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Round Hill Feature: Meet The Pastry Chef

Round Hill is delighted to welcome our new pastry chef, Lincoln Peterkin. The pastry chef at Round Hill is quite an important position, as the hotel features freshly baked pastries from early morning breakfast to afternoon tea to evening delights. And not just any pastries, we might add. Round Hill is renowned by guests for specialties such as Rum Balls, Tarts and buttery Scones. To welcome him aboard, we asked Chef Lincoln a few personal questions that we'd like to share with you: 1. How did you... > Read full post.

A Round Hill Reverie (post by Reggie Darling)

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The below post was written by a dear guest of Round Hill, who visited us this past October. We wanted to share his story with you, so please enjoy! You may visit his blog here: http://reggiedarling.blogspot.com Now that the madness of the Christmas season is over, Dear Reader, I'm planning on posting a series of essays that have been in my queue for some time.  Today's post, a review of one of the Caribbean's most storied resorts, is the first in the line up. This past October Boy and I visited Round... > Read full post.

Round Hill Hotel Hosts Royalty & Celebrities at Premier Social Event in aid of Hanover Charities

Ralph Lauren, Ricky Lauren and HRH Prince Michael of Kent The iconic Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica once again hosted a very special event on Saturday, February 15 – the 57th Annual Sugar Cane Ball in aid of Hanover Charities. One of the premier parties during the busy winter social calendar – the Sugar Cane Ball, like Round Hill Hotel, has become synonymous with chic – and this year was no exception with the Co-Chair’s for the event, Nan Brenninkmeyer and Nazee Klotz, being inspired... > Read full post.

Valentine's Day the Round Hill Way

Love is in the air! It's Valentine's Day in honor of this day, we are sharing some of the history associated with the holiday, as well as how you can make any day romantic with the help of Round Hill! Valentine's Day or "Saint Valentine's Day" is a time when couples openly express and shower their significant other with various demonstrations of love. There are many stories on the origin of Valentine's Day, but the most common is that this day, February 14, commemorates Saint Valentine, a third-century... > Read full post.

Thaw Out at Round Hill Hotel & Villas

A Harsh Winter Across North America Lures Travelers to Sunny Jamaica...   There’s still more than 100 days until summer, which means, residents in the U.S. and Canada need a break from the bitter winter NOW. Round Hill Hotel and Villas has the top five reasons to book a flight and head straight to Jamaica – where they can thaw out poolside at the iconic resort: The only thing you’ll have to “layer on” in Jamaica is sunscreen. (Parka vs. bikini? You choose!) Extra Vitamin D from... > Read full post.

Round Hill Selected as a 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Hotel

Round Hill is honored to be selected as one of the Top Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean in the 2014 Traveler's Choice Awards from TripAdvisor. These awards are based on millions of reviews from TripAdvisor users, and Round Hill joins the ranks with 24 other luxury hotels across the Caribbean - only 4 others from Jamaica. In a few recent reviews, Round Hill has been given high marks from guests. Here is a sampling of these reviews: “Wonderful resort” 5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 1 week ago My... > Read full post.

Gallery of West Indian Art to Exhibit at 2014 Sugar Cane Ball in Aid of Hanover Charities

The Gallery of West Indian Art, based in Montego Bay, and internationally renowned, will be showcasing their eclectic collection at the 2014 Sugar Cane Ball being held at the Round Hill Hotel on Saturday, February 15. Started by Art lover, socialite and designer Liz Delisser, The Gallery of West Indian Art opened its doors on Church Street in Montego Bay in 1972 and was specifically set up to give local and Haitian artisans a place to exhibit and sell their work. Known for designing the famous bikini... > Read full post.

Jamaica Bobsled Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics

In 1988 the first Jamaican Bobsleigh team made history in the Calgary Olympics Winter Games. There, they quickly became a fan favourite largely because of their status position as the ultimate 'underdog' story of the games. Not only was there the novelty of having a tropical country compete in a cold-weather sport, but they had very little practice going down a bobsled track before. The team, consisting of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, and Nelson Stokes warmed the hearts of many worldwide... > Read full post.

Relax & Rejuvenate with a Romantic Retreat to Jamaica

As chilly temperatures sweep the U.S., couples can take the opportunity to warm up in Jamaica where there’s the carefree decision of doing as much or as little as they’d like. Montego Bay and Ocho Rios offer a plethora of attractions ranging from cultural tours through historic Great Houses to active escapes like golf or a game of cricket. Take a soft adventure excursion to zip-line through forest filled mountains, horseback ride into the ocean, swim with dolphins or mountain bike the lush landscape... > Read full post.

The 18th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

The 18th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will be held from January 30-February 01, 2014, at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, Jamaica. The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is Jamaica’s largest festival, bringing thousands of visitors to the island and thousands of visitors to Western Jamaica. Appealing to patrons both young and old, the Festival has become a staple in the diet of patrons both locally and internationally. The 1st staging of the Jazz and Blues Festival was November 1996... > Read full post.

Happy Holidays from Round Hill Hotel & Villas!

Christmas season in Jamaica - which runs from mid-December to New Year's Day - is centered around family and is usually the biggest event of the year. Jamaicans celebrate by gathering together around the dinner table, going to church and exchanging gifts with loved ones. Christmas Day dinner is the biggest feast - featuring chicken, oxtail, curry goat, roast ham, rice & gungo peas (these are a Christmas specialty for Jamaica as the peas ripen this time of year), Christmas cake, and the  traditional... > Read full post.

The 2014 Sugar Cane Ball: Benefiting Hanover Charities

INSPIRED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE’S FAMOUS 1966 “BLACK & WHITE” BALL Montego Bay, Jamaica: Since its over 55 years in existence, the Hanover Charities Sugar Cane Ball has covered many themes – from James Bond, to Pirates, to last year’s tribute to the 70’s with the recreation of the iconic Studio 54. The 2014 Sugar Cane Ball is going to step back another decade to the 60’s, and this time the inspiration comes from an iconic event - the writer Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Masked... > Read full post.

What's New at Round Hill Hotel & Villas

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For sixty years, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has been a timeless escape for travelers seeking a resort with rich history and modern luxury. This year, Round Hill is introducing new updates on property, including the expansion of the organic garden to include a fruit orchard, a new luxury villa, redesigned lobby landscaping and more. Also enticing travelers to Jamaica to escape the winter ahead are Round Hill's special offers, "Winter Escape" and... > Read full post.

Detoxify & Rejuvenate with Post Thanksgiving Yoga at Round Hill

It's that time of year again: holidays centered around delicious food, decadent libations and lots of time spent with family and friends. Despite our best intentions, most of us tend to overdo it during this season. By the time the New Year rolls around we are left feeling completely depleted and in need of a serious mind/body overhaul. This holiday season, detoxify and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a special yoga series at Round Hill. Yoga helps facilitate your body’s natural detox... > Read full post.

How to Make the Most of your Jamaican Vacation

Montego Bay, known as Jamaica’s most energetic city, is the perfect spot for your next Jamaican vacation. Next time you are in town, make the most of your Jamaican vacation by checking out some of Montego Bay’s most loved tours and activities. Tour Jamaica… by Zipline! Get a whole new perspective of Jamaica – explore the forest on breathtaking Zipline Canopy tour. Travel to Jamaica and see it like never before as you fly through the rainforest, across mountains and over river canyons. Join... > Read full post.

Why Montego Bay is the Perfect Winter Escape

Are the chilly winters starting to get you down? Tired of shoveling snow in the Northeast? There is no better time to consider a Montego Bay vacation than right now. Picture your winter escape to Montego Bay – with its calm, transparent blue ocean, palms trees swaying softly over white sandy beaches and tropical breezes lulling you into a serene state of being. There is no place quite like it. Round Hill Hotel & Villas is an oceanfront Montego Bay hotel and private villa retreat that offers... > Read full post.

US Airways Magazine September 2013 - Jamaica Feature: "Myth, Mystique & Reality"

If you've flown a US Airways flight this month, chances are you picked up a copy of the US Airways Magazine in your seatback pocket to kill some time. In this month's issue, Round Hill Hotel & Villas was featured in the article "Myth, Mystique & Reality" which highlighted the writer's recent trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica and his stay with us. The writer speaks of enjoying lounging on Round Hill's beach, and suggests a visit to the spa, where one can indulge in "spa treatments to soothe the... > Read full post.

"Island Potluck" - A Visit From the Rousseau Sisters

Join the two Rousseau sisters Suzanne and Michelle of 2 Sisters and a Meal as they travel Jamaica, interviewing personalities and exploring unique tastes and sites. In the below episode, the sisters travel to Round Hill, meet with tourism guru and General Manager Josef Forstmayr to speak about Round Hill's culture and cuisine, and sample the classic Planters Punch made with Appleton Rum. Thank you for stopping by Suzanne and Michelle!  Read More →

Vote for Round Hill in the Smith Hotel Awards 2013

Round Hill Hotel & Villas has been nominated by Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Boutique & Luxury Hotel Booking Specialists - in the inaugural Smith Travel Awards 2013! Please take a moment to vote for Round Hill via the Smith Travel Awards website which is included below. By voting, you are entered into a sweepstakes to win a 5-day holiday at the winner of the Best Smith Hotel 2013! There are several categories in which you can vote for Round Hill, and they are listed below: Best Newcomer The Eco... > Read full post.

TripAdvisor Gives Round Hill a "Flair for Fashion" Nod

Recently on the TripAdvisor blog, Round Hill Hotel & Villas was named one of the 10 Hotels with a Flair for Fashion. With decor by Ralph Lauren and impeccable taste courtesy our Jamaica Villa owners, we are honored to be a part of this list! Below is the excerpt from the blog, and you can click here to read more: "With translucent Caribbean waters as the backdrop, travelers can don their latest resort wear while relaxing at this island escape. Remodeled by Ralph Lauren, the property’s oceanfront... > Read full post.