyone, especially us. For anyone thinking of having a destination wedding in paradise, you should consider this resort. We wish we could relive it over and over again. Everything came together like they said it would.
The hotel rooms are very stylish and are a stone’s throw from the water. We, however, recommend staying in one of the Villas up in the hills. All of the Villa suites are out of this world. Each has its own character with great views of the Caribbean. Best of all, the villas come with housekeepers who make breakfast every morning. Waking up to fresh fruit, eggs, and banana pancakes is the way to go!
Our guests can't say enough great things about Round Hill, especially the service from the staff. They will have many return visits from our friends and family (and hopefully some additional weddings).
The best word to describe Round Hill is Classy. The accommodations were great, the food was great, the bands were awesome, and even the weather was great. The new spa is also beautiful. The hotel is managed extremely well and takes advantage of the Jamaican culture and scenery. My wife especially enjoyed the daily tea, complete with snacks and desserts. They have great musicians to keep you entertained during dinner as well. We are looking forward to bringing our future children to Round Hill, as it is very kid-friendly. They have it all.
My wife and I plan on making the trip back to Round Hill an annual event.
Nice Work Round Hill!!!!
Paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Perfection at this tropical oasisfrom caribchakita
Round Hill is 15 min. from the hustle and bustle of the Hip Strip. They offer complimentary shuttle to town and Tryal (golf) as well as Sunday Mass. It is set on a hillside location overlooking the sea from two sides. The villas and cottages offer privacy and views. The gardens are well manicured and well, the assortment of flora and fauna is staggering. Our villa had a book on Caribbean plants so I spent much time roaming our private garden identifying many unusual plants and flowers.
The property has every amenity needed: kids club, nannys, a WIDE variety of watersports, an incredible spa with very talented and skilled professionals. There is a fitness center, library, business center, art gallery and TOO much more.
Afternoon tea is sublime. I have enjoyed tea at Browns, Dorchester, The Ritz (BOS), Waterloo, Reefs and more (Bermuda) and heck everywhere...This was one of the best. The assortment of teas are extensive and the sandwiches and sweets are divine. This alone made my trip worth while.
We had cottage 10, a lovely hillside location with pool and jacuzzi. We shared it with other guests in the villa (there are 3 units all very private from one another) but we never saw them. My child had her own suite downstairs with another private sitting area and very comfortable furnishings. Our villa had an extensive library and games as well. Video and TV are available for rental god forbid. Our bathroom was massive. We had a huge sunken tub, double sink and large shower. There were thirsty towels and lovely boutique soaps and toiletries. Our dressing area was also massive with large areas for storage. There is an in room safe. We should mention we never locked our rooms. I have never felt so safe as I did at RH. Our cottage has it's own FT gardener and two house keepers/cooks...yes, we had our OWN breakfast made and served, cooked to order in our villa. The Jamaican breakfast consisted of Ackee and Saltfish (heavenly), roasted breadfruit (first brought over by Capt. Bligh on the Bounty I think..) and fresh local fruits. One day we had homemade muffins with Tamarind Jam..DELISH..
There is too much to say..it is pricey but everyone deserves a splurge in life..it's worth EVERY penny. I highly recommend RH for a wedding, honeymoon, reunion or even a family holiday. It caters to the rich and famous and to folks of every walk of life...we were welcomed with open arms.
Round Hill - Definately Overratedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The positives.... The villas are amazing, spacious and private. The grounds of the total propoerty are exceptional. The spa was fabulous.
The negatives....The hotel rooms are old, and in need of rennovation. The food was over-priced and mediocore at best. there is ony 1 restauirant at the resort, and because the property is very secluded it is not easy to get around, shop, explore and try or eat anywhere else.
It rained on the day of the wedding, and I found that the hotel staff did not have a well-thought out contingency plan for the weather challenges. They were extremtyl unorganized and my family was shocked at how poorly the wedding turned out.
The beach was small, but I did not have a problem with that becasue it was clean and quiet.
The staff was extremely accomodating and friendly.
All in all I would probably not stay there again, nor would I recommned anyone to have their wedding there.
If you are looking for complete serenity, and privacy then the Round Hill would be ok for you.
But if you are looking for a little bit of nightlife, things to do, and just overall fun, DO NOT STAY THERE.
...and don't even think about it unless you are going to get a villa. The hotel rooms are just bad.
FANTASTIC MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
A little Slice of Heavenfrom A TripAdvisor Member
PS. I even got certified for scuba diving there!
ll get more for your money elsewherefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Magical Round Hillfrom dunnymao
From the gorgeous setting, to the great staff to the delicious food, thanks again for providing us with such an unforgettable experience. You have just gained a number of life-long Round Hill guests. Expect to see us next year for our first anniversary and for many years to come.'
After 2nd Visit, We Still Love Round Hillfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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Other names for Round Hill Hotel & Villas
- round hill resort
- round hill jamaica
- round hill hotel
- Address: Montego Bay - Montego Bay - Jamaica
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