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What We Love

  • Interiors have a stylishly traditional tropical vibe; the only modern touch is Bose stereos
  • The surrounding flowering jungle is an explosion of hibiscus, orchids, birds of paradise, and vast thickets of bamboo
  • World champion free divers often practice from a raft in the middle of the lagoon
  • An abundant coral reef is just a two-minute swim away
  • Off-site excursions are entertaining and memorable, and there are lots of great beaches nearby
  • The east coast of Jamaica is fairly untrammeled by mass tourism
  • The property can stock a specific high-end wine or spirit with advance notice

What To Know

  • Pathways to and from the bungalows, the beach and the Great House are steep and not for small children
  • This is a gorgeous hideaway best suited to unfussy travelers who appreciate natural beauty and absolute privacy over five-star service
  • Perfect for large groups or family reunions
  • You’ll need a car to get around off-site
  • Kanopi House co-owner Foxy has a simple camp of great charm and authenticity up in the cool mountains; ask him about adding a night there
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Overview

The Review

Sixth-generation Jamaicans whose ancestors arrived with the 16th-century Portuguese conquistadors, the Hew family designed Kanopi House in the West Indies style of their childhood. Think hand-carved mahogany beds, white slip-covered furniture, jalousie doors and whirring overhead fans. Entertaining and sleeping quarters are separate, but they open up to the warm island breezes completely.

Booked individually or taken together, the four bungalows all have a unique style and a standout feature: an outdoor shower in Spanish Elm, stellar sea views in Upper Deck, blissful privacy in Almond Tree, and lagoon views and space to spread out in the two-bedroom Sweet Wood.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3179/prop-55889-1349367959-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Romantic Spanish Elm has a private balcony and an outdoor shower.”}

From the airy hilltop Great House — a sea-facing main building where guests gather for food and drinks — the property descends via well-lit, stepped pathways that link the cottages and villas. From here it’s a short hop to Kanopi’s private sandy cove and the secluded blue lagoon. Paddle out 300 feet and you’ll be hovering over a coral reef flush with sea urchins, manta rays and tropical fish; 200 feet more and you’re lying on the deserted sand dollar–size Monkey Island.

On the dining front, the rooms are outfitted with small kitchenettes, and the lovely duo who run the place — charming Jamaican Foxy and his Belgian sidekick Carla — can arrange guided shopping trips to pick up your own supplies and local staff to cook three meals a day. They’re also on hand to whip up a meal (from between $10 and $30 per person) or direct guests to nearby restaurants. Foxy also organizes a raft of terrific outings that you’ll only experience on this less traveled side of Jamaica, guided by insiders who know all the special spots.

How to Get There

Kanopi House
Blue Lagoon
Port Antonio, 00000 Jamaica

Reviews

Unique rooms, service not great
shan0123

The rooms are nicely done and have a very nice feel of seclusion. The open structure keeps it airy and cool. It is a unique experience. Unfortunately the service is not great - we didn’t have a key for our room the entire time. Apparently they had lost it and the person who went to get a new one never reappeared. They didn’t have an alternate option so we just had to lock anything valuable in our vehicle. Additionally, the breakfast was supposed to start at 7:30 and we left at 7:45 when neither the service nor the cook had shown up.

Paradise nicely tucked away....
JetsettingCaramelD

My partner and I stayed at Kanopi house for a weekend and it was amazing! We enjoyed the rustic, outdoor feel of the accommodations. We stayed in the Hummingbird and loved the outdoor shower, which felt like you are showering in a rainforest. The property was lovely and we also enjoyed a lovely picnic on Monkey island and the staff arranged for the picnic and transportation via boat by Boxer, the fisherman/tour guide. If you are afraid of lizards and other creepy crawlers, annoyed by mosquitoes, then this would not be the place for you, although they do provide mosquito nets. Dinner after 9pm is almost impossible as they close the kitchen very early and the entire property is closed down at night. I suggest you make reservations ahead of time and confirm the dining hours or else you might be left hungry all night or be forced to venture into the town to find fast food. I would stay at this place again, but with better planning.

Breathtaking Paradise
GBartley12345

Kanopi House is truly a beautiful collection of boutique treehouses that take your breath away. With the Blue Lagoon steps away, Boxer at your fingertips and the care and attention of Cecile and the staff, it’s truly paradise.