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.
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 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.
A Harsh Winter Across North America Lures Travelers to Sunny Jamaica...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 sorrel drink.
Below are a few happenings in the area this season:
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.
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 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.
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 process, wringing out all of the excess we accumulate during the holidays.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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!
Planning your trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica wouldn't be complete without a little adrenaline! We've selected a sampling of our top 5 favorite adventurous activities to partake in while you're visiting:
The adventure begins when you board your tube on the banks of the cool, flowing river. As you navigate the rushing rapids of the river, our attentive and knowledgeable local guides will show you the ropes and introduce you to a seldom-seen Jamaica. As you thrill to the twists and turns of the rushing river be on the lookout for a glimpse of some of the many exotic, indigenous animals that make their home in this lush tropical habitat.
You're planning your dream wedding in Jamaica and there's nothing stopping you now! However, you'll want to make sure to abide by Jamaican laws to ensure that your wedding is viable and you can stroll off into the Jamaican sunset as husband and wife.
JAMAICAN MARRIAGE LAWS
Couples are required to be on the island 24 hours before the wedding date. The following documents are needed to apply for the marriage license: > Read full post.
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