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The Welcome Wharf: A History of the Spa at Round Hill

Noted as one of the best resort spas in the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveller UK, the Welcome Wharf Spa at Round Hill is the only spa in the Caribbean to utilize the Elemis Product line along with local Jamaican ingredients.

Located in a beautifully restored 18th century plantation house on 10 lush acres of beachfront lawn, it features and extensive treatment menu focusing on natural and indigenous influences, a full-service beauty salon, a state-of-the- art fitness centre and open-air yoga pavilion and a plunge pool.

Round Hill Montego Bay Spa Aerial View

The Wharf House dates back to the 18th century where it was the wharf building for the estate of Chester Castle. All sugar estates had small wharf houses. It was built by the Crichton – Stewarts, an old English aristocrat family.

Round Hill Spa in JamaicaThe original building was a one-storey structure with a thatch roof used to store molasses that was picked up by small sailing ships. The ships would take the molasses to Port Royal (the main export harbour) for consolidation on larger ships that would sail to England.

The pier at the Welcome Wharf is one of the oldest piers on the island of Jamaica.

Round Hill Spa Dock

The Wharf House was bought by the Jergens family (cosmetics and toiletries industry) in the 1950’s. They added a second floor with bedrooms.

It was sold to Bettina Belmont Ward (Belmont Race Course in NY) in the late 1970’s. She owned it until the mid-1980’s when she sold it to Norman Pushell and purchased cottage 17 at Round Hill.

The Wharf House was purchased by Round Hill in 2001 and restored in 2002. A walkway was built to connect the Wharf House to the main Round Hill property.

The Wharf House opened as the resort’s spa in December 2002

In 2014 the spa was renovated and a fitness centre and yoga pavilion added to the facility.

Jamaican Yoga Retreat at Round Hill

Some Notable Spa Guests

Ralph Lauren • Heidi Klum • Lupita Nyong’o • Ryan Gosling • Paul McCartney • Whoopi Goldberg • Angela Bassett • Goldie Hawn • Alfre Woodard