Flowers outside the Trident Castle
What do Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion have in common? The answer is the Trident Castle, and atmospheric 1970s Caribbean vacation residence built for a European baroness in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The Trident Castle is now in it’s prime pre-restoration glory and serves as a location for events as well as photo and video shoots.
Cantilevered windows are a trademark of the Jamaican Style
Curved rails and peaked roofs
Arcade Fire rented out the entire castle and stayed here while they were in Jamaica recording Reflektor. Here Comes the Night was in heavy rotation on my mind’s soundtrack when I wandered over to explore the Trident Castle.
The Trident Castle is highly atmospheric
Located right next door to the glamorous Trident Hotel and Villas, the Trident Castle has an amazing rocky coastline views (think Jamaica’s answer to Big Sur) and pastel sunsets. The furnishings are glamorous and just long in the tooth enough to give the place a highly atmospheric vibe that is cool but a little bit creepy.
Circular staircase with Chandelier
A piano at the Castle
The castle was pretty empty when I explored it and it’s location is just isolated enough that you can easily imagine a band making an album here. Props to the cool kids from Montreal for dealing with the 70s era bathrooms (slated to be refurbished) for music’s sake.
The glamorous yet creepy bedroom
The Trident Castle has exceptional bones and it’s easy to see why artists and photographers frequent book it as a location for photo and video shoots.
The dramatic checkerboard floor in the Trident Castle entry
Foosball in the rec room
The grand yet empty and worn vibe of the rec room made the castle feel a bit like a glamorous sanatorium from the days that you could call a rehab center a “sanatorium.” There is also a small chapel on the property.
Moody pool at the Trident Castle
Pastel sunset in Port Antonio
Hipstamatic view of Trident Castle
Snoop Lion shot a videos for Here Comes The King at the Castle. Check out below.
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