Occupying an enviable beachfront perch, the Trident hotel, on Jamaica’s mellow northeast coast, is a tranquil retreat from the crowds that exudes an effortless glamour. Awash in beach white and with mid-century modern style, the 13 villas all have secluded terraces, plunge pools and loads of space. Take your breakfast steps from the sand, bronze yourself at the infinity pool or private beach and catch live jazz nightly at the sultry speakeasy-inspired supper club.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £374.67 ($516), including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates includes a Continental breakfast.
Choose from the extensive film library or screen your latest release for a movie night in the chill media room. Pop by the Explorer’s Lounge to borrow a beach read, shoot a game of pool or admire the collection of mid-century artwork.
At the hotel
Private beach, spa, gym, concierge, library, movie screening room, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, wet bar, minibar and Parang bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the 13 secluded villas have a private terrace with plunge pools, and exude the effortless cool of a cutting-edge art gallery (and are larger than most, too). But, if you want to truly immerse yourself in the tropical surroundings, splurge for a one-bedroom Deluxe Villa boasting more outdoor square footage than indoor, complete with an ocean-facing soaking tub perched on the terrace.
Claim your sunlounger beside the sun-warmed ocean-facing infinity pool that’s directly in line with the horizon.
Let those labels wag, the more exclusive, the better – from the sunglasses right down to your designer sandals.
Pilates, yoga classes and personal trainer sessions are all available upon request.
Children are welcome. It's best suited for teens – snorkelling and paddle-boarding, soccer matches on the beach and table-tennis will keep them entertained.
Soak up sparkling cerulean vistas from any of the tables closest to the walkway at Veranda. Request one of the cabaret tables closest to the stage for a front-row seat when the band starts up at Mike’s Supper Club.
Tropical maxi-dresses for the ladies and crisp linens for the gents that can be dressed up or down depending on the venue.
Fetching as the Danish design tables and mod chairs may be, the sweeping ocean views take centre-stage at The Veranda. This open-air restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks with a modern take on classic British and American dishes. For dinner, saunter over to Mike’s Supper Club, a speakeasy-inspired restaurant serving delicacies local to Port Antonio, with live jazz nightly.
Sleek and moodily lit with red lights, the Time Bar is an intimate lounge with a master mixologist from New York’s Angel Share bar expertly shaking up the cocktails.
Breakfast is served at the Veranda from 7:30am to 10am. Lunch is available from noon until 3:00pm, and a small plates menu is served at the Veranda throughout the day. Mike’s Supper Club is open for dinner from 7:00pm to 10pm.
Dial up room service 24 hours a day. A full menu is available during restaurant hours starting at 7:30am. After 10pm a more limited menu (sandwiches, pasta, fish and chips and salads) is available.
Set on Jamaica’s secluded northeast coast, the Trident Hotel in Portland Parish, has the best of both views: rolling ocean and lush mountain vistas.
Norman Manley International airport in Kingston is a two-hour drive to the hotel; for guests staying five nights or more, the hotel offers free private transfers (usually from US$180 for two guests). A 20-minute private flight to nearby Ken Jones Airstrip can also be arranged.
If planning to drive from Kingston or explore beyond the resort, hiring a car is recommended, and you’ll find rental desks at Norman Manley International Airport. Newer roads in good condition connect Kingston and Portland, and free parking is available on-site at the hotel. The hotel can also arrange drivers for excursions.
A 30-minute private helicopter transfer from Norman Manley International Airport directly to the hotel can also be arranged.
Worth getting out of bed for
The area around Port Antonio has some of the most stunning natural scenery in all of Jamaica, and the Trident hotel is within an easy drive to breathtaking beaches, waterfalls, caves and lush rainforests. Just 10-minutes from the hotel you’ll find Frenchman’s Cove, voted one of the world’s top five beaches. The beach has soft white sand, shimmering waters and a river with enormous climbing trees and Tarzan swings. Set off on a dragon-hunting excursion to the bottomless Blue Lagoon (of cinematic fame), which local legend says is home to a mythical winged critter. Take a kayak out and spy on the amazing waterfront houses or stop and to take a swim in what is the largest of the island’s spring fed lagoon. Perhaps a lazy float down the gently winding Rio Grande, with a boatman steering your passage as you relax back in your two-person settee admiring Port Antonio’s hidden coves and inlets on the way. Or, cool off with a swim in deep-rock pools and explore caves by boat at Somerset Falls. The hotel can arrange tours with knowledgeable guides for to experience any of these natural wonders.
With its destination restaurant/cabaret and a lounge with a serious mixologist tending bar, you could be content to take every meal at the Trident. However, it’s certainly worth venturing out to some experience some local favourites. Dine alfresco on dishes such as spicy lobster pasta, red Thai shrimp curry and grilled mahi mahi with cream sauce and capers. Travel 10-minutes inland to Mille Fleurs restaurant (+1 876 993 7134) for lunch and dinner. Set on a tropical hillside, you can survey Port Antonio’s harbour, the cerulean Caribbean and the lush Blue Mountains from the terrace while snacking on fresh, locally sourced Caribbean fare from a menu that changes daily. Reserve a table in advance for dinner at Dickie’s Best Kept Secret, a quaint cottage stuffed with local crafts, (+1 876 809 6276) hidden away in Frenchman’s Cove. Despite the casual setting and relaxed atmosphere, Chef Dickie (former chef at the Ritz Carlton and other upscale resorts) turns out an elegant, five-course affair using fresh-that-day ingredients. On Red Hassell Road, ex-military man Everold Daley runs authentic Jamaican eatery Soldier Camp (+1 876 451 2095). Bamboo benches and military insignia make strange bedfellows in theis cosy hangout, but food is excellent – opt for the crayfish and bussu (river snail) soup, followed by curried goat or coconut-coated lobster in its shell.
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The hushed Trident hotel – a flash of bright white against the cerulean Caribbean and surrounding verdant hills – is a delightful discovery for those looking to leave Jamaica’s tourist throngs behind. With just 13 spacious, perk-packed villas, it attracts a select group, but never a huge crowd. Which means you’re guaranteed a sunlounger beside the infinity pool, your own stretch of sand on the private beach, a stool at the clubby lounge or a table at the very happening supper club.
Located in Port Antonio, was once the place where notable writers, actors and industry magnates t hibernate during winter. The glittering white sand beaches and sparkling ocean blues were rivalled only by the dazzling list of who’s who – Bette Davis, Rudyard Kipling, William Randolph Hearst – strolling its secluded shores. And while still a draw for some very high-profile guests, no matter who you are, all will be made to feel like VIPs thanks to Trident’s spot-on service and impeccable sense of style.