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Great Huts
Ranked #1 of 25 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fabulous!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2008

This property was the most laid back place on earth! The property and the staff, especially Cynthia, were so efficient and made our stay here one that we will never forget. The serene, naturalism of the property was most relaxing and the sounds of the ocean at night were both soothing and romantic. The ocean views were connected to the property and we LOVED watching the ocean from over the cliffs as the sun began to rise. We stayed in the Gate House suite and just loved this so much, that we want to go back to Port Antonio just to try out one of the other tents or treehouses available. The jerk stands are a 1 minute walk away from the property and we really enjoyed having a late night dinner at one of the stands while mingling with the locals. If you have kids, this would be a great experience for them to actually feel as if they are "away" in a foreign place while on vacation.
We give the Great Huts an A+!!!!!!

  • Liked — The staff!
  • Disliked — Nothing!!
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Yvonne M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2008

Our stay at Great Huts was both adventurous and relaxing at the same time. We stayed here the longest on our trip, and we're really glad we did at this super laid-back spot. The property is beautiful with several secluded areas to just sit and watch the ocean in peace. The staff and manager are incredibly friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Breakfasts were delicious! We stayed at two different spots - the Almond Tree House & the Gate House - but we also checked out the other accomodations, which were all unique & cozy. Waking up to sunrises and hearing the waves crashing is especially memorable.

Portland is a gorgeous parish, and Great Huts is located very close to some amazing spots by route taxi - Port Antonio, Winnifred Beach, Reach Falls, Blue Lagoon, Long Bay. Most of the folks just outside the gate are respectful and friendly. You don't have to fight the hustlers off like in MoBay. The food's good at the Jerk Centre, but beware of the stand closest to Great Huts (David's). We felt like they were overcharging & shortchanging us. The chefs at Great Huts are excellent too --- but we think the biggest bang for your buck is at Chill Out in Long Bay. Although when occupancy reaches a certain limit, Great Huts will have a celebration with music and an affordable delicious dinner buffet.

If you're an outdoorsy person, this is the place to come to. We can't wait to come back! We're very interested in participating in some of the philanthropic efforts in the community too.

  • Liked — Super Laid Back Atmosphere & Location, Location, Location!
  • Disliked — Jerk Centre Stand (David's) outside
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank SamKeya
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Lutz, Florida
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35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2008

The Good - We stayed in the Bamboo Treehouse with comfrtable king bed, excellent mosquito net, huge windows on two sides with great views and ventilation. The property is clean and well-maintained. Free wireless internet in the communal area that's reasonably fast. Good pizza. Nice, secluded beach. Jerk centre a block away.

The Bad - Rock, gravel floor in the lower level requiring shoes at all times. Not enough hot water to fill the two-person, whirlpool tub all at once.

  • Liked — Large windows and ocen breeze
  • Disliked — Rock-gravel floor on lower level
  • Stayed January 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RedHare
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greengirltravel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2007

We arrived vary late, but we were greeted by the security guard, and he was very informed of who we were, and was able to get us straight into our room. When I awoke in the morning, the sun was peeking through the flaps of the Tabernacle tent. I was out of bed at 6am, and grabbed my camera to check out my surroundings. I only had images in my head of the photos on their website, and you know that places always look different than what you were expecting. I was very awestruck at how beautiful and quiet Boston Bay was. I was up early enough to catch 3 small fishing boats as they headed out into the sunrise for their catch. That is the cool thing about this side of the island; if you are used to amazing sunsets in Negril, get ready for the flipside-amazing sunrizes from Boston Bay.
The tents are Great Huts are very cool. I stayed in two different tents. I prefered the Cherry Goat over the Tabernacle as the Tabernacle had a sand floor. It was tricky at night to maneuver without a flashlight in the Tabernacle, as there is coral jutting up from the floor in various spots, but the Tabernacle would be perfect for the budget traveler. The tabernacle has its own shower, and it also has 2 very large King-sized beds, with a platform for resting your luggage or backpacks.
The Cherry Goat sleeps 3 comfortably with a queen and a single bed. The floor is concrete, and I should mention that all of the accommodations do have fans and lights. The Cherry Goat is situated close to the restrooms and showers, which is very convenient . Simple and rustic, with natural charm is exactly what you need for travel to Jamaica. Great Huts is very clean, and the best part is showering outdoors by candlelight, and brushing your teeth with the peepers (tree frogs) at night! There is pretty cool snorkeling from Great Huts. It is much deeper at the base of these cliffs than those in Negril, but there is still plenty to see. Lots of sea urchins when you enter, so be careful and watch your step. The hammocks at the beach area are a lovely place to spend your afternoon sipping a RedStripe! The breakfast begins around 8am when guests start wandering down to the Great Room for breakfast. The architecture is wonderful, and it is decorated with comfortable sitting spots on curved walls, amongst African wood carvings and bamboo features. In the center of the room is a computer station with a couple of computers for guests to check their email. The center island gives you a front row seat to the ladies Cynthia and Margaret preparing your breakfast. Hot tea and coffee are available around 8am with breakfast served betwee 8:30 and 10:00. Dinners at Great Huts can be available with advanced notice for their visiting chef, Skanka. Skanka has a talent for creating wonderful blends of native foods and spices, and it is obvious that he enjoys being creative in the kitchen. He also has good taste in reggae, as he and my Jamaican travel companion shared CDs. For convenience, the Boston Bay jerk chicken pits are located immediately outside of the property. They cook long into the night for those late night cravings, and they are some of the best on the entire island. My Jamaican friend said it best, "these people must really love working here and they also must love the person that they work for, because it is evident in everything they do, as they do it with a smile!"

  • Liked — The setting is unmatched and the service is some of the best in Jamaica
  • Disliked — Tabernacle tent can be made better!
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank greengirltravel
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British Colombia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2007

We had a wonderful stay at Great Huts, Boston Beach, Jamaica. The hosts, wife Nikki and Paul welcomed us in their little piece of paradise on a fossilized coral cliff on the ocean. We were travelling with our two kids aged 11 and 8. There were puppies, parrots, frogs, lizards, and other birds and wildlife to enjoy. The breakfasts were delicious and abundant, the coffee much better than Starbucks. We walked to Winnifred beach, took the cabs to the nearby villages, Port Antonio, Long Beach, etc... Although the vendors accost you to sell their wares, they undersdand if you decline firmly (they will be disappointed). The food, specially the festival and lobster are delicious. There is a small supermarket within walking distance, and a larger one 10 minutes cab ride away. You can cook on the old gas stove,use the fridge and cupborads,or get your meals cooked for you by the staff. There is hot water and baths in some of the accomodations. There is a surf school and rental place on the bay right beside the resort. You feel safe there, the locals respect Paul and his wife and they will invite you to party at their house freely. Boston beach is a party town, so don't expect quiet every night.
Hook up with Carolyn Barrett, the most amazing woman, guide and transportation. You will see a side of Jamaica few all inclusive guests will ever experience.

Stayed December 2006
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4 Thank Manouane D
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2007

Great Huts surpassed all my expectations. It is not your typical Caribbean resort with opulent NOrth American excess but a more natural, rustic atmoshere with beautiful African art. It is secluded resort 70 miles or 3 hour drive over very terrible roads from Kingston, Jamaica. However, we were met at the airport and chaffeur driven through the night to the Great Huts Resort.This was the beginning of our adventure.
We were astonished at daybreak as the setting was magnificent located along cliffs overlooking the crashing surf on the North coast of Jamaica.
Great Huts consists of several individual huts with varying prices and amenities. Ours cost only $35 dollars per night with a private outdoor shower among the trees, mosquito net canopy, use of clean shared tiolet, no TV but the other more expensive ones had the option of hot tub and private bath.
The food was excellent with a breakfast included of fresh local fruit of papaya, pineapple and watermelon, toast and eggs prepared as requested. The evening dinner consisted of a delicious gourmet meal made to order that morning from small but varied menu by an international chef.
There were several possible activities including learning how to surf with local instructors, snorkeling with the resort equipment, hiking to a nearby waterfalls and more. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. The service was excellent with very helpful staff willing to accomodate your requests.
This place is aptly called Paradise on the Edge as it geared for slightly adventorous not for tourists who want all the comforts of home and more transplanted into this tropical paradise.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank heather_mcnally
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2007

The hut.
The Sea Grape Hut sits on a huge cliff directly over the flawless turquois blue waters. Amazing view. The hut itself is spacious, and bigger than it appears on [--]. It is also well equipped for nature lovers. One problem, the stones in the the room. Be perpared to wear shoes or slippers 24/7 as the rocks and stones are very large and sharp in the hut. I did bring this problem up to the owner who vowed to correct it.

The ocean.
To beautiful to put into words. I actually went skinny dipping twice as there was no one on the beach. The water is very warm and soothing.

the staff.
Everyone is friendly. I forgot my camera on the beach twice and Nigel, the groundsman, was nice enough to return it to me. Margaret the cook took the time to take me into town where I did some shopping. The owner's wife invited me out for a night on the town. Shaka the cook has a smile to die for, though I didn't get an opportunity to try his food. Shaka is also a photographer, make sure you acquire his services should you need pictures taken or developed professionally.

The area.
Very quite and isolated. Exactly what I was looking for. The only noise came from barking as there are three big dogs running loose on the premises. This made me feel uncomfortable, but again the owner promised to address this issue.

Reminder.
Ensure you have moquito repellent, and pair of slipper and/or cash or credit card. The restaurant does not take DEBIT cards.

  • Liked — The beach
  • Disliked — The dogs running loose.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
9 Thank shera441
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Property: Great Huts
Address: 8-10 Boston Bay Road, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Huts 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great Huts: Paradise on the Edge is an oceanfront resort on the lush northeastern tip of Jamaica. Modeled after a traditional African village, at once both rough-hewn and modern, it is a convergence of nature, heritage, spirituality and technology. Off the beaten path, but not far from the bustle and night life of Boston Bay and Port Antonio, Great Huts' jungle-cliff-beach habitat is a distinctive ecological and cultural experience. The African hut and Amerindian tree-house dwellings studded throughout the meandering, five-acre compound are comfortably furnished and decorated with uncommon African and Jamaican artifacts. ... more   less 
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