I travel to Jamaica quite often. I have gone on cruises and various other vacations. I enjoy the rich culture and the gorgeous scenery. Two years ago I went on my first medical mission trip. Imagine my excitement as I found out we would be traveling to one of my favorite vacation destinations. During my time exploring the island between setting up clinics, I came across a great little market called Boston Market. As I kept exploring the area, I came to find Great Huts. I found in Great Huts a hidden gem in the heart of the "real Jamaica."
One year later, I wanted to go back. I wanted to again bring my abilities to help the people of Jamaica and perhaps get a few more apples, which are more like red pears, breadfruit, and most importantly sincere smiles of thanks in return. I started organizing a medical mission trip from the ground up. I immediately thought of the Port Antonio area, Boston Bay and Great Huts. As I researched, I found out that the owner of Great Huts, Dr. Rhodes, happens to be highly involved in the Jamaica community. We began to build a trip. With his help, I was able to lead ten Human Physiology Masters students working towards medical school from Georgetown University to help and serve the Jamaican community. We volunteered for the entirety of our Spring break and spent our time immersing ourselves in the culture and the environment of this unique and wonderful country.
Students striving to become physicians are a highly motivated group with big hearts. With the right opportunity, they were ready to serve humanity now, with their current skill sets. One of those greatest skills, one we all share, is the ability to listen- the ability to care about the stories and experiences of others around them. We went to one of Jamaica’s infirmaries and just listened. We went to the homeless shelter and just listened. There were also health screening checks and the opportunity to round with Dr. Rhodes as well as many, many games of Dominoes; but, ultimately, our greatest service to the Jamaican people was to just go out and be with those otherwise forgotten. We listened to their stories and learn about Jamaican life beyond the beaten path.
Dr. Rhodes and Great Huts made it happen. Great Huts is one of the coolest and most serene places I know in all of Jamaica. Beyond this though, Great Huts is a place where you can go to meet and immerse yourself in the culture and experience what Jamaica is really all about.
- 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