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Goblin Hill Villas at San San
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Port Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Paradise !”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

What an awesome experience ! Stayed here in September 2012. Marcia was our house-keeper she took excellent care of us. Lovely grounds peaceful and serene. Enjoyed the afternoon happy hour overlooking the beautiful beach. Had the tree bar to ourselves. Check in was quick. The grounds are impeccable. The best kept secret in Portland. Traveled with my hubby and a girlfriend.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Tashafun,

Thank you for this beautiful review and thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Goblin Hill. It seems to be still fresh in your memory, about 5 months after your stay. It shows, and we are proud of that, that we impressed you with the beauties of the property and the quality of the service you received.

We hope that you will come visit us back soon!

Rafael de Campos
Resident Manager
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We have been coming to Jamaica for holidays for more than 10 years and Goblin Hill remains one of our favourite destinations on the island, a place to come back to again and again. The setting is stunning with lovely gardens and fabulous sea views. The villas are spacious, light and airy and really well maintained. What makes staying here extra special is the staff. The manager, Rafael, goes out of his way to make sure your trip is as perfect as possible and he runs a great team. Our house-keeper was delightful, nothing was too much trouble, and her cooking was absolutely divine. It's a great place for families - there is a swimming pool, tennis court, and films are shown in the evening in the lounge area (in addition to every villa having movies and TV on demand). It's also within easy striking distance of some of the best locations in Jamaica: Frenchman's Cove, San San, and Boston - a must for genuine Jamaican jerk. We love it!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear SL,

It was, as always, a great pleasure having you back at Goblin Hill... even if too short.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to read that we are still succeeding in surprising you. We are indeed in a magical place and all of us are eager to share its beauties with our guests.

Come back soon!

Rafael de Campos
Resident Manager
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new zealand
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We spent 4 nights in Villa 28 with a fantastic sea-view.
Miss Shirley, our house-keeper, did a great job looking after us.
She prepared our meals, did the dishes, made our bed etc.
We enjoyed the Tree-Bar and swimming-pool as well as going for bush walks in the 11 acres of well-groomed grounds.
A magical slice of heaven with smiling, friendly people.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear Rugrat,

Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to share your experience at Goblin Hill.

We were all delighted to have you here and we are even more delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay. Ms Shirley is indeed a gem and is definitely part of the overall experience as all the rest of the team is.

Please come visit us back soon!

Rafael de Campos
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Holsbeek
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We really had the most wonderful holiday experience of our lives at Goblin Hill November 2013. Not only the villas, the garden and pool area were a real paradise, they were completed by very friendly and professional staff. We can definitely recommend Goblin Hill Villas, they are really well managed by Mr. De Campos ! Our wedding on Winnifred beach, followed by a reception a the tree bar with freshly made cocktails and coconut chips (thank you O'Neill !), a tailor cooked dinner in a perfect setting, we had an incomparable wedding experience in Jamaica. And when we woke up with fresh croissants from Mrs. Vera, the dream was continuing... Thank you all, we will be back !

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear Maura,

Thank you for your beautiful review.

It was such a pleasure and an honor to host you, your family and friends for your wedding. We are aware of the chance we have to welcome our guests in such a gorgeous and exceptional environment, inside the property as well as all around. And you enjoyed every piece of it...
Come back visit us soon (for your first anniversary maybe?).

I wish you, as does the entire team, a lifelong of happiness!

Tot ziens!

Rafael de Campos
Resident Manager
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Excellent management and staff that is ready to help in every sort of situation. Feel like home, very quiet and peaceful place. Fantastic view on the San San Beach, Blue Lagoon is also closeby. Perfect for couples and staying with friends.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear Andrey,

Thank you for your great review.
We were so happy to have you at Goblin Hill to celebrate the New Year.
You know that you are home here... so come back visit us soon.

Rafael de Campos
Resident Manager
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I have been to Jamaica 6 times in the past 30 years and have finally found the place I wish to return to again and again.

Goblin Hill Villas is a hillside oasis, perched over the Caribbean Sea, that provides privacy, quiet, activities and natural beauty. We were 12 people, friends and family, on a 2 week vacation. With 4 adjacent villas we had the option to eat on our own or join forces, with the always-helpful hands of the housekeeping staff combining tables for our big meals. The Villas provide a full-time housekeeper for each villa. We even had a "Top Chef" style goat curry cook-off one night, where each villa's housekeeper made their ersion, we blind tasted the curries and awarded a cash prize to the winning housekeeper.

The surrounding area (Portland Parish) is lush and beautiful, with nearby hikes, beaches and waterfalls. Port Antonio is a vibrant and authentic busy town where one can find fresh ingredients for meals (fish from a roadside stall was outstanding).

The villas are a little rundown, but we like the cozy, low-key attitude of the place. I much prefer a little shabbiness over all the brash, high-rise resorts that pepper the island further to the west.
Thank you, Goblin Hill and especially Rafael, the manager, for making our stay so wonderful!

Room Tip: We had Villa #15 - perfect for a family, spacious and neat with stunning views, and an attentive, fr...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Dear bklynchou,

It was really a great pleasure having you all here at Goblin Hill. I am happy you enjoyed your stay and appreciated what we have to offer, the property, the villas, the service, the ambiance and the beauties surrounding us.

Yes, we have our age and are proudly not hiding our few wrinkles. But we are working hard on improving and upgrading our villas, step by step... So I am sure that when you will return you will have an even better and enjoyable experience... just don't wait too long, we are already missing you!

And... who was the winner of the Top Chef competition?

Rafael de Campos
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

We recently spent an anniversary week at Goblin Hill, and wish we could have stayed much longer. The views and facilities are wonderful, but what really sets the place apart is how thoughtful and caring the staff are. We equally enjoyed chillin on the property, and exploring the stunning nearby environment. We walked the backroad to Frenchman's Cove, and took several short walks to swim in the Blue Lagoon off the dock. Goblin Hill connected us to a superb local taxi driver and guide, who also helped us explore the area including Port Antonio and the road to Winnifred Beach. We ate many terrific local dishes, thanks to the talents of Wendy who prepared callaloo, ackee, lime pie, grilled fish and other delights in our kitchen. And we enjoyed conversations with staff throughout the week on topics ranging from strategies for seeing endemic jamaican birds to the history of Jamaican mento music (and heard a fine duo playing at the Tree Bar on Sat night). Finally, a birders, we appreciated the Goblin Hill list - and the resources available to connect us to top local guides. Wish we could come back soon!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Anne E
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GoblinHill, Manager at Goblin Hill Villas at San San, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Dear Anne,

Thank you for writing this great review. What a pleasure it was having you both here at Goblin Hill!

I think you perfectly described the atmosphere and the feelings we are trying to offer to our guests and we obviously succeeded with you. From our wonderful settings to our gorgeous surroundings passing by our caring and accessible staff and our housekeepers' amazing cooking (Wendy is indeed a jewel) everything is done for you to feel comfortable and being part of our family.

Come back soon, your villa is ready!

Rafael de Campos
Resident Manager
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Property: Goblin Hill Villas at San San
Address: San San, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Port Antonio
#4 Family Hotel in Port Antonio
#5 Romantic Hotel in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Goblin Hill Villas at San San 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Goblin Hill Villas at San San Bay sits on twelve acres of lawns and gardens, overlooking sparkling Jamaican white sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean water.All of our spacious villas are self-contained, with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining rooms, and a wide covered terrace or balcony with its own view over the Bay.The villas open onto wide expanses of lawns and gardens. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.Each villa is staffed with a friendly housekeeper to prepare and serve meals, do your shopping and carry out all house- keeping duties. You will find she is also your unofficial ambassador to Jamaica. Our housekeepers are versatile cooks and can prepare local cuisine, as well as international dishes using locally available produce. ... more   less 
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