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Jamaica Villa Spotlight: Villa 1

This month, we are featuring Villa 1 – an iconic Deluxe Jamaica Villa that provides the ultimate in seclusion, and an out-of-this-world private infinity pool.

Steps from the main beach, pool and restaurant, Villa #1 is a sprawling four bedroom retreat ideal for families or couples traveling together. This Deluxe Villa boasts a main floor with two living spaces opening to a breathtaking infinity pool. Two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are found here, and upstairs you will find a beautifully appointed Pineapple Villa suite that boasts its own private living space, bathroom and balcony. In a separate guesthouse, another bedroom, bathroom and private living space round out this villa.

What year was Villa 1 built?

1952

How many bedrooms and bathrooms are in Villa 1?

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Who are the staff in this Villa?

Housekeepers Ms. Hazel Scott-Salmon, Ms. Audrey Kerr, Ms. Nelda Kerr and Groundskeeper Mr. Daniel McIntyre

How many years have they been at Round Hill?

Ms. Hazel Scott-Salmon has worked at Round Hill since 1996, Ms. Audrey Kerr since 1976, Ms. Nelda Kerr since 1979 and Groundskeeper Mr. Daniel McIntyre since 1972

What is their favourite memory or story at Villa 1?

Mr. Daniel McIntyre, the gardener at Villa 1, simply loves when families with small children are booked into the villa. “I treat them as if they are my own kids” he says. “One morning after breakfast they may follow me through the gardens as I do my chores and are usually very interested in the names of plants.”

The ladies at the villa are very proud and passionate about cooking. They fondly remembered a family of 6 that recently stayed at the villa after relocating from another hotel in Negril. They were really happy to be at Round Hill and especially enjoyed our hot chocolate that we prepared for them. So what’s the secret to your hot chocolate I asked? “We add cinnamon and vanilla for that extra kick!” Other foodie favourites include their escoveitch fish served with rice and peas, banana pancake and oatmeal porridge.

What is the “best” feature of Villa 1?

Its location. This Villa is often specifically requested by returning guests because of its proximity to the restaurant, beach, lobby and main facilities. Villa 1 as its name suggests is the first and one of the closest villas to the hotel’s main facilities.

What is something we may not know about Villa 1?

Villa 1 was originally built as a 2 bedroom unit. In 1995, it was sold and the new owners added a master bedroom upstairs and a detached guestroom.

Is there any interesting décor in Villa 1?

Not necessarily, however it is worth mentioning that the villa was entirely decorated by the owner. As such, the villa evokes a feeling of being in your very own Island getaway. Guests often remark that being at the villa feels like being at home; complimented of course by the villa’s staff that caters to their every whim.

Have there been any prominent guests?

Meryl Streep, Faith Hill, Alfre Woodard, Alonzo Mourning, and Henry Bates to name a few.


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