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Great Huts
Ranked #1 of 29 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2013

So as not to repeat what everyone else has already said, first off if you have issues with bugs, lizards, hermit crabs, don't stay here, you will not enjoy yourself. While the place isn't overrun with creatures, they are there. If you do stay there, I advise keeping your bags sealed at all times, so that you do not take any visitors home with you...

As everyone's already discussed, the grounds are amazing! The views from the cliffs, the pool, the "lounge chairs" by the cafe. The "private beach" that GH has is nothing too special, but you can walk over to the sandy part easily and is very nice.

Rooms: We stayed 3 nights in the bamboo tree house and loved it! It was very clean, we loved the views from both floors. Pretty special experience to use the jacuzzi or take an open air shower right on the cliffs of the jungle. The bathroom area takes some getting used to if you're shy but it really is private! The bed was very comfortable and the mosquito net, we leanred, was one of the good ones. Room also has a safe and refrigerator, which was a nice touch! No hammock as pictured but deck was still nice. Our last night we stayed in the bamboo garden which we really disliked. If you plan to cook your own meals, it is nice since it has a full kitchen, and laundry unit. Otherwise, we didn't like it. The air was really stuffy, it's right next to the "lobby" area, and there were way more mosquitoes and ants then in our other rooms. I hvae no idea why it was more expensive then the other rooms, and while we didn't spend that much time in our room necessarily, I think had we stayed in this room the whole time we would have had a lesser experience.
Food: Breakfast is standard juice, coffee, fruit, toast and eggs. Service was fast (and by carribean standards extremely fast!). Dinner is in my opinion not that good and over priced ($15 per meal). Though of course you have Boston Jerk Center right outside your front door as well. It is nice that you can grab a beer or water or soda at anytime of day. Beers were $3 and water $1.
Staff: I found the staff to be just so-so. The young woman who ran the front area was nice, but very soft spoken and in my opinion not particularly helpful, both when I called ahead of time, as well as when we asked for help when we were there. She seemed to be not too knowledgeable about a lot of the common attractions and wasn't that into helping us. All the restaurant staff was super nice and friendly and service was very good.
If you do stay here, they're not kidding when they say bring comfortable shoes to walk around, bug spray, and a flashlight!
Oh, and the cultural show we found to be interesting but a bit cheesy. If you have young kids, it's great, or if you're there it's fine to watch but wasn't a mind-blowing event.

Room Tip: Look at the map on their website. We stayed in bamboo treehouse and loved it! We talked to people in...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed four nights in the Sea Grape Hut and ate many meals there on site. Incredible! Relaxing and inviting--Warren is an amazing chef and created exceptional meals while we were there. I also want to give a special shout out to Dean Martin, a local taxi driver, who took our experience in Jamaica to another whole level. It would not have been the same without him. He is a generous and friendly gentleman with a deep love for Jamaica and its history. Dean provided us a perspective we would not have had--from stopping on the way from Kingston to introduce us to some local foods for lunch (I drank sorrel tea the whole time I was there!) to introducing us to dominoes (a Jamaican past time). As a result, I bought dominoes at the market in Port Antonio and my husband, daughter, and her boyfriend spent evenings in our Sea Grape hut playing dominoes as we looked out over the beautiful water!
So before you head to Great Huts get Dean Martin's contact information from the hotel and he will make your visit exceptional from start to finish.

Room Tip: Sea Grape had a beautiful view and was spacious. A nice breeze from the water provided good ventila...
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

I love this place! The huts are all unique. Ours didn't have a 4th wall. It just looked out into a tropical garden. The food was really yummy. The people were lovely. There isn't a sandy beach. It's rocky, but you can lay around on the wooden chairs and swim and jump into the ocean. I won't stay anywhere else when I go back.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We just got back and things could not have gone better! The crew are wonderful and very easy going. We stayed in the African Sunrise and Fig Tree house. The African has the best view hands down but is a little tiresome with all the ladders. The bathroom is also next to the bed with no curtain available, so private potty time can be tricky, but hey!.... just means someone's gotta go down a level and enjoy the swing for a bit. The Fig Tree is spacious and would be great for a family as it has the bunk beds. We really enjoyed the community area next to the Fig house and as a plus no one else really used it, so it was like having a giant master tree house suite all to our selves. Ohh and they both had great HOT water!!! What a plus!

The only thing that was bothersome were the barking dogs late at night. Not sure if they were Great Hut dogs or not, but at least once a night the dogs in the area would get going and howl quite a bit. This is par for the course in rural areas where dogs are used for property protection, so I can't blame Great Huts for that. The dogs were just doing their jobs. The tree frogs are also rather loud, but after a night you get rather acclimated them :)

I was really impressed with the lack of roaches and other unwelcome bugs. Our room choices added to this lack of pests as Dr. Rhodes advised me in this regard. I'm scared to death of roaches and was expecting Jamaica's to be huge, but surprisingly they're not!! So don't be put off by the bugs....they're really not too bad in the tree houses. I imagine the huts would have been an other matter. There are TONS of lizards and hermit crabs though. I personally loved them and they added to the atmosphere.

Don't forget to visit Lilly, their beautiful white cockatoo She's such a love bug and loves a good belly scratch. She also watches like a stalker while you eat your daily breakfast next to her enclosure. She's always looking for some attention :)

Ohh and bring a couple flashlights. The lights in the rooms are usually red and orange, so it's rather dark in the rooms at night.

We LOVED Great Huts. It's a great place to get back in touch with nature without forgoing the sweetness of hot water and a plush bed. We'll be back!!

Room Tip: African Sunrise is great to see the sites and keep away from bugs. Fig Tree is spacious and has an...
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We came across the Great Huts by accident and luckily were able to come back the next week and stay for a couple of nights.We stayed in Sea Grape and fulfilled childhood dreams of living in a rain forest,huts with amenities.Beautiful area,great beaches,friendly and courteous staff,good food.A lot to do in the surrounding areas and we feel as though it is the real Jamaica,we will return next year for 2 weeks.
A word of caution,it is open to the outside and the pathways are stoney so wear good shoes,you need to be sure footed.This is not your run of the mill resort but an experience in its self.We are seniors and were able to navigate okay.
Two canadians.

Room Tip: There are budget accomodations,but we like the fully serviced huts,some are in the middle of the pro...
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Spent an amazing family vacation at the Great Huts! Heard of the Huts several Years ago and Finally realized my dream of getting there! It was Everything and More than I could have wished for! The area is breath taking and the atmosphere is relaxing and warm. The staff is wonderful and so accommodating. They couldn't have been more helpful. Enjoyed the Saturday Night Show very much as it was packed with History, Music and dance! The sun rises were gorgeous and plenty of places to view the splender. Loved the Private beach with hammocks to relax in And cliffs to jump off of.!
One night we had a lovely bond fire down at the beach that a staff member happily built for us! Loved the Little stretch of Jerk Stands to the approach to the huts. Delicious ! Drivers were arranged by the Huts for us to travel to other places this area has to offer. I highly recommend Reach Falls...a wonderful experience...and of course the Blue Lagoon!
Perfect ..Everything was Perfect! We also spent our last few hours in Kingston Visiting Jewish Jamaica! Totally worth the Trip on the way back to the Airport!
Culture, Great Food, Friendly Staff and Magnificent Beauty...what more could anyone ask for ! Paradise for certain...

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Just came home from a 12 day trip to Jamaica. We spent 4 nights at great huts. What I liked was the view of the ocean and the friendly Jamaican staff. I have been to Jamaica about 15 times in the last 25 years. What was not so wonderful was the weather in Port Antonio, a lot of rain, and the fact that the bathroom was on a different level than the bedroom, and required you to go outside, in the rain, then climb down a ladder, which gets wet when it rains, to get to the bathroom. We were in the Bamboo Tree house. The website is not clear about the different levels in the room.
There was also an issue with the ocean access. It looks like there was a wooden platform that extended out into the water, but it was smashed up on the shoreline. Left over from hurricane Sandy, maybe, but that was 5 months ago. The only other reasonable access is about a 1/4 mile walk past the Boston Jerk center and everyone trying to sell their chicken and various other products. Once you reach that beach the access was very nice.
I have eaten jerk chicken many, many times in Negril and Mo Bay and I was really disappointed in the Boston Jerk center. Very little activity and mostly overlooked chicken.
On the plus side was the view of the ocean from the top of the property, spectacular.
I do not recommend this place if it is your first trip to Jamaica, or to any third world country.
We also thought the food was nothing more than average for authentic Jamaican cooking. We preferred having dinner a few yards up the road at Odell's little hut which was better and much cheaper.

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Juliet M, Owner at Great Huts, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2013

A ramp into the ocean from our portion of the beach provides easy access to the sea. A security guard and attendant at the beach can identify the ramp if a guest does not recognize its location. And we have a wonderful sea pool at our beach - a natural Jacuzzi - for soaking as well. There is no need to walk past the jerk center to enter the main Boston Beach. One can walk along the shore line which we clean and maintain in order to reach the main Boston Beach if a guest desire to swim there rather than at our section. Our section is very clean, attended by one or two staff members and provides chaise lounges and emergency rescue equipment.

Regarding our dining room, admittedly we do not offer gourmet cuisine but most guests love the ambience and say that our dinners are delicious. Breakfast is included in room rate and consists of freshly squeezed orange juice (never from a bottle) lovely fruit plate, great coffee, eggs and toast, and special Jamaican breakfast and pancakes two days per week. Barbeque at the cliff-front of Great Huts is offered for lunch and the view is amazing.
A variety of dinner items - vegetarian, fish, shrimp, lobster, chicken, goat - are attractively served on fine china from Zimbabwe.
Our beautifully adorned deck features no less than 30 pieces of sculpture and has an adjacent bar constructed of bamboo and beautifully carved furniture.
Of course we need to cover our food and labor costs and are not as inexpensive as the adjacent jerk center which many of our guests do enjoy.

We will not change the construction of the Bamboo Tree House at this time and note the trade off - opting for view and style rather than an easier entrance to the downstairs bathroom.

The weather in Port Antonio is hard to predict but it does rain almost every night and is sunny almost every day. The rain keeps this lush part of the Island green. Many of our huts have indoor bathrooms on same level as bedroom.

Paul S. Rhodes, M.D. - designer and owner of Great Huts

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Address: 8-10 Boston Bay Road, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range: $80 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Huts 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great Huts: Paradise on the Edge is an oceanfront resort on the lush northeastern tip of Jamaica. Modeled after a traditional West African coastal village, at once both rough-hewn and modern, it is a convergence of nature, heritage, spirituality and technology. Off the beaten path, but not far from the bustle and night life of Boston Bay and Port Antonio, Great Huts' jungle-cliff-beach habitat is a distinctive ecological and cultural experience. The Africana House, a Rastafari Mansion by the Sea with high ceilings and Ethiopian-inspired decor throughout, has a spacious communal room, four regal bedrooms, a 5,000-square-foot rooftop deck and a lotus-shaped deep water pool, resting atop five acres braided with intriguing caves and hiking trails. Great Huts is perfect for the adventurer in all of us, an intimate yet communal getaway or a secluded corporate retreat. ... more   less 
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