A very spacious private room in a eco-retreat bed and breakfast run by a local Rasta family. The property is located on the edge of stunning river! The perfect mix of rural charm and modern comfort. A nature lover's dream, with stunning views and fresh mountain pools on your doorstep!
Are you longing to chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Relax in our stunning Guesthouse situated right on the waterfront! We are located in the charming mountainside town of Swift River, Portland. Swift River can be found within a 10 minute drive of Hope Bay and 25 minutes drive of Port Antonio. The area is named in honour of the large river which streams 'swiftly' through the town. The river flows directly from the western side of the world famous Blue Mountains, travelling down stream for more than 30 miles and joining the sea at Hope Bay. We are located right on the river banks, in fact we are the last inhabitants in town. After passing the Guesthouse, there are no neighbours or development, just an uninterrupted mountain path leading straight to Blue Mountain peak. Prepare to be enchanted by the misty blue greenness of the surrounding hillsides!
Walk a few footsteps from your room and jump in for a swim in the mountain river pools. We're located right on the edge of a mountain hiking trail which follows the river upstream straight into the jungle. Join in on one of our local farming excursions and discover the array of local flora and fauna. We can also arrange a guided tour of the surrounding mountains and those who are fit enough to make the journey can even climb 30 miles to the river's source in Blue Mountains! We also offer onsite Kemetic Yoga lessons- where guests can experience the rejuvenating powers of yoga in the most beautiful natural setting. There are weekly 'dances' in the village square, where guests can experience the rural Jamaican party scene with music, rum and lots of dancing.
The property has 4 large rooms and 3 are offered as guests rooms. All the rooms have comfortable double beds and fresh white bed linen. There is large modern bathroom and kitchen which is shared with other visiting guests. There are also common lounging areas with a variety of comfortable seating: a large patio at the front and a large balcony at the back. There is also a well furnished living room with sofas and a television. In line with the host families Rastafari faith the inside kitchen is an Ital (vegetarian) zone, though for the convenience of visitors,there is a separate outside kitchen which can be used to cook meat. The host lives in the property and is always happy to offer guided tours of the area and recommend local attractions and restaurants.
Please note that any overnight visitors or extra guests must be arranged with the host in advance. The house is beautifully decorated and kept, please respect it by keeping it nice and tidy. Please also respect the vegetarian zone in the main kitchen.
Take care of the environment and preserve the natural beauty of this unspoilt nature spot by not littering! And as we say in Jamaica- just maintain the good vibes ! Please note that the main kitchen is an ITAL (vegetarian meat free zone) Please note that as bookings are made on a per person basis, any over night visitors must be arranged in advance.
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The Portland Riverside Retreat team is a family one.
Tulla is Laaji's sister. She is not based at the retreat, but she works remotely, helping with all the bookings and reservations; she will be the first point of contact who will help you plan your stay and happily answer any questions you may have.
Laaji and his wife Karen are the retreat's main hosts who will welcome you to the retreat and help with everything from providing meals to recommending local attractions.
Laaji and Karen are a friendly and fun-loving young couple who enjoy creating new vegetarian dishes as well as making the most out of the great outdoors through practicing yoga and hiking in the surrounding mountains. They are both keen farmers who love nature and spend their spare time cultivating fruits and vegetables on their eco-farm.