While many travelers often debate between a getaway to Montego Bay or Negril, insiders know the real magic is in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Located on Jamaica’s northeast coast – just 60 miles or a two-hour drive from Kingston – the area is known for its tranquil mystique, lush greenery, unspoiled beaches, excellent cuisine and exceptional independent hotels. Not to mention that the region is one of the rainiest in Jamaica, and therefore one of the greenest and most dynamic.
However, one hotel in particular is considered one of Jamaica’s most hidden gems. And that’s how they prefer to keep it. Over the years, the iconic Geejam Hotel and Recording Studio, run by former record executives Jon Baker and Steve Beaver, has attracted many music industry stars, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Alicia Keys , Drake, Grace Jones, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna. But of course, with a clientele like this, the property is off the traditional tourist radar. A key trading port during the banana boom of the late 19th century, Port Antonio became a travel destination for Rat Pack stars, musicians and socialites after the chance arrival of Errol Flynn in 1946. The rest , as they say, is history.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a superstar or a musician to stay at Geejam – regular and shmegular tourists are equally welcome and enjoy the same private luxury experience as A-Listers, which is part of what makes the hotel special. Geejam has grown from just a music studio to a small hotel with recording facilities, including three luxury villas (Panorama, for example, has a four-bedroom home away from home with a swimming pool private, butler service and private chef) and four cabins nestled in Port Antonio’s Eden Rainforest. The hotel is simply idyllic, and also very exclusive, given that few people are lucky enough to take advantage of its services, as it is much smaller compared to the all-inclusive hotel circuit that makes up other popular destinations in Jamaica. .
The hotel recently entered a new chapter in its storied history with the launch of 12 new Rumba Rooms offering spectacular views, a sparkling new infinity pool and a redesign of the Bushbar which sits in the jungle canopy, enhancing its commitment to the rebirth of Port Antonio. . And the owners? You can catch them around the property greeting guests and sparking conversation, making this a real home away from home.
Geejam combines luxury, privacy and security, with each room named after a Jamaican music legend – from King Tubby to Augustus Pablo and the Jolly Boys of Geejam – and features a collection of Jamaican-centric artwork, including contemporary 1970s Tourist Board posters, prints and posters. artwork by David Calderley of Graphic Therapy.
The expanded outdoor Bushbar has been fully restored with the addition of an impressive infinity pool perched in the rainforest canopy. The expansion includes a new stage to host dynamic music events and world-class artists and guests who frequent Geejam Studios.
Additionally, Geejam has also created a new Beach Bar & Grill, Bentley’s Yaad, located on the resort’s private beach. The revamped Geejam Studios will also create an elegant balance between state-of-the-art technology and the natural vibes of the surrounding island landscape, and has already recruited resident musicians to come and collaborate like Leon Grey.
If you’re in Jamaica to relax all day at the beach, you’ll be happy to know that Frenchman’s Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is just minutes from the Geejam Hotel.
Prices start at $360 per night; geejamhotel.com.