“Peaceful, hilltop eco-hideaway with an excellent restaurant - a great base for exploring the unspoilt Port Antonio region”
The 10 breeze-cooled rooms have white tile floors, pretty sea-blue and white fabrics and handmade bamboo furniture. Kingsized beds are comfy (some can be made up as twins), and we loved the local artwork and lashings of handpicked flowers. The overall impression is light and airy, enhanced by most rooms having balconies with hammocks and views over the garden and beyond.
Superior Rooms are on the upper level with great views overlooking the sea. Deluxe Rooms are a little larger with an additional seating area and folding doors which open up so that the room and balcony become one in good weather. Garden View Rooms, as you may imagine, have wonderful views over the lush grounds.
The Superior Room 10 is popular with honeymooners as it offers 2 terraces. The Suite, created by combining 2 Superior Rooms, has a living room with a daybed, but no outside terrace or hammock.
Meals are taken on the open terrace of the Mille Fleurs restaurant, which has a terrific ocean view, and is one of the best on the island. The a la carte menu changes daily and is a sumptuous mixture of Jamaican and Continental food, using locally sourced seasonal produce.
Breakfast is a generous spread of artisan cheeses, callaloo omelettes, homemade museli and yoghurt, fresh fruit, local jams (papaya, mango) and several types of home-baked bread (mango and banana were our favourites); you can also order something hot from the a la carte menu.
Lunch could be grilled tuna salad with cashews and Jamaica spices or jerk chicken, but most guests are out and about dining at one of the informal beachside eateries; the hotel can also make up a picnic lunch on request.
The inventive 3-course dinner menu offers several delicious options, such as shrimp-filled plantain boats, seared citrus Mahi Mahi with orange cucumber, or lobster and crab steamed in beer, with treats like mango souffle for dessert.
In keeping with the hotel's drive to reduce carbon emissions, the restaurant offers Meatless Mondays, where the menu showcases a choice of fusion vegetarian dishes such as callaloo and feta quiche, spicy okra and tomato with yoghurt or ackee soufflé with a creamy thyme sauce.
If you're staying for a few days and want a change of scene, venture downhill to the eateries in Port Antonio.
Children are welcome but most guests seem to bring babies or teenagers - younger kids may be bored at this hotel, though there are heaps of great family adventures in the vicinity. Children under 12 stay for free - maximum of 1 extra bed per room.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
The Garden View Rooms are the best for families as they are on the ground floor and can easily accommodate an extra bed. The Economy Room is reserved for older kids and is near the pool so a good one to book if your family is slightly older.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking