The beach at Round Hill Resort.For a small resort, Round Hill has much to do, even for the most restless of guests: kids.

The resort is ideal for children, which is probably why it is so popular with families. Its calm ocean waters enable young children to swim and play in the sand safely, and being on a private crescent of golden sand lets the entire family relax without fear of being haggled.

Round Hill offers several water sports to guests free of charge, including snorkeling, windsurfing, and the use of kayaks and pedal boats. For those who prefer to observe, glass-bottom boat trips leave daily at 9:30 a.m.

Round Hill's baby-sitting service was popular with guests, being both affordable and secure. For $10 per hour one of Round Hill's very experienced baby sitters -- ours has been watching children at the resort for 13 years -- take care of the children at the Pineapple Kids' Club, located in a cool, comfortable house just behind the beach entrance and close to the guestrooms, a perfect location to make quick visits from almost anywhere at the resort.

Kids at Pineapple Club can take part in activities like nature walks, arts and crafts, watersports and reggae lessons, where youngsters learn to play steel drums.

For kids 7 and older who just want to hang out, there's the 7-Up Club, which offers games like foosball and pool; Wii and X-Box consoles; video-game chairs that also play music; and a computer. There were always at least a couple of tweens hanging out in the Pineapple Club, even on the nicest days.

Parents can play at Round Hill, too. The resort has five all-weather tennis courts, two of them lighted for evening play, free of charge. The resort says it is one of the few with tennis courts in Jamaica.

Traveling with a baby and not wanting to pack even one more item than necessary, I was grateful that Round Hill lends out high-quality tennis rackets, free of charge. In-house tennis pros offer lessons for children and adults alike.

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