My last night was spent at one of the most romantic places
I have ever visited, Round Hill. The hotel, situated in a bay,
is surrounded by what they call ‘cottages’ but which, in reality,
are magnificent villas. Although privately owned, these are
rented out when the owners are not in residence. Ralph
Lauren, who put his design mark on some of the décor, is a
villa owner. I stayed in one, previously owned by Viscount
and Viscountess Rothermere, a five-bedroom villa with its
own large swimming pool perched on a hill overlooking the
bay, with its own housekeeper and gardener. Amazing, at the
hotel they also offer an optional all-inclusive rate.
On my last day I visited Rose Hall, formerly a plantation
and home in the 19th century to Annie Palmer, known as the
white witch. She is said to have murdered all three of her
husbands as well as numerous lovers. The Great House has
been restored to its former splendour by its current owners,
although now unlived in, as her spirit is claimed to still haunt
MQ readers can stay at the luxurious Round Hill Resort
on an all-inclusive basis and save £500 per person,
staying for 14 nights in a superior room, and flying
economy class from London Heathrow with Air Jamaica.
Available from 1 May to 31 October 2004.
Cost £2,270 per person, based on double occupancy.
There are also special rates for anyone wishing to
upgrade to suites or complete villas.
Call Carrier on 01625 547020, quoting MQ.
Jamaica has several Masonic Lodges, and my guide,
the Marketing Director of the Jamaican Tourist Board,
just happened to own a restaurant with her partner,
Walter Robinson, a Past Master of Lodge Harmony
No. 3603. Needless to say, we dined there and I was able
to taste authentic Jamaican cooking.
If you like piquant food, then this is a must. Their place,
Mobay Proper, calls itself a ‘sports’ bar and grill, perhaps
because the place has its own pool table. Located on the edge
of the Hip Strip, the area known for its nightclubs and bars,
there is a road dividing the restaurant from Montego Bay.
Eat here or just have a drink on their terrace under the stars.
Do let Walter know if you plan a visit. A lovely ending to
really wonderful trip, I was sorry to leave.
Beaches: T. 0800 742 742 www.beachesresorts.co.uk
Jamaica Tourist Board: T. 020 7224 0505 www.visitjamaica.com
Mobay Proper, Jamaica: T. (876) 940 1233
Take in the Jamaican
sun in the luxury of
the Round Hill Resort
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