Round Hill Hotel and Villas Resort Review
About Round Hill Hotel and Villas Resort
As our taxi turns into Round Hill's drive, we look beyond the casuarina trees to the green, round hill -- the resort's namesake -- laced by turquoise waters. We then pass a
series of villas, their white frames barely visible behind the tall palm and almond trees. When we reach the lobby, a smallish white building whose heart opens to an inviting view of the Caribbean Sea, the staff welcomes us with big smiles and our choice of rum or fruit punch.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas, in the Montego Bay area, debuted in 1953 as a series of cottages that were individually owned, typically by the wealthy and well-connected. The villas are still the property's gems. When the notables weren't in residence their equally high-profile friends were. In the resort's heyday, you might find Adele Astair, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter or Noel Coward in the lounge or Bill and Babe Paley sunning at their cottage's pool.
Alas, the first jet setters are gone and today's glitterati can reach a range of vacation properties all over the world. While Round Hill still attracts those accustomed to the spotlight as well as those with deep pockets -- ask which villa Paul McCartney prefers when vacationing with daughter Beatrice -- the resort's feel of "exclusivity" has mellowed. We think that's a good thing for families since the change makes Round Hill even friendlier.
Situated on a former pineapple plantation, Round Hill has 27 individually owned villas plus 36 hotel rooms in the Pineapple House that were renovated in 2006. The main property consists of 30 acres plus the spa sit on another 10 acres.
Round Hill offers the camaraderie of a boutique property along with the privacy of your own villa combined with the services of a resort.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas Resort Reviews
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