Match Resort Review – Port Antonio, Jamaica
The austere front aspect of Match Resort in Port Antonio belies the welcoming interior and friendly staff tucked away inside. After thumping our small wheely suitcases up the steps from the parking lot we were greeted by a cheery reception area with a leather settee and bar stools up by the counter. After settling into the settee I noticed there was a locked fridge stocked with soda, water and beer and a few snacks for sale, along side a small selection of souvenirs.
After a short wait a member of staff briskly appeared from the stairwell at the other end of the room and warmly greeted us. We were asked if we had a reservation and after going through the formalities we were handed a form to fill in with our details. The receptionist asked if we needed any help with anything and recommended the on-site bar and Scotch Bonnet Restaurant if we wanted a bite to eat. We agreed that we would drop off our bags in the room and then come back down for a swim and to order food.
Second Floor Room with a View at Match Resort
Once we had been given our keys we were warned with a smile that whilst the room was on the second floor and there wasn’t a lift (elevator), it would be worth the climb as it was a nice room with an ocean view from the balcony.
We left the reception area and walked up the first flight of stairs which gave access to bar and restaurant which overlooked the outdoor patio area and swimming pool. Continuing up the stairs we noted that the building was actually an L-shape and had a lot more rooms than we anticipated.
When we finally reached our room we unlocked the door into a freshly renovated room with twin beds, an en-suite bathroom, and a balcony with the most beautiful view of the ocean in the distance. There was also a small fridge, TV and cable, free Wi-Fi, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and a mirror. The en-suite bathroom had a bathtub and overhead shower, with complimentary mini bars of soap and a shampoo dispenser over the bathtub. The balcony had a table and 2 chairs and directly overlooked the terrace area and swimming pool area.
Overall my review of Match Resort accommodation is that the room was very clean and pleasantly decorated throughout. The A.C. and Cable worked and the beds were comfortable. There were complimentary toiletries and fluffy towels.
Match Resort Swimming Pool Terrace
After refreshing ourselves we changed and went down to the terrace area and ordered our meal before heading to the pool area. The pool was on a lower terrace to the restaurant and bar area and was reached by walking down a stone clad walkway flanked with beautiful flowers.
There were a few sun loungers and the area was pleasant enough, but the pool had leaves floating on the top and my friend complained that it the water looked a bit murky. But we had the pool to ourselves so we made use of this by doing laps up and down until our legs and arms turned to jelly, whilst chatting and keeping our heads well above the water!
One other person came down to the pool whilst we were there. After we had swam and chilled out around the pool for around 45 minutes we decided to go back to the room and bathe as the food wasn’t ready.
When we passed the bar we told the barman that we were going upstairs and pointing to our balcony overlooking the terrace we thanked him when he said he would call us when the food was ready.
We went back upstairs to the room with quivering legs and showered and got dressed. After about 40 minutes we were ready and hungry, so we decided to go back downstairs and sit on the terrace as we hadn’t been called for our meal. The barman hurried over and apologised for the wait and took our order for drinks. The terrace was pretty in the evening festooned with lights and well stocked bar area. Our food arrived after about 15 minutes of sitting downstairs on the terrace.
Scotch Bonnet Restaurant
So after a long drive, a pre-meal swim and about a 1 hour and 45 minutes wait, I was ravenous when the plate was placed in front of me…. But what a plate of food! It was presented with spiralized raw cucumber, carrot and beetroot on the side, with the fish and garlic potatoes elegantly stacked and centered in the middle of the plate with a salsa style topping.
I have to say that after quickly snapping the photograph I dove into the food, I ate literally everything on the plate. The potatoes were just the right texture with a delicious and full garlic flavour which complimented the fish and garnish perfectly, the spiralized vegetables were fresh and light and put the crunch on the plate.
Overall I would highly recommend the food. I don’t know whether it was because the food was so good, or that I was so hungry coupled with the cordon bleu sized proportions, but I could have eaten this twice over! Needless to say, I sent my compliments to the Chef and gave them top marks for this unexpected meal.
After dinner we sat and enjoyed a drink on the terrace before returning to our room to relax, ready for the next day’s events. A short while later we heard a knock at the door and my friend returned smiling with two plates of cheesecake that the management had thoughtfully sent up, as a gesture for waiting so patiently for our meal.
We gratefully ate the cheesecake and after flicking through the cable and mainly chatting we settled down to rest.
Match Resort – Breakfast Included
When we arrived at the Hotel we were informed that breakfast was included and we had a choice of a traditional Jamaican, English or American style breakfast which would need to be pre-ordered. I went for the Jamaican breakfast that came with Ackee and Saltfish and boiled hard food, whilst my friend went for bacon and eggs.
The next morning we went down for breakfast and sat inside the restaurant where you could help yourself to tea and coffee. When our plates were served they were huge portions and my plate was far too much for me to consume in one early morning sitting! I love Jamaican breakfast, but cannot manage the standard (fill you up until lunch) portion size you get served! Non-withstanding my food was good (the hard food was a tad salty) and my friend cleared her plate of eggs and bacon.
Match Resort Amenities
- Air-Conditioned Rooms
- TV and Cable
- Private Balconies
- Free Wi-Fi
- En-suite bathrooms with hot water shower
- Outdoor pool and terrace
- On-site Scotch Bonnet Restaurant
- Bar with Terrace
- Tour Desk
- Free Parking
- Ocean and Mountain Views
- 5 Minutes from Port Antonio Town Centre and San San Beach
- Toiletries, soap, shampoo, towels, linens
- Closets and Room Safe
- Transportation, tours and airport shuttle can be arranged
Conclusion – Match Resort
I would recommend the Match Resort if you are looking for budget priced accommodation in Port Antonio.
The twin room cost in the region of US$80.00 for bed and breakfast, which is very reasonable for the overall experience. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff were really friendly and very accommodating.
The Scotch Bonnet Restaurant was a hidden gem and the terrace was inviting and would be ideal for an intimate setting in the evening. The menu has a selection of fine Jamaican, International and fusion dishes; average price of JA$1,200 – $1,500 per main meal. Rum and Coke was around JA$600.00 per glass.
Match Resort Address
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Match Resort is located in Port Antonio, Portland, on Jamaica’s north-east coast. Past its heyday as a hedonistic celebrity haunt in the 60’s, Port Antonio has a much more low-key air about it today. Affectionately known to the locals as ‘Portie’, there isn’t much in the way of bond shopping and purpose-built attractions. But the area is beautiful and there are a couple of nightspots and some out-of-town natural attractions to explore.
The town is bustling with throngs of vendors setting up camp underneath the shade of the plazas, sometimes taking over so much of the pavement (sidewalk) it is hard to walk in more than single file. The once grand architecture and churches are somewhat faded and not what they once were, but it worth a visit.
For all the ebbs and flows that Port Antonio has been through, it still has its charm. The slower pace of life provides a welcome relief from the hectic north coast tourist hot spots and allows you to take in the stunning scenery of Jamaica in peace.
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