After the summer that wasn’t in Ontario and a seriously premature start to winter in Alberta, we wouldn’t blame Canadians if they were already fantasizing about a warm weather getaway. But we also wouldn’t blame you if waking up at the crack of dawn to claim a lounge chair or the thought of your peaceful beach read being interrupted by a beer-chugging contest aren’t exactly your thing. Which probably means that all-inclusive resorts rank low on your list of travel-musts.
From complaints about drab, cookie cutter décor to mediocre buffet-style food, TripAdvisor is teeming with grievances from resort-goers who have found the all-in vacay to be incompatible with their idea of fun in the sun. But this Jamaican getaway spot, 25 minutes from Montego Bay airport, offers the antidote to our top complaints about all-inclusives (with room-only and various types of meal plans to customize your experience).
A Caribbean getaway for people who hate all-inclusives
The food is downright tragicRound Hill has been growing its own ingredients since before "farm to table" became a buzzword. The results, cooked up by Chef Martin Maginley – a James Beard-award winning graduate of George Brown’s culinary program in Toronto – are fresh, healthy and far tastier than any other resort you've probably been to lately. Round Hill
The rooms are ho-humRound Hill offers two types of accommodations – hotel-style rooms in Pineapple House and villas. The villas are privately-owned (but booked through the resort) and decorated by the owner. Villa owner Ralph Lauren decorated all of the rooms in Pineapple House, so even the starter-level rooms offer chic comfort.Round Hill
No cookie cutter rooms hereEach villa has its own unique touches, from oversized outdoor showers to this sweet tree house.Round Hill
They offer no sense of placeRound Hill offers guests a deeper connection through its staff and touches that show off its unique history. The cocktail bar is full of fabulous black and white photos of hotel guests through the years, including some famous repeaters. Keep your eyes peeled for shots of Paul McCartney and Grace Kelly.Round Hill
Yep, there are amenities tooWorried a big all-inclusive beats a small resort in the fixings department? Round Hill has a host of amenities from water sports to a killer spa, housed in a restored plantation. Want something personalized? Kingsley, the concierge, has been making dinner reservations and arranging tours for guests for more than 40 years.Round Hill
Rooms from $398 USD; meal plans from $95 USD per person per day.