| Note that prices, unless
otherwise noted, are in US dollars.
Prices are per room, based on double occupancy. In the
case of all-inclusive properties, prices are per person.
|$ = up to $50 per day
|$$ = $51 to $100 per day
|$$$ = $101 to $175 per day
|$$$$ = over $175 per day
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Adventure Guide - This travel guide walks with the adventurous
traveler to the heart of Jamaica, to the miles of sand beaches,
to the rugged Blue Mountains, to the country villages that provide
a peek at the real Jamaica|
BLUE LAGOON VILLAS
876-993-8491, fax 876-993-8492; reservations 800-822-3274
This is one of the most photographed accommodations in eastern
Jamaica. One- to four-bedroom villas are perched right on the water’s
edge, offering exquisite luxury and privacy. Each includes indoor
and outdoor dining, a full kitchen and sun decks. They come with
daily housekeeping and meals are served by the resident maid-chef
and butler. The villas are within swimming distance of the Blue
Lagoon and Pelou Island, once owned by Princess Nina Aga Khan.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT
Buff Bay (1 hour from Port Antonio)
This eco-park offers camping as well as rustic cottages. There
are acres of forest, fruit trees and a good collection of orchids.
A good spot for birding.
21 Fort George Street, Titchfield Hill
This classic inn has 13 guest rooms. Like a quaint Victorian inn,
the hotel has a homey feel and is best for bargain travelers. The
home was once a private house, and is decorated with attractive
DRAGON BAY BEACH RESORT
876-993-8751, fax 876-993-8971; reservations 800-633-3284
These 30 villas are perched on a private lagoon. Choose from one,
two or three bedrooms, each surrounded by beautiful gardens and
all the comforts of home. The hotel’s grounds are an attraction
in themselves; you very well might spot hummingbirds and butterflies
on your strolls.
INTERESTING FACT: If you recognize these 55 acres, it’s with good
reason: they have been the backdrop for movies including Cocktail,
Lord of the Flies and Club Paradise. Don’t miss the “Cruise Bar”
– the beach bar where Tom Cruise’s character mixed drinks (and won
hearts) in Cocktail.
FERN HILL CLUB
876-993-7374, fax 876-993-7373
This 30-room hillside inn perched at the foothills of the Blue
Mountains has air conditioning, four pools, satellite TV, tennis
and many other free amenities, including windsurfing, Sunfish sailing
and snorkeling. There’s even a Spa Suite with in-room facilities.
GOBLIN HILL VILLAS AT SAN SAN
876-925-8108, fax 876-925-6248; reservations 800-472-1148
Goblin Hill overlooks San San Bay, Port Antonio’s beautiful harbor,
and offers its guests peace and quiet. The 28 villas include the
services of a housekeeper-cook, who will cook and serve your favorite
dishes. The villas are a short walk away from the water.
HOTEL MOCKING BIRD HILL
876-993-7267, fax 876-993-7133
This 10-room hotel is often cited for its eco-friendly policies.
It uses solar energy and locally produced furniture and the grounds
feature local plantings. Even the restaurant, the excellent Mille
Fleurs, uses local produce. This property is very popular with ecotourists
and offers many tours that explore the natural attractions of the
Port Antonio area.
JAMAICA CREST RESORT
876-993-8400, fax 876-933-8432
This 14-apartment complex has air-conditioned accommodations, two
restaurants, tennis, pool, a disco, gift shop and even a massage
and beauty salon. There are one- and two-bedroom villas as well
as studio units, each with kitchenette, TV, phone and ceiling fans.
876-993-7720, reservations 800-423-4095, fax 876-993-7759
Jamaica Palace is probably the most unusual property in Port Antonio,
built like a 17th-century Italian palace. The black and white floor
tiles that surround the exterior echo the black lacquered furniture
inside. All rooms are furnished with Middle Eastern decor (Persian
rugs and unusual antiques fill the property). The hotel’s pool is
built in the shape of Jamaica.
TRIDENT VILLAS AND HOTEL
876-993-2602, reservations 800-428-4734
($$$$) (all-inclusive optional)
This longtime favorite of the well-heeled crowd is one of Port
Antonio’s top resorts. The atmosphere is super-quiet (when we had
lunch here we were the only diners, and were accompanied by a few
elegant peacocks that strolled through the open-air restaurant).
AUTHORS’ TIP: Look around for familiar celebrity faces. This resort
has long drawn stars, and recently was used as a setting for the
movie Shattered Image.
Guest rooms are elegant and private; dining here is white-gloved
and equally cultivated. There is a small beach area, but most of
the property is bordered by rugged rocks which are pounded by the
sea night and day – truly a stunning sight. It is well worth coming
out just for a look around the property and a meal.
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