I'll preface this review by saying Kanopi House may not be for everyone. For most, however, this will be an incredible vacation you will not soon forget.
Kanopi House is tucked away in one of the most pristine locations you'll ever see. The blue lagoon, the Mediterranean, the jungle... it's a fantastic combination one usually only sees in movies (in fact, Errol Flynn lived nearby and several movies including Cocktail and Blue Lagoon were filmed here). The view from the main lodge is breath-taking to say the least and the six bungalows feature decks that overlook the rain forest as well. The treehouses are comfortable and designed for relaxation. A small kitchen,bathroom (some houses contain outdoor showers) and living room complete each unit. The beds and chairs are extremely comfy and the wall-to-wall shutters and French doors provide for a unique experience with nature.
1. The staff - Carla, Boxer and the rest of the small staff are extremely helpful and interested in sharing their beloved Jamaica with you. Carla is a wonderful cook and accompanies you for adventures into town, or to other activities like a visit to Reach Falls. She is truly one-of-a-kind and a wonderful person. For Valentine's Day, she baked us a cake in the shape of a heart... a much-appreciated gesture.
2. The real Jamaica - Kanopi is located off the beaten path. Port Antonio is not a resort town like Montego Bay, thus providing the opportunity to see this relaxed culture at its very best. Bumpy roads, unbelievably happy and friendly people, playing dominoes with locals and eating real jerk chicken from a roadside shack are experiences you won't get at an all-exclusive.
3. Sustainable living - The linens are washed and dried without utilizing chemicals that may harm the environment, the resort was built within the jungle without tearing down trees and all of the wonderful food is prepared with local ingredients.
1. No beach - This is the most glaring issue with Kanopi. One can easily grab a kayak and paddle out to Monkey Island (very small beach without chairs), or to San San Beach ($5 per person), but Kanopi should clear out a small area of their land and provide this amenity to guests.
2. The weather - Because it is located in the rain forest, Kanopi receives a fair amount of rain / overcast weather. It was always 80-85 when we were there, but we got extremely unlucky and barely saw any sun the week we stayed. With all the moisture and humidity, towels, shirts, etc. never seem to dry either.
3. Overall value - Kanopi is an expensive place to stay and I can't recommend it enough, but without a true beach, internet service, a stocked bar in your treehouse and refills on snacks, it should be priced a little lower. At times we felt a little "nickel and dimed," but we still enjoyed our stay immensely.
1. Bring cash. All of the additional activities and nearly all restaurants/stores do not accept credit cards.
2. Remember you're staying in the jungle. Although each bungalow is beautifully crafted, this isn't the Ritz with every available modern amenity. Open up your French doors and enjoy the sites, smells and sounds of this wonderful paradise. Sure there are a few bugs and critters, but you're in the wild... what do you expect!?! We left our room open to the wild every day for a week and only saw three bugs (2 small beetles and a walking stick).
3. The drive to Kanopi is an adventure. Jamaica is an extremely poor nation and the roads are in terrible shape. With a positive attitude and knowing that your drive will be 3 (from Kingston) or 4 (from Montego Bay) hours to Kanopi, enjoy the trip as Mickey or Michael give you a tour of the island and culture on your way to paradise.
Who is Kanopi for?
If you are looking for an adventure, want to experience a beautiful culture, love nature and enjoy trying new things, then Kanopi is for you. Carla will take wonderful care of you and you will truly feel like you're living in paradise. Kanopi is not just a place to sleep, it is an all-inclusive cultural experience.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC