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Vote for Round Hill in Conde Nast’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards

Conde_Naste_Traveler_Readers_Choice_AwardIt’s that time of year again – the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards are underway! We would be honored for our guests to take the survey and share your experience here at Round Hill.

This year, Conde Nast is awarding voters the chance to win one of two trips for two: an eight-day journey along the Danube with Viking River Cruises, or a five-night stay in a suite at the Halekulani hotel in Honolulu. Return as often as you like to vote (there is no need to complete the entire survey in a single session for your input to be counted or for you to be a sweepstakes contender).

Take the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2015 Now

Voting closes June 1, 2015.

Thank you,

The Round Hill team

Round Hill Awarded for Outstanding Cuisine and Community Impact

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, the Caribbean’s most classic resort, is proud to announce a host of recent accolades from local institutions. The property was chosen as a winner of the “Best in Cuisine Award” at the Hospitality Jamaica Awards as well as the 2014 National Commercial Bank Nation Builder Award for the western region of Jamaica.

Dubbed by many as the Oscars of Jamaican tourism, the Hospitality Jamaica Awards was established to honor the best of Jamaica’s tourism offerings. Now in its 10th year, the award was hosted by local newspaper, The Gleaner, in collaboration with sponsors such as the Jamaica Tourist Board. Jamaica’s best – with Round Hill Hotel & Villas amongst them – was recognized for having the best cuisine on island. Each year, the Hospitality Jamaica Awards showcases Jamaica’s rich diversity, which in turn, has helped sustain the country and continue to expand its tourism over the years.Round Hill Honored at Hospitality Jamaica Awards 2014

On the heels of the Hospitality Jamaica Awards win, Round Hill Hotel and Villas was also recognized by as the 2014 National Commercial Bank Nation Builder Award for the western region of Jamaica.

Round Hill Honored at NCB Nation Builders 2014

The National Commercial Bank Nation Builder Awards recognizes and celebrates all small and medium enterprise customers. The program seeks to highlight outstanding entrepreneurial performances and sound operational practices in Jamaica – all of which greatly emphasize a contribution to community development and expansion for the future.

View Round Hill’s Nation Builder Awards Nominee Video Below:

Round Hill Hotel and Villas is honored to receive both of these awards. Read more on Round Hill’s award-winning cuisine and commitment to community involvement & green initiatives.

Kingsley Blake Awarded 2014 “Concierge of the Year” by Caribbean Journal

Many of you who have visited us know Kingsley Blake very well. His signature turquoise jacket, kind eyes and friendly smile have been welcoming guests to Round Hill for over four decades. Our renowned chief concierge could not be more deserving of his recent 2014 “Concierge of the Year” award from Caribbean Journal.

Concierge Kingsley Blake has been welcoming guests to Round Hill since 1974.

Concierge Kingsley Blake has been welcoming guests to Round Hill since 1974.

Born in Hopewell, Hanover, on February 2, 1953, Kingsley has now been with Round Hill for 42 years. Kingsley learned everything about the hospitality business on the job, and it’s easy to see that Kingsley was born to be a stellar concierge. A family man with three grown children of his own – two girls and one boy – he loves to be around kids. In his experience, “If the kids are happy, the family will be happy…and it is the kids who bring families together.”

Kingsley is a kind man who always finds joy in his work. “My daily prayer is that I will be able to make even one person happy at work,” he says. This insight inspires Blake to excel at his duties, which include escorting guests to rooms and arranging tours, transportation and babysitting services. Guests of all ages enjoy talking with the fascinating storyteller.

Kingsley_Travel ChannelKingsley will tell you that the proudest moment in his lengthy career happened when he was a bell captain. On one particular day, he beckoned a frightened 3-year-old girl over to him to say hello. Despite her unsteady gait, she walked to him and held on to his jacket. On seeing her there, her mother let out a shriek and both her and the girl’s father were in a state of shock. They ran over and once they were able to calm down, they told him through tears that doctors said that their little girl would not be able to walk until she was 8 years old. But that day, she walked to Blake, and everyone at Round Hill witnessed a real-life miracle.

We sat down with Kingsley recently to put together a few little known facts about everybody’s favorite concierge. Enjoy!

  • When you’re not working at Round Hill, what do you like to do?
    • I love playing my favorite game, Dominoes, with friends and a Red Stripe. I also love football and cricket
  • What is your favorite food?
    • Jamaican Jerk Pork
  • How Many Managing Directors & General Managers have you worked with in your time here?
    • I have worked with 3 Managing Directors and 6 General Managers
  • What is an interesting fact we wouldn’t know about you?
    • I still have the first $1 tip that I ever received. I received it on November 17, 1972 from a gentleman that drove a Blue Maverick. Now, when I do orientation for people starting at Round Hill, I give each person a $1 bill at the end and tell them, “If you can keep this, you can keep your job.”

Wise words from a wonderful man. Please join us in congratulating Kingsley on this well-deserved recognition. And next time you are at Round Hill, look for him in the turquoise jacket.

Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Graces Yogis at Round Hill

“There is nothing you cannot do.” – Tao-Porchon-Lynch

In December, Round Hill was graced with the presence of the remarkable ninety-six year old Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest living yoga master, who led a complimentary evening yoga class on property. This unforgettable experience gave yogis the opportunity to practice alongside Tao, as she shared her wisdom and kind spirit with all in attendance. Yogis enjoyed a master class as well as vegetarian hors’ d’oeuvres and wine as they mingled and snapped photos with the legend herself.

Tao Porchon-Lynch at Round Hill

The Jamaica Observer stated “Yogi enthusiasts in attendance — totally oblivious to the heavy rains outside of the confines of the Hanover Room — drew inspiration from the French-Indian yogi, dancer, oenophilist, former model and actress as she – drawing from her life experiences — offered hope and shared words of wisdom, at all times conveying her mantra ‘There is nothing you cannot do’.”

Tao Porchon-Lynch giving an adjustment during class

Extraordinary leaders and teachers change the way we perceive the world. The very best lead us by their example. Tao Porchon-Lynch, Master Yoga teacher, 96 years young, synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. Tao is uniquely equipped to spread Yogic insights, originating in India, to Westerners seeking enlightenment.

Tao Porchon-Lynch with Round Hill's own Donovan

She has trained and certified hundreds of yoga instructors, since founding the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982. Tao has over 70 years of yoga practice and more than 45 years of teaching yoga to students in India, France and the United States of America.

Tao Porchon-Lynch posing for photos

Round Hill Hotel & Villas is a luxury resort in Jamaica, just outside Montego Bay. Browse current packages or learn more about the spa & fitness centre.

2015 Sugar Cane Ball on Valentine’s Day 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 Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 14 – at the iconic Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

2015 Sugar Cane Ball Ticket

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's 2014 Sugar Cane Ball

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 at Sugar Cane Ball

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 do 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.

To 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”

Round Hill - Travel Weekly - May 19, 2014 - Cover
Round Hill Hotel & Villas - Gotham-Magazine.com - May 20, 2014 - Cover

“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.”

Round Hill - NYCPretty.com - May 5, 2014 - Cover
Round Hill - Destination Weddings & Honeymoons - May_June 2014 - cover

“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.”