- Style Music mogul’s cabins
- Setting Rainbow-coloured rainforest
Geejam’s cabins are the colour of coconuts – hewn from dark wood, dazzling white inside – with spectacular rainforest-meets-sea views. This sun-kissed retreat (owned by two music producers) even has its own recording studio, beloved of No Doubt and Grace Jones. The laidback Bushbar is equally cool, serving up fragrant curries and fruity cocktails.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven rooms: three one-bedroom cabins, a studio suite and one three-bedroom villa.
- Rates Double rooms from $495.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental, Jamaican or English breakfast. An additional supplement of $100 a room a night is payable on certain holiday dates such as Easter and New Year, including 26 December 2011 to 2 January 2012.
- Facilities Private beach, gardens, gym, recording studio, DVD library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Bose speakers, Apple TV home theatre and music system, DVD/CD player, minibar and free bottled water.
- Poolside If no-one’s staying in the three-bedroom villa, guests can use its pool. Otherwise, it’s all about the private beach.
- Check–out Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Little Smiths are welcome, with free cots for babies and extra beds for children. Babysitting is US$10 an hour, plus US$5 for each additional child (with 24-hours’ notice), and the restaurant has a children’s menu.
- Also Leave your pets at home. Smokers can light up outside.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love Ska for its Jacuzzi on the veranda and Mento for its secluded hammock hidden in the trees. That said, Drum & Bass is definitely the hot stepper. This junior suite on the ground floor of the recording studio comes with an enormous veranda, a sofa that calls for sprawling on, a Philippe Starck bathtub with stunning panoramic views, a steam shower, and folding windows which open the entire room up to the balmy tropical air. Water babies will love Sanwood, the three-bedroom villa, designed by Anthony Wade in the late ’60s, with its own pool and a nautical theme. Look out for Banksy doodles.
- Packing tips Conditioner – Jamaican hotels tend not to provide it, and it’s a necessity after all the sun, sea and sand; there is mosquito repellent in each room, but pack your own if you're prone to bites. Bring your guitar for midnight jamming.
- Also Guests are given a mobile phone, programmed with numbers for all the hotel services, to use throughout their stay. Stay five nights or more and a free laundry service and airport transfers are included. You can admire the hotel's waterfall from the Day Dream canopy deck.
Food and drink at Geejam
- Hotel restaurant Eat alfresco at the laidback Bushbar, built around two three hundred year-old fig trees, and lit romantically at night with candles. Offerings are Jamaican-Asian, with dishes such as spicy lobster pasta, red Thai shrimp curry and grilled mahi mahi with cream sauce and capers. Breakfast is worth writing home about (so we are) – croissants and bread baked by the in-house pastry chef, fruit and vegetables freshly plucked from the gardens and West Indian specialities: steamed dumplings, ackee, salt fish and plantain. Bushbar sits at the edge of the rainforest, surrounded by lush greenery and with the ocean in sight – expect wow-factor views.
- Dress code Cool and colourful, just like your surroundings – sea-green shirt or coral dress, Havaianas in a fruit-salad shade and sunglasses worthy of a platinum-album artist.
- Top table Wherever you sit, you’ll have 180-degree panoramas.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 10.30am, lunch is noon until 3pm, and dinner is from 6.30pm to 9pm (but it can be later, if you ask ahead). Drinks are served in the bar from noon until 10pm.
- Room service The 24-hour room service includes items from Bushbar’s menu until 9pm. After that, sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks can be ordered.
- Hotel bar The bar area is casually distinguished from Bushbar’s eating space by the sleek, scarlet-cushioned sofas. It’s a sociable, sexy space, where you can easily pass the night lounging around. Sip on a Green Daisy cocktail and play tech-geek – there’s a huge Apple screen on top of the bar, loaded with reggae, rock, R&B and chill-out tracks. Sometimes a DJ takes to the decks – expect dancing, throbbing bass, and an early-hours retreat to your cabin.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details