Children at the Center of Jamaica’s Hospitality

James Morris - Mar 28, 2011
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Round Hill Hotel and Villas is a Classic Jamaican property situated on a lush 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay. Boasting a guest list of world leaders, cultural icons and Hollywood A-listers, this classic resort continues to attract a jet-set of families from around the world who enjoy timeless glamour and understated luxury along with pristine natural beaches and the inimitable Caribbean waters.

Accommodations include 36 Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront guest rooms, 90 luxurious villa rooms and suites or a selection of 27 private 2 - 6 bedroom Signature Villas – most with private pools. Other highlights include open-air terrace dining and The Grill at Round Hill, an infinity pool, tennis courts, and an Elemis spa located in a beautifully-restored 18th century plantation house.

The Importance of Family

Originally opened in 1953, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has always had a focus on making luxury travel available to families. From beach barbecues and the ever-popular Jamaica night complete with jerk chicken and traditional Jamaican performances, families from around the world have been able to enjoy all that the unique destination has to offer with their family-friendly accommodations and activities.

Round Hill recognizes and treasures the importance of family; welcoming generations of visitors who return to experience the warm Jamaican hospitality and nurturing environment for families and children. From pick-up football games on the lawn to snorkel lessons or basket-making in the Kids Club, Round Hill creates long-lasting family memories.

Pineapple Kids Club

Due to popular demand this year, the property unveiled and expanded Pineapple Kids Club to cater to a wider range of ages. The extended club has new features including an Xbox, a foosball table and a variety of additional activities to entertain young adults in addition to children.

Also available are half and full-day kids camps featuring traditional Jamaican folklore storytelling, craft-making and sport and sea activities. In the evening, children can enjoy traditional entertainment highlighting the rich culture of Jamaica. Kids Club’s personnel are fully trained and have completed professional courses in role and functions of children centre personnel, health and safety, activities planning and coordination, and the child development process.

Home away from Home

A wide range of accommodations also make the resort an ideal family destination. Families have the option of staying in one of the 2-6 bedroom Signature Villas; perfect for traveling with children of all ages. The villas provide a true “home away from home” for guests. Breakfast is prepared in-villas by the villa housekeeper to allow for a leisurely morning before a day of activities to enjoy all that the tropical surroundings have to offer.

Another option for families is the 36-room Pineapple House which is located close to the restaurant, pool and other main areas of the resort. With connecting rooms, families can enjoy breathtaking ocean views from the comfort of one of the many on-suite patios or balconies.

Something Special in 2011

This year, Round Hill has introduced a variety of new programs for families including a stargazing beach picnic with s'mores and hot chocolate for the children and wine for the parents, along with on and off-property activities and excursions.

Family and children's activities can be arranged through the concierge. Additionally, the property’s newly expanded beach is the perfect place for a day of building sandcastles or enjoying the warm waters of the Caribbean.

The staff at Round Hill pride themselves on building personal relationships with their guests. Parents can enjoy their stay at the property knowing that their children are in the hands of highly trained individuals who make it a priority to ensure young guests have the best experience possible while on their stay.

Other important facts for planning a family holiday at Round Hill include an after-hours nanny service for infants which is available at an additional charge. Cribs and highchairs are available for no extra charge and early dinners orders off the Children's Menu or a reduced meal plan can be arranged upon request.

Photos: Thomas Hart Shelby

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