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“Cosy stay and walking distance to Frenchmans Cove”

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San San Tropez Villa-Hotel
Ranked #8 of 26 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
Helsinki, Finland
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“Cosy stay and walking distance to Frenchmans Cove”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in this hotel. It is not near to town, but in 10 min by car you get to town. If you dont have a rental car, u just walk on the road and there is all the time passing these local (taxis) cars that pick tourist and locals from the road. They are really cheap (maybe 150JMD?). Port Antonio is more poor and less touristic area than the west coast (Negrl,MoBay,Ochi) and some how we liked much the area near Frenchmans Cove. In the hotel first room we got we did not like and we negotiated with manager in order to get a little better one. There was 2 other choises of room left and we got the one we liked better. A combo (with bedroom + so called living room) with own little back yard from where you can go directly to the small pool. I guess we had to pay a little extra for the bigger room but manager promised a little discount from food if we eat there evening. If one wants they will get you for example lobster or fish for the evening if you order it in the morning. Otherwise there was only pizza to be ordered on site. Pizza was good but price high (they say reason for pricin is becouse they get the ingreidence fresh the same day). The hotel is far from luxury but it has nice cosy athmosphere with nice surroundings and service. We especially liked our morning coffee & breakfast and the guy who was working then at the reastaurant was very kind and nice, telling to us what to see and so.. And I got my big amount of very good coffee. Frenchmans Cove is just accross the road (5-10 min walk) and you can also walk to the Blue Lagoon which takes by foot about 15-20 min. At Blue Lagoon there is no longer actually nothing to see. You can buy yrself a short roundtrip on a bamboo boat with "driver" or buy some tourist stuff. There is no longer any restaurant and part of the lagoon shore is privat. We did swim ther (for free) and water was really nice mixture of cold and a little warmer water because of the streams. But dont expect yr visit on the lagoon to be like in the movie. A small shop/kiosk you can also walk to but not much to buy (beer or coke, bananas). In town there are food stores and couple of sights to see, For the view's sake it is worth to climb up to the old Bonnie View Hotel. Climb is long and the hotel is deserted so not running any more. So take a little drink along before you start going, it will be swetty. Up there u can see the nice landscape with the Navy Island and boats at Errol Flynn Marina. The marina itself didnt have anything spesific to see but a nice cafe with cold beer.

All in all the hotel is ok place to stay for couple of nights and if you get the kind of room u like (there aren't that many rooms all together). Athomosphere in San San Tropez is very calming. I could go back some day...

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

Cannabis plants in the garden, overpriced cappucino and nobody knew how to work the machine anyway. No TV signal, just snow. When we checked out they tried to charge us for the stay that was prepaid - took the temp help an Italian rasta several hours to make the bill.. nice people but not efficient. Wireless only works in reception. Manager was away in Italy and the assistant manager not usually there.Was very happy to find another hotel where things worked. We booked a so called 2 bed suite which was a bedroom with attached shower toilet and the TV on a rickety table, no desk or sofa. No firdge but we borrowed one from the kitchen.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Maumee, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

Idyllic, Spartan, a little warn and yet San San Tropez is AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL! This was our second time in Port Antonio and by far the best. Any trait this villa guesthouse does not posses is made up for by the delightful staff and amazing food. Fabio was in Italy visiting his family, we were disappointed to not meet him. His staff however rolled out the red carpet and we certainly felt like royalty. There was nothing they were not willing to do to accommodate our needs and make staying there relaxing and enjoyable. Riccardo is an amazing chef. We ate all of our meals, except lunch, on the property. Every meal was top-notch. The restaurant alone is a jewel of a find. Phil too not only served up the nicest continental breakfasts but was always available to entertain us and share conversation. Across the road from Frenchman’s Cove, a short walk from Drapers or other local attractions like San San Beach and the Blue Lagoon make this an ideal location. I am missing a number of aspects of time there now back in the States. We made so many delightful memories. I wish I could import that bathroom somehow to my own home... it was well lit, a good window, one of the nicest showers I have ever cleaned up in and a bidet. It reminds me of some of the hotels and guesthouses along the Adriatic Sea north of Greece. How fun it was to be greeted by the villa dog Pino, a Rottweiler/Great Dan mix. He is the most tender soul and certainly contributed joy to our stay. Thank you San San for our delightful stay and thank you Pino for loving us so much!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

I just got back from a trip to Jamaica and stayed at the San San Tropez for 4 days and 3 nights. I contacted them prior to my arrival as I had to make some changes and they were incredibly accommodating. The staff were definitely a high point for me, always asking me if I needed anything and going above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. The hotel is slightly weathered but still charming, and the pool area is very nice. The surroundings and location cannot be beat - within a 5 minute walk are two of the nicest beaches in the area. There is a dog on the premises, but it is gentle and beautiful. There is wireless internet access but I could not get a signal from my room - I had to go to the lobby. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Portland area.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

I arrived from NY, hot, sweaty, and badly needing a swim, a shower, a shave, dinner and a cocktail.

The swimming pool was dry, the showers were kaput, and there was practically no water in the taps. No booze except beer, and the vaunted 'fine dining' restaurant no longer exists. I left.

Locals say this used to be a great place, but now things don't seem too good.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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SanSanTropez, Proprietario at San San Tropez Villa-Hotel, responded to this review, December 14, 2011
Dear guest,
I wish to apologize for your negative experience in relation of your review. I wish just to advise that since year 2009 the months of september and october being too slow to keep all actvities open and up to standard, Restaurant and bar re-open from early November and you are strongly invited next time to try again in our little paradise of San San Tropez where relax & privacy rules, but not too much ! One Love, Fabio
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Arthurette, NB
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

We were very pleased with this find. Small, quaint, clean, comfortable, large bathroom, set in a tropical rain forest, across the road from a beautiful beach. Wi-fi available only in the small lobby. No fridge in room. Breakfast was a fresh-fruit juice / smoothie, a delicious fruit plate, home made bread and great coffee. Quiet, relaxing and a pleasure indeed!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

Across the street from Frenchman's Cove and its lovely beach, this small hotel is a gem. Beautifully decorated rooms with roomy bathrooms around a pool. Breakfast includes ripe tropical fruit and home-made bread. Not far from the town of Port Antonio with its entertainment but the Italian owner and his staff will also make a pizza for your dinner. Truly charming with a sense of privacy and near everything you will want to see.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: San San Tropez Villa-Hotel
Address: Drapers P.A. Portland, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — San San Tropez Villa-Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine a Villa / Hotel submerged in the rain forest, with all the comforts of home, surrounded by white beaches and clear blue sea ... Imagine a swimming pool, where he reigns relaxation and privacy, join it with a lovely little restaurant and refined inside,a staff that will heal and make you feel at home, and experienced guides will lead you to discover the charms and you will live the true experience of Jamaica. This is the family of San San Tropez. ... more   less 
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