“Elegant oceanfront suites and hillside villas in extensive tropical grounds, with a private beach, spa and gourmet restaurant”
At Round Hill, you can choose a suite in one of the 27 villas, or opt for an Oceanfront Room in the Pineapple House, close to the beach. The glamorous villas offer more seclusion and space but are further away from the restaurant, beach, pool and bar - hence the need for golf buggies. Oceanfront Rooms, in contrast, are closer to the action, so are a great choice for couples who want to wake up to the sound of the waves and don't mind noise from the restaurants.
The villas are all privately owned - Ralph Lauren amongst them - but when they are not in residence, you can rent the suites or whole villas. Each villa has 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 individual suites, and all have a west-facing sea view, private living room and terrace or garden. And 23 villas have a private shared pool, or you can choose the cheaper option of a villa with no pool.
Décor varies in each villa (and some have been decorated more recently than others) so there's no standard layout and you could get either a shower or a tub or both in the bathroom, but in general expect low-key classic style and comfort: bamboo furniture, mahogany beds, large sofas, and hardwood floors.
The 36 Oceanfront Rooms have been designed by Ralph Lauren; these display understated elegance with white linens, picture windows, four-posters and Elemis bathroom products. Some are on the ground floor and benefit from a patio, while those on the first floor have huge shuttered windows which make the most of the view.
A buffet breakfast is available in the restaurant, or a la carte breakfasts can be made to order and brought to your room or served on your private terrace (each villa has its own breakfast chef).
For snacks and lunches there's The Grill, which has a relaxed atmosphere, an inviting open terrace and the only indoor wood-fire grill on Jamaica! We had a gorgeous Mahi Mahi wrap with sweet potato fries, followed by an ice-cream tasting platter!
The Ralph Lauren-decorated Cocktail Bar offers late lunch or early dinners for children, plus a not-to-be-missed complimentary afternoon tea (pastries, scones, cakes and fruit). The Manager hosts a (free) cocktail party here on Wednesdays.
Dinner is more formal affair - long trousers and collared shirts for men are required after 7pm in the dining areas. You can eat in the colonial-style Georgian dining room overlooking the sea, out on the candlelit Seaside Terrace or at The Grill. Food is contemporary international cuisine with Jamaican specialties plus fresh tropical fruits and plenty of seafood. Themed buffet nights (Jamaica Night, and Caribbean Curry Night) are popular, and on Mondays dinner is served on the beach, with a steel drumming band as entertainment.
i-escape's Best for Kids Awards 2013
Winner: Active Older Kids category
Round Hill is exceptionally family friendly with a wealth of activities and facilities for families of all shapes and sizes. If you want to keep to yourselves, the villas are large enough to feel secluded; alternatively you can throw yourself into their activities, which include 2 free kids clubs, and use all their facilities.
It's great for children of all ages; children over 3 are charged at 50% for the meal plans.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
If you've got 1 child, the easiest thing is to add a cot or extra bed to your room.
If you have 2 children or want extra space, book either 2 connecting oceanfront rooms or a 2-bed villa with or without pool. The latter option gives you additional living space.
If you have 3 or more children, book a 2, 3, 4 or 5 bed villa with a pool. This is also a great option for families holidaying together or multigenerational family breaks. You can add extra beds and cots and all bathrooms have bathtubs.
English-speaking nannies and babysitters are available for a minimum of 3 hours at an additional cost. Book in advance; see Rates
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The free Pineapple Kids Club (for kids aged 3-6) and 7-Up Club (for kids aged 7-teenage) offer activities like nature walks, arts and crafts including basket weaving, watersports, talent shows, reggae lessons, movies and story hour, from 9am-5pm daily
The restaurant serves a child's menu (until 7.30pm), has children's mealtimes and serves half portions of adult mains. You can also order in-villa dining, served by private chefs
The pool isn't fenced. Nannies and all kids club personnel have undergone special training. You can buy baby food, nappies, beach toys etc 15 minutes away