Checking In: Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Jamaica

The Basics

When I travel, I am ready to get to the beach as quick as possible. Located a short 25-minute drive from the Montego Bay airport, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is a great pick for an easy breezy family vacation. It has the nice scale and service of a boutique hotel and the amenities for children are fantastic. The hotel has this very cool throwback vibe (John F. Kennedy edited and rehearsed his inauguration speech by the pool) but still feels luxurious and five-star. Every staff member we encountered was warm and gracious and always with a smile. 



With 36 oceanfront guest rooms designed by Ralph Lauren and 27 hillside villas, ranging in size from two to six-bedrooms, Round Hill is ideal for families and large groups. We had the five-bedroom Villa 18 and it was breathtaking. The private pool with gorgeous landscaping and views made us never want to leave. It was such a treat to have a housekeeping staff to keep the villa immaculate and cook a crowd-pleasing breakfast every morning. 



A private pool at your villa is more than enough to keep me happy, but the hotel does have several other activities, including tennis, kayaks, windsurfing, boats, and a spa and fitness center. The one drawback is that the beach is rather small and not as pristine as other luxurious beach resorts, but there is a great little beach bar to relax and have a drink. For families, the hotel offers a complimentary kids club as well as private nanny service. Both services are top notch. 


With a James Beard award winning Chef, the cuisine at Round Hill is definitely impressive. There is the more casual Seaside Terrace for lunch, while the elegant Grill is open for dinner. Twice a week dinner is served as a buffet, either on the beach or the terrace, with live entertainment. The Cocktail Bar is fantastic for a pre-dinner cocktail and features nightly live music. We loved the complimentary afternoon tea served in the lounge. 

Round Hill Hotel and Villas is a top pick for a family vacation that still feels luxurious. Email me to start planning! My exclusive VIP amenities include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • $100 spa services credit
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Photo Credits: Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Alisa Cohen