Port Antonio has a wide range of accommodation options with a notable concentration of high-end villas. Nonetheless, budget hotels and guesthouses dot the coast from town all the way to Long Bay. As in many parts of Jamaica, there are no street numbers, and roads are often referred to as the "main." Refer to the maps in this book for exact locations.
Port Antonio and the East Coast
Pimento Lodge Hideaway Resort (US$155) has three room categories, deluxe, superior and junior suite. Four-poster king and bamboo frame beds, louvered windows and breezy verandas make Pimento lodge a comfortable retreat. Lloyd Edwards returned from an engineering career in England to launch Pimento Lodge in 2012. Guests and non-guests must make reservations to dine at the property.
Birdie 'ill (USD 4,000/5,000 weekly, low/high, USD 6,000 Christmas-New Year's) is a four-bedroom hilltop villa ideal for families or small groups overlooking San San Beach and Alligator Head.
Rio Vista Resort Villas, situated on a hill overlooking the eastern banks of the Rio Grande, has two-bedroom cottages, a one-bedroom honeymoon cottage with a spectacular view up the Rio Grande (US$155), and four single rooms between the main house and two suites. The one-bedroom cottage is suitable for a couple, the two-bedroom cottages can sleep up to four, and the three-bedroom villa (US$270) sleeps up to six on two king-size and two full-size beds.
Bath Fountain Hotel and Spa offer accommodation in basic rooms with either private or shared bath (US$50 private bath, US$40 shared bath). Meals (US$8.50-10) are served throughout the day with menu items ranging from rotisserie chicken to curried shrimp.
Great Huts (US$60-400 nightly) is a stylishly rustic accommodation option in the heart of Boston, offering Bedouin-style tents, breezy cottages and tree houses. Great Huts is the brainchild of Brooklyn native Paul Rhodes, who has been shuttling between his medical practice in Washington D.C. and Jamaica since the 1970s, building great hunts, coordinating volunteer work and performing what he calls his 'labor of love'.
Seadream Villa (US$80-200) offers basic accommodations right in the middle of Long Bay Beach. The villa has three bedrooms--two downstairs with two double and two single beds, and one upstairs with two single beds--accommodating up to eight total. Three full baths have hot water. There’s cable TV and a CD player. The library with Internet access is less than five minutes away by foot. The location makes up for the weathered abode.
Ambassabeth Cabins (Bowden Pen, from US$70-90 for two; US$25 for a tent that can sleep eight), owned and operated by the Bowden Pen Farmers Asssociation, is the most remote accommodation option in the Rio Grande Valley, located above Millbank. The famous Cunha Cunha Pass Trail leaves from Ambassabeth, as does a trail leading to Bernard Spring Falls. The White River Trail, begins in nearby Millbank, leading to a series of cascades. An unmanned ranger station is maintained by Ambassabeth caretaker Lennette Wilks in Millbank, just over the border into St.
Geejam (US$595/705 low season, US$2,035/2,125 high season) is a recording artists’ paradise where the likes of Les Nubians, No Doubt, India Arie, Amy Winehouse, and Tom Cruise have chosen to take their working vacations. Sitting on a low hill overlooking San San Bay, the property consists of the main house with three bedrooms, three cabins dispersed across the property, and a one-bedroom suite below the recording studio. Inside the huts, more than the basic amenities are covered: TV, Apple home theater systems with DVD, iPod docks, and minibar are included.
Kanopi House (US$600-1000 all-inclusive) is the latest addition to Port Antonio’s high-end market. Four self-contained wooden cottages stand on stilts along the jungle-covered slope rising from the eastern bank of the Blue Lagoon. For a Medicine Man rush or even a spoiled-Tarzan kind of feel, there’s no place like Kanopi, and it’s the only accommodation option that actually sits on the lagoon. The most tasteful and simple decor adorns the cottages’ exposed wood interiors.
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