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Great Huts
Ranked #1 of 30 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

That is an unique place. Totally recommended for people with an open mind and who likes to live different experiences.The atmosphere and vibe are fantastic. We loved the bamboo tree room and his peculiar bathroom!
It was one of our best experience staying in this amazing place at all. Friendly staff, amazing views from the cliffs and beautiful beaches by the side! Everything was just perfect and we can wait to be there again and live the next experience at the tower room =D
Thank you Great Huts! Marcelo and Beatriz

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great Huts is a little piece of paradise located in Port Antonio, Jamaica. This is not your average hotel or experience. Located on the ocean, the place has a simple design preserving the nature around. Also located near Boston Jerk which is famous for their food. Great way to experience Jamaica!

Room Tip: Not all the bedrooms have bathrooms. Rooms without bathrooms must use a shared bathroom facility.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

An amazing paradise within a paradise. The place has a very special vibe and it is clear that the owner invests a lot of time and energy to create an experience for guests, not just a place to stay. We are visiting from Israel and were looking for a place that was on the beach, centrally located, with good food and amenities, and with a good energy but that did not feel too touristy. This place fit all of our needs. Each room is uniquely decorated and gives the feel of being both inside and outside at the same time. The staff is friendly and the food is great. The premises are well maintained with great little spots all throughout to sit down and relax. The beach is beautiful. This is one of the nicest places we found in Jamaica and we toured around the whole country and saw a lot of them. There are also different kinds of rooms for different budgets. We only wished we could stay here longer. Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were looking for a Jamaica experience that emphasized the African heritage of Jamaica and was off the beaten tourist path. A colleague of mine recommended Great Huts, and we are very glad to have stayed there. The entire resort has an African theme, and I do not mean in the gaudy sense of a fake "tiki bar" atmosphere. The resort is filled with sculptures and murals that are works of art. The designers of this place incorporated the art works of African (Mazola Wa Mwashighadi) and Jamaican (Nakazzi Hutchinson, Everald Brown) artists. The murals tell the little-known story of Jewish communities in Ethiopia (Beta Israel) and Southern Africa (Lemba). The weekend cultural show demonstrates how African song and dance was transformed gradually over the centuries to become a Jamaican music form with Pan-African roots. I am someone who really likes to learn a lot about the history and culture of the places I visit. Great Huts can be, if you want it to be, this kind of intensive educational experience. The library is so extensive one could spend weeks here just reading books in idyllic settings, and learn a lot. If you are interested in learning about the history of the area I highly recommend a side trip to the nearby Charles Town Maroon museum.

While I have so far emphasized what I consider to be this unique and helpful emphasis on education and history, I could at the same time second what many travelers have mentioned, that is, the beautiful views, and the fun swimming experience either in the sea or in the unique cliff-edge swimming pool. Meals were excellent, and vegetarian-friendly. The place is filled with a talking parrot ("Lily"), colorful birds, fish, turtles, rabbits and other animals. Each hut has a very unique decor. Staff are very friendly and welcoming, and eager to fix any small problem that may arise. The Huts can arrange van/taxi travel to wherever you need to go.

I could also add that I was impressed that Great Huts houses volunteers who work with the homeless in Port Antonio. We visited the shelter in town and it is clean and well organized. It is great to know of a resort that cares both about the environment and about people in need. Therefore I highly recommend to others that you stay here. We also plan to come back ourselves.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

My son and I arrived at Boston Bay without reservations for Great Huts. They had 2 nights available at one of their two tree houses that are awesome complete with views of this jewel of a bay. The grounds are beautiful and they have an equally unique restaurant/dining area; once in a while entertainment. The town of Boston Bay is small and laid back and is located near other cool places but getting there can be very expensive if you hire rather than opt for the public transportation which typically will take longer but is a trip in itself. if you are looking for feeling safe in small town Jamaica and have the curiosity to get out there and meet the people you will not be disappointed Sure they have goods to sell and if you can afford Great Huts you should be able to bargain for their wares/services which is a great way to meet the people, experience their goodwill vibes, contribute to their lives, and bring home cool stuff. The Jamaican experience rather than the purely tourist experience.

Room Tip: gotta check the available rooms. They are all unique; rustic in a very artsy fashion. I would go for...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

It's a beautiful place ideally suited for persons who are not interested in the all-inclusive concept. The design and layout was done to convey the concept of being one with nature. Being there seemed to slow down time for me as the atmosphere was just relaxing - far from the rat race of the corporate world. The staff members are very friendly and know their jobs well. The viewa are AWESOME!!!

Enjoyed our room a lot and the bathroom facilities was a unique mix of modern conveniences and natural appearances.

All in all, this is a great place to spend time away from it all and I would certainly return.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a wonderful eco-resort with a number of tree house rooms on the edge of a cliff over looking Boston Bay. While the tree houses have ladders to go up & downstairs, there are also a number of huts that are totally ground level. They have a small pool at the edge of the cliff which is ideal for sunsets and moon lit nights. The sounds of waves on the rocks lulled us to sleep every night. There is an African theme to the hotel and many of the sculptures are made locally. On Saturday evenings, there is a cultural show that includes history of Jamaica and traditional dances that was a real highlight.

While maybe too rustic for some, we found Great Huts to offer a unique experience jungle living at its best. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating for any requests we had. The hotel is located about 20 minutes east of Port Antonio and is easily accessible by car, local taxi, or bus. Highly recommended to those looking for some adventure & a real Jamaican experience.

Room Tip: The tree house rooms along the cliffs have the best views and breezes from the ocean.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range: $82 - $206 (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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