Round Hill Hotel and Villas honored one of its longest repeat guests during a special outdoor ceremony held Wednesday – November 11, 2020 with a tree dedicated in their honor, complete with an individual plaque bearing the couple’s name.
Dr. Ruinell Sigg-Fanoe and his wife Mrs. Sussi Sigg-Fanoe, originally from Switzerland and Denmark, were accompanied by members of their immediate family and Round Hill executives who hosted at private tree dedication ceremony, and cocktail hour on the lawns of The Spa at Round Hill.
At the ceremony, Managing Director, Josef Forstmayr spoke about the beauty and long life span of the guango tree – also known as the rain tree – which was the perfect symbol of the loyalty of the Sigg – Fanoe family to the iconic Jamaican property.
“They were the first guests I met when I started working at Round Hill in 1989 and in the history of Round Hill, there is no guest that has vacationed with us for over 30 years,” said Josef Forstmayr, Managing Director at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. “We have restaurants, roads and buildings named after significant people, and we thought it was a brilliant idea to dedicate this tree to the Sigg- Fanoes as a part of the Round Hill legacy.”
The Sigg-Fanoes have vacationed at Round Hill every year for four weeks and have mastered their Jamaican routine. Each morning begins with a home- made Jamaican breakfast – ackee & saltfish followed by a morning swim at their private pool. Then they head down to the beach bar for their favourite cocktail, “Yellowbird” prepared by Stewart, their preferred bartender and spend the rest of the day lounging by the beach, sailing or snorkeling.
“We first read about Round Hill in a German newspaper and passed by Round Hill on motorbikes during a visit to Jamaica. We decided immediately that we wanted to return to Round Hill the year after, recalls Dr. & Mrs. Sigg vividly. “We arrived in the evening where everything was dark and woke up the next morning at Villa 11. It was the most beautiful view ever and we fell in love. The atmosphere, the staff and the Yellowbird is what makes vacationing at Round Hill so special. It feels like coming home every year to a place on earth that never changes its magic.”
Over the past 31 years, the couple has spent more than 1,000 days at the resort. Nature lovers and thrill seekers at heart, the Sigg’s have also spent much of their time off- site exploring many of the island’s most famous and exotic attractions across different parishes.
For this visit, the couple was accompanied by many family members who surprised with an intimate vow renewal in recognition of 33 years of marriage. The occasion was filled with emotions from beginning to end as the family celebrated the love of the anchors of their family.