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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 132 Reviews
A very tucked away, relaxing retreat!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we eventually arrived at Kanopi House (from Kingston airport) the time was 11:15pm. Boxer greeted us warmly and carried our luggage down to our tree house (more like a cabin on stilts) like it was no trouble at all!
After an incredibly laid back check-in process, we walked down winding paths lit up with fairy lights and straight away we were all settled in.
The place is wonderfully tucked away and offers a complete back-to-nature type of experience, which is just what we wanted, although still safe with lockable doors and windows. I doubt they get any trouble there as the road leading up to it is quite long and a bit weathered- and Boxer the boxer is their security guard!
Speaking of the road, unless you are very good at driving it would be best to hire a driver as the Roads in East Portland are not in the best condition.

The food is delicious. A basic menu with local produce written out each day, depending on what is available. Always lots of lobster and chicken dishes which were excellent! The staff are so accommodating and friendly, they were all happy to give recommendations and make you feel very at home. Often being in the Dining room is a real one-to-one experience. The dishes are all cooked fresh so can take a little while to arrive.
The people were very knowledgeable on the area too and nothing is too much of a problem!

Definitely worth taking a trip down the Rio Grande whilst you are staying, visiting Reach Falls, and Port Antonio for the Devonshire Ice Cream.
There are Kayaks in the lagoon but not a close beach, so a drive to Frenchman’s Cove or Winnifred beach is essential.

Overall a unique and lovely experience!
Bring bug spray.

Beatiful day
Reviewed 2 months ago

My friends and I were in Port Antonio for a wedding and we had some free time so we ventured over to Kanopi house for a relaxing boat ride. We were greeted by the front desk and shown the way through their beautiful property down to the dock. Boxer, our guide, met us at the dock, helped us into the boat, and we were on our way to Monkey Island and the Blue Lagoon. We had the most beautiful time. Before I jumped out of the boat at the Blue Lagoon I looked at Boxer and said "How will we get back in the boat!? and he looked at me and said "Dont worry about it!" like a true Jamaican :)

After our boat ride we were welcomed back at the main house to relax and wait for our cab back to where we were staying. I went out to the deck to see the view of Monkey Island and wished I never had to leave.

I could've stayed on Kanopi's property forever taking photos of all the beautiful lush vegetation. I cannot wait to go return to Jamaica and stay in one of their beautiful tree houses and walk among the rain forest.

Charming place but bad service
Reviewed 3 months ago

The place is charming and rooms are nice. But service is bad. I had to carry my own bag to the room, choices for dinner and breakfast very limited, had to wait 20 min before I could check out, after dinner no desert available, no cereals for breakfast etc. Road towards resort also very badly maintaine and rooms can also do with some maintenance

Aaaaaaaaamaaaaaazing!
Reviewed 3 months ago

Absolutely love this gem of a place. I can't say enough good things about it. The staff was fabulous, fun, friendly and always accommodating. The food was delicious and the accommodations were top notch. The views are breath taking and change daily with the weather......it never got old to look out at gorgeous Monkey Island. The stairs to the bungalow and lagoon get you right into shape as does the kayaking around. Went as a reunion with a friend.....we LOVED IT!!!!! Do not miss this spot!!!

Rustic seclusion
Reviewed 5 months 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!!