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Goblin Hill Villas at San San
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Port Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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145 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Unbelievable location for unbelievable prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

The place was recommended by Oliver Hill, the owner of Moon Hill in Kingston. And it turned out to be amazing. For starters, the view from the rooms is stunning. The manicured lawn and gardens are beautiful.

We had a drink at the Tree Bar, which is one of the most character filled place we have been to. It is a three hundred old ficus tree, around which the bar is constructed. Nothing short of spectacular.

The villas come with a house keeper. Ours was a darling, who could cook us simple, vegetarian fare with ease. She introduced us to Johnny cakes and Spinners in the red bean stew. And kept the rooms spotless.

Just a walk down is the San San Beach. But we loved Winfred Beach, which is a public beach where the locals hang out.

If we come back to Port Antonio, we will definitely be back here.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Dear Sandhya,

Thank you for staying with us and thank you for this beautiful review.
We must certainly have impressed you for your original 2 nights stay to turn out to be a 5 nights stay!
Our property is indeed gorgeous as are the view over the azur of the bay below us. And we are taking big pride in providing a real and genuine quality service to our guests.
It is so rewarding and makes the entire staff feel great each time a guest appreciates and recognizes the work we all do.

We are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Rafael de Campos
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Just got back from a fantastic week in Port Antonio. Goblin Hill was wonderful.. Villas are just as advertised on website--facilities were clean and well appointed, and bed was very comfortable. Our two BR unit had A/C in the bedrooms, and the rooms cooled down quickly.
But the best thing about Goblin hill is not the room, but the PEOPLE. Sandra, our cook/housekeeper was wonderful, and our kids (ages 9 and 12) loved her and her cooking! Request the key lime pie! She went out of her way to find things we wanted to try (like soursop and naseberry) and was very kind to our kids.
Another great person at Goblin hill was Calvin, the bartender at the Tree Bar. We went every night, and he played cards with us, mixed our drinks, and brought a host of different fruits for the kids to try. He was one of those people that made the experience extra special.
Rafael the manager stopped by to chat with us often, and everyone was extremely helpful. Request PETE as your driver if you want to use car service (Which we recommend--driving in Jamaica is CRAZY...on par with India, IMHO). He went the extra mile with the kids as well, and even retrieved our son's shoes when he left them at a restaurant in town.
We agree with other posters that the views and the property itself are stunning-Drapers and surroundings are gorgeous.
NOTE: The road in port antonio is undergoing major construction. We were not really inconvenienced at all (b/c Pete is a great driver) but factor this in if you are considering staying in PA itself.

Room Tip: We stayed in Villa 11--it was in the perfect spot to catch the view of San San...I think upgrading t...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Dear Guest,

It was such a pleasure to have the 4 of you at Goblin Hill. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and we appreciate your beautiful review.

Yes, in addition of being located in the most gorgeous area of the island which is already beautiful, we were able to create a team with persons who are happy to meet and welcome guests. They love to present and share their culture and are genuinely interested in making all our guests having a great time at Goblin Hill.

Don't want too long to come visit us back.

Rafael de Campos
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

I first stayed in Port Antonio in the mid 1980s, and have since stayed four times. It is a rare place that has remained unspoiled even after all those years.

And every time I returned, I stayed at the lovely Goblin Hill Villas.

Goblin Hill is set in the middle of many lush acres, meaning that there is always a choice of quiet places to lose yourself in the natural beauty. We swam in the pool surrounded by flowering plants and palms, and lazed in a hammock overlooking a tiny tropical island in azure waters. This is a wonderful place to recharge. We especially loved watching the hummingbirds in the aptly named Hummingbird Terrace.

In the morning, watching many other colorful tropical birds dart around the grounds from our terrace was a delightful thing as we enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts our housekeeper made us.

At night, it was a pleasure to dine on the terrace to the melodic sounds of the surf breaking as we enjoyed the equally wonderful dinners our housekeeper made us.

And I should mention that she was so warm and welcoming that she made us both feel right at home.

Nearby are enough attractions to make a week speed by. The lovely beaches at Winnifred Beach, Boston Beach, Frenchman's Cove and San San are all different and all delightful.

Rafting on the Rio Grande (or at the Blue Lagoon), and swimming in the clear waters at Reach Falls are a couple of our other favorite excursions.

We're not serious bird watchers, but we enjoyed seeing so much activity, including hawks and Jamaican woodpeckers with brilliant red plumage, as well as a plethora of Doctor Birds, Hummingbirds, and many more.

In town we enjoyed going to the atmospheric fruit and vegetable market with our housekeeper to pick out food for our dinners. There's no need to do this, but for us it was fun and informational.

The villas are not ultra-modern, but are very attractive and comfortable, and represent good value. And they are smack in the middle of some of the loveliest surroundings in all of Jamaica.

Pity the poor tourist who has settled for Montego Bay or Ocho Rios, while you are staying in a villa in unspoiled gorgeous Port Antonio!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Dear Rick,

Thank you for this great review. This could almost be a perfect guide of Port Antonio by itself.

You really described accurately how gorgeous, unique and varied the area is with, in its center, Goblin Hill as a perfect base to rest, take the time, and let yourself appreciate how sweet life can sometimes be.

We are ready to welcome you back for a fifth visit. Don't make us wait too long...

Rafael de Campos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

We have very much enjoyed our stay at Goblin Hill Villas. The location is amazing, the view is the most wonderful on Jamaica. Thanks so much Goblin Hill team for making this holiday a great experience! The food was delicious and the service personal and friendly. Unique of the location is the proximity of the most beautiful beaches on the island (Frenchman's Cove, Blue Lagoon, Winifred).

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Dear Meike,

Thank you for this wonderful review.
We are happy you enjoyed our unique location and amazing surroundings as well as all what the property has to offer.

We have indeed a dedicated team who is always delighted to welcome and assist our guests, both new ones and regulars.

Come back visit us soon!

Rafael de Campos
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Beautiful beyond expectations and such a relaxing place to stay. We had an ocean view 2 bed villa which was well appointed and came with our wonderful housekeeper Cynthia. We soon became used to having all our meals cooked for us! Cynthia was great but all of the staff were very helpful and friendly.

I liked the mix of tourists and Jamaican guests - having come over from Kingston with family I did not want to be part of a tourist only bubble.

Room Tip: I would say ideally an ocean view was best and probably away from the pool, which could get noisy.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear Leetown16,

Thank you for your review!

It is always a beautiful reward for us to read that we met or gave more than our guests' expectations. Our location is unique and the entire staff is always happy to welcome any guest, local or overseas, as it is always a different and unique experience.

Come back very soon, we are all looking forward to welcoming you back.

Rafael de Campos
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

We loved this place! Great place to come with kids. Big rooms. Like having your own apartment. Nice pool and bar. House keeper made us great meals. Really made our stay in Port Antonio special. We even played tennis.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 5 April 2014
Dear Dean,

Thank you for staying at Goblin Hill and for taking the time to share your experience.

It was a real pleasure to welcome you and, the team and myself are happy to read that you enjoyed your time here and that we participated in making your Port Antonio experience special .

Come back visit us soon!

Rafael de Campos
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Kingston, Jamaica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

i live in Kingston and when i think of a nice place to stay, i go to Goblin Hill. This is one of the best places to stay in Jamaica. When you get there, you feel the Caribbean sea, the lush forest and the tranquility of a haven on earth. Birds everywhere, flowers, beautiful trees. The rooms are well decorated to the minute detail of real Jamaican taste. It is spotless and the view is just out of this world. Since 1975 up to now i have enjoyed this piece of paradise. The staff is excellent, friendly, helpful. If you want you can leave the cooking to the helpers who can delight you in genuine Jamaican cuisine. The Mento band will delight you in Jamaican folks songs. I love this place.

Room Tip: get a suit with higher floors.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Dear Albert,

Thank you for this beautiful review. You said it all! And as one of our most regular and faithful visitor, you definitely know what you are talking about.
Yes, Goblin Hill is the perfect place to relax for a couple of days or a couple of weeks, the perfect place to be in fusion with the Nature and remember how gorgeous it is... We want our guests to feel at home and forget about their stress and worries. Albert obviously understood it.

Come back soon, as you usually do.

Rafael de Campos
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Property: Goblin Hill Villas at San San
Address: San San, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Port Antonio
#4 Family Hotel in Port Antonio
#5 Romantic Hotel in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Goblin Hill Villas at San San 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Goblin Hill Villas at San San Bay sits on twelve acres of lawns and gardens, overlooking sparkling Jamaican white sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean water.All of our spacious villas are self-contained, with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining rooms, and a wide covered terrace or balcony with its own view over the Bay.The villas open onto wide expanses of lawns and gardens. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.Each villa is staffed with a friendly housekeeper to prepare and serve meals, do your shopping and carry out all house- keeping duties. You will find she is also your unofficial ambassador to Jamaica. Our housekeepers are versatile cooks and can prepare local cuisine, as well as international dishes using locally available produce. ... more   less 
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