If you’re looking for a destination wedding location that will mark you as a trend-setter—a pioneer, almost—you might want to think about Port Antonio, where the hipness is growing, and the most recent hotel to contribute to it is Trident. Almost Balinese in its minimalist, upscale serenity, each of its 13 rooms looks out on a private slice of sea. The restaurant, Mike’s Supper Club, features regular sessions where local musicians sit down with their instruments at the Ferrari-red piano. If you can’t find someone who has gone AWOL from scheduled wedding events, the first place to look for him is on the private beach at the secluded cove a few steps from the rooms.
The Trident offers a range of wedding packages, and they’ll listen to anything you propose. Although couples have gotten married by the infinity pool and at the cove-like beach, some of the more interesting venues are a short seaside walk away (past the helicopter landing area), at Trident’s sister property, Trident Castle. Originally a private (40,000 square foot!) residence that would have easily fit in among the mansions of Newport, its ceremony and reception possibilities range from the little chapel on the expansive grounds, to terraces overlooking the sea, to the grand, high-ceilinged Main Hall. There are plans to refurbish the Castle, so before setting a date, check the schedule.
The main drawback to Trident’s Port Antonio location (and the reason Port Antonio has remained relatively untouched) is that it’s not the easiest place to reach. A local airstrip can handle small charter planes, but other than that you have to go by road 120 miles along the north coast from Montego Bay, or 55 miles over the Blue Mountains from Kingston. Not such a huge challenge, perhaps, for pioneers.
Keep in mind
Trident is part of the Geejam Collection, whose other Port Antonio property, the Geejam Hotel, is as much house party/recording studio as it is mountain hideaway. When you are considering venues and accommodation for your guests, look into a combination of both.