When my husband and I fell upon the Great Huts website, it was a no brainer. Huts in Jamaica? What a wonderful idea! We visited from May 10-16, 2010. We didn't want to go home!
The pictures of the huts on the website are quite accurate, as are the reviews on TripAdvisor. We stayed in both the Fig Tree House (4 nights) and the SeaGrape Hut (2 nights). The Fig Tree House is enormous with 2 levels; a bed (with mosquito net), dresser drawers and a beautiful view of the sea on the top level. Washroom, microwave/fridge (very useful for leftovers, beers) and bunk beds are on the bottom level. The bathtub/shower overlooks the sea as well. Wait a while for the hot water to kick in. Fig Tree is beautiful and the decor is authentic. The bed was very comfortable. Every night we would fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing and crickets chirping-how soothing!
The SeaGrape was actually our favorite of the two. As you walk in through the curtain, you notice the bed with a net right away. There is a window right above the bed that we would leave open at night to hear the sounds of the sea. We found the bed to be a bit small as it was pushed up against the wall, leaving less room for us to move around. Further down is a BEAUTIFUL dining table made of heavy wood. The washroom is constructed in a green house! I was a bit worried about creepy-craw-lies but there was nothing to be scared of. There was a crab living in our sink but he was harmless. The shower pressure was wonderful, and the water never took long to warm up. The piece de resistance was the outdoor bathtub. Fill it up the moment you arrive and let the sun warm it up all day. At night, take a dip and enjoy the stars and the sound of waves crashing. I can’t even describe how wonderful it was to sit in the cool water under the stars after a long day of hot weather.
We ate breakfast prepared by the staff every morning. The breakfast was delicious and we honestly did not tire of eating eggs every morning for 7 days straight. The papaya and pineapple were scrumptous. Sometimes they would serve salted fish/onions with breakfast-this was a treat!
We ate dinner at Great Huts 4/6 nights. We found everything we ordered to be tasty and prepared with care. The pizza (they would top it with shrimp for us) was our favorite and probably the most filling meal there. The goat curry was tasty, the fish was alright. The pina coladas were delish! Yum!
The staff are wonderful, helpful people. They went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. We ran into the chef at the market in town and he tried to help us find coffee-that was very nice of him.
Manager Tanika never tired of our questions. She was extremely helpful with all of our questions about tours, taxis, beaches, as were the other staff.
Dr Paul, the owner, also made sure we were well taken care of and often asked if we were alright or if we needed anything. He would often mingle with guests and sit with us at breakfast or dinner, chatting with everyone. We appreciated this very much, as it made the atmosphere warm and welcoming. He encouraged us to attend the cultural show on Saturday night in the Great Huts dining room, which we did. No spoilers here but we do encourage you to go, it was not only educational but fun too!
The beach was a bit small but private -there were hardly any people except for guests and a couple of vendors. We found a nice little spot in the water where the waves weren't too rough and just relaxed. The vendors were a little persistent but always very polite. I guess they have to work a little harder to make sales since it’s low season.
There is a jerk center right outside Great Huts. The food is ok but not great. Beware of jewelery vendors, they can be extremely persistent but just be polite and stand your ground.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope that Great Huts is around for a very long time. We were comfortable, able to relax, ate well at breakfast and dinnertime and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. A real gem!
- 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