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
This is by far my favorite place in Port Antonio, Portland. We had to use the studio which is the top of the line, maybe anywhere in the world. The drum and bass cottage below the studio is where we stayed. OMG!!!
I remember it was raining cats and dogs and I sat in the bathtub and watched the rain beating the caribbean sea. I will never forget this experience. The staff, the settings, surrounded by nature, the uniqueness of this property and the way nature is respected...just everything about Geejam makes this the perfect spot to vacation in Jamaica. Close to everything. Ask Beyonce and Solange... :)
Everything about my stay at Geejam was exceptional, they really do have it down to a T. We stayed in Rum & Bass and everyone from the co-owner (Steve) to the staff were very hands on in ensuring that everyone's experience would be top tier, while also being very discreet. There's a reason this hotel is the top choice for celebrities when they travel to JA. The epitome of eco-tourism. I appreciated the spacious room & the fact that it also had a steam. I really enjoyed that we had our own private jacuzzi and the views from our cabin were simply breathtaking. So lush, so much greenery!
We had dinner at the Bush Bar every night and the chef really tailored everything to our tastebuds; they also have a wide variety of beverages, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic. We got everything we asked for, easily. They pay so much attention to detail. The private beach there was absolutely the cherry on top, great place for photo ops (as it is decorated so beautifully) & R&R.
Geejam is also in very close proximity to attractions like the world famous Blue Lagoon, Rio Grande, and Frenchman's Cove beach. So whether you're just looking to relax, or partake in activities, you'll no doubt be satisfied & the staff will always be there to advise you every step of the way regarding any inquiry about the area or just inquiries in general.
All in all, this is absolutely my favorite hotel in Jamaica & I will be right back in no time!
It will be difficult to top our time spent at Geejam! the reviews do not adequately capture this most amazing place. The moment I called and spoke to Rose and explained what I wanted to do for my wife's birthday, I felt she knew exactly what I wanted. We stayed in Rocksteady an awesome cabin overlooking the ocean.
They pulled out all the stops and then some. We had Coco San for a whole day! We had lunch, enjoyed the pool, the music the entire escape for my wife's bday. This was the coup de gras
The food each and every day was exceptional; the staff was engaging,yet discreet. the Champagne in our room on our last night was a nice touch.The Cabins were built with an eye to detail, with the view of the ocean and nature in full bloom.
We met Steve, the co-owner he was a great host, he shared his story of Geejam over a few drinks like his famous tingaling.
As I said at beginning words do not adequately capture-just go and be awed.
I took my 13 year old sone to Geejam and had the most wonderful holiday. The rooms are big , ours and a jacuzzi and steam and the food is great but if you need a change just 5 minutes done the hill lies the village of Drapers that, mainly locals and truly Jamaican, features bars and cook shops that are not in any way tourist, the locals are just so helpful and friendly and the complete opposite of what is usually suggested. Port Antonio is a very special place like going back in time.Indeed, Portland’s rather reassuring atmosphere reminds one of an era long past, its sleepy, pastoral pace magically transporting its visitors to a twilight world where stress is another person’s concern and all that matters is the weather. 5 minutes away from Geejam is the Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s most enchanting beauty spots that is a sink hole some 52m-deep (170.6ft) a perfect aqua blue lagoon that opens to the sea through a narrow funnel it is fed by freshwater springs so that one dives into cold fresh water only to encounter warm sea water just a few metres below. Also near is Frenchman's Cove , a truly remarkable beach , inlet just 100 metres wide that is also fed by a cooling mountain river, it is one of my favourite beaches in the world. Another other great Port Antonio attraction is the rafting down the Rio Grande that, initiated by Errol Flynn, is not to be missed.You take a taxi for about 45 minutes and get a bamboo raft with an experienced oarsman that will gently sail down the river and stop off at these stunning spots of natural beauty and wonderful waterfalls.I was utterly gob smacked, jaw on the floor, by the trip that was as rewarding an afternoon as one might ever find anywhere. One boards a raft and is slowly punted down the achingly azure fresh water, stop off for a swim or two and are treated to an exquisite meal (maybe the best I had while in JA) of crayfish tales, pok choy and rice and peas, cooked on an open fire on the riverside pebbles by a local lass Belinda and organised by Geejam. The whole deal takes about three hours and is so incredibly peaceful and thoroughly relaxing it alone deems a visit to Port Antonio worthwhile. Geejam and Port Antonio are very special places that can provide an adventure holiday, a gastronomic vacation or just a few weeks of intense relaxation, which we all need from time to time.I will be back.
What a lovely surprise Geejam was for us. Made extra-special by the welcome we got from Steve, the tour of the recording studio from Naldo, and the ting-a-lings! We had a wonderful afternoon at the private beach - total seclusion and the chance to kayak around the bay. The food was superb too. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer.