Last week I was fortunate enough to get to attend the wedding of a dear friend in Jamaica. Her wedding was at Round Hill Resort and Villas, and I cannot say enough positive things about the resort. The setting for a weekend getaway, week long vacation, wedding, girl’s trip, etc. is absolutely perfect. Idyllic, really.
From Nashville the travel time was just over 4 hours which was quite do-able then once you arrive at Montego Bay Airport the resort is only 20 minutes away. The bride told us about Club Mobay which is a service that the MBJ airport provides and it allows for expedited customs, a person to help you with bags and through airport and a lounge with “free” drinks and snacks… I say free but there is a charge for the service, $30 (each way) if you book ahead of time. Knowing that I was only going to be there from Thursday through Sunday I knew that money would be worth a fast and easy airport experience for me.
Once you get to Round Hill you will receive a complimentary Rum Punch and be escorted to your room in the Pineapple House or your villa. The majority of the wedding guests stayed in the Pineapple House. It has great rooms and views of the ocean and pool. I would recommend getting a room on the bottom floor because you will have your own little patio, plus you still get the great views just maybe not quite as much of a view of the Caribbean. I always go for Ocean View rooms because if I am at the beach I want to see the ocean, but at Round Hill go ahead and opt for bottom level, if available, although you really cannot go wrong. This would be the one thing that I would have changed.
The infinity pool is amazing. The beach is so very convenient you go between the two easily. The drinks are delicious — let me recommend the Lime Daiquiri, basically a less tart version of a margarita with rum. Amazing and not quite as sweet as Pina Coladas.. although theirs are also amazing so just plan to have “one” of each. The staff at Round Hill was all so very nice and accommodating. Their is tip already included in all of your bills and the tip is divided among all of the hotel staff so instead of leaving your usual 20% for food and drinks, I suggest leaving $1 or $2 per drink. The food is delicious. Our favorite lunchtime treats were the Conch Beignets and the Plaintain Nachos, get these to split with a few people and you will thank me. Also the Jerk Chicken Wrap was excellent.
If you are going to splurge on one meal I recommend going to get their breakfast buffet one morning. It was extraordinarily good with a smoothie and fresh fruit bar to boot.
While at Round Hill you have just enough options of things to do when you want an activity, but not so many that you feel like you need to try it all or you will miss out, if that makes any sense? They offer great snorkeling right off of the dock, glass bottom boat rides each morning, great walking trails and places to explore like their organic garden where they grow many of their ingredients for meals, yoga, tennis, etc. With my short time frame the pool and the beach with friends were the only activities I needed but if I had been there another day, I would have definitely tried snorkeling and jumped on the glass bottom boat.
Another favorite “activity” of ours was tea time every afternoon from 4 until 5pm. It is complimentary and they have coffee, tea, tomato and cucumber sandwiches, rum balls, scones, etc. It was especially perfect for us since we had wedding activities at night to get coffee or iced tea and a bite to eat so the caffeine and sustenance would keep us moving right along.
The easy, luxury and classic beauty of Round Hill is one of the best parts of this resort. The interiors were designed by Ralph Lauren and he has a Villa that he and his wife frequent at the resort. Also if you care a lot of celebrities (I love celebs) have visited Round Hill from JFK to Kathie Lee (who was there along with Ralph Lauren and his family as well as Katie Lee from the Food Network over Easter of this year– or at least that’s what Instagram and Page 6 reported).
If you are looking to go clubbing at a huge all-inclusive, this is not necessarily for you (no knocking all inclusive’s, just saying this is not a Spring Break, tzzz tzz tzz
Usually when I travel I want to check places off of my bucket list and go onto the next one but Round Hill is somewhere that I know I will return to in the future.