We were at this resort last month. I must say it was beautiful. We were looking for a real getaway. Nothing overly saturated by that "touristy" feeling. We chose the right place.
As soon as you enter this resort it feels as though you have stepped into something from the Blue Lagoon movies. You are living in a jungle. There are huge trees, parrots, hermit crabs, and the like all over the place. The trees give the illusion of being under a canopy, protected from the outside world. Like I said, a great place to get away from city life.
They offer a variety of rooms or huts. The beds are large and come included with Mosquito nets...at least ours did. Some huts/rooms offer wonderful views, others do not. However, all of them allow you to feel the jungle and ocean around you. Falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves should be something everyone experiences.
A beautiful beach...if a bit tricky to maneuver. Very rocky in some areas. Shoes are a must, especially when you get into the water. Sea urchins are a dime a dozen. I would not recommend this beach for children, although they do have a "kiddie pool". It didn't seem very clean to me.
The staff was very friendly and helpful for the most part. All of them were willing to lend a helping hand, make recommendations, and in general make you feel welcome. The only complaint we had, which we didn't bring up because the rest of the trip was wonderful, was about the male manager. One on one he was great with us. But we caught him in unguarded moments with the other staff. He was, at times, not pleasant. Also, his hygiene was somewhat lacking. But we must say...he was very informative. Always seemed to have something to say about everything!
We were able to explore Reich Falls and the Blue Lagoon. Both great destinations and a lot of fun. We also went to Port Antonio and walked around the entire town. We had some fantastic patties from Juicy Patty ( I think that's what it was called!) and took a walk around the pier. It was a nice little town and the people were quite friendly and welcoming.
All in all this trip was worth it. There were a few annoyances such as the mosquitoes and the management but everything else was perfect.
- 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 West African coastal 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 Africana House, a Rastafari Mansion by the Sea with high ceilings and Ethiopian-inspired decor throughout, has a spacious communal room, four regal bedrooms, a 5,000-square-foot rooftop deck and a lotus-shaped deep water pool, resting atop five acres braided with intriguing caves and hiking trails. Great Huts is perfect for the adventurer in all of us, an intimate yet communal getaway or a secluded corporate retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Huts Hotel Port Antonio
- Great Huts Jamaica/Port Antonio