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
Came to Jake’s for a yoga retreat, hoping for a relaxing & re-energizing week. This place exceeded my expectations. From the fresh veg & produce & daily fresh caught seafood, every meal was delicious, the service was top-notch & I slept very soundly in an oceanfront, beautifully appointed cottage. I truly hope this was not my last trip to Jake’s, a real gem! Thanks to all for a wonderful getaway. One love, indeed!
The next visit in December 2019 will be stay number 6. Jakes is definitely not the cheapest hotel or guesthouse in Treasure Beach however; it is by far the best. I have stayed at several guesthouses in and around the Treasure Beach area and none can compare to Jakes. They have a varied room type including a hostel, one-bedroom, onsite villas and offsite villas with your own personal chef.
No two rooms are the same, they are very Rustic and relaxing at the same time. They are design to give you an insight into the “past” life in Jamaica.
Staffs are very friendly and accommodating and guests are referred to as a “member of the family”.
The dining area is very romantic. It’s set back from the pool, under the wonderfully lit trees with a hidden mini cocktail bar.
Super Lady Kareen is always at hand to resolve your issues and I take my hat off to her.
This villa style hotel accommodation is definitely off the beaten path. Rustic and relaxing are words that come to mind.
With private beach access and the sound of the beach at your door steps, what more could you ask for. Best time ever!!!
Staff offered world class customer service and the onsite restaurant at the world famous Jack Sprat provided authentic Jamaican style cuisine at your fingertips. Happy is an understatement, you have to experience it to get it!!! 2 awesome thumbs up!!!