THE BEST HOTEL IN JAMAICA – OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

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The most unique – best hotel in Jamaica.

Great Huts, as the name suggests are simply great! Hotel? Resort? Garden? Art gallery? – it’s difficult to describe it with only one word. The sign on the gate promise ‘Paradise on the Edge‘ – looking at the pictures I took in this place you will learn it’s quite accurate.

I don’t normally write about hotels, but Great Huts are not just normal accommodation – staying there is experience on it’s own. We learned about this place from a friend who is visiting Jamaica every year, and we were so grateful that he shared his finding with us. We had the best and most relaxing time staying in this secluded paradise – we even cancelled the next booking on our trip to stay one more day (something I wouldn’t normally do being a thrifty traveler).

Note: I did not get any gratification for writing this post. I paid full price for staying in this hotel. I just loved it so much I decided to share my experience with you. Affiliate links are being used in this post. I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase through my affiliate link. Remember, I would never recommend something I wouldn’t use myself!

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Bamboo gate to paradise of Great Huts.

As we drove along Boston Bay I saw a tiny little beach surrounded by beautiful cliffs.
– Just look at this place, I wish that was it! – I said to Greg. Five minutes later when we checked map on the phone, we realized that we passed our destination and we have to turn back. Yes, I was so happy to discover that this cute bay was exactly where we had to return.

After going through bamboo fence we entered to the magical garden that hides reception and restaurant. During few minutes while we waited for our hut, we noticed how cozy and interesting the lobby is. You can sit and relax on comfy sofas with colorful cushions and the whole bookcase of novels and travel guides is at your disposal. We found ourselves surrounded by plants, animals, art and books – we immediately felt relaxed and forgot about outer world.
We were offered a tour to explore whole kingdom of Great Huts and it’s many attractions. Being independent explores, we politely declined and decided to wander this friendly jungle on our own.

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Wooden stairs lead to the restaurant, reception is just below.

We were shown to our hut – Kaya, which we found perfectly cozy and really spacious for two of us. There are various standards of huts available: Royal African, Safari Chic, Comfortably Rustic and Cozy Camping. Some of them are very fancy and spacious – even few-story, including bathroom. Others are simpler, and do not have en-suite bathroom. Common restrooms and showers are very clean, which I’m rather sensitive about. Even if your budget does not allow for higher standard hut, rest assured – you will be just fine staying in Cozy Camping standard, like we did.
Taking first look at our perfectly designed stone bed, I didn’t believe it could possibly be comfortable. Soon I discovered that I was all wrong. Mattress was perfectly comfy and ambient sounds of night jungle lulled us to deep, calm sleep. Waking up to screeching of parrots was really exotic experience. Soft light trying to get through trees and lush plants gently suggested it is already morning.

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African decorations in our hut – Kaya.

Next day we did a bit more exploring. Each hut has it’s unique design, which includes hand-carved wooden or stone-work furniture, tribal decorations, natural linen. Have you ever been in a hotel, which rooms are attractions on their own? They surely are in Great Huts.

Huge hammock in front of Kaya hut.

Breakfast is served in Safari Deck Restaurant – beautiful open space filled with wooden carved tables and chairs as well as original Jamaican decorations. Each piece of furniture is piece of art. Breakfast is plentiful. You can choose between various kinds of eggs – Greg went for omelette with mushrooms, peppers, onion, cheese.. basically everything. I choose muesli and toasts. There were two kinds of juices available – the one with ginger was very tasty and refreshing. I think we had three helpings of coffee – no wonder it was so delicious, Blue Mountains are just few kilometers away.

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Delicious Blue Mountain coffee and cute coconut-shell cutlery – waiting for breakfast..

After breakfast we had energy to continue our exploration. We discovered a Snake Path – wooden pavement on top of towering cliffs providing a picturesque hiking trail at all times of the day.
Make sure to take your camera with you! You can easily spend whole day photographing the views from the cliffs, tropical plants and exotic sculptures.
What’s more romantic than sofa-swing hidden inside lush garden…

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… with this view !

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WHAT A VIEW !!!

If you wan to know more about Jamaica check out this post – Everything you need to know before visiting Jamaica.

What we really enjoyed about our stay in Great Huts, was that in spite of fact that the place was almost fully booked, we felt like we were alone. Two pools, private beach, scenic walking path, art gallery and many secluded benches together with nearby surfers beach provide enough attractions for all guests.

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Perfect spot to read a book and work on your sun-tan.

Beach is equipped with both sunbeds for those wanting to work on their tun, and hammocks in shadow under the trees. Some sunbeds are placed on small platforms on the rocks, just above the water, so you can enjoy refreshing breeze from the ocean while admiring struggles of first-time surfers.
On the other side of the beach behind the wall of the cliff there’s our favorite place. Hidden ‘pool’ formed by surrounding rocks. We called it ‘Jacuzzi’, as the waves entering this natural pool and smashing against the rocks created fantastic foam. We stayed there for hours in warm, chest-deep water.

Beautiful bay with cute little beach is hidden between the steep cliffs on the right of the resort. It’s a perfect spot to learn surfing. Your’e not gonna have a problem to find a surfing instructor, actually he’ll find you. We were told the price is 80$ per lesson for two, but I’m sure you can negotiate somewhat better. It’s really hard to find better spot if you want to try surfing for the first time. This tiny bay is protected by huge volcanic rocks from both sides, but still gets enough waves to give you a bit of a challenge.

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.. I didn’t. Am I a chicken?

This is where Great Huts are located.



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SUMMARY

directions:
15km from Port Antonio
80km from Port Maria
100km from Kingston
110km from Ocho Rios
prices:
about 60$ – 260$ per hut (including full English breakfast)
surrounding attractions: 
– surfing beach just behind the corner
– jerk chicken center in front of resort
– Blue Lagoon (6km)
– Reach Falls (24km)
– Port Antonio and Errol Flynn Marina

Have you ever dreamed of exotic African experience, but it’s too far for you to actually fly to Africa? It doesn’t matter if you are wholehearted backpacker or you love staying at all-inclusive resorts. Great Huts are experience on their own, and I’m sure no matter what your preferences are – your’e gonna love it! Just like we did!
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