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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 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!

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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.