Located on Jamaica’s shores are some of the leading and most luxurious resorts in the Caribbean, offering some of the best amenities and experiences found anywhere in the world.It’s no wonder that Jamaica is a destination of choice for celebrities, not only to vacation, but to tie the knot. These high end- locales come with spectacular views and choice accommodations and the staff are adept in catering to the lifestyle of the privileged.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Located just outside of Montego Bay is the Round Hill Hotel & Villas, an award-winning boutique resort known for its understated elegance and secluded location. This classy resort boasts a glamorous history of celebrities who have vacationed there since its opening in 1953, with guests like Fred Astaire, John F. Kennedy and Paul McCartney, just to name a few. The property features a 36-room oceanfront hotel with interiors exclusively designed by Ralph Lauren, who also calls one of the 27 luxury villas his private island retreat. Round Hill, originally the private getaway of glitterati a la Noel Coward and Grace Kelly is famous for its serene surroundings, lush tropical flora set against a pristine white design akin to the alluring era of the 1950’s.
One of Round Hill’s magical offerings is the blend of its laid-back tranquil culture with its comfortable family-oriented personality. Never outdated, Round Hill Hotel’s timeless beauty has captivated the hearts of many, like Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, who chose its private grounds to make their one love official. Be it an intimate ceremony or a grand affair, Round Hill is skilled in catering to an elite clientele and can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 200 wedding guests.
Silent Waters Villa
Overlooking Montego Bay is Silent Waters Villa, a private villa resort with enchanting vistas and exquisite amenities. Perfect for an intimate gathering, Silent Waters Villa seatsa limited 54 guests for weddings or special events. This glamorous 18 acre villa resort is steeped in luxury, complete with helicopter pad for jet setting guests, private tennis court and an expansive infinity-edge pool. Silent Waters caters to those looking for the ultimate in secluded escapes, only accommodating 20 guests at any given time in five guest suites and the Owner’s Villa.
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The property’s Main Pavilion is a superb wedding location, wrapped by an infinity pool and outfitted with 100 ft of sliding glass doors that open out to a breathtaking view of the ocean below. The architecture and design elements of the Pavilion set an ambiance of peace and tranquillity, like the 17th century Buddhist attendant statues that stand guard over the facility.
Weddings can flow seamlessly into a romantic honeymoon with a stay at the Owner’s Villa, a separate private villa with its own entrance, privacy gate and pool that wraps around the bedroom suite.
Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, Rose Hall
The Ritz-Carlton name is synonymous with opulence around the world and its Montego Bay resort is no different. Situated on the Elegant Corridor in the historic Rose Hall district, the Ritz-Carlton’s lavish grounds with expansive lawns and sun-kissed beaches set the stage for a magical destination wedding. The Ritz-Carlton offers numerous venues for nuptials including their East beach, Cobblestone, Wedding Gazebo and Terrace. The grand Ritz-Carlton Ballroom can host up to 750 persons for dinner and dancing, providing an elegant atmosphere coloured in rich jewel tones. Special details like a solo classical violinist to serenade during the ceremony, as comes standard in their Signature wedding package, add to making any wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall a lavish affair.
One of the most popular options however is the circa 18th century Rose Hall Great House. Located just minutes away from the hotel, wedding guests can be easily shuttled to and from the magnificent great house. Originally built in 1770, the Rose Hall Great House sits atop sprawling green lawns and lush flora which cover the entire estate. A grand staircase precedes this old-world mansion, creating an unforgettable entrance for the bride. Rose Hall Great House can accommodate both the ceremony and reception as the front lawns can be transformed into a glowing reception beneath the stars for up to 200 guests.
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