We had a nice time at Kanopi House but it was not what we expected at all. Firstly, the rooms are gorgeous, we loved our 'treehouse'. Most of my rating is for the design of the actual rooms and their location and views. They were spectacular. Waking up in the jungle was amazing. unfortunately everything else was sub-par. Note that this place is set up more like a bed-and-breakfast. You will have shared meals with the other guests, and the timing of the meals is at the mercy of the Jamaicans and dependent on their moods. We had nights where dinner was not served until 10pm and we were starving. There was a couple of days where there was no water left and we had to boil our own in our room. There are only a few kayaks and if you dont have a car then you are stuck on the remote property/in your room. I would recommend that you bring watershoes as there is a good chance of stepping on sea urchins. I would also recommend hiring a car and then you would have the option of eating your meals in any of the nearby restaurants or nearby beach shacks/jerk chicken joints. We didnt feel that the price we paid was returned in service and the cost of the inclusive meals was definitely not value for money. There was a day when we turned up for lunch at 1pm and were told the next meal was 'Dinner' and after asking again only then were we reluctantly served lunch.
I had some suspicions about this place before we booked it as we couldnt find much information on Kanopi online even though it had been opened for 2 years and it turns out that from the beginning of 2010 was the first time it has been open to 'real' guests and not just to friends-of-the-owners. Perhaps they will work out the kinks this year I hope as it really is a beautiful and unique place to stay with alot of potential. Overall though, we had a nice time and would consider coming back for the beauty of the location and the 'treehouses'. One other important thing to note is that Kanopi is a harrowing almost-3-hour drive from the nearest airport on the worst roads imaginable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the folds of the eco-friendly zone of Portland, where the shoreline hugs the sea and the nights glow as much as the days, stands the emblem of respite, relaxation and all things in between. It sits snugly among the trees, embraces the ideally cool temperatures and complements the natural habitat. It offers a peacefully endowed atmosphere, not uncommon to truly tranquil scenes and all those who enter therein can claim its soothing and rejuvenating powers. Kanopi House was created as the ideal getaway location and is unique since it offers no disturbance of its natural environments. Its structure also adds to its modern day charm and it is one with nature. Kanopi House features a certain inexplicable charisma which is further intensified by a secluded cove, blue lagoon, coral reef, surrounding rainforest and its one of a kind 'tree houses'. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kanopi House Hotel Port Antonio
- Kanopi House Jamaica/Port Antonio