4.5
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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 138 Reviews
badly needs mosquito nets
Lifou T

You're in the middle of the rain forest, so be prepared to be eaten alive by mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies. We were waking up each morning completely bitten by insects.

The tree houses are nice but fairly basic - however, priced like a luxury property.

As others say, prepare to wait at least one hour for each meal. Service in the restaurant is bad to non-existent.

When asked about a boat trip, we were told that it's a third-party company not affiliated with the hotel, so we need to talk directly to the owner of the boat, Boxer. However, when the safe box was not working in our room, we were told that Boxer had keys to all of the deposit boxes (weird, if he's not affiliated with the hotel?). In any case, they have been unable to find a key to our safe during our entire stay so we had to carry our valuables with us all the time.

Also, don't count on the hotel making reservations - I emailed the hotel in advance to organize my birthday dinner at a restaurant in Port Antonio - they have confirmed to me on a couple of occasions that it's all booked and confirmed. On the day itself, it turned out that... the restaurant is closed for the summer... So the hotel was clearly not telling me the truth.

WiFi barely works so if you e.g. are planning to work remotely from Jamaica, you need to find a different place.

To sum up the stay - (1) very poor service, (2) mosquito nets are badly needed as insects are eating the guests alive, and (3) completely overpriced for what it is..

Service is extremely disappointing
Emmanuel A

Expect to wait for 1h for each meal including 3 omelettes for breakfast
We even had to carry out up the stairs all our luggage at check out. The place and locations are outstanding but Not the service..

Incredible surroundings, nice staff...the food is (way) overpriced
JanV5280

We had a great stay at Kanopi House. The road to it is a bit rocky even to Jamaican standards but then you arrive to a tropical paradise. We stayed in Sweet Tree which was great as lodgings...even when a bit of a staircase hike with the luggage. The house is being kept very well in spite of the tropical conditions. The lagoon is great and a few staircases away.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The only thing that kept us from giving five stars is the food. It is good but expensive and the portions are rather small. At breakfast we did complain as the portions were miniscule and the bacon seemed to have escaped.
The manager reacted with grace and gave us double portions...all free of all charge! Wow...this gesture really made it up for us. Nevertheless, If I were to run the restaurant, I’d drop prices considerably AND increase the sizes.
Still...we highly recommend the place as it is unique, an experience not to be easily forgotten with friendly staff!