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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 128 Reviews
Rustic seclusion
Reviewed 1 week ago

With the world still at a finger touch Kanopi house I must say is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. You are tree house is literally constructed into the luscious green hills of Portland Jamaica.if your scared of the outdoors then maybe you should think twice but it would be definitely worth what ever is clouding your judgement the decor around the property is amazing also the dinning bungalow offers picturesque views during the day and romantic candlelight and warm light setting to compliment fresh tasty meals.staff from the manger down are warm and friendly provide you with top notch service and great excursion ideas based upon your wants and desires I personally like to thank Cecile,Grant, Ebony,and Boxer. The property is located above the blue Lagoon close to where a world record free diving hole is located but because of the depth of the lagoon is wiser and safe to take a boat tour with Boxer who fill you in on all historical facts and details of the tour. My tree house was great for one-two people, all the amenities for a room except a tv (which frankly is not need in this type of tree house setting).the bathroom was fun of course you have a toilet and face basin but he fun part is the outdoor shower(hot water included). I also had a balcanony with two chairs as a small table, at night my room was so cool I had no need for the air conditioning. All in all I had a grand time so much so I know I’ll be back there again!!

Good Food Great View
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't be deterred by the road leading up to Kanopi House.. it leads to a lovely surprize that's worth the bumpy ride.
Food is sumptuous and the view from the dining area is breathtaking.
I only stopped in to meet a friend for lunch so didn't stay overnight.
Got to walk down and see the Blue Lagoon up close.

Natural Mystic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our second time staying here and I have been blown away by it’s natural beauty again. There is something so magical about waking up on top of the Blue Lagood surrounded by a rainforest. We were lucky to get upgraded to one of their new rooms, Red Ginger, which we loved. If your looking to disconnect from the modern world for 48 hours and be at one with nature I highly recommend Kanopi House. Excellent service, delicious local style cooking, spectacular views from every angle and most importantly for me a well maintained property.

Eco Vacation
Reviewed 2 months ago

If you're looking to get away from the "all inclusive" setting, then this is the place! It's off the main road, if you blink you'll miss the sign. The road is pretty rough but worth it. We stayed in the Upper Deck, very spacious.
The morning walks felt more like hikes (good work out).
Boxer (seen in the picture)will at a very, very reasonable fee take you out on his boat (he also has a car) to explore the surrounding area and of course The Blue Lagoon.
I cannot say enough about this place. Boxer will make your visit that more enjoyable.

We had dinner at Geejam at the Bushbar. That was best flavored fish I've had in a great while. To top it off we had bread pudding with soursop ice cream ....yummy. The chef Wallace came out and thank the guests for coming. It's all about the small details in customer satisfaction.

If you have the opportunity to visit Kanopi you will not be disappointed. If you're expecting city amenities this is not the place and you will be disappointed. This is straight staying among the trees & nature. You can have your meals but you need to notify the staff ahead of time.

Searching for new adventures
Reviewed 2 months ago

Had a great time! The Spanish elm cabin was cozy, clean and rustic, Perfect for a home in the trees. Very lush. Saw little hermit crabs, lizards and beautiful hummingbirds. A short walk down the stairs (it’s a bit of a workout) is the gorgeous blue lagoon. They have a rope where my kids would swing themselves into the water. We swam to the other side of the blue/ green serene lagoon admiring all the lushness around us. Frenchman cove, a short drive away, is stunning. It’s a hidden gem and the place is unspoiled. I’m in love. The staff was very accommodating and nice. My kids ages 11 and 7 were having the time of their lives. Thanks Kanopi House for the wonderful memories! That’s what life is all about! Oh yeah, the Spanish Elm had a new outdoor shower which gave it an extra outdoorsy feel.