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Rondel Village Wins 2018 Booking.com Guest Review Award

Rondel Village awardsRondel Village is pleased to announce it has won the Booking.com 2018 Guest Review Award with a guest score of 8.8 out of 10.

The Booking.com guest review score climbed from 8.6 in 2017 to 8.8 in 2018, which reflects the high satisfaction rate among the thousands of guests from all over the world who make their way to Rondel Village in Negril, Jamaica year after year.

Upon receiving the award, Rondel Village General Manager Carolyn Wright said, “We are so excited to know that our guests are happy with Rondel Village and continue to visit on a regular basis. It is even more encouraging to see that our score on Booking.com has increased to 8.8 in 2018 from 8.6 in 2017. We wish to thank our guests for their support over the years and we look forward to hosting you again in 2019.”

On presenting the award, Booking.com said “This award is in recognition of your hard work day after day, guest after guest. It shows how much your guests appreciate you, and how lucky we are to call you our partner.” Rondel Village guests and others are invited to share the award with the hashtag #GuestsLoveUs .

This latest achievement joins a growing list of Rondel Village awards earned from various travel websites, which further validates the importance of guest satisfaction to Rondel Village’s management and staff. To learn more about Rondel Village, please visit rondelvillage.com.

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Rondel Village Through the Years

Rondel Village – Wright Family 1990 at Joyce Wright’s 90th birthday Celina -Operations Manager, Carolyn Wright – General Manager, Mum -Joyce Wright (Chairman), John Wright – Managing Director and Frances Peterson, Marketing Manager

As we enter our 34th year in 2019, we wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on the enjoyable experience we’ve had hosting our guests. We also wanted to take this opportunity to walk you back through the years in pictures since we opened Rondel Village in 1985.

Rondel Village is an exclusive family owned and operated beachfront resort on Negril’s seven mile beach offering spacious, elegant accommodations amid lush tropical gardens.

1980s – Early Beginnings

The hotel opened in 1985 with three unique octagonal shaped beach villas and now offers a total of fifty six rooms including eight deluxe villas with private Jacuzzis and fully equipped kitchens.  The name “Rondel” originates from the French word for an eight sided building, our room blocks are octagonal in shape.

Rondel Village property comprises two acres in total, one acre on the beach side and one acre on the land side. Development on the beach side started in 1985 with the completion of three one bedroom villas.  The five remaining villas were built between 1986 and 1988, along with the restaurant, bar, lobby and office building.

1990s: Sustainable Growth

All rooms are named after individual Jamaican fruits and Jamaican star apple fruitthose fruit trees are located in close proximity to the rooms. Facilities include the white sand beach, two outdoor pools and Jacuzzis, wireless internet, Rondel Restaurant and The Village Spa and Salon. Intimate weddings as well as wedding and reception packages for large and small groups are also offered.

The land side of the property (across the street from the beach) was started in 1992 and consisted of four room blocks housing eight garden rooms, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, utility building with staff facilities and laundry, general managers apartment, and resident managers cottage. Rondel Village then offered eight villas and eight rooms, a total of 16 units.

2000s: Major beach side expansion and personalized wedding packages

A look at the original beachfront villaNovember 2002 a major expansion and refurbishing project on the beach side of the property was completed increasing the room count from 16 to 40 rooms. The expansion created three new room categories – 3 bedroom villa, beachfront room and superior room categories.  The new rooms are located atop the existing villas which were completely refurbished.

2004 an extensive refurbishing of the entire property was undertaken including the addition of an Internet Cafe and enclosure of the lobby. The air conditioned lobby now offers cool and comfortable check in and check out. Our renovations are in keeping with our aim to offer a superb product to our guests.

2005 a roof was added to the open air terrace and we now have a very attractive covered restaurant seating up to 50 people. This is perfect for all type of meals, group dining etc.

2007 the air conditioners in the bedrooms of the 1 bedroom villas were upgraded to split units, as well Original-2br-villa-with-loft-Rondelthe laminate flooring in the 2 and 3 bedroom villas was changed to wooden floors. Villas were each supplied with a DVD player.  The water quality at the hotel was upgraded by the installation of a water softener on the beach side and the land side pool was refurbished. A 4 colour wedding brochure was also published to market our personalized wedding packages.

2008 saw the upgrading of the 2 bedroom villa air conditioners to split units and a new water softener installed on the landward side.  As well a new beach bar was constructed along with an attractive new stone wall with wooden frame insets. Wireless internet was added and we started replacing the window air conditioners with split units. All beachside rooms are being done on a phased basis. Hair dryers were also added to all rooms and ice machines were installed on both sides of the property.

2010s: Restaurant Revitalization, Luxury Spa & More Garden Rooms

2011 saw the addition of new “Rondel Village” signs at the beach gate, a directional sign by the lobby; flat screen televisions, iron and ironing boards to all beach side rooms and villas. All the one bedroom villas and two of the 2/3 bedroom villa master bedrooms were upgraded to king size beds. New porcelain tiles were fitted in the bedroom of one villa and veranda of two villas, as well the beach shower was upgraded using porcelain tiles. Inverter energy saving air conditioners replaced window units in four of the superior rooms.

2012 we completely modernized and expanded the kitchen at the restaurant including the addition of storage facilities and new kitchen equipment to allow for a higher level of efficiency and raise the standard of the operations. New guest restrooms and changing rooms along with staff facilities were also added

When new garden rooms opened in 20122012 also saw a major expansion on the landward side of the property by the addition of 16 garden rooms and complete upgrading of the existing eight garden rooms. The garden side now offers four three story buildings with six rooms in each building – a total of 24 new garden rooms. All garden rooms have either one king size bed or two double beds, flat screen televisions, hair dryers, refrigerator, iron and ironing board.  The project also included the addition a new state of the art luxury spa with sauna and plunge pool, as well as a salon for hair and nails. The existing pool deck was increased in size to accommodate the new rooms and a pool rain shower was added. Energy efficient inverter air conditioners, solar water heaters and other energy saving items were used throughout the expansion project.

2013 & 2014: Weatherproofing and Upgrading the Villas

In 2013 both beachfront buildings underwent extensive upgrading and refurbishing.  The beachfront villa balcony doors were upgraded to new UPVC weather resistant sliding glass doors, all windows were also changed, doors and windows now have screens.  The veranda deck was extended to the Jacuzzi and both were completely re-tiled.  The master bathroom was also re-tiled and outfitted with a vessel basin and special faucet, new cabinetry and a new bath. Many of the fixtures in the villas were also upgraded.  The two beachfront rooms were also completely upgraded including changing the windows to new UPVC weather resistant sliding glass with  screens, re-tiling of the bathrooms and balconies, replacement of the wooden balconies and staircase railings with new aluminium epoxy coated rustproof railings and new interior soft furnishings in the rooms.

original restaurant terrace - Rondel VillageUpgrading in 2014 year focused on both one bedroom villa buildings consisting of two villas and four superior rooms. Balcony doors and windows were upgraded to new UPVC weather resistant sliding glass doors and windows with screens. Villa master bathrooms have new vessel basins along with new cabinetry, new baths with rain shower heads and bathroom wall tiles. Rooms, bathrooms and balconies were re-tiled. Villa verandas were extended to create a larger deck for the private whirlpool spas. Balcony and staircase railings were fitted with new aluminium epoxy coated rustproof railings. Furthermore, new drapes and soft furnishings were put in both the living room and bedrooms. Bedrooms and bathrooms were redone and the rooms were attractively furnished in theme colours to match the room names.

2017 – present: Ongoing Continuous Improvements

Following the same pattern as 2014 and 2013, in 2017 we upgraded and refurbished two of the two/three bedroom villa buildings. 2018 saw the completion of the upgrading and refurbishing on the beach side, when the last 2 buildings were finished.

Rondel Village is committed to continually improving its services, attaining the maximum quality level required by our guests, developing our activities with respect for the environment, employees and customers and contributing to the communities we live and work in by developing sustainable tourism and by encouraging personal, economic and professional development.

My Life, Family and Friends from the Founder of Rondel Village

My Life, Family and Friends by Joyce McNeill Wright

We are so proud to announce that Joyce McNeill Wright, founder of Rondel Village, has come out with her first publication.

Joyce was born on April 3, 1920 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the fifth of six children born to Eustace and Blanche McNeill of Pear Tree Grove, St Catherine and Kingston.

In 1944 she married Dr. Claude Wright of Sierra Leone. The marriage produced four daughters and a son. The Wrights travelled extensively between London, Sierra Leone and Jamaica, before finally settling in Jamaica.

Over the years, Joyce has studied physiotherapy in London, operated a restaurant, bred rabbits extensively, cultivated anthuriums commercially, and founded Rondel Village, a 56 room hotel in Negril Beach in the parish of Westmoreland.

Pictured above is Joyce with her 4 children – Celina, Frances, Carolyn, and John. In the photo on the right she is celebrating her 97th birthday!

In 2015,  the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association presented Joyce Wright with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Rondel Village celebrated its 30th Anniversary on November 14, 2015! Joyce Wright Lifetime Achievement AWard 2015Rondel Village has gotten a lot of recognition throughout the years. Some awards include: the Award of Excellence for the Booking.com Guest Review Awards for 2015, Hospitality Jamaica Award for Best Small/Boutique Hotel, Powering Global Travel Award for 2015 by tour operator GTA, as well as many more. We are so proud of Joyce Wright’s accomplishments and grateful for this Rondel Village family which she established. We look forward to the next 30 years and beyond!

Check out Rondel Village’s current specials here.

Jamaica’s National Dish

Rondel Village is excited to share a few photos one of our guests sent us of their favorite meals they enjoyed while staying with us. For more information on our restaurant click here.

Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica’s National Dish. Everyone loves this traditional meal. It is a must have when coming to visit Rondel Village.

ackee and saltfish

 

What is ackee you may ask?

It is a fruit that grows on trees here locally in Jamaica and as it ripens turns from green to red and then splits open revealing it’s ripeness inside. The Ackee, also called Vegetable Brain, Achee, or Akee Apple is a member of the lychee family.

 

ackee Jamaica

Our Ackee and Saltfish plate is served with boiled green bananas and yam along with JohnnyCakes.

JohnnyCake is a staple food prepared frequently here in Jamaica. It is a cornmeal flatbread. The yam and bananas are grown locally here in Jamaica. Boiled green bananas are another popular Jamaican side.  The green banana is treated more as a vegetable than a fruit, and it is most often prepared and used in dishes much as Americans use potatoes. It is served boiled as a side with your meal.

green banana Jamaica

This dish is great when paired with a cup of our Jamaican grown Blue Mountain Coffee which is ranked as one of the best in the world!

Plan your visit with us today! 

Norman Manley Boulevard.
Negril, Jamaica W.I.
Telephone: (876) 957-4413
 Overseas Reps: 800-544-5979

Summer Fun in Jamaica

Rondel Village wants to host you while you have summer fun in Jamaica! Jamaica is beautiful year around but the summer time is extra exciting with music festivals in July including: Dream Weekend and Reggae Sumfest as well as celebrating Jamaican Independence day which lands on August 6.

Jamaica music festivals

Dream Weekend in Jamaica is rated one of the world’s best music festivals 5 years in a row. It is 5 days of music and amazing vibes on the 7 miles of white sand beaches in Negril, walking distance to Rondel Village. It is known for it’s energetic parties, music performances from local and international artistes, all types of liquor and food, and much more! Dream Weekend is definitely a one of a kind experience.

Jamaica summer festivals

Reggae Sumfest is a week long music festival in Montego Bay. Reggae Sumfest has had huge artists preform through the years including Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lionel Ritchie, and many more. It also presented the best and most authentic of the Jamaican and International stars of Reggae and Dancehall artists such as Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Dennis Brown, Toots & The Maytals, Beres Hammond, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds, Sugar Minott, Gregory Issacs, Frankie Paul, Jimmy Cliff, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Shaggy, Elephant man, and many other artists of merit in the world of Jamaican Reggae. Besides being the largest music festival in Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest is truly the most authentic Reggae and Dancehall Festival in the world!

Jamaican Independence Day is on August 6th. For some, the holiday is a time of relaxation and appreciating the beauty of Jamaica with the family but for others it’s a week of non-stop partying like so at the festivals mentioned above. Most of all, there is a great sense of unity and pride amongst the Jamaican people. At Rondel Village you can enjoy the famous 7 mile white sand beaches, great live music and authentic Jamaican food.

Norman Manley Boulevard.
Negril, Jamaica W.I.
Telephone: (876) 957-4413
 Overseas Reps: 800-544-5979
Jamaica beach wedding

Your Guide To A Destination Wedding In Jamaica

Are you considering having a destination wedding in Jamaica? For a memorable experience and world class service along Jamaica’s romantic west coast, consider Rondel Village in Negril, Jamaica. Read on to learn more about our resort, marriage requirements and other facts you need to know.

Rondel Village Jamaica weddings

Why Rondel Village?

Fall in love with your destination wedding in Jamaica at Rondel Village, located on the world’s most beautiful 7 mile beach. Getting married in Jamaica can be an amazing experience for you, and a memory your guests will never forget. Beauty and culture thrive on this island; reggae music, white sand beaches and Jamaican jerk chicken, just to name a few favorites. We know that a number of people worry about having their guests travel for a wedding, but this is a trip that everyone will want to check off their bucket list! Jamaica is a romantic and lively island, giving you and your guests plenty to do. Enjoy a mellow spa day, party with a tour of a rum farm, be adventurous and visit Bob Marley’s famous hometown, or snorkel on a secluded white-sand beach.  Create some of the best memories of your life at a destination wedding in Jamaica!

What to know:

We have two beautiful locations available on the property as wedding venues as well as affordable and beautiful ceremony + reception packages. We supply floral arrangements, entertainment, a
photographer, and cakes! Find everything you need to know here.

Marriage Requirements:

Couples planning Negril weddings need photo IDs plus proof of citizenship. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.

Rondel Village weddings.