This tiny hideaway overlooking the sea near Port Antonio originally served as a live-in recording studio for performers such as No Doubt, Alicia Keys, and Amy Winehouse. Although recording sessions still go on, Geejam is now a seven-room hotel, its guests often honeymooning couples acting out fantasies having nothing to do with rock and roll. Geejam’s cabins, especially, are very private, and guests sometimes spend days taking meals on their veranda and splashing in their outdoor Jacuzzi without being seen by anyone but the staff, who appear only when called. Of course, who wants to stay hidden forever when the Bushbar restaurant promises convivial chitchat, an occasional game of pool, and even live music? Not to mention that the hotel beach, in a cove across a road at the bottom of the property, promises four-poster sunbeds and, yes, Wi-Fi.
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The eastern end of Jamaica is the wet end, so embrace the rain that will fall and marvel at how green everything is. Rain or no, a guided bamboo rafting excursion on the Rio Grand River is fun, except perhaps for the captain doing the poling. Geejam offers free transportation to nearby beaches, including to small but pretty Frenchman’s Cove and stall-lined Boston Bay, where jerk cooking was born. In the evening, head for another Geejam property, the swanky Trident, whose Mike’s Supper Club features a Jamaican-Japanese menu, a Ferrari-red grand piano, and some of the best jazz in Jamaica. At the other end of the nightly entertainment spectrum, venture out to Chicken Back, a street dance held Thursday nights in front of Port Antonio’s Road Block Bar. The Kingston airport is a two-hour drive, and the local airstrip, Ken Jones Aerodrome, is a half-hour away. But the very impatient can helicopter in to Frenchman’s Cove, five minutes away.
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Rooms: Seven rooms, including one suite and one three-bedroom villa. From $425 low season, $525 high season. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Bushbar, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for guests who don’t opt to dine on their own verandas, features a Jamaican Asian menu, with the emphasis on local dishes like callaloo-stuffed jerk chicken, chicken pumpkin soup, and codfish fritters (known as "stamp and go"). Spa and gym details: More surprising than that a seven-room hotel has a tiny spa and fitness room is that it has them at all. In-room treatments are also available.
Who’s it for: Couples without kids, trendsetters who recognize that Port Antonio may be on the cusp of cool, and performers hoping to record the music that will make them stars. Favorite rooms: Compared to the three-bedroom villa and the suite, all three stand-alone cabins are smallish, with queen-size beds whose reduced dimensions will best be compensated for by snuggling. But the cabins are as private as only the surrounding rain forest can make them, and two, Ska and Mento, have outdoor Jacuzzis that will encourage romantically inclined guests to stop coveting the villa’s pool. Pool access: The only pool is attached to the three-bedroom villa, Sanwood. But if the villa is not occupied, all Geejam guests may use it.