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Round Hill Feature: Meet The Pastry Chef

Chef PeterkinRound 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 become a Pastry Chef?
Originally I wanted to join the army, but that dream was quickly discouraged by my mother who was strongly against the idea. I tried my hand at being a waiter for a number of years but did not find fulfilment so I decided to pursue a career. My love for baking made it an obvious choice. To develop my skill I worked for 6 months some days from 6 am to 11pm without pay just so that I could learn the craft. I have not looked back since.

2. What is your favourite thing to bake?
I would not say I have a favourite thing to bake. I just love baking. I challenge myself by incorporating fresh local fruits and vegetables into my creations.

3. Out of all your creations using fruits and vegetables, which is the best in your opinion?
(Laughs) That is like asking a father which of his children he prefers. But if I had to choose, I would say I am particularly pleased with my Tomato Raisin Tart.

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Tomato Raisin Tart Recipe
2 large tomato
2 oz. Raisin
1 tsp Lemon zest
1 Cinnamon stick
3 oz. Sugar
1 oz. Corn syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan, place over medium heat to cook until it thickens. Place in a pie crust or serve with your choice of bread.


4. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Yes I do, my favourite dessert is Apple pie.

Afternoon Tea5. What is a typical work day like?
I usually get in at 8am. My day starts off with making sure that the breakfast pastry items are ready and sent out, pretty much the same for lunch. We offer daily afternoon tea at 4:00pm. Pastries served at afternoon tea are baked fresh every day and is a favourite with the guests at Round Hill. The most popular pastries for afternoon tea are the Round Hill Rum Balls and the Butter Scones which are served warm from the oven. I finish the day with dinner pastries and prep work for the following day. Typically I leave work at about 8 or 9pm.

6. What advice would you give to individuals wishing to pursue a career in Pastry?
You have to have a passion for it. It cannot be about the money alone, as passion is needed to sustain you. It takes long hours, time, patience and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Literally.

 

 

 

To learn more about the delectable offerings at Round Hill, visit the Grill at Round Hill. Browse Round Hill's Montego Bay Packages  and plan your stay today.

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A Round Hill Reverie (post by Reggie Darling)

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 Hill in Jamaica, to celebrate a milestone birthday for Boy.

The Main Lodge at Round Hill

Round Hill is one of the fabled Caribbean resorts, and one that I've always wanted to visit.  This was my first—and I'm confident will not be my last—stay at the Queen of Jamaica's resorts.

Situated on a secluded, 100+ acre peninsula near Montego Bay, Jamaica, Round Hill has virtually nothing in common with the enormous all-inclusive resorts the island is known for.  Round Hill is, in contrast, very discreet, quiet, small, and exclusive.

An aerial view of Round Hill
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Long celebrated for its exquisite location, luxurious amenities, splendid service, and rigid door policies (no tourists allowed, thank you), Round Hill has long been a favored tropical destination for those born with golden spoons in their mouths, captains of industry, international socialites, Wall Street heavyweights, and Hollywood icons of the old school.

Babe Paley and her husband, William Paley
at their villa in Round Hill, photographed by Slim Aarons

For example, Mrs. and Mrs. William Paley were once among Round Hill's most famous residents.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lauren at Round Hill
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Today their villa at Round Hill is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lauren.

The view from the veranda at Round Hill's main lodge

Round Hill sits on a lovely, sheltered bay, far from the hubbub and madness of Montego Bay.

President John F. Kennedy at Round Hill
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President and Mrs. Kennedy were regular visitors at Round Hill, drawn to it for its exclusivity and firm policy of protecting the privacy of its guests.

The pools at Round Hill
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The resort has all of the amenities that one could possibly wish for: a protected beach, pools, a spa, several bars, luxurious dining pavilions, and more.  The staff couldn't be nicer, or more accommodating.

Miss Grace Kelly, relaxing on the beach at Round Hill
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Grace Kelly was a regular visitor at Round Hill, both before and after her marriage to Prince Ranier of Monaco.

Mr. Clark Gable and Mrs. John Pringle at Round Hill
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Clark Gable was also an habitué of Round Hill.

Miss Mary Martin and Sir Noël Coward at Round Hill
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The playwright and composer Sir Noël Coward once owned a villa at Round Hill, where he regularly entertained the stars of Broadway and London's West End.

Miss Joanne Woodward and Mr. Paul Newman having
fun at Round Hill
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Joanne Woodward and her husband Paul Newman were no strangers to Round Hill.

Sir Paul McCartney and friends at Round Hill
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More recently Sir Paul McCartney and his family have been frequent visitors to Round Hill.

The villa we stayed in at Round Hill

While Round Hill's storied history was a plus for us, it was the sybaritic luxury of the resort that attracted us to it.

A night time view of the villa

We stayed in a private villa during our visit there, owned by a major U.S. media mogul.

The outdoor living room at our villa at Round Hill

The villa was beautifully appointed, with both outdoor and indoor living rooms to lounge about in.

The lovely, charming, and sweet Angela,
the Major Domo of our villa at Round Hill

We were beautifully attended to during our stay by a housekeeper/cook, two maids, and a gardner/poolman.  The staff cooked breakfast for us at our villa every morning, and served us lunch, too.

The "English taste" method of arranging pillows

We found the accommodations pleasant and exceedingly comfortable.  After only a minor amount of rearranging . . .

The "American taste" method of (re) arranging pillows

. . . the pillows in the villa's indoor living room were perfect, at least for the requirements of Boy, the Fancy New York Decorator.

Another view of the pool at our villa at Round Hill

We hardly left the grounds of our villa during our stay at Round Hill.  Why should we, when we were so beautifully attended to?  We ate breakfast and lunch at our villa every day, and we only ventured out in the evening for drinks and dinner at the resort's handsome bar and dining pavilion.  It was all very cushy, and very private, Dear Reader.

Boy swimming in his birthday suit
at our villa at Round Hill

We spent most of our time at Round Hill lazing about our villa and swimming in its private pool.

So, who needs a Speedo?

Bathing suits were largely superfluous, we found.

One does, of course need white wine!

Wine and cocktails, snacks, and meals were but a phone call away . . .

The splendid evening sky at Round Hill
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It was a lovely, low-key holiday, and a welcome respite from the madness of Manhattan and one's more mundane daily responsibilities.  I look forward to returning to Round Hill again sooner rather than later.  I highly recommend it to you, Dear Reader, as the perfect getaway from one's winter cares . . .

Round Hill Hotel and Villas
John Pringle Drive
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(800) 972-2159
www.roundhill.com

Please note: Reggie has received nothing in return for writing this review of Round Hill in Jamaica, nor does he expect to.  He has written this review solely for the enjoyment of his readers, which is why he writes this blog.

All photographs, except where noted, by Reggie Darling


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

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 by Truman Capote’s 1966 Black & White Ball. Truman Capote spent many a holiday at Round Hill Hotel with his favorite “Swan” Babe Paley and her husband William, who owned Cottage 26 and the Hotel most definitely complimented the Black & White Theme.

Radford Klotz, Daisy Soros, Rainer Schoenbach of Germany

Radford Klotz, Daisy Soros, Rainer Schoenbach of Germany

There was very much an international feel to the evening with HRH Prince Michael of Kent flying in especially to attend as did Ralph & Ricky Lauren, and their family – David, his wife Lauren and brother Andrew.  Also partying for a good cause, just some of the revellers included Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Countess Gabrielle Hahn from Germany and Daisy Soros led from NYC, as well as Vanessa Noel, Screenwriter Melissa Matheson and Former American Ambassador to Jamaica and great supporter of Hanover Charities Brenda La Grange Johnson.

Congresswoman Caroline Maloney

Congresswoman Caroline Maloney

The Sugar Cane Ball’s Silent Auction has long been a highlight of the evening with such one-of-a-kind items like dinner At Downton Abbey being donated by the homeowners of Round Hill and Tryall.  For the first time, this year there was also a live auction with a private tour of Ralph Lauren’s classic car collection going for $17,000 and a Dinner and DNA analysis with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates going for $7,500.

Bookings are already being taken for next year’s Valentines Sugar Cane Ball – so for regular updates on this and other Round Hill Hotel events and news, please visit www.roundhill.com.

HRH and 3 masked beauties

HRH and 3 masked beauties


Valentine's Day the Round Hill Way

Antique_Valentine_1909_01Love 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 Roman saint and is associated with the tradition of courtly love. However, for many, it's simply a day for lovers to celebrate each other and their love with showers of affection. There are a number of ways to celebrate the day - these include dining out, going to the movies, sending or receiving flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, jewelry, cards, or even sharing a romantic love poem with your partner.

Celebrate Valentine's Day year round at Round Hill - from an incredibly romantic, candlelit dinner at the Grill at Round Hill, to indulgent spa treatments, Round Hill has all of the romance bases covered!

Indulge this Valentine’s Day or anytime this year with one of our special Montego Bay spa packages designed for you and that special someone.

Ignite the Spark - 145 minutes
US$550

  • Couples 50 minute Chocolate exfoliate and sweet wrap.
  • Couples 50 minute custom massage.
  • Couples 45 minute Chocolate foot treatment and pedicure.

One Love - 120 minutes
US$450

  • Couples 50 minute custom massage.
  • Couples 25 minute Facial.
  • Couples 45 minute Chocolate Pedicure.

Single? Treat yourself with our “Single and Loving It” Package - 100 minutes
US$230

  • 25 minute Chocolate Exfoliation.
  • 50 minute custom massage.
  • 25 minute Chocolate Hand and Foot treatment.

Or simply let us take care of all the details:

Couples can celebrate their love by taking advantage of Round Hill Hotel and Villa’s One Love Romance Package. Stay for a minimum of three nights and receive breakfast in bed, a couple’s massage, chocolate covered fruits and private round-trip airport transfers; starting at $439 per room per night. Valid for travel January 5 to December 16, 2014.

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Thaw Out at Round Hill Hotel & Villas

A Harsh Winter Across North America Lures Travelers to Sunny Jamaica...

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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 the Jamaican sunshine will instantly lift your mood.
  • The only thing that's frozen will be your (rum punch) cocktail.
  • The biggest nuisance of the day will be shaking sand off your towel, which beats scraping the ice off your car windshield.
  • Water-sports don’t involve polar bear plunges – snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing are all on the itinerary.

Escape the next “polar vortex” with Round Hill’s Winter Escape Package, which leads in at $659 USD and is valid until April 15, 2014. The package includes:

  • Four nights in a Ralph Lauren designed Oceanfront Room, including one complimentary night
  • Resort credit of $200 USD per booking
  • Signature rum punch cocktail upon arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Make your Winter Escape booking by February 19, 2014 and receive the “Thaw Out” amenities, which include a frozen rum punch or frozen lemonade at check-in; in-room amenity of assorted tropical flavored chocolate truffles, Round Hill beach bag with sunscreen and a $50 spa gift certificate

For more information, or to book a Jamaican winter escape to Round Hill, visit www.roundhill.com.


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 husband and I have been to many lovely Caribbean resorts, but we think this tops them all. There is something special about it; the guests are nice, the staff is outstanding, the manager is very hands-on, good nightly music, good food, nice beach and service, beautiful grounds. We hope to return. - Susan C., Cincinnati, OH

“There is no place in the carribean like Round Hill”
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 1 week ago
Our family has now been to Round Hill three years running and there is no other island resort that we would rather be. The grounds are gorgeous - spacious, calming, magical; the staff is the best of any resort staff anywhere - attentive, friendly, happy, charming, to a person a total delight; the food is delicious - varied, exceptional quality, something for all palates; and then there is the pool bar - staffed by Larry and Delano who will befriend you, laugh with you, engage you, and keep you smiling. This is not a place with a thousand activities. Rather it is a beautiful beach resort that offers a respite from one's busy, frantic life. It is a place to regroup and recharge and sit back and breath. Pure magic. - Nancy W., Chestnut Hill


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

Painting 1The 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 worn by Ursula Andress in the James Bond movie Dr No, which was filmed in Jamaica, it was Liz, (who herself had one of the largest intuitive collections), who came up with the idea of the wooden spotted painted animals, that have found homes all across the globe, including Macys and Bloomingdales, and have become signature pieces of collections.

Painting 2The Gallery now carries some of the best artists of Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba, including Albert Artwell, now acknowledged as one of the founders of the Jamaican Intuitive movement; Carl Abrahams sometimes called “The father of Jamaican art,” Andre Pierre, whose highly detailed paintings are considered as some of the most valuable among collectors of Haitian art.

In 1980, Nicky Delisser, Liz’s daughter and grand-niece to the late Willy DeLisser co-creator of Hanover Charities, broadened the Gallery’s inventory to include work by some of Cuba’s top artists such as Orestes Gaulhiac, one of the most accomplished artists in Cuba but who was finding it hard to get work internationally recognized.   Now Gaulhiacs work is increasingly sought after by serious collectors of Cuban art through the Gallery.

“Our galleries are an explosion of creativity and colour”, says Gallery proprietor, Nicky, as she is fondly called. “The almost museum- like quality of so many other galleries is not for us. We are a Caribbean gallery!- We are not demure, we are not shy. We are alive and fun and vibrant! And, like the Caribbean, we love to overwhelm our visitors with the beauty we offer.” Nicky and her partner Stefan who joined the business in 1996 travel to Cuba and Haiti choosing collections for the showroom and ship pieces around the globe for collectors through their website www.galleryofwestindianart.com.

PaintingHaving moved from downtown Montego Bay to a larger home in Fairfield, the Gallery now showcases art and works from all over the Caribbean as well as India – which is Nicky’s second home.

Says Chairperson of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly: “The Gallery of West Indian Art is promising amazing and diverse pieces for sale during the Art Exhibition which opens on Wednesday, February 12th and kicks off events for our Sugar Cane Ball Week.  30% of sales from the exhibition goes to Hanover Charities and we are expecting great support from our local art loving community and visitors”. 

For the Sugar Cane 2014 Black & White Ball, the invitation is open (though limited) and Reservations for the evening can be made via email to Katrin@hanovercharities.com.

View the invitation here.

Painting 3For more information on Hanover Charities and its projects, to make a donation and to check out the events of the Sugar Cane Ball – visit our website www.hanovercharities.com and like us on Facebook.  There is also information on the Round Hill Hotel website www.roundhill.com


Jamaica Bobsled Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Jamaican-bobsled-team-1988-SLED-NEWIn 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 in their first attempt at Olympic glory and was even immortalized in the popular Walt Disney movie "Cool Runnings".

Today a new chapter is being added to the ultimate Olympic underdog story with the recent announcement that the Jamaican bobsled team has qualified for the 2014 games in Sochi next month, securing one of 30 spots in the two-man bobsled event.

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The countdown to the 22nd Winter Olympic Games is well and truly underway, with just 18 days to go until Sochi2014. The 2014 Winter Olympics sees Russia host the event for the first time in its history. The Games will take place beside the sea and high up in the mountains with athletes going head to head across 10 different competition venues. Not unlike previous games, this year’s Winter Olympics has its share of controversy surrounding it, including fear of terrorist attacks and the mistreatment of those in alternative lifestyles.

movieposterRound Hill Hotel and Villas is located in the little town of Hopewell in Hanover, mere minutes away from Sandy Bay, where parts of the movie Cool Runnings was filmed on the campus of the Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High School in the 1990s. Star actor Leon Robinson; dubbed “Jamaica’s Best Friend” by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is also a part of the Round Hill Family due to his numerous visits to our luxurious hotel.

Guests can take advantage of Round Hill’s current special offer to receive one free night when staying 4 nights, and receive a US$200 resort credit. During your stay our concierge will personally book you a trip to Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios where you can slide through the dense tropical landscape with an exhilarating bobsled ride!

Click to book the Winter Escape Package, or call (800) 972-2159.


Relax & Rejuvenate with a Romantic Retreat to Jamaica

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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 – just to name a few.

With a larger selection of attractions than any other English speaking Caribbean country, Jamaica is ripe with choices for a romantic getaway. Couples can literally take the plunge with a “leap” off the cliffs in Negril, where visitors and locals alike spend hours “lyming” (loosely translated to socializing) with entertainment, and sipping quintessential Jamaican cocktails.

“One can always find a reason to travel to Jamaica, especially February for Valentine’s Day,” said Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch. “With tropical weather year round, there are a myriad of choices that allow couples to have experiences that are budget-friendly, extravagant and everything in-between. Jamaica is ideal for lovers. ”

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For Valentine’s Day, couples can take advantage of Round Hill Hotel and Villa’s One Love Romance Package. Stay for a minimum of three nights and receive breakfast in bed, a couple’s massage, chocolate covered fruits and private round-trip airport transfers; starting at $439 per room per night. Valid for travel January 5 to December 16, 2014.

Click to book the One Love Romance Package, or call (800) 972-2159.


The 18th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

jazz-logo_HOMEPAGE3The 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 on the lawns of the Historic Rose Hall Great House. Over the past 17 years, the Festival has presented a variety of exceptional local and international musicians including Erykah Badu, The Isley Brothers, Shaggy, John Legend, Damion “Jr. Gong” Marley, Michael Bolton, Tessanne Chin, Celine Dion, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, and a host of others.

Described as Jamaica’s most diverse festival, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is shaping up to be another exceptional staging with 25 live acts performing over 3 days. These acts include the likes of six times Grammy winner Toni Braxton, Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond, Chrisette Michele, Chakka Khan, Aaron Neville, and Joe - along with other outstanding local talents.

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Visitors to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival can take advantage of Round Hill’s special offer from January 28-February 02, 2014 to get one free night when they stay for 4 nights, and receive a US$200 resort credit.

Please visit the Jamaica Jazz and Blues official website at http://jamaicajazzandblues.com to book your tickets for the shows.

To view specials and book your hotel in Montego Bay, visit RoundHill.com or call us at 1-800-972-2159 to book your reservations with us.

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Happy Holidays from Round Hill Hotel & Villas!

Santa ArrivesChristmas 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 sorrel drink.

Below are a few happenings in the area this season:

Jamaican Christmas Happenings:

Jonkanoo - A traditional Christmas celebration where revelers parade the streets dressed in colorful masquerade costumes.  The men wear white-mesh masks and play the characters - from a horned cow head to a policeman to a wild Indian. Not as popular as it was 30 years ago, Jonkanoo is still a tradition in rural Jamaica.

The Grand Market (Gran' Market) - A yearly tradition for Jamaicans held Christmas Eve. All of the preparation Santa Disembarksand excitement peak on Christmas Eve when "Grand Market" is held! It's pure excitement. Every little shop across the island is radiantly decorated and blasting music, and revelers are dressed in bright colors and hats as they engage in the event. This community fair boasts delicious food, street dancing, crafts, and music. In the past, the weekend before Christmas and particularly on Christmas Eve, markets all over the island were set up with vendors selling small toys, firecrackers, balloons, and sweets of all kinds, including pinda (an African word for peanut) cakes, grater cakes, and peppermint sticks.

On this day, more than any other, children are overjoyed. No matter how strict their parents are, on this day they cut their kids some slack and allow the children a day full of fun and festivities!

New Years Eve at Round Hill:

Round Hill will be hosting a Masquerade ball on December 31, 2013, themed; “Masked in Mystery”. This black tie event will begin promptly at 8:00 pm with cocktails on the lawn, followed by dinner on the Seaside Terrace, culminating in a grand reveal and fireworks. For the kids, a costume party with magician show and a special event at 9:00 pm. For more information, call Round Hill Hotel & Villas at 1-800-972-2159.

From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays as well as a joyous and prosperous new year ahead!


The 2014 Sugar Cane Ball: Benefiting Hanover Charities

INSPIRED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE’S FAMOUS 1966 “BLACK & WHITE” BALL

Montego Bay, Jamaica:

2014 Invitation CoverSince 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 Ball.

At the time, Capote’s event was the epitome of elegance and saw the world’s glitterati of that era gather in New Yorks’ Plaza Hotel Ballroom.

It was said of Truman Capote’s party  – that if you weren’t invited – you better leave town!

Painting 2Luckily that won’t be the case on Saturday, February 15, 2014 – where the gorgeous and glamorous will again be gathering in Black & White, but this time for a good cause, to support Hanover Charities and the many projects that are funded and depend on the proceeds of The Sugar Cane Ball.

Round Hill Hotel Montego Bay, the timeless epitome of elegance, will again be the venue for this annual event, which is especially fitting, as many of the revelers at Capote’s party were regular guests and even homeowners at Round Hill.  Babe Paley – one of Capote’s best friends – or swans as he would call them - owned Cottage 26.

In fact, who is to say that Capote didn’t get his original inspiration from Round Hill’s famous Black & White Bar?

We will never know, but what we do know is that, as always with the Sugar Cane Ball, the emphasis is really on the reason for the gathering – Hanover Charities.

Silent Auction 4All proceeds go to Hanover Charities and it is not just from the ball. Funds are also raised during the night through an Art Exhibition as well as the infamous silent auction of unique items collected by the homeowners of Round Hill Hotel and Tryall and the sale of the highly-anticipated raffle tickets, which every year feature one of a kind items such as a US$5,000 spending spree at the Ralph Lauren Manhattan flagship store.

In the past 10 years alone, over US$2,000,000 has been donated from this single evening event.

Education is a key focus for Hanover Charities and there are several education-based schemes supported by the funds, including 42 tertiary level scholarships that have been awarded in the fields of medicine, law, education, social work and communications.

A soup kitchen feeding over 700 people a week, and an annual health fair are other permanent projects.

For the Sugar Cane 2014 Black & White Ball, the invitation is open (though limited) and Reservations for Lauren Bush, David Lauren, Ricky & Ralph Lauren with Josef Forstmayrthe evening can be made via email to Katrin@hanovercharities.com.

View the invitation here. 

For more information on Hanover Charities and its projects, to make a donation and to check out the events of the Sugar Cane Ball – visit www.HanoverCharities.com. To book your stay or browse our Montego Bay packages, visit RoundHill.com/Packages.


What's New at Round Hill Hotel & Villas

148985_10151369116446208_39794275_nMONTEGO 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 the "Stay Longer & Save Package."

WHAT'S NEW AT ROUND HILL
The renovations at Round Hill include a new four-bedroom luxury villa with a separate one-bedroom guest cottage; and the expansion of two villas with the addition of new suites and new lush, tropical landscaping. Other villas have had bathroom renovations and upgraded furnishing in order to provide the latest in luxury while maintaining the uniquely relaxed charm of Round Hill's aesthetic.

The main hotel lobby garden has been transformed with updated landscaping, adding a tropical-oasis feel for arriving guests. Additionally, the highly-productive and popular organic vegetable garden has been expanded with the addition of a fruit orchardincluding lime, naseberry and avocado trees for dishes served at the popular farm-to-table dinners in the Grill restaurant that features all-local Jamaican ingredients and products from the resort.

WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
Round Hill Hotel and Villas is proud to announce its recent award as the "World's Leading Villa Resort" for the twelfth consecutive year at the 20th annual World Travel Awards. Round Hill is committed to providing the best experience for new and returning guests and has been undergoing property upgrades throughout 2013 in an effort to remain one of the finest luxury resorts in the Caribbean.

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Travel to Round Hill has never been easier with two new special offers from the hotel for this winter season. Current offers include: The Winter Escape package and the Stay Longer and Save package.

Guests who book the Winter Escape offer will receive the fourth night free, a resort credit of $200 USD, complimentary Wi-Fi, daily afternoon tea and more.

Guests who book the Stay Longer & Save Package will receive the two additional free nights when booking seven nights.


Detoxify & Rejuvenate with Post Thanksgiving Yoga at Round Hill

tree_poseIt'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 process, wringing out all of the excess we accumulate during the holidays.

Join Andrea Scaramelli as she guides you through a 75-minute Vinyasa style yoga class focused on shaking things loose, stimulating digestion and aiding in detoxification, and burning off those pina coladas, all while refueling your mind and soul.

Class Schedule: Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:00am at the Spa at Round Hill. Cost: US$35

Call us at 876 956-7050 or email spa@roundhill.com to make your reservation today!sunset_yoga

Andrea Scaramelli is a passionate teacher and student of Vinyasa yoga. Trained by April Martucci, New York City’s “most in demand” yoga instructor in her vigorous yet calming Fire Dragon Method, Andrea teaches throughout New Jersey and New York City and is the founder of Lifeblood Yoga

Round Hill Hotel & Villas offers a variety of Montego Bay activities, as well as luxurious Jamaica Villas & hotel room accommodations. Click here for current Jamaica packages and special offers.


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.

ZIPLINE-CANOPYTour 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 an ATV Safari. There is no better way to explore the exciting Jamaican backcountry than by taking a ride on the wild side on an ATV tour. Journeying through Jamaica by ATV allows unparalleled access to the untouched hills and plains of beautiful Montego Bay.

Go river tubing. Cool off and float away from the day-to-day in the refreshing waters of Jamaica. Enjoy the beauty of Jamaica’s legendary rivers while experiencing the river’s moods – from rushing rapids to relaxed pools.

Enjoy a horseback ride – and swim. There are local tour guides offering this truly unique adventure – a combination of riding and swimming while horseback. Combine the trails and waves by riding through the backcountry trails and cooling off by swimming horseback in the Caribbean Sea.

DUNE-BUGGYTake an off-road Dune Buggy tour. This unforgettable adventure takes visitors on a bumpy, dusty, exhilarating ride through the picturesque hills of Jamaica. Check out historic ruins while weaving through forested roads and old riverbeds. This is a great way to learn about Jamaica’s culture, environment, and history.

Ready to plan your next Jamaican vacation? Browse our Jamaican vacation packages here.

 


Why Montego Bay is the Perfect Winter Escape

winter-blizzard-storm-by-jkacfAre 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 you the perfect escape to the tropics this winter.

What to do in Montego Bay this winter: 

Sip cocktails while relaxing on the beach or poolside. With crystal-clear water, white sand beaches and a never-ending horizon, Montego Bay offers affords you to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite libation.

The newly-expanded private and secluded beach at Round Hill has full cocktail and lunch service. There is also a double infinity edge pool with a children’s wading pool and waterfall at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, along with an adult-only pool with stunning ocean views. Book your winter vacation to Jamaica in one of our Complete Villas and secure your very own private pool.

Water sports. Whether you want to go scuba diving, tubing, water skiing or deep sea fishing, there is no end to the exciting Montego Bay water activities you can participate in off the warm, sandy beaches.

Play golf. There are multiple championship golf courses just moments from Round Hill. The private Tryall Club is the closest and has complimentary shuttle service daily.

Local excursions. With a reputation as Jamaica’s most energetic city, Montego Bay has plenty of events and activities for every lifestyle. Whether you want an exhilarating adventure like river kayaking, zip lining, horseback riding and swimming, or more low-key activities like a visit to the Rose Hall Great House or the Dolphin Cove, there is sure to be a fantastic nearby activity that everyone on your vacation will enjoy. For a comprehensive list of activities to peruse, visit our Explore Jamaica page.27-00154-10663

Book your winter escape to Montego Bay and enjoy your 4th night free + $200USD credit

For for more information about winter activities and Round Hill Hotel & Villas, visit RoundHill.com.


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

US Airways Magazine September 2013

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 muscles after sea kayaking, tennis and waterskiing, or after snorkeling above a reef full of vibrant fish, coral, urchins, an occasional octopus, and barracuda". He speaks of his encounter with Novia McDonald-Whyte of the Jamaica Observer, who stated "This is not the Jamaica of the '50s and '60s, when all the celebs came to the new resorts...you can still sit here at Round Hill beach while Ralph Lauren's family swims, but no one hero-worships the big names like they used to. We've got our own stars."

 

Also highlighted in the article are great, local places to eat while you visit Round Hill, including the Lobster Trap, Pelican Grill and The House Boat.

Read the full article here. 


"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!


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!

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There are several categories in which you can vote for Round Hill, and they are listed below:

  • Best Newcomer
  • The Eco Award
  • Best Hotel Restaurant
  • Best for Families
  • Sexiest Bedroom in the World
  • The Greatest Outdoors
  • Best Spa Hotel
  • Hottest Hotel Bar
  • Best-Dressed Hotel
  • Best Budget Boutique Hotel
  • Above and Beyond
  • Best Smith Hotel 2013

A team of specialist judges from the worlds of travel, fashion, food and beyond will then select the overall winners from the 10 hotels in each category with the most votes.

Vote today by clicking the banner below. Thank you!

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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!

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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 “Pineapple House” showcases the designer’s classic style with hues of blue and pink, cathedral ceilings, four-post mahogany beds, deep soaking tubs and separate waterfall showers. Nightly rates for the Pineapple House start at $229."