What We Love
- A yoga deck with 180-degree Caribbean Sea views
- The free-form swimming pool
- Claw-footed outdoor tubs in each of the Octopussy Suites
- The onsite spa, which is built around a coral cove
What To Know
- Most of the meals here are made with just-caught seafood and/or produce from the surrounding fields
- The hotel was named after the owners’ parrot
- Visit between October and May, when the sea is at its calmest
- The hotel hosts the Calabash International Literary Festival every other year
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Rainbow-hued bohemian escape on southern Jamaica’s secluded Treasure Beach, with rustic cottages, a saltwater pool, and off-the-beaten-track charm
Jamaica’s southern coast is void of the opulent resorts found in rollicking Montego Bay or Ocho Rios—but that’s all part of its rugged charisma. This family-run establishment claims cinematic lineage (its owner, Sally Henzell, was married to one of the country’s most famous filmmakers) and is the antithesis of a flashy chain. Henzell, a former set designer, worked her movie magic on guest rooms, so no two are exactly alike in size or style. From the Gaudi-inspired suites, studded with shells and sea glass, to an Art Deco-style cottage that practically kisses the sea, nearly all 35 accommodations here offer beach views, so you’ll be treated to a surf soundtrack—the perfect accompaniment to a chilled afternoon drink. Sunsets, especially photogenic here, are best glimpsed from Dougies, an unassuming, thatched-roof bar that serves as the hotel’s unofficial headquarters, thanks, in part, to its crowd-pleasing rum punch. Happy hour should continue with a pie at Jack Sprat’s, the onsite pizzeria, which dishes up locally inspired toppings like lobster and jerk chicken, followed by stargazing from your rooftop.
In the Area
If you can brave the winding, pothole-heavy trip, Treasure Beach is just over a two-hour drive from Montego Bay Airport and three from Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. If you’d rather skip the wild ride, you can hop aboard a commuter plane, which lands at Lionel Denshome Aerodrome, just ten minutes from Jake’s (the front desk can assist you with booking a flight). Once you’re here, the hotel’s deep-rooted community connections mean that there are plenty of local operators to take you fishing and biking across this unvarnished part of the island.
How to Get There
I stayed in one of the deluxe ocean view rooms and really enjoyed my stay. the property is quiet and not too crowded. If you like being in/around nature, this place is for you. The staff are warm and welcoming. Would definitely stay here again.
Rented the Calabash villas and it was beautiful. The villa was nice, lots of space indoor and outdoor. Direct access to the beach. The staff was nice. Came with our own chef and she was great. beautiful indoor outdoor living. Felt incredibly safe
I didn’t like that the grocery bill was more than anticipated as initially they advised us of one thing then says before our arrival they told me 20% would be added to our bill. However, this gratuity didn’t go directly to our villa staff it went to everyone. So essentially we had to pay gratuity twice
This was our fourth visit to Jakes since 2005. We love it here.
I think the term ‘shabby chic’ must have been first coined here. It is the beating heart of Treasure Beach’s sustainable community.
Jakes comprises a range of distinct dwellings, each unique in their own way. Clearly all designed with love. You feel completely private here (you can see why a number of celebrities have chosen to get away from it all by staying here). If you can afford it, trade up to one of the ocean fronted honeymoon suites. These have an open roof for dining out, sunbathing or watching the stars.
There is a wonderful bar and pool area. The chic ‘Dougie’s Bar’, named after the wonderful gentleman who served behind it for many years until his retirement. Make sure you try the lethal rum punch.
The pool is situated under a canopy of trees to give shelter from the sun. It is filled with sea water and provides a wonderful opportunity to cool down.
There is a small area of sand and jetty to sunbathe on, while the waves crash against the rocks. While you can access the sea, it’s always choppy so swimming isn’t really much fun. However, there is a life guard on duty, so you’re perfectly safe.
The dining area is very romantic. It’s set back from the pool, under the wonderfully lit trees (I’ve reviewed this separately).
There is also a spa, daily yoga sessions (at 8am) and some keep fit equipment (weights etc). You can also hire bikes.
The surrounding area is full of interesting and friendly characters. Everyone says hello; some will engage you in conversation; and some will try to sell you wood carvings and ganja (simply decline if you don’t wish to make a purchase - you get no hassle). There are a few small grocery shops and restaurants nearby, which are worth venturing out for.
Lastly the staff are fantastic. Friendly to a fault and always on hand to help or for a chat. Nothing is too much trouble.