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2015 Sugar Cane Valentines Ball to Celebrate Hollywood Glitz & Glamour

It is that time again when Hanover Charities host their very special event, the Sugar Cane Ball, this year being celebrated on Valentines Day Saturday, February 14 – at the iconic Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Round Hill Sugar Cane Ball 2015

A fixture on the international and local social scene, which sees the good and the great gathering from all over the World – the 2015 Sugar Cane Ball, now in its 58th outing, will celebrate the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Last year, Hanover Charities broke its own records and raised over US$230,000 in the single night, so the pressure is on!

Ralph and Ricky Lauren at Round Hill

Ralph and Ricky Lauren at Round Hill’s 2014 Sugar Cane Ball

 

Says Chair of Hanover Charities and this year’s Co-Chair for the Sugar Cane Ball Katrin Casserly “The majority of our funds are raised from the Silent Auction items for the Ball, which are always unique and one-off, gathered by the very generous homeowners of Round Hill and Tryall. Last year they outdid themselves and promise to do so again for Valentines!”

Co-Chair of Hanover Charities and also this year’s Sugar Cane Ball, Jennifer Flanagan of Tryall adds“ We were beyond thrilled with the generosity of the party goers last year. Our dedicated committee members and their neighbours at Round Hill and Tryall want to see our many projects continue & grow so we are really looking forward to seeing what they have for us this year”.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Nazee Klotz

HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Nazee Klotz at last year’s ball

One of the premier partys’ during the busy winter social calendar – the Sugar Cane Ball, which specifically raises money for Hanover Charities, has become synonymous with chic – and this year will be no exception celebrating Hollywood with international and local guests partying for a good cause.

With the Sugar Cane Ball’s Silent Auction long being a highlight of the evening like last year’s Dinner At Downton Abbey, this year’s items are already on par such as lunch at Blenheim Palace with Lord Charles Spencer Churchill – the Churchill family having a long association with Jamaica.

There will also be a very exciting live auction, which last year raised nearly $20,000 in half an hour.

The Sugar Cane Ball Raffle tickets are also highly anticipated – especially as patrons don’t have to attend to have a ticket – and with a US$5000 spending spree at Ralph Lauren, who wouldn’t want to try their luck!

All proceeds from this special night, including a week-long Gallery of West Indian Art Exhibition, go directly to fund the many projects of Hanover Charities – in the past 10 years alone, nearly US$3,000,000 has been donated from this single evening event.

Where to the funds go? — Education is a key focus for Hanover Charities and there are several education-based schemes supported by the Ball’s funds, including from 2014, 72 scholarships that have been awarded in the fields of medicine, law, education, social work and communications.

There is a soup kitchen feeding over 700 people a week, and an annual health fair as well as many other permanent projects.

For reservations for this year’s Hollywood Glamour Valentines Sugar Cane Ball, and Raffle Tickets please contact scbreservation@hanovercharities.com

For further information on Hanover Charities its projects and events and to make a donation go to www.hanovercharities.com to view the entire invite click here.

Book browse Round Hill’s current packages and offers, click here.

Jamaica Restaurant Week 2014

The 10th Annual Jamaica Restaurant Week 2014 is fast approaching, and there are several wonderful restaurants that are participating this year. Held the week of November 14-22, 2014, this celebration of the culinary arts proves a long-standing tradition in Jamaica, giving locals the opportunity to get out and experience the offerings of many fine establishments. Five categories of restaurants are featured – Epicurean, Delectable, Savory, Tasty and Nyam & Scram – based on the pricing and offerings of each one.

Featured in the Epicurean category, The Restaurant at Round Hill is pleased to offer a special custom-crafted 3-course restaurant week menu that will be sure to whet your palate! Choose from a lovely selection of hand-picked dishes that showcase the culinary artistry and range of flavors that our chefs are known for.

Make an evening of it and stay the night with us. Browse our current packages and special offers here.

View our Jamaica Restaurant Week 2014 menu for the Restaurant at Round Hill:

Jamaica Restaurant Week 2014 Menu

Jamaica Cuisine Week 2014 at Hotel Okura, Tokyo

Jamaica Cuisine Week 2014 in Tokyo, JapanThe Terrace Restaurant at Hotel Okura, Tokyo recently hosted Jamaica Cuisine Week on September 8-15, 2014 – showcasing custom crafted fine Jamaican cuisine – which by all reports was a monumental success.

Picture attractively designed lunch and dinner menus, a display area populated with may items signifying Jamaican culture and history, and continuous reggae music while you dine on authentic Jamaican cuisine in a foreign land.

Round Hill’s very own Chef Martin Maginley crafted the authentic Jamaican menu with local Jamaican staples such as Red Pea Soup, Cod Fish Fritter and Bread Pudding. The dishes were faithfully and impressively replicated locally by the Chef at the Terrace restaurant much to the delight of both local Jamaican and Japanese patrons.

Jamaica Cuisine Week 2014 MenuTo learn more about the delectable offerings at Round Hill, visit the Grille at Round Hill. Browse Round Hill’s Montego Bay Packages and plan your stay today.

Jamaica Cuisine Week 2014 at Hotel Okura in Tokyo

 

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Round Hill Nominated in Smith Hotel Awards 2014

Smith Hotel Awards 2014
Round Hill is honored to be nominated amongst 19 boutique luxury hotels in the category of “Best for Families” in this year’s Smith Hotel Awards 2014. In order to make the nominee list, a property must roll out the red carpet for even the tiniest of guests – something that Round Hill truly embraces. From our exclusive Pineapple & 7 Up Kids Clubs to a plethora of water sports to special activities just for our little ones, Round Hill takes pride in creating a luxury experience for our guests of all ages.

b7988deWe would love if our loyal guests could vote for us and help us to win the award of Best Smith Hotel for Families this year. Voting is open now – September 30th, 2014, and you can vote using the link below.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you around property soon.

Cheers!

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Round Hill’s Wine Program Wins Wine Spectator 2014 Award of Excellence

WineSpec_SmallRound Hill is pleased to announce the receipt of Wine Spectator’s 2014 Award of Excellence for our wine program. This recognition honors the extensive work that our Food & Beverage department has accomplished to achieve a robust wine program that highlights diversity in brand, region and varietal, while selecting wines that pair seamlessly with our fresh Caribbean cuisine and align with our mission to use organic and sustainable ingredients. We sat down with Food & Beverage Director Hillary Stewart to dive a little deeper into what makes the wine program here at Round Hill so unique.

Hillary Stewart - Director of Food & Beverage at Round Hill Hotel & Villas Jamaica

Hillary Stewart – Director of Food & Beverage at Round Hill

“Because our dining is primarily outdoors and we have such tropical temperatures year round, and in keeping with our ‘light, clean, contemporary, Caribbean cuisine’, we choose wines that are mostly light- to medium-bodied,” she states, “and the whites are generally crisp and refreshing with floral, citrus and fruit notes.” Ms. Stewart elaborates, “This works to not only make for great wine and food pairings, but the list also lends itself to anyone being able to select almost any of our wines to drink without a meal – watching the sunset, relaxing by the beach or pool, having quiet moments in the Villa, etc.” In addition to pairing with our cuisine, Ms. Stewart has also incorporated Round Hill’s sustainability mission and Organic Garden into the wine program.

“Our wines were selected to feature our organic garden from which we harvest our fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and incorporate them in the meals offered.” With ingredients from the Organic Garden in most dishes, and a focus on farm-to-table cuisine in the restaurant, carrying over this effort to our selection of wines is important. “Because of our own organic and sustainable garden and operation, we have also made an effort to offer organic wines and wines that are produced in a sustainable manner,” adds Stewart.

A Sampling of our Wines by the Glass

Kraemer Brut, Sparkling Wine, Loire Valley, France, NV Cipresseto Rosata de Toscana, Tuscany, Italy 2012
M de Minuty Rose, Cotes de Provence, France 2012 Maipo Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casa Blanca, Chile  2013
Bain’s Way, Chardonnay, Wellington, South Africa 2010 Casillero del Diablo Reserve Pinot Noir, Chile 2011
Trivento, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2012 Columbia Crest, Merlot, Mendocino, California, 2009
Bain’s Way, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wellington, South Africa 2012 Nottage Hill, Cabernet-Shiraz South Eastern, Australia, 2008
Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Lodi, California 2010 Goldmuskateller Vallagarina, Trentino, Italy 2010

 

Creating a diverse and robust wine program that also aligns with these missions can be challenging with import restrictions in Jamaica. “Even though we have some limitations in only having access to what is allowed in the country, our wine selection is somewhat eclectic, and features not just a variation of varietals, but also a wide range of brands and regions,” she states. “Specifically in the organic category we have Bonterra Pinot Noir (California), and Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon (Cuvee Alexandre House in Chile), as well as numerous wines from sustainable vineyards around the world including South Africa, Argentina, and Sicily.”

Read more about The Grill at Round Hill and browse samplings of our menus.

Round Hill In The News – May 2014

This month, Round Hill enjoyed features in Travel Weekly, Gotham, NYC Pretty and Destination Weddings. Click the cover of the article to read more. Here are a few highlights:

 “Put simply, as more hotels are becoming high tech, Round Hill seems content to stay high touch”

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“Book one of the 27 villas (most with a private pool) that are anything but fussy, thanks to old-school bamboo furnishings and tropical outdoor showers.”

“The staff at the Round Hill Resort were so welcoming and went above and beyond to make my stay a memorable one.”

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“Hosting just one event per weekend, the hotel gives your wedding VIP status. Swap vows on the beach, in the Georgian Room or on the Hanover Terrace.”

Ralph Lauren, Ricky Lauren and HRH Prince Michael of Kent

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.

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HRH and 3 masked beauties

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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.

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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

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.