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
- 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
Visited Jakes for a yoga retreat with Invoke. The location is off the beaten path and AMAZING. Was able to tour several of the villas that members of our retreat were using and each one was unique and different. I loved the outdoor showers! I recommend the hammock just off the pool area for an afternoon nap. If the water hits the rocks just right you get a little mist effect. Its perfect. Both yoga platforms provide picturesque views for some outdoor classes. The food was fresh and creative and the staff was really attentive to detail.
Very delicious pizza! According to my son the reason that is so good is because the Italian cheese on it which can only be found in various specialty shops. You won't be sorry it is such good pizza with lots of cheese.
Three days into my stay and I have observed the following.
PROS: You can rely on excellent service with a smile. You can expect a youngish crowd including young parents with infant children. You will hear much laughter but not raucously annoying. On site dining for convenience, and within easy* walking distance to numerous smaller establishments, as well as sandy beaches. The grounds are a riot of semitropical colors and sounds. Jake’s has developed a very loyal following of folks who appreciate the semi-secluded location and the great relationships Jakes has forged with the local community.
CONS: Jakes is located approximately 50 miles SE from the Montego Bay Airport, you must secure your own transportation to get here. Your choices are the regional bus line (Knutsford Express) or private taxis. Both are available at the airport. Prices can range from US $20/person to over US $100 for a taxi for 2. Trip time can be as much as three hours by bus and (depending on your scheduling skills) this does not include time spent waiting for the bus to make its scheduled stop at the airport. The ride is long, loud, and bumpy. The grounds, while beautiful, are poorly lit and pathways can be tricky because of aging, uneven surfaces. Lastly, despite Jakes coveted beachfront location, the prevailing breezes do not sufficiently deter the hordes of mosquitoes that descend each day at dusk, so be prepared to be using a lot of repellent! I mentioned above that many local establishments are within easy* walking distance. I added the “*” because walking alongside the local roads can be extremely hazardous. Real sidewalks are rare and often consist of broken pavement. Stepping out into the road can be dangerous unless you are both watchful and agile!
Stayed at one of the rooms right at the ocean. Fantastic!! Privacy is also very good and rooms are really cool with very nice outside shower and bathtub. Service very friendly. Absolutely recommended to stay when in Jamaica
Very scenic and relaxing. Based on what I needed at the time this was perfect. The area is very peaceful and quiet. The rooms aren't luxurious but the views are breathtaking. Staff was very friendly and easy to talk with. Walking distance to some local restaurants. Plan to not leave when you get there if your goal is to get a way and relax.