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Few people have ever enjoyed a life as idyllic and luxurious as the happy sun-seekers photographed on these pages. Ten miles north of Montego Bay on the British West Indies island of Jamaica they have created a luxurious and exclusive retreat named Round Hill, which is now in its fourth season. Either as shareholders who have built their own homes on the 100-acre estate or as guests at the small hotel which is the center of its social life, Round Hillers spend most of their day on a beach shaped like a crescent moon and lapped by a sea as clear as air. They follow a fairly formal pattern of dressing—changing to sports clothes for lunch, and then dress again for cocktails or dinner and dancing to the best Calypso band in Jamaica. Round Hill has a reputation for setting the fashion pace in the Caribbean. Its devotees started the trend to madras (SI, Feb. 21, '55), now prefer Oriental silks or native-printed cotton batiks (SI, Feb. 11, '57), styles which will undoubtedly come north with the sun to United States resorts.

Round hill's cozy beach is one of the best on the island. There, tended by waiters, Round Hillers may swim, play cards or concentrate on this season's rage—chess.

Mrs. Kingman Douglass, the former Adele Astaire, one of the original shareholders at Round Hill, tips a beribboned gondolier hat over a native-printed batik bathing suit.

Dr. William C. T. Gaynor, one of the permanent cottage holders at Round Hill, sips and dips in its crystal waters.

Line-up of swimmers rims one of Round Hill's pie-painted circular rafts. From left: straw-hatted Herbert O. Peet of Kansas City, Mr. F. Warren Pershing of New York, Mrs. Pershing, Mrs. Peet, Mrs. Alan Skaith and husband of Toronto. Guests at Round Hill spend many hours in the water—swimming in the morning and dipping again in the afternoon. Spearfishing, water-skiing and sailfish-sailing are the most popular water sports. Three sailfish boats have been imported from the United States.

Mrs. William E. Hall (Reporter Marguerite Higgins) and General Hall, also shareholders, were January visitors at Round Hill.

Mrs. Pershing, in cocked straw hat and coolie coat of printed silk, sips a bartender's dream from a parasol-pinnacled pineapple.

The James S. Duncan family from Canada pose with ace spearfisherman Henry Tiarks of England near their cottage atop Round Hill. From the left: Maria Duncan, Duncan, Tiarks, Mrs. Duncan, Jimmy Duncan and Maruka Duncan.

Mrs. Francis H. McAdoo and Tiarks, both wearing sports clothes of silk, share a convivial preluncheon drink on the cocktail terrace.

Mrs. Brendan D. Walsh of Philadelphia has hair cut on beach by New York Hairdresser Enrico Caruso, who has a shop at Round Hill.