“One for the rockstars: a secluded recording studio, with seven immaculate bedrooms attached”
Each of the rooms are bright white and super-slick: white walls, white cabinets and white leather bed heads, dark hardwood Jamaican floors. Grey tiled bathrooms have a shower only, and some double as steam rooms (Mento and Rock Steady) and all look out onto lush green foliage and the sea. Blackout blinds ensure you won’t be woken by the dawn. At Geejam luxury is techno heavy: flat screen TV, Apple music, 10,000 songs. There is no room phone, but you are given a mobile on arrival which connects you to the Bar, Chef, and other rooms if required. No in-room coffee and tea making facilities but these are available on request. Whichever room you choose, all have lovely dark timber decks, with cane furniture and plenty of cushions to help you break your stride.
Families are encouraged to stay in Sanwood, the main 2-storey villa, which is the original building on the property - designed by British architect, Anthony Wade, in the 1960s. The villa has 3 bedrooms all with ensuite shower bathrooms, 2 terraces, a snazzy media lounge and home theatre, private pool, and, original Banksy artwork plus Juergen Teller photographs - both are former guests. Do note that the Geejam kitchen is located adjacent on the ground floor, so you will see the chef coming and going.
The 3 timber cottages are tucked away in the grounds. Our room, Rock Steady, is the smallest - definitely no room for extra beds here - but it does have a double steam room. Mento has high ceilings and the benefit of an additional hammock on its wraparound veranda as well as its own Jacuzzi. While Ska's double glass doors open onto not one but 2 decks, 1 of which also has a Jacuzzi with a view of the sea.
The signature 1 bedroom suite Drum & Bass is below the recording studio, and has extensive views from its capacious deck.
Food is served in the extensive open-air Bushbar, with its welcoming supersized sofas, ambient sound system, views towards the ocean, and more tables than are really required. The menu is Asian/Jamaican/Caribbean fusion. A set choice covers breakfast and lunch, but the dinner menu is changed weekly. The kitchen wasn’t firing on all cylinders on our visit as they had a tiny turnaround window between mega-stars, but what the chef rustled up for us in Sanwood was delicious. As were the mojitos and rum punches...
Breakfast is either Continental with fresh baked pastries, or Jamaican breakfast of the day - steamed dumplings, ackee and salt fish, plantains or banana pancakes. Lunch is a choice of three salads to start, and seven mains including Geejam spicy lobster, red stripe beer batter fish and chips, followed by three puddings that included cheesecake, and ice cream. Dinner offers four starters and five mains; enjoy the chef salad, followed by escovietch fish, curry shrimp, and the Geejam brownie and ice cream to finish.
Sanwood has its own dining options - you can order from an a la carte menu - the fully equipped kitchen adjacent prepares food for all guests, which is taken over to the restaurant for final cooking and assembly. Bespoke menus and room service are available on request. Guests staying in Sanwood would not cook there as all meals are prepared by staff. Welcome baskets are not a standard service but can be requested at an extra cost. Guests renting Sanwood with specific food requirements can be accommodated.
As an alternative you should head over to Boston Bay - the birthplace of jerk seasoning - at some stage for the original jerk pork or chicken, and a catch-of-the-day dinner can also be arranged at one of nearby Port Antonio restaurants. Geejam also recommends Italian owned San San Tropez or contemporary Jamaican Norma’s at the marina.
Children are welcome and accommodation is free for children under 12 who share a room with an adult. Babysitting / nanny service can be arranged on request.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The 3 cottages are too small for extra beds, and families are encouraged to stay in 3-bedroom villa Sanwood, where you get the bonus of the pool. Drum & Bass can take a rollaway bed.
Kids would have great fun playing in the grounds, but you need to cross to main road to get to the man-made beach: sandcastles are possible, but if you want to play in the sea you need to go down the road to Frenchman’s Cove.