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
Nestled along the far North East coast of Jamaica, GeeJam is an independent and unique experience. If you are looking for a vacation to chill out and relax in a serene, comfortable, peaceful and private atmosphere - this is the hotel for you. A tropical lush environment with great Jamaican people ensuring your vacation or short stay is above the bar. All available cabins give guests awesome views looking over the tropical forest into the bay. Thank you Steve for giving your time and personal touch to the guests. Thank you for all the wonderful Jamaican staff that make GeeJam a world class tropical experience. Will we return to GeeJam? A resounding "YES."
Geejam is the best boutique hotel experience I have had. My girlfriend and I were there for a short visit to Port Antonio. From the moment we arrived, to the moment we left, the staff and property took us to a place of pure paradise. Steve, the owner/manager even took his time to give us a personal tour around the villas as well as the private beach and recording studio. Everything from the rooms, the amazing food (try the GOAT), and the staff was 10/10. Will be recommeding this to all of our friends and will DEFINITELY be coming back.
The owner, Steve, made us feel welcome and treated us as friends throughout the whole trip. He delivered a personal service which catered for my family’s every need.
The food was delicious, the drinks were fancy and the setting was idyllic.
There is a scenic private beach belonging to the hotel which meant you could relax in privacy as opposed to being on a very crowded public beach.
If I could afford to go again, I definitely would. I would recommend this holiday to any family, couple or solo traveller as it ticks all the boxes for a 5 star holiday.
Peace and love from Bradford to the geejam family.
My husband and I decided to celebrate his bday here at Geejam. We had the most amazing experience. From arrival to departure, the staff was super accomodating and helpful. We were provided a cell phone upon check-in, and were told to use it for the front desk and the restaurant.
The room was super gorgeous with the most amazing and private views. The shower, OMG! windows that looked onto the ocean and a steam shower as well!
The food was also fantastic. We had our meals several times on the balcony overlooking the ocean looking out through the lush foliage. We had a lot of room service and as soon as we ordered, the food would arrive pretty quickly. We had lunch once at the restaurant, Bushbar, where the chef upon learning my husband wasn't feeling well, immediately made a pot of soup just for him (he said it was really good!).
Steve, the owner was also pretty great! He personally came to the villa to introduce himself and to let us know if there was anything that we needed to please call him (even gave us his business card).
We will definitely be back. If you are looking for peace, quiet (saw 2 guests the night we checked in and didn't see anymore ever again, huge quiet property), great food and drinks..BOOK HERE IMMEDIATELY!
I recently had the pleasure of visiting GeeJam and let me tell you, it was Epic. From the booking process, to our stay, to our departure- it was perfect.
I booked a long weekend getaway for my friends birthday at GeeJam and our Rocksteady villa ended up being the most perfect place. From the picturesque views across the entire property, the delicious food, accommodating staff and relaxing atmosphere it was perfect. We had a lot of ground travel while on the Island and GeeJam secured the BEST drivers in Nicardo and Clive that eased any safety concerns that we may of had outside of the gates of GeeJam. We will be coming back soon!