- Style Sky-skimming treehouses
- Setting Amid the burly banyans
Cushioned, carpeted and curtained with greenery, Kanopi House’s treehouses are set deep in the rainforest, flanked by 100-foot, vine-wrapped banyans. The hotel’s philosophy is equally green – all the wood is sustainable, no trees were felled when Kanopi House was built, and local craftsmen and artists contributed to the design.
Need to know
- Rooms Four treehouses: three one-bedroom treehouses, one two-bedroom treehouse.
- Rates Double rooms from $423.73, excluding tax at 18 per cent.
- More details Rates include all meals, snacks, some alcoholic drinks and a fridge stocked with soft drinks, wine, crackers, cheese and Blue Mountain coffee.
- Facilities Gardens and a library including DVDs. In rooms: iPod dock with Bose speakers, minibar and free bottled water.
- Poolside No pool, but guests have direct access to the Blue Lagoon – according to legend, its bottomless and inhabited by an elusive dragon.
- Check–out 12 noon, and later if there’s availability. Check-in is equally laid-back (but call the hotel to let them know when you’ll arrive).
Children Little Smiths aged seven and above are welcome (the treehouses’ steps and heights aren’t designed for tiny tots). Cots and extra beds are free for children sharing with adults, and babysitting with staff is US$30 an evening (give 24 hours' notice).
- Eco‐friendly This hotel is as green as its surroundings – materials are locally sourced, bathrooms come with showers instead of baths and Kanopi House regularly donates to local causes.
- Also US$30 a day covers the cost of feeding any pets you bring along. Smokers can light up wherever they like.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Almond Tree has a gargantuan, hand-carved four-poster, retractable windows and doors that open out onto the rainforest. Spanish Elm is the largest treehouse, and has its own dining and lounge area, a spacious bedroom, an outdoor shower and a wraparound deck fit for a filmstar.
- Packing tips Laid-back linens for lounging around and different swimwear for each day of your stay – you’ll probably spend more time in water than on the ground. Don’t bring a shoe collection fit for a millipede – chances are you’ll pad around barefoot.
- Also Indulge in an in-room spa treatment with one of the expert therapists.
Food and drink at Kanopi House
- Hotel restaurant Gather in the communal treehouse, the Living Room, for meals cooked up in the House Kitchen. Continuing the wood-and-white theme, the Living Room’s hand-crafted mahogony day-beds are dressed in white linen and scattered with cushions. Shots of colour come via the views – the open-plan space overlooks the jungle and Alligator Head. Pick a banana from one of the trees on the deck, but don’t get full – freshly caught snapper, lobster or meat cooked on the open grill, flavoured with herbs and greens plucked from the mountain garden, await. All the Jamaican staples (callaloo, plantain, ackee, breadfruit, yam, wild cocoa, sweet potato and curry) are present and correct, cooked with love by Elaine and served by Carla – entertainer, housekeeper, and all-round superstar.
- Dress code The emphasis is on relaxation – think Caribbean cool, and add spice with a lagoon-blue necklace or banana-yellow bandana.
- Top table Find your favourite view by sitting at a different place each night. On balmy evenings, eat outside on the pink limestone terrace.
- Last orders Kanopi House disdains set timings, so you can eat and drink whenever suits you – just ask ahead.
- Room service None. If you opt for the 'Guest of House' rate, you won’t need it – your fridge will be stocked with snacks and drinks, and all meals are included.
- Hotel bar Have pre- and post-dinner drinks at the Living Room, and set the mood by lining up playlists on the house iPod.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details