Great Huts Paradise On The Edge Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:19:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Great Waterfalls Package Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:09:02 +0000 Great Huts introduces Great Waterfalls of Jamaica Adventure Package

Great Huts Resort is proud to introduce its new Great Waterfalls package, the first of a series of Jamaican Adventure packages, designed for people who want to experience excitement and adventure, and fun in the sun all at the same time.

Jamaica is known as the land of wood and water and its stunning waterfalls have been one of its main attractions for tourists from all around the world. Now you can visit the stunning waterfalls of Jamaica in this exclusive Great Waterfalls vacation package.

“Great Huts gives you the opportunity to visit three of the islands most amazing waterfalls while staying at Great Huts in one seamless package.”

Great Huts – Paradise on the Edge – is an eco-friendly resort located in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Our unique African hut and tree-house rooms bring you back to nature in comfort and style. At Great Huts, spirituality, nature, heritage and art converge!

Great Waterfalls

Spend 5 days and 4 nights at Great Huts and explore three of Jamaica’s top waterfalls! The Great Waterfalls package includes 4 nights accommodation for two in either Royalty Rooms, Safari Chic Rooms or Down to Basics Rooms, with a choice between a quiet secluded garden hut, or a cliff side tree-house with a sea view. Also included in the package:

  • Full morning breakfast, Jamaican or your choice.
  • Airport pickup and drop off*
  • All Transportation costs to and from waterfalls
  • All Entrance Fees to all waterfalls

The package starts with a visit to Reach Falls with its rich blue mineral waters and underwater caves, followed by a trip to Somerset Falls with its large swimming baths and outdoor caves. Lastly the guests are taken to climb Dunns River Falls, referred to by many as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Find out more at

* Costs for airport pickup are additional based on your port of entry and run a additional $100 for Kingston pickup or $200 for Montego Bay.

About Great Huts – Paradise On The Edge

Great Huts ( is an eco-friendly resort located in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Our unique African hut and tree-house rooms bring you back to nature in comfort and style. Have the vacation you always dreamed about. At Great Huts, spirituality, nature, heritage and art converge!

About Jamaica

Jamaica ( is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, known as the land of wood and water. If you are looking for a true adventure, there is little more memorable, and beautiful, than hiking its tropical mountains. It’s long sandy beaches, crystal clear water and secret coves make it a true island paradise.

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Inaugural Cinema Paradise finds success Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:19:39 +0000 Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

The inaugural Cinema Paradise, recently held at Great Huts Resort in Boston, Portland, was from all indications a success.

Staged over five days at the eco-friendly beachfront property, the festival attracted a number of Jamaican actors, directors and local residents from Boston Bay, many of whom were viewing locally produced movies on big screen for the first time.

“This is so exciting,”

– commented Carlo Less, coordinator of Cinema Paradise 2014.

“This film festival is celebrating Jamaican films, along with film-makers and actors, who are not necessarily Jamaican nationals. Jamaican films, which are basically true stories, impact our people.”

Less continued, “It is awesome here at Great Huts, especially on this white sand beach where a lot of film-makers are present in celebrating this event. We are using this as a platform to showcase our work and the response from residents has been great.”

According to Less, the community of Boston Bay has supported Cinema Paradise and the management at Great Huts, and other local visitors and tourists have enjoyed the Jamaican film experience.

A great event

One of the film directors, Stephanie Black, who did Life and Debt, which deals with the impact of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and other international lending agencies on Jamaica’s economy and production, lauded the film festival.

“This film, Life and Debt, is based on Jamaica’s borrowing agreement with the IMF and its impact,”

– commented Black. She added “This is a great event and Portland is an amazing location. I don’t think there is a local cinema in Portland and many are viewing these films for the first time on big screen. This is one way of getting the residents familiarised with these films and actors,” Black said.

Old films like Smile Orange, Harder They Come, One Love and Better Must Come have been shown to the audience, along with others.

Black, who has been directing films in Jamaica for more than 25 years, explained that life in Jamaica is beautiful, as the island not only has lush vegetation, but also its friendly people and distinctive language (Patois).

Cinema Paradise was held from Wednesday, August 27, to Sunday, August 31. The event was sponsored by Great Huts, and, according to Dr Paul Rhodes, owner and designer, it’s always their mission to be a centre of cultural education, where the talents of Jamaicans are unveiled.


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Snoop Lion Video filmed at Great Huts! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:58:18 +0000 Snoop Lion – Lighters Up ft. Mavado, Popcaan was filmed at Great Huts, as well as other locations in Jamaica

In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released a reggae album, Reincarnated, and a documentary film of the same name, of his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.

Reincarnated is the twelfth studio album by Snoop Lion (previously known as Snoop Dogg). The album was released on April 23, 2013 under Berhane Sound System, Mad Decent, Vice Records and RCA Records. The album is his departure from hip hop and his debut in the reggae genre. The album’s production was handled mainly by Diplo and his group Major Lazer.

The album features guest appearances from Drake, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Akon, Rita Ora, Mavado, Popcaan, Mr. Vegas, Collie Buddz and Miley Cyrus, among others. The album’s production was handled by Major Lazer, Ariel Rechtshaid, 6Blocc, Dre Skull, Supa Dups and Diplo, who also served as executive producer. It is a companion project to the documentary film Reincarnated.

The album was nominated at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album

We are proud to announce that one of the songs from this album “Lighters Up” featuring famous Jamaican artists Mavado and Popcaan was filmed at Great Huts Resort!

Here is the full video – please enjoy!

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Portie film fest Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:31:12 +0000 THE tranquil climes of Portland in eastern Jamaica will play host to Cinema Paradise — Jamaica’s newest film festival — from August 27 to 31.

Nine feature-length films and documentaries, as well as a number of shorts, will be showcased during the five-day event to be held at the Great Huts resort in Boston Bay.

According to a member of the organising team, Carlo Less, the event was conceptualised by the owner of Great Huts, Dr Paul Rhodes, who, he says, is a lover of all aspects of Jamaican culture and thought a film festival would be a good cultural event and a way of showcasing some of the country’s talent on the big screen.

“Film festivals are very important to filmmakers. And for us in Jamaica it is even more important, in order to get our products seen. We are not on TV and don’t have ready access to getting to the Hollywood set, so this is our way of getting seen by a captive audience,”

– Less said.

He explained that one of the good things about the local film industry is the ability for Jamaicans to tell their own stories, which will be highlighted at the festival.

The opening night of the festival will see Smile Orange and One People being shown. Night two will feature One Love and The Harder They Come. On the third night, Stephanie Black’s thought-provoking documentary Life and Debt will take to the screen, as well as Sankofa, a film starring dub poet Mutabaruka, which is being screened in Jamaica for the first time.

Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come, Chris Browne’s Ghett’a Life, and Bruce Hart’s Ching Pow form the roster for night four.

The final night’s fare is a slate of short films from a number of established and local directors.

This list of shorts comprises Ring di Alarm, Hazardous Darling, Cleaning House, Red Amber Green, Rasta Man Wheel Out and Golden Trumpet.

Less noted that the festival will also see a number of the directors and industry personnel being guests during the event to facilitate dialogue and discussion.

He added that the vision for Cinema Paradise is to have it grow to become a major attraction in Portland for locals and visitors alike, and in time have it staged in the beautiful natural amphiteatre setting of Boston Bay in Portland.


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Cinema Paradise 2014 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:43:33 +0000 Great Huts is pleased to present Cinema Paradise, a celebration of Jamaican film. Cinema Paradise aims to showcase the Jamaican Film Scene from all its varied aspects. From script to screen these films are authentically Jamaica. Written and produced by Jamaicans, set against the backdrop of our tropical paradise, staring a complex people and showcasing a culture rich with music, symbolism, strife and strain.

Cinema Paradise, now in its third year, provides a platform through which local and international guests have opportunity to interact with, and learn from important artistes in the Jamaican film movement.

Screenings start at 8:30 pm so come and experience the passion and insight of the writers and other artists and understand what influenced them in creating the social, political, economic and humanistic elements of their films.

Some of the movies to be screened are:

  • One People by Justine Henzel
  • One Love by Rick Elgood
  • Ring Di Alarm by Storm Saulter, Nile Saulter, Michelle Seriux, Ras Tingle, Joel Burke

For full details of this event visit Cinema Paradise page:

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New Great Waterfalls Package Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:50:55 +0000 Great Huts Resort is extremely proud to introduce its new GREAT WATERFALLS package! We wanted to make sure our guests get to see the jewels of Jamaica and our waterfalls are certainly some of them!

Stay at Great Huts for 5 days and 4 nights and visit stunning waterfalls of Jamaica. The package includes visits to top Waterfalls of Jamaica: Reach Falls with its underwater caves, Somerset Falls with its large swimming baths and Dunns River Falls that you must climb!

For more information and to BOOK your Waterfalls Package please visit:

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Join us for Visions Of Ethiopia Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:12:21 +0000 Join us for Visions of Ethiopia at Great Huts from August 3rd to 10th 2014. A fascinating series of lectures by renowned American anthropologist Jake Homiak on understanding the history, art and religion of Rastafari.

Come and relax in the lush tropical atmosphere of our eco-friendly resort and stay in one of our natural afro-centric huts for a true timeless experience while you learn about the history and culture of Rastafari.

For only $660 USD you get full accommodations for 8 days in our Down to Basics Huts (which may be upgraded to Safari Chic or Royalty Huts at an additional cost) with breakfast included.

CLICK HERE to see more details and BOOK YOUR PLACE!

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Baltimore Ravens Cheer Leader Shoot Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:36:09 +0000 We have mentioned that in May Great Huts had the honors to host a photo shoot for the Baltimore Ravens‘ Cheer Leaders. Well, now that the photos have been officially published, we are proud to show you Janine Z. on the bar of the Royal Lounge:

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To view full photo shoot click HERE.

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Great Huts to host Jamaican Arts Odyssey Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:43:18 +0000 Located in Boston, Portland, just five minutes from the Boston Jerk Centre, Great Huts Resort is an African-themed, eco-friendly retreat that features cliffs, a beach, and lush greenery in which visitors can listen to the birds and commune with nature. Situated among the trees in a sort of semi-tropical rainforest setting are a number of rustic yet artfully designed huts.

For the past few years, Great Huts Resort has been hosting the Jamaican Art Odyssey to expose new and returning participants to the ‘Jamaica school of art’, which encompasses galleries, museums and studios. This year, the odyssey will run from June 28 to July 7.

In addition to tours of the gallery, museum and studio tours, workshops will be held at Great Huts’ beautiful natural setting, filled with stimulating ethnic art.
This year, the course director is Dr Paul Rhodes, the owner and designer of Great Huts, who has created a two-track programme to encompass artists, artisans, art lovers and buyers.


The first track is designed specifically for artists, and costs US$1,100. They will interact to create unique Afrocentric works of art. Established artists interested in learning more about Afrocentric and Jamaican art are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity. They will spend time creating collaborative or individual art in various media. The mentors for the artists are Nakazzi Hutchinson, Mazola Wa Mwashighadi and Larry Poncho Brown, who will host the workshops.

Participants in track one will collaborate with other Afrocentric artists dedicated to honouring the ancestors through their work; have their completed artwork displayed and put on sale on the last day of the programme; have the option to return home with any artwork created or display unsold artwork in St Andrew’s Grosvenor Gallery; get art supplies, and donate 20 per cent of sale proceeds to the Portland Rehabilitation Management Centre in Port Antonio.

Track two is for art lovers and buyers who will be taken on trips to museums, galleries and studios to view works of art, and to see the artists at work and interact with them. The cost for this track is US$1,200 (airfare not included). Track two participants will spend the first night in Kingston at the Spanish Court Hotel to attend the opening ceremony, get breakfast and economical accommodations at Great Huts, and be transported to all the Arts Odyssey destinations.

For more information see:

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Diplomatic Connections Article Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:54:21 +0000 May-June 2014 edition Diplomatic Connections Magazine features an interesting article on Portland, Jamaica. It also explores the beauty of Great Huts and talks about our proud owner Dr Paul Rhodes.

See the link to the digital version below and flip to PAGE 79 to see this exciting article:

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