What We Love
- Individually designed bungalows and suites sprinkled around lush tropical forest
- Extraordinary Caribbean views from just about everywhere
- Full-blown private recording studio, should you should want to cut an album during your stay
- Extreme privacy — you won’t have to worry about the paparazzi snooping around
- Helicopter transfers on request
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge (plus tax) per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Geejam isn’t directly on the coast, and its private beach is a short walk or drive down a hill
- More like staying in a posh private home than at a hotel or resort
- The spa and gym are on the small side, and the property features just one small swimming pool
- The only way to reach downtown Port Antonio, Blue Lagoon and other local sights is by car or taxi
- It’s a long haul (two to three hours) from the nearest international airport
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Geejam sprawls across a heavily wooded tropical hillside overlooking the Jamaican coast east of Port Antonio. Once a private retreat for musicians, the property continues to exude a laid-back cool. There’s a state-of-the-art music studio where Gwen Stefani and Drake, among other artists, have recorded. Each of the five freestanding guest units (there are three cabins, one suite and a three-bedroom villa) is individually named (monikers include Rocksteady, Ska and Drum & Bass), but all are sleek, with white and Caribbean blue fabrics, blond wood and exposed stone — an organic look that blends nicely with the surrounding jungle canopy.
Bed and Bath
Diversity is the trademark of this seven-room boutique. With its red tile roof, whitewashed walls and breezy passageways, the three-room Sanwood villa has a California/Mediterranean feel. Opening onto an oval pool, the huge main space does double duty as a living room and media lounge, with an extensive audiovisual collection and original Pop Art by the likes of British graffiti maestro Banksy. Three bungalows — all of them named after Jamaican musical styles — are scattered around the tropical gardens and reached by way of narrow jungle pathways. Mounted on wooden stilts above the forest floor, they feature spacious decks with ocean views, modern bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers, and either a steam room or an outdoor whirlpool. With its stark white furnishings and oversized Philippe Starck TK, the Drum & Bass suite, beneath the music studio, is the hippest of all. A custom-made digital entertainment system called George feeds the music and movies of Apple TV into each room. Wireless broadband Internet keeps guests in touch with the outside world, as does the free cell phone they receive upon check-in.
While the bungalows are comfortable enough to tempt you never to leave, there’s plenty around the grounds to reward exploration. Just about everyone gathers at the Bushbar around sunset for an ice-cold Red Stripe, homemade rum punch or a Green Daisy cocktail, and perhaps a game of pool on the outdoor table. You can choose to eat on the adjacent dining deck or order room service for a romantic candlelit meal on your own terrace or balcony. The menu largely revolves around Asia-Pacific dishes such as stir-fry and Jamaican favorites like jerk chicken, salt fish and ackee, and seafood pasta. Live music around dinnertime is often provided by the Jolly Boys, a renowned local mento band. Geejam’s only pool is right outside Sanwood, and it’s available to other guests only when the villa isn’t occupied. The hotel’s private “beach” — a series of sandy terraces on a rocky ledge above Mack Bay — is a five-minute walk down the hill on the other side of the coast road. The protected bay makes for good snorkeling. Or relax with a Swedish massage on an outdoor table with a view of the sea. Geejam’s recording studio is available for serious recording or casual strumming on the guitars and piano.
In the Area
The northwest shore of Jamaica is the island’s lushest region, a tangle of rain forest and tropical flowers, waterfalls, and rushing rivers that tumble into turquoise coves. One of the world’s most beautiful beaches — Frenchman’s Cove — is just up the coast from Geejam. And if it looks familiar, that’s because the cove has starred in several movies, including Night and Day, with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The ethereal Blue Hole is ready-made for swimming, kayaking or simply a drink at the end of the dock. Jerk cooking was pioneered in the John Crow Mountains behind this coast, and the island’s best pimento-barbecued meats are found in the roadside stalls at Boston Bay. Other ways to pass the time are running the Rio Grande River on a bamboo raft or cruising the coffee plantations of the Blue Mountains on a downhill bicycle ride.
How to Get There
It's the perfect place to get away from it all while getting away from it all. Definitely medicine for the soul. Always capitivated by the natural beauty of this perfectly hidden gem. Staff unobtrusive and helpful. The personalized greeting and mini tour of the studio with Steve enhances the experience. And if you are lucky, you get to hear Steve play the guitar and sing!
Will be back!
I have heard of Geejam and promised myself a visit to its hallowed grounds. The great reviews I had heard heralded a memorable visit and I was not disappointed in the least. We were greeted upon arrival by Dionne with a smile so welcoming that the visit started in fine style. Dionne checked in daily just to make sure the stay was without blemish. She is an absolute gem.
Gavel at the Bushbar went out of his way to ensure our needs were met and even commandeered a landscaping person to cut me down a fresh coconut so I could have my drink of choice. And he assured one was ready each time I came!
Chef Wallace came and introduced himself and explained each dish offering with a passion so that one knew immediately that he had a complete grasp of his craft. His food each time was delicious and tastefully displayed - a true asset to the property.
Rooms were spacious and kept beautifully by their excellent housekeeping team.
Overall a wonderful experience - cut short by my need to return to work. Definitely a must-again visit again heaven.
The property is really beautiful with an amazing view and a beautiful sunset. The cabin(ska) was rustic with modern amenities and a heavenly bathtub which is perfect for relaxing on one of the cool nights.
The food at the Bushbar was really delicious, and the owner (Steve) was very warm and hospitable. I will definitely be visiting again soon.