Jessie Randall

Round Hill

with Jessie Randall
  • Where:Montego Bay

  • Why:Holiday get away with my three young sons and husband.

  • When:December 2013

  • Who:Me, husband Brian Murphy, twin sons Casper and Liam (6) and Harry (3)

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Highs & Lows

  • My favorite parts about this hotel are the beautiful beach and pools. I have never felt so relaxed. Such a beautiful view everywhere you look.

  • The kids club is awesome – it’s not just a bunch of kids sitting around playing video games – it’s a real Jamaican experience from painting classes taught by their local artist to basket weaving out of palm leaves.

  • Our room was designed by Ralph Lauren. I love the clean, white look of the hotel rooms, which are big and open. I just felt relaxed when I step inside. Bonuses are the beautiful big tubs and patios with views out to the ocean.

  • The staff is incredible from the bellmen who are happy to give a 3 year old a golf cart ride at 6:30am, to the sweet women who run the kids club to all the beach staff who know everyone’s names and are so happy to help in any way possible.

  • Christmas is an incredible time at Round Hill with little presents left outside the door for each guest on Christmas morning and Santa arriving by speedboat.

  • I can’t think of any cons other than going through customs in the hot airport is no fun. I recommend paying extra for a service called Mobay Club, which significantly reduces time in customs and immigration.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury resort.

  • Vibe

    Comfortable, old school luxury.

  • Location

    We take a car to the resort and then never leave until it’s time to go home. I love just plunking down in one place and not needing to go anywhere but the beach. It’s such a relaxing place.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Live music at dinner including a cappella carols on Christmas. Out at the beach it’s just relaxing quiet, no tunes necessary.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    The original architecture of this notable Montego Bay resort was designed by William Ballard and the signature décor was conceived by Guy Roop. One cottage owner, Ralph Lauren, has taken a personal interest in redesigning parts of Round Hill, enhancing its quintessential character.

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    There are two restaurants at the hotel plus several bars around the beach and pool serving good, island fare.

  • Bar

    Everything here is very laid back.

  • Wifi

    Yes, it's free.

  • Children

    Round Hill is perfect for children. I love the kids club, which has very crafty activities like weaving, stone painting, tie dying and basket weaving. Every employee here makes a point to learn each child’s name and they genuinely seem to be delighted to engage and interact with kids.

  • Price


Bounce on the giant inflatable trampoline out on the ocean.

Jump Around

Pimento Way, Jamaica

Bounce on the giant inflatable trampoline out on the ocean.

You have to walk along the beach to get out to the spa, which is secluded and private. It’s a beautiful walk.

Get a massage at the hotel spa

John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, Jamaica

You have to walk along the beach to get out to the spa, which is secluded and private. It’s a beautiful walk.

Complete with limbo for the kids.

See the traditional dance show on Friday nights

John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Complete with limbo for the kids.

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