Jamaican Holiday: Rosie’s Top Resort Picks
Round Hill, eight miles west of Montego Bay, definitely has history. The exquisite seaview property, featuring a 36-room Ralph Lauren-designed hotel and 27 villas (most with private pools), once housed John F. Kennedy and Clark Gable. Current notables include Paul McCartney. See www.roundhilljamaica.com.
Half Moon, located in Rose Hall, was recently named to Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Gold List. Along with the expected amenities (golf, pools, water sports), it features a dolphin lagoon and an equestrian centre. The resort is currently creating The Colony at Half Moon, which will include three-, four- and five-bedroom villas, perfect for a longer haul escape or family reunions. See www.halfmoon.com.
Strawberry Hill is the oasis of Island Records’ founder and Bob Marley champion, Chris Blackwell. Nestled in Irish Town — 3,100 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountains, 30 minutes north of Kingston — this 50-acre Aveda spa and retreat features a main house and 12 luxurious themed guest cottages. See www.strawberryhillresort.com.
Trident Villas and Hotel: Thanks to Michael Lee-Chin, the Jamaican-born, Canadian-based billionaire / philanthropist, this 14-acre property near Port Antonio on the northeast coast is undergoing a US$15 million renovation. The luxury site will feature 13 villas, six suites and a five-bedroom Imperial Suite. Tranquillity seekers appreciate the vista, secluded coves and rainforests.