Jamaica’s Geejam Collection

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Plunge pool at Trident Hotel villa
Trident Hotel villas come with private, heated plunge pools and terraces overlooking the sea.

 

 

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Trident Hotel studio
Trident Hotel studio villas epitomize laid-back and are done in whites and pastel hues.

Port Antonio, the lush, more tropical side of Jamaica, will soon welcome the Caribbean’s latest collection of barefoot luxury resorts with a twist…and a shout.

Port Antonio, Jamaica, will soon be the go-to spot for music aficionados with the debut of the Geejam Collection, led by music veteran and hotelier Jon Baker; partner and co-owner, Steve Beaver; and billionaire businessman and Port Antonio native Michael Lee-Chin.

The first two projects to debut are the oceanfront, all-villa Trident Hotel (just 13 units) and the landmark Trident Castle, which has been converted into a luxury eight-room hotel. The third is the Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Villas, which is set to open later in the year. Note: All Geejam Collection resorts are available for property takeovers.

Tip: There is a helicopter landing pad for access to all hotels. All three can arrange for a tennis pro to play with their VIP guests. Also, a local jerk tasting (Port Antonio is the birthplace of jerk) can be arranged for foodies. The collection also offers private tours and fishing expeditions on Geejam’s private sport fishing boat, surfing expeditions at the nearby Long Bay Beach, and even recording studio time at Geejam Hotel. 

Continuing the momentum begun by Geejam Hotel, established in 2008, and drawing this generation’s movers and shakers to the region, the project is expected to further invigorate tourism in Port Antonio, a longtime luxury hot spot in Jamaica that had been somewhat dormant since the peak of the 2009 economic downturn.

Note: The Trident Hotel and the Trident Castle do not have recording studios, but A-listers have access to all of the collection’s amenities. So, if a VIP is staying at Trident, collection representatives can book time for them at the studio at Geejam Hotel if they wish. Did you know: Artists that have recorded at Geejam Studio include Alicia Keys, Drake, Bjork, Amy Winehouse, Santigold, Snoop Dogg, Common, and No Doubt.

 

Trident Castle
Trident Castle seen from across Dolphin’s Bay has become a symbolic landmark of Port Antonio’s history.

For all special requests, advisors should contact Keniesha Brown ([email protected]; 876-633-7000), manager of rooms and guest services.

The Trident Hotel, which will have its official opening on April 15, epitomizes laid-back with just 13 studios, one- and two-bedroom villas with private, heated plunge pools and terraces overlooking the sea. It was thoroughly renovated but maintains most of its original Jamaican-Georgian exteriors.

The hotel’s main 80-seat restaurant, Mike’s Supper Club, takes cues from the uptown Harlem style of years past and boasts an original Ferrari, red 1917 Steinway piano, live music, and spectacular views. The menu is designed by New York City’s Jamaican hot spot, Spur Tree, and will feature internationally influenced dishes with an emphasis on Jamaican and Japanese cuisine. Hint: Mike’s Supper Club has a live jazz band on weekends, and the popular Mento band, the Jolly Boys, perform at both Mike’s and Geejam Hotel’s Bushbar when they are not touring. 

 Built as a private residence by architect Earl Levy beginning in 1979, the Trident Castle has become a symbolic landmark of Port Antonio’s history. It now has eight bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and modern amenities including adjoining sunrooms and a state-of-the-art photography studio. The hotel also houses a Romanesque-style swimming pool with its deck overlooking the ocean, a helicopter pad, and a petite private chapel arranged among its expansive lawns and terraces.

 

The Trident Hotel’s bedrooms
The hotel’s bedrooms feature many modern amenities, including adjoining sunrooms and a state-of-the-art photography studio.

On the horizon: Later in 2013, the Geejam Collection will launch the Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Villas, a destination within the destination to bring locals and tourists together to enjoy the legendary aquamarine waters of this natural wonder. The Blue Lagoon property will act as a full-service recreational, dining and accommodation resort situated on the north shore. Hint: Plans for the revival of this landlocked cove include a heritage museum, botanical gardens, public beach area, restaurant, pier-side craft kiosks, and luxury villas.

For all requests for any Geejam Collection property, luxury advisors should contact Sales/Reservations Manager Rose-marie Barrant ([email protected]; 876-993-2737).

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