May 16, 2022

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Jamaican art and sights on show in Geejam Hotel’s new Rumba rooms: Travel Weekly

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Nestled close to Port Antonio in Portland Parish on Jamaica’s secluded northeast coast where by the jungle meets the sea is the Geejam Resort and Recording Studio, which recently unveiled a new chapter in its storied history.

The residence reopened in late April with the debut of 12 Rumba Rooms.

The Geejam’s co-founders, hoteliers and songs industry veterans Jon Baker and Steve Beaver, go on to provide a mix of luxurious, music, lifestyle and hospitality for their visitors.

“It is really been 30 yrs considering the fact that buying a compact vacation villa in what I consider to be the most stunning region in the world,” Baker mentioned. “I in no way imagined in that time that the assets would eventually develop into Geejam in 2008 and would provide as a catalyst for our mission to inspire the renaissance of Port Antonio.”

The Rumba Rooms, built in a jungle-meets-chic signature style, aspect spacious, split-level units and non-public balconies with rainforest and Caribbean Sea views. Every home is named for a Jamaican songs legend, from King Tubby to Augustus Pablo and Geejam’s incredibly personal Jolly Boys.

A selection of Jamaican artwork in each and every place contains 1970s-period Jamaica Tourist Board posters, Jamaican library archive prints, up to date artwork pieces and photography.

The expanded, open-air Bushbar has been entirely restored and now characteristics an infinity pool perched in the rainforest and a stage for live music and art gatherings on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Geejam also options a new dining menu and a new Beach Bar & Grill on its non-public beach front.

The Geejam Studio, housed in the Panorama and Cocosan personal villas, recorded lots of artists in 2020 despite the pandemic. It is undergoing a complete renovation for the to start with time in its 23-year heritage and strategies to reopen later this yr.

In addition to the 12 Rumba Rooms, the Geejam features three personal villas and 4 deluxe jungle cabins. Rumba Rooms commence at $300 for each place, for each night, double and involve breakfast.

The Geejam is minutes from Frenchman’s Cove beach,  a shorter travel from Portie, as the locals contact Port Antonio, a two-and-half  hour drive from Kingston by part of the Blue Mountains and 4 hrs from Montego Bay.

The region offers a glamorous background where film star Errol Flynn built his dwelling and in which Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack were regulars in the 50’s and 60’s.

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