Geejam Hotel, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Geejam, an ‘über luxury’ insider escape, is located in San San, close to Port Antonio, in the parish of Portland, on the pristine shores of North-East Jamaica.
While blending all the creature comforts of home, it’s very much a portal into authentic Jamaican culture. Nestled in the heart of the bush, the property’s seven double rooms consist of three deluxe cabins, one suite and a self-contained three-bedroom villa. Also included are a state of the art Recording Studio, Healing Spa, Swimming Pool (Sanwood only), Gym and Bushbar, forming an exclusive universe within the natural beauty of the grounds.
Nominated by the Jamaican press as one of the “top ten most fascinating places to hang out,” the Bushbar follows the overall Geejam mantra of a grassroots approach to relaxation, restoration and reinvention. Achieving a stylish equilibrium between ultra modern technology and the intrinsic grace of the natural island landscape is the signature trademark of the Geejam Hotel.
Located on six acres of 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 and the equally enchanting Blue Lagoon, as well as several other stunning beaches. 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.
The Geejam resort ethos stems from synergising local Jamaican flair with a singular approach to service, cuisine and accommodation. Whether it be for 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. The legendary Grace Jones summed up the her Geejam Hotel stay in the guestbook, by writing simply, “I came. I saw. You conquered me!”
Children are welcome, but are encouraged to stay in Sanwood, the three-bedroom villa, with their respective families. Nanny service is available
Location and Transfers
Located on six acres of lush San San Estate on Jamaica’s north eastern coast, the property extends from the foothills of the John Crow and Blue Mountain chains to the Caribbean waterfront.
Transfer from Kingston’s Norman Manley Airport takes approximately two hours by car. Norman Manley also connects via a 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 thirty minutes drive from Ken Jones.
A thirty-minute transfer via helicopter can also be arranged to Frenchman’s Cove, a five-minute drive from Geejam
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, while preserving the shabby chic vibe that is part of the hotel’s character.
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.
Sanwood, the original villa, was designed by renowned British architect Anthony Wade in the late 1960s and is distinguished by a contemporary nautical theme. Included with the three guest rooms are two upper deck verandas, outdoor swimming pool and media lounge, all of which provide a stylish, next-level 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
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 rainforest 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 it’s own double steam room
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 steam shower and 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
Bushbar – 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 restaurant serves Jamaican, Asian-influenced and international cuisine, tune into the irie vibes!
As an added convenience, Sanwood features its own dining facility where guests can make selections from an a la carte menu from the Bushbar. Alternatively, Sanwood’s chefs are available to prepare Jamaican home-style cuisine exclusively for the residents of Sanwood villa. A highly trained team of individuals is ready to cater to your every whim in a subtle, friendly and unobtrusive manner
Facilities and Activities
Geejam Beach – natural cove situated at the foot of the property, historically called Mack Bay
Geejam Studios – 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 10 years, Geejam offers a showcase suite and customizable workspaces all housed on one property. Record an album, rent out a studio – or the entire property – or retreat into your own creative mindspace
Outdoor Pool Table
Visits to neighbouring beaches – driver will drop you a few minutes away at any one of the neighboring white sand beaches of Frenchman’s Cove, Blue Lagoon, Pellew Island, San San Beach, Winnifred Beach, Boston Bay or Long Bay
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