#fridayfives - Do you really need more than five reasons to re-discover Jamaica when all five are in one destination? The place where it’s all converging is on Jamaica’s northeastern coast in Portland, a lush, forest-to-ocean Elysium that has been dubbed the “Jamaican Riviera” for its natural glamour and cultural legacy.
The region is equal parts sequestered haven and historical hot spot; not only was it the Hollywood hotbed of the 1960s, it is the quintessential birthplace of Jamaican tourism. Over the years, the area’s unspoiled beauty, pristine seascapes and host of natural attractions have drawn sizable international and local tourism.
Everyone from high profile celebrities and international royalty to creative visionaries and adventurous-minded travelers has frequented Portland since the early 1900s.
The team behind the Port Antonio vision includes native Portlander and international business guru Michael Lee-Chin who has partnered with British-born music industry veteran and hotelier Jon Baker, to ally forces and revive Port Antonio to its former apex. Baker (owner of the Geejam Hotel with business partner Steve Beaver, and the famed Geejam Studios), will now re-launch the region (affectionately called “Portie” by those in the know), including Lee Chin’s Trident Castle, the historic Trident Hotel and the Blue Lagoon, Jamaica’s largest natural spring-fed lagoon.
Join the renaissance now by booking at Geejam Collection.
1. Trident Hotel, Port Antonio (opening March)
2. Geejam Studios, Port Antonio (has played host to Grace Jones, Rhianna, No Doubt and many more)
3. Geejam Hotel, Port Antonio (endless list of A-listers and just cool cats)
4. Trident Castle, Port Antonio (do you need more explanation? It’s a castle…by the sea…in Jamaica)
5. Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio (channel your inner Brooke Shields)