Water Sports to Witches at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa


Positioned on the legendary 18th-century Rose Hall plantation in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the 495-room Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers an intriguing all-inclusive experience across more than 400 tropical acres.

When not meeting in the property’s 44,000 sf of meeting space, groups can hit the waves for water sports or the greens at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, situated on what used to be a large sugar plantation. A private beach and plantation ruins seem primed for quiet time or events. The Sugar Mill Falls Water Park can also be as thrilling as attendees’ desire, whether drifting on lazy river inner tubes or gliding warp speed down a 280-ft slide.

The on-site historic former house of Annie Palmer, who was called the “White Witch of Rose Hall,” offers thrills of another kind. Groups can take the 30-minute tour of the 18th century Rose Hall Great House to learn more about Annie, who, during her reign as mistress of the plantation, married various husbands who were later found dead.

A dramatic setting for events for up to 200 is the seaside ruins of the 1837 Aqueduct on Rose Hall. In all, the Hilton Rose Hall has 44,000 sf of indoor and outdoor event space.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.