Experience Portland’s Beauty from a Unique Vantage Point

By Sabriena Simpson

Looking for a different kind of vacation or staycation in Jamaica? Take the ‘trek’ with Sabriena Simpson to Great Huts Resort in Portland…

For my birthday this year, I decided that I wanted to take the trek to a very unique hotel in Jamaica, Great Huts Resort. My partner made it happen!

Located in Boston Bay, Portland, Great Huts Resort is literally a two-minute walk from the world-renowned Boston Jerk Centre. Simply like no other, I dub it, ‘a rustic, eco-tourism, African-themed village resort, perched on the edge of a cliff’. Instead of a strip of luxurious, concrete rooms, the hotel has rustic huts and tree houses that can house a single traveller, couples or groups.

On arrival, we were greeted with cool glasses of welcome fruit punch and the most beautiful smiles.

Watch the sunrise from any vantage point of this hut, aptly named the African Sunrise.

Most of the huts are made from wood/bamboo and wicker, covered by zinc roof and finished with varnished, uncarved wood. Each room has natural ventilation, a standing or wall fan and a queen or king-sized bed, most with mosquito nets. Some of the dwellings don’t have bathrooms and guests staying in those bunkers must use the communal shower and bathroom area.

We stayed in the Queen Nyabinghi Treehouse, which has a lovely view of the ocean. It also has a refrigerator, a queen-sized bed made from thick, uncarved tree branches, with a small ladder attached, as the bed is raised three feet off the ground (I almost fell off). Our room also had African-inspired art pieces, a bathroom with hot and cold water and a safe to store our valuables.

There are also modern, concrete, air-conditioned rooms on location, for those who may choose to enjoy their stay in those.

A section of the cliffs on which the unique property stands.

The property is beyond beautiful with enchanting views of the azure ocean, 100 feet below. There are hammocks, African art, sculptures and paintings all across the four-plus acres of land.

The resort is characterised by lush vegetation, beautiful gardens and a snake trail, which is a winding wooden boardwalk that runs along the edge of the cliff. Regular trails and paths similar to those in a village or jungle are also a prime feature of the cliffside retreat.

To add, there are also two swimming pools, one which is literally on the edge of the cliff. However, it was out of use while we were there but I still snapped a photo.

What was a total surprise to me is the fact they had a beach! Beautiful, turquoise waters with natural coves and pools perfect for swimming, as well as hammocks on the sand, hanging between branches.

This “paradise on the edge” captured my heart.

The dining hall at the Great Huts Resort.

A lovely dining area named the Safari Deck, adds to the rustic plushness of the property, with its wooden furniture and intriguing African art pieces adorning its hall. Breakfast is included in the cost of the accommodation.

Beautiful caged birds, two large tortoises and two dogs are also residents to this sanctuary.

Yoga is offered on property at an additional cost, and on Saturday nights guests are entertained by cultural performances at the Safari Deck.

Great Huts far exceeded my expectations. Special mention must be made of the customer service. Everyone was warm, courteous and very helpful. Personal ‘big ups’ to Mr Pink, Tanya, Sydonie and Jeneava, who gave us a tour of the property.

My birthday staycation was a blast because of this beautiful, unique resort. It’s definitely worth the return!

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