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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

4.5 Very Good 119 Reviews
Rain forest serenity
Reviewed 5 hours ago

I can not express how much I enjoyed Kanopi House. It’s perfect place to disconnect from everyday life and truly get lost in a serene setting. Kanopi House incredibly well suited for couples that just want time to themselves. It’s filled with tourist either. Mostly locals from other parishes go there to get away.

Now, I will say, it’s definitely not for everyone. There really is not much to do on the property. They do offer guest kayaks to use as they please, but nothing else. It’s bare bone luxury, if that can be a term. Also, the way the property is set up requires a lot of walking up and down rugged, unleveled steps and trails. They can be a bit challenging, even if you exercise regularly (at least I thought so). The other thing that can a turn off to guests is that insects will get in the room. This place is all about nature. Therefore, if you can see past all this then you will be in for a treat staying at Kanopi House.

I do have a few tips, bring snacks and alcohol with you. I suggest this because you will have to go up 4-6 flights (I am including incline walk ways) to get to the restaurant, their menu is tasty but limited and they stop serving at 8pm. Additionally, you don’t want to be walking on those paths drunk. It’s very easy to lose your footing and tumble down the side of the hill.

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Reviewed 3 months ago

This place is paradise (Portland) and Kanopi House provides the perfect backdrop and the most authentic experience.

I would like to especially acknowledge the Manager Mr Blake, the Assistant Manager Cecile, and our wonderful Driver Ricky for make our experience so amazing!!

You are in GREAT hands with these guys and will not want to leave. I have nothing but cherished memories from my time at Kanopi and hope other people get to so the same.

Thank you again Kanopi House, you are magical..

Until the next time..

perfect atmosphere, incredible jungle vibe right over blue lagoon
Reviewed 3 months ago

5 of us stayed in Sweet Wood, the largest treehouse. It was incredibly well appointed, comfortable, and we loved the view of gorgeous vegetation and glimpses of the blue lagoon below. We stayed 4 nights and it felt way too short. We had no issues with bugs. we closed the louvred doors at night and enjoyed the A/C. Loved swimming around the lagoon and taking the boat ride with Boxer (he's so awesome!!) to Winifred Beach.
** This is not a place you will be able to stay if you have any knee trouble or trouble walking. A zillion stairs. I LOVED the wandering staircases but they are not for everyone.
I thought the food was fine, but unfortunately, the place tries to appeal to western tourist tastes instead of preparing excellent Jamaican food. I had curry chicken one night that tasted like it was trying to be Thai-style, not Jamaican. : /
The breakfast chef didn't know what eggs "over-medium" meant, and I received dead eggs. That said, the food is fine -- better than decent. But we preferred to go into town and get jerk at Piggy's and check out other restaurants.
The only challenge is that it's an expensive cab ride back and forth into town, and kind of a long ride/pain in the neck. There's so much to explore in Portland that we didn't spend as much time as I would've wanted just chillng at Kanopi House. I wish I had rented a car in Port Antonio (though I wouldn't have wanted to drive from Kingston.) This was my 10th trip to Jamaica (my family is from JA) and I always gravitate back to the amazing parish of Port Antonio, so lush, so untouristy. I absolutely love the public beaches in the area. Kanopi House was one of my favorite places I have ever stayed and I plan to be back!

Very quiet and romantic
Reviewed 4 months ago

4 hrs by car from Mobay, Port Antonio and surroundings are pretty and different from the rest of the island. Located in the Blue Lagoon, there are couple of things to do on the water (kayak, boat ride...). Food offered in the hotel is delicious, but it takes some time to be prepared, even if you're alone in the restaurant. Quiet, no TV, trickly internet, so 2 nights are more than enough. Breakfast not included in the price of the room. Rooms are huge, airy, and perfectly clean. Stayed in Almond Tree house.

Serenity!
Reviewed 4 months ago

After a 2.5 hour ride up from Kingston (the nearest airport), we stayed at one of the newer tree houses as well as the more primitive Spanish Elm House, with its outdoor shower. It was one great weekend, and we will certainly go back!

The staff was so sweet and accommodating, and, as everyone else has said, Boxer, was awesome on our boat road. The chef accommodated our requests. And the waitresses were awesome.

We took the kayaks out and paddled in Blue Lagoon, which is right under the tree houses.

The wi-fi did not work, so we truly were away from it all.

This is truly a tree house, so there are shutters that don’t completely seal as don’t the doors; however, there are hardly any bugs and no snakes or anything else that can bother you, so it doesn’t really matter.

They are supposed to start construction on the road up from Kingston, so the 2.5 hour journey could take longer once that starts.

There are many, many, many, MANY stairs to get around the property. Be prepared for a stop or two to catch your breath.

It’s a great place, and we will be back as soon as we can!