Geejam Hotel & Private Villas – Port Antonio, Jamaica
Geejam Hotel & Private Villas – Port Antonio, Jamaica is an insider escape located in San San, close to Port Antonio in the parish of Portland. While blending all the creature comforts of home, it’s very much a portal into authentic Jamaican culture. Amenities on the property include a recording studio, gym, the Bushbar restaurant/bar and a private beach, forming an exclusive universe within the natural beauty of the grounds.
Achieving a stylish equilibrium between ultra modern technology and the intrinsic grace of the natural island landscape makes this the signature trademark of Geejam.
Located on the lush San San Estate, the property extends from the foothills of the John Crow and Blue Mountain chains to the Caribbean waterfront, thereby connecting a palette of greens to vibrant hues of blue and turquoise.
Within immediate proximity is Frenchman’s Cove – voted by Conde Nast as one of the world’s top five beaches – and the equally enchanting Blue Lagoon.
There are several other stunning beaches in the area. A ten-minute drive west will find you in the historic town of Port Antonio, the capital town of the parish of Portland, located on the northeast coast of Jamaica and shrouded by the Blue Mountains.
Home to the Errol Flynn marina, it boasts a thriving hub of local culture, with a varied nightlife, including Ska bars, Reggae sound-systems and nightclubs. Also within easy reach are excursions to the cascading Scatter, Reich and Somerset waterfalls – a day’s rafting being a must at one or more of these extraordinary natural wonders. Hiking is also a popular sport in this part of the island.
Whether the occasion is a vacation, a recording session, a photo shoot, a wedding, a honeymoon or just a fleeting getaway, you are invited to taste this uniquely modern experience.
Sprawling vistas, cloistered tropical niches, breathtaking beachfront and forest hideaways make Geejam a singular high-end resort experience. The sea air, the sun and the balmy Caribbean breeze emote a twenty-four-seven atmosphere of organic elegance, capturing that mystical spirit of the natural high.
A well-proportioned mix of upscale interiors matched with the intrinsic beauty of the natural environment enlivens the senses. The treated wood decks, palm tree-lined stone paths and groves of avocado, breadfruit, sour sop, cashew nut, plum apple and star fruit trees combine to create a Caribbean Garden of Eden in the womb of a tropical paradise. The centrepiece , which also serves as the foundational structure of the Bushbar, is composed of two three hundred year-old fig trees whose majestic sweep add a sublime scale to the already awesome indigenous landscape.
Ska boasts a deliciously situated Jacuzzi on one of its two verandas, which overlooks the forest and the ocean beyond. In addition, glass doors that can be opened for a spectacular interior-to-exterior experience enclose its spacious interior.
Perched on the side of the hill, Ska’s location gives way to a singular view of the undulating ocean and the sprawling Jamaican horizon.
Highlighted by its lush rain forest surrounds, Mento is the ultimate nest for luxurious escape. This deluxe cabin also features an indoor bathroom with a steam room leading onto a patio, complete with a Jacuzzi and hammock for morning and evening relaxation.
Located in a private niche, Mento fuses all the intimacy of a secluded hideaway. The cabin’s high ceilings and white linens lend an atmosphere of elegant minimalism, complimented by a sweeping panoramic overlook of forest and sea from the extended veranda.
Rocksteady is just a stone’s throw from both the Spa & Gym, and overlooks Geejam’s own Mack Bay waterfront. The balcony is the perfect spot for morning breakfast or an evening aperitif before dinner.
Rocksteady also has a double steam room, which is ideal for really sinking into your skin.
DRUM & BASS
A signature suite, housed on the ground floor of the recording studio, Drum & Bass is something of a music head’s most far-flung fantasy. Brazilian cherry wood foldout panels turn the room into a virtual outdoor veranda. A Jacuzzi, mesh sun chairs and wicker chaise lounges compliment the connecting full-scale deck. Almost a room in itself, the oversized bathroom is furnished with a Philippe Starck bathtub.
Foldout windows give way to a heart-stopping oceanic panorama. You can literally soak in the tub to the sound of the waves.
PRIVATE VILLA COLLECTION
The Geejam Private Villa Collection, comprised of three hilltop sea-facing properties, is where bespoke living and bona fide culture come together.
Sanwood, the original villa, was designed by renowned British architect Anthony Wade and is distinguished by a contemporary nautical theme. Included with the three guest rooms (SW1-3), are two upper deck verandas, outdoor swimming pool, and media lounge, all of which provide a bespoke living environment. The main room, doubling as a media lounge, and featuring an audio/visual library and a private photographic and pop art collection from the likes of Geejam aficionados Banksy and Juergen Teller amongst others, is a place to work, play or recharge in the company of like-minded globalistas.
Cloistered between the lush surrounds of San San Estates and the Caribbean Sea, this private hilltop oasis achieves the perfect synergy of stylish, next level living housed within nature’s sanctuary. The villa’s upscale design and tropical contemporary aesthetic create a desirable connectivity to outdoor living while offering protection from nature’s elements. The villa is further complemented by a trophy-worthy collection of original artwork, poster design, and A-list photography. Seamlessly designed, the newly built three-level home is a must-visit property not only in Port Antonio but throughout the Caribbean.
More than a sublime island retreat, Panorama is a contemporary villa set on a half acre of naturally landscaped gardens. This self-contained haven boasts all the sophistication of modern global living while blending with the natural beauty of the island. A stunning 360-degree view of the serene John Crow and Blue Mountain peaks, the Caribbean Sea and a surrounding palette of lush vegetation with paved walkways and an open-air private parking area provide an idyllic backdrop for this Jamaican Eden. The perfect accommodation for groups or families, Panorama embodies all the warmth and authenticity of true Jamaican culture while catering to a sophisticated standard of service and accommodation.
Meals are served in the lushly exquisite Bushbar, complete with an ambient sound system, outdoor pool table and a forest-to-ocean view that expands the boundaries of even the most vivid imagination. The Bushbar features savory Jamaican and international dishes, which add a level of transcultural flair to the already globally infused kitchen. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
Nominated by Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List Hotels as one of the “top hot tables”, the Bushbar restaurant follows the overall Geejam mantra of a grassroots approach to relaxation, restoration and reinvention.
Room service is available. Dining required outside of the Bushbar’s opening hours can be prearranged.
Geejam Studios is one of the leading residential recording complexes in the Caribbean. Lusciously tropical and comfortably chic, Geejam achieves a stylish equilibrium between ultra modern technology and the intrinsic grace of its island surrounds.
Having catered to the music industry for over 15 years, Geejam offers a showcase suite and customizable workspace. Record an album, rent out the studio – or the entire property – or retreat into your own creative mind-space.
LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION
The main international airport is Norman Manley in Kingston, which connects via an easily arranged twenty-minute private flight via plane over the Blue Mountains and along the contour of the coastline – a memorable experience in itself – to a local airstrip, known as Ken Jones. Geejam is approximately 30 minutes drive from Ken Jones. A 30-minute (from Kingston) helicopter transfer is also available, which lands near to the hotel. Air transfers are subject to daylight, weather conditions and availability. Geejam is currently a 2-hour drive from Kingston and 3 1⁄2 hours drive from Montego Bay.
There is a team of professional drivers who are on call to meet guests’ needs for commutes, excursions and errands, at an additional fee. A chaperone is additional. Children are welcome, but are encouraged to stay in one of the villas with their family. Nanny service is available, at a fee.
- A fully equipped gym (with a fitness instructor/stretch therapist on call)
- Recording studio
- Bushbar – Restaurant and Bar
- A pool table is located at the Bushbar
- On arrival, a cell phone is provided to guests, for use throughout their stay, thereby enabling communication with all the hotel services, other guests and of course, with the outside world.
- WiFi is available throughout the property, both indoors and out, including the beach, and is complimentary
- Parking is complimentary
- SPA services are available
- Wedding services are available
- All accommodations include: hairdryer, safe, bathrobes, music, cable TV/AppleiTunes movies.
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PORT ANTONIO, JAMAICA
Ironic, then, that the tentacles of Jamaican tourism first found purchase in Port Antonio. The island’s major banana port, its prosperity began luring visitors at the turn of the 20th century. Celebrity visitors, led by cinematic swashbuckler Errol Flynn, descended on the town in the 1940s. When the tourist attentions moved on to the west of the island, Port Antonio reverted to bananas. As a gateway to lush Portland parish, its laid-back attitude makes it a perfect destination for travelers seeking to get away from it all.
Jamaica is the Caribbean country that comes with its own soundtrack. Groove to its singular rhythm as you explore beyond the beaches and all-inclusives.
Even in a region as crammed with jewels as the Caribbean, Jamaica is a powerfully beautiful island. Jamaica begins with crystalline waters flowing over gardens of coral, lapping onto soft sandy beaches, then rises past red soil and lush banana groves into sheer mountains. Rushing waterfalls seem to erupt out of nowhere. Jamaican culture can be a daunting subject for foreigners to understand, but ultimately it’s a matter of appreciating this great green garden of a land and how its cyclical rhythms set the pace of so much island life.
While Jamaica’s beaches are certainly alluring, this is a country to dive into, literally and figuratively. Beneath the waves there’s great scuba diving and snorkeling, and you can float on the water too with lazy bamboo-raft trips (let someone else pole). The adventurous can go caving, or get their hiking boots on to explore the remote crags and forests of this crumpled landscape. You don’t even need to be as fit as Usain Bolt to enjoy the hike through lush mountains to the top of Blue Mountain Peak.
With Bob Marley, Jamaica gifted us the first global superstar from the developing world. But he didn’t spring from nowhere – this tiny island has musical roots that reach back to the folk songs of West Africa and forward to the electronic beats of contemporary dancehall. Simply put, Jamaica is a musical powerhouse, a fact reflected not just in the bass of the omnipresent sound systems, but in the lyricism of the patois language and the gospel sounds from the island’s many churches. Music is life in Jamaica, and you’ll soon find yourself swaying along with it.
Like many aspects of Jamaican culture, the food is a creole, born somewhere between the Old and New Worlds. African spice rubs have evolved into delicious jerk, while yam, rice and plantain form the basis of rich stews, and fish abound in local waters. Throw in the astounding array of tropical fruits that seem to drip from the trees, washed down with a shot of rum, and you can see (and taste) how the Jamaican cultural story retains its original voice while adapting to the setting – and of course, rhythms – of the Caribbean.