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
You will love this place if you want something quiet, cute, and by the beach.
We stayed in conch and woke up every morning to an ocean view. We had a patio with two lounge chairs and a bistro table. There was a salt water pool within a few feet as well as the restaurant.
The best part about the stay was the charm. Very unique. All of the staff were extremely kind, courteous, and friendly.
This is a great place to kick up your feet and relax.
This place has a magic of it's own. From the moment you arrive in Treasure Beach you can feel the vibe that Jake's has created in this small village. They have embraced the concept of community tourism and the result is a place that feels like home and looks like something out of a story book. The decor is quirky and the vibe is truly Jamaican........Friendly and super laid back..... You will never be the same once you have visited Jakes!
Pellican Villa is a huge recommendation. What a beautiful house amazing staff. Views are just incredible. We stayed with 5 pax (three kids) and it is very kids friendly. Direct access to the beach and private pool and garden. Gorgeous.
Visited on a beautiful sunny Monday afternoon. Seafood was superb, fresh and nicely presented. Service by Cara was professional and personable. Enjoyed meeting the Capitan! The restaurant has a rich history and very well maintained.
We stayed in the Calabash Villa at Jakes. What a great week. We were assisted and helped with some great excursions by Adrian and the villa staff led by Damien were delightful and served wonderful local food.
For an authentic community based relaxing holiday in Jamaica we can’t recommend Jakes enough!
Love to return....