After driving past Boston Jerk in Portland, down an old dirt road, we came upon a gate…well two gates. One was a cast iron gate; the other was round and made of bamboo. And on that gate hung a simple sign that read, ‘Great Huts-Paradise on the Edge…’, and off to the side of the gate there was a bell. Filled with curiosity and excitement…I did not know what to expect, nonetheless I wanted to ring the bell. I became even more curious when I looked up and saw a tree-house, built out of bamboo, peering through green leaves and tall trees. So, the gate swung open and it was as if I stepped into another world. A world of tranquility, peace, and love, all bundled under the canopy of a rain forest. So cool!
Great Huts is known for its rustic, majestic, oceanfront eco-tourism style with African huts and tree-houses. Built on the cliff, overlooking Boston Bay, its’ unique design incorporates the surrounding elements and uses natural materials such as: limestone, bamboo, trees, and rocks. This keeps the natural look and protects the habitat. Huts and tree-houses are uniquely named and furnished accordingly, with African decor and art involving a lot of masks. I even got to see a small crab walking into our hut, which was spacious and cozy.
This secluded and seductive compound is home to various exotic birds, indigenous and exotic trees, as well as different folks from all walks of life. Due to the expansive view and its’ relaxing at-one-with-nature atmosphere, musicians record music videos, writers meditate and center themselves for writing, and actors come to Great Huts to restore their energy. Each guest is personally welcomed by the most gracious host, Dr. Paul, along with his courteous staff. With such a spiritual and peaceful vibe…we couldn’t help but staying an extra day. Therefore by the time we left we were talking with everyone and felt like we knew them forever.
Great Huts is one of the top best places to visit in Jamaica. I was always comfortable and well taken care of. I left feeling renewed and vibrant. Great Huts definitely gives new meaning to ‘vacationing in Jamaica’. Check it out for yourself…a must have experience!