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
We stayed at the Sanwood three bedroom villa , It was lovely
Our adult girls loved the bedding!!
Spoiled again :))
We enjoyed seeing Steve, my husband loves his swim with Steve!!
We also loved our dinners at the Bush Bar:)
Sanwood Villa was perfect for the five of us:)
Steve is a delightful, it was wonderful to be in his company again:)))
We also had the most wonderful weather!!
We picked Geejam because we were after something different and got it. The seven rooms and restaurant/lounge seemed in support of a working music studio. We booked there with the expectation of an encounter or two with people of that industry. Our single encounter was with the co-owner, Steve who was gracious and cool (in a good way). The night we arrived the bar was active with several small groups that seemed to know each other from previous stays. It was a hip atmosphere. That changed the next day as Steve departed on business and the place settled into separate couples, and the restaurant got very quiet for the balance of our four night stay. I'm okay with quiet and my wife and enjoyed excellent local food, the friendly staff, the Rio Grande rafting excursion (expensive for the value) and on a separate day, lunch of jerk chicken and pork at Boston bay.
Geejam is such a beautiful complex with amazing accommodation and impressive recording studio.
I was lucky enough to use both facilities which was a great experience. Steve & Jon Baker are both amazing host accompanied by great Staff.
Food is great and there’s a GeeJam private beach. I will definitely Recommend Geejam to anyone who wants to have a relax stress free time with great accommodation and stunning view & food and then there’s a studio.
Well I don’t have enough space to write how amazing it is. Well equipped with everything you need from a recording studio. Just brilliant.
That’s why I’ve given Geejam 5 stars ⭐️
I woke up my first morning at Geejam, threw open the french doors at the bungalow, turned up the Jolly Boys on the speakers and opened a bottle of champagne in my private hot tub on the balcony. True story :)
At Geejam, you know you're at a very special place but you feel at home. It’s perfect low key luxury without any pretension. It’s a small luxury boutique hotel and there’s usually much more staff than guests so the attention to detail and service is impeccable without being overbearing. The staff knows you by name and knows your preferences. They are warm and welcoming with just the right amount of attention, but they also let you have your space, which I’ve found can be a hard balance for luxury hotels to achieve.
You get to have the best of both worlds by being high up in the amazing jungly canopy, but the beautiful private beach is also down the steps. The beach at Geejam is one of my favorites. It's quiet and glamorous with crystal clear, beautiful water.
Other highlights: The FOOD is amazing! My favorite part of the day was walking over to the Bush Bar for a classic Jamaican-style breakfast in the quiet mornings. Having a cocktail at the Bush Bar in the evenings is also really fun.
The ICONIC MUSIC STUDIO! I was so happy to get a tour and learn the history of the legends who have recorded there. The ATTRACTIONS! Geejam is close to Frenchmen’s cove which is a really sublime beach, as well as other great spots in Portland like Blue Lagoon, Boston Jerk, and some amazing street dances.
I've stayed at a lot of special places, and I’m happy to check most of them off my bucketlist and move on, but the truly special ones are those that I start planning my return trip back as I'm boarding the plane home. Geejam is definitely the bucketlist place you’ll want to keep revisiting over and over
I urge every traveler planning a trip to Jamaica to get “off the beaten path” but in luxury with the most sublime surroundings. You can see a side of Jamaica everyone is missing out on by staying at Geejam in Port Antonio. This is our second time staying at Geejam. We first visited this special place about 7 years ago and knew we wanted to back. We walked to the beach, ate dinner at the Bushbar, and enjoyed the helpful and welcoming staff. There are lots of things to do in the Port Antonio area such as rafting on the Rio Grande and climbing Reach Falls. Geejam will arrange the transportation so you can sit back enjoy yourselves.