Nestled near Port Antonio in Portland Parish on Jamaica’s secluded northeast coast where the jungle meets the sea is the Geejam Hotel and Recording Studio, which recently unveiled a new chapter in its storied history.
The property reopened in late April with the debut of 12 Rumba Rooms.
The Geejam’s co-founders, hoteliers and music industry veterans Jon Baker and Steve Beaver, continue to offer a mix of luxury, music, culture and hospitality for their guests.
“It’s been 30 years since buying a small holiday villa in what I consider to be the most beautiful region in the world,” Baker said. “I never imagined in that time that the property would eventually become Geejam in 2008 and would serve as a catalyst for our mission to inspire the renaissance of Port Antonio.”
The Rumba Rooms, designed in a jungle-meets-chic signature style, feature spacious, split-level units and private balconies with rainforest and Caribbean Sea views. Each room is named for a Jamaican music legend, from King Tubby to Augustus Pablo and Geejam’s very own Jolly Boys.
A collection of Jamaican artwork in each room includes 1970s-era Jamaica Tourist Board posters, Jamaican library archive prints, contemporary art pieces and photography.
The expanded, open-air Bushbar has been completely restored and now features an infinity pool perched in the rainforest and a stage for live music and art events on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Geejam also features a new dining menu and a new Beach Bar & Grill on its private beach.
The Geejam Studio, housed in the Panorama and Cocosan private villas, recorded many artists in 2020 despite the pandemic. It is undergoing a total renovation for the first time in its 23-year history and plans to reopen later this year.
In addition to the 12 Rumba Rooms, the Geejam offers three private villas and four deluxe jungle cabins. Rumba Rooms start at $300 per room, per night, double and include breakfast.
The Geejam is minutes from Frenchman’s Cove beach, a short drive from Portie, as the locals call Port Antonio, a two-and-half hour drive from Kingston through part of the Blue Mountains and four hours from Montego Bay.
The area boasts a glamorous history where movie star Errol Flynn made his home and where Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack were regulars in the 50’s and 60’s.
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