Norse Hill Villa & Botanical Gardens
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Norse Hill Villa & Botanical Gardens – located near Port Antonio, Jamaica, in the prestigious San San Nature Reserve & Bird Sanctuary – is a uniquely beautiful and comfortable hilltop retreat. The estate’s eight lush acres of tropical gardens and exploration trails display indigenous plants and species of flora gathered from around the world, along with a colorful array of birds and butterflies.
Built in the early 1960s by a Norwegian shipping magnate as a secluded escape to comfort and tranquility, Norse Hill offers unusually spacious accommodations, highlighted by extraordinary Asian and European furnishings and art. Yet the villa provides a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere for vacation or holiday rental that appeals to everyone, from adult couples on romantic adventures to parents seeking a safe and fun family-friendly environment.
Larger groups enjoy having expansive gathering spaces combined with numerous places for privacy, making Norse Hill ideal for retreats, weddings and other special occasions.
With its stunning, panoramic ocean views and fresh breezes, Norse Hill is just a few minutes away from the famous Blue Lagoon and private beaches such as Frenchman’s Cove and San San Beach. Your private estate getaway offers you serenity, comfort, and topnotch dining and service from a full-time staff in one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the entire Caribbean.
“The property itself is arguably the best endowed in Port Antonio.”
Oliver Hill, Moon Jamaica
Avalon Travel Publishing; 5th edition
Copyright 2010, Perseus Books
The northeastern area of Jamaica – including Portland Parish, where Port Antonio is located – is endowed with a lush variety of natural beauty. As they rise up from the shorelines of turquoise waters, coral reefs and sparkling beaches, the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains offer incredible hiking, river rafting, and exploration of waterfalls and caverns. Norse Hill provides a superb base for travelers seeking eco-tourism adventures.
The banana trade turned Port Antonio into a bustling center of commerce in the 1870s. In the early 1900s the area grew to become a private getaway destination for the rich and famous. Today, the town’s new world-class marina – a center for major fishing competitions and yacht races – is named after actor Errol Flynn, who championed the area and called Port Antonio more beautiful than any woman he had seen. Described as an “elite retreat” by Frommer’s Jamaica, Port Antonio is still a magnet for celebrities ranging from Tom Cruise to Amy Winehouse.
“Porty” is known and loved for its relaxed pace, authenticity and historical sites, a place where friendly residents far outnumber tourists. And it’s no secret that crime rates here are much lower than in larger towns and resort areas in Jamaica and other Caribbean destinations.
After a visit to town, a short, scenic drive leads you back up into the cooler air and panoramic view of your Norse Hill home.
Watch the colorful hummingbirds feed in the surrounding gardens. Relax with a massage or yoga, sip cocktails or wine under the “Tree of Life” as the sun sets over your Caribbean vista. As the scent of Night Blooming Jasmine wafts through the breeze, you can lie back to marvel at the sparkling clarity of the night stars as seen from your hilltop retreat. Experience the ultimate tranquility of Norse Hill.
“This place is magical. Do we have to leave?”
Guest book entry from New York couple, 2008