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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Rainbow-hued bohemian escape on southern Jamaica’s secluded Treasure Beach, with rustic cottages, a saltwater pool, and off-the-beaten-track charm

The Lowdown

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

Jake’s
Calabash Bay - Treasure Beach
Treasure Beach, undefined Jamaica

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 762 Reviews
rustic is an understatment- wonderful staff!
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ok so this resort is designed for people who really want to be off the beaten path.
Meaning your honeymoon suite will have no television or telephone. water pressure is low. The coffee machine doesn't work and the porch is not usable when it rains........

Yet I didn't hate it....I was not on my honeymoon but I can tell you this experience made me realize that I like certain amenities for comfort on vacation........so bare that in mind.

The staff is wonderful!...let me repeat the staff is Wonderful. The front desk ....to the bar, to the grounds keepers....... but no television...no phone...and sadly little to no air conditioning, (to be fair they tried to fix it.....it just wasn't cool,,...so in august this isn't the place to be ,,,,or summer for that matter--I frequent hotels in Jamaica and I can tell you that the AC here is pitiful)Then They don't have emergency lighting...so if the light goes off (which it did).....lets just say, its back to primitive times and since there is no phone....nobody can call to find out if you are ok in your bungalow....

When the rain falls you can't use your outdoor space. So if you stay in the octopussy rooms, remember that your porch both upstairs and downstairs are useless when rain falls. The cushions were drenched and we could not use them.
little criters like baby lizards will stop by. don't love that either...but lets talk about the aesthetics

Gorgggggg

So I Loved my outdoor bathroom. only problem was the tub looked a bit rusty and my partner was afraid that it wasn't as clean...but the shower at night was phenomenal. (a bit cold though) and had low water pressure...but design wise 100% the outdoor bathroom was my favorite part of the trip

not as much variety on the menu...but the food was Great!...now lets talk about location..and here is the big plus for Jakes....this place is located right on the cliffs and is very close to Black River (where you can take a trip to see the alligators) YS Falls....and Appleton Estate and the infamous Pelican Bar.

I think if Jakes invested in some plexi glass to make the porch usable when it rains ......it would be worth it.. Also get some real AC...the type that cools you down if the day is hot and let us be real....westmorland is hot.......finally...invest in a tub for the outdoor space (maybe one made of concrete that won't rust) or something to make people feel safe to use it.
Also it would be great if the hotel had spare cushions for each room, so that when it rains, you can still use the outdoor space....and have somewhere to sit....that is comfortable...

I don't hate this hotel...its just different.....I could return if needs be and as I said...the STAFF IS WONDERFUL!

Wonderful weekend!!
Reviewed 6 days ago

I didnt know these jewels were in St Elizabeth. Thank you Jakes for your hidden jem. The south coast of Jamaica has some beautiful places too. The rooms are cozy and rustic, a true Jamaican feel. A restaurant is right on property and Jack Sprat is just a little walk away.

I will be making it Jakes :)

Chill as no where else
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If traweling to Jam you should visit Jakes. We have been there several times over the last 15 years and seen the place evolve.
10 of 10 if you love to chill. Great food, superb service and a cool mind set

Great local hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

Had an amazing time and I Cannot only recommend this cozy hotel.

The atmosphere is Laid back, intimate and staff is Very service minded and helpful. We chose to stay here instead of the Big resorts and were not disapointed.

Food was amazing

Excellent Staff,Combined with history and beauty!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Nestled in the cool surroundings of southfield St.Elizabeth is one of the southcoasts most beautiful locations,Lovers leap. A captivating property now operated by the Henzell family who owns Jake's Hotel Villas & Spa treasure beach.History has had it's fair share of this amazing gem which goes way back. Tours such as property and hiking are available, live music on sundays,Restaurant and bar services,various events just to highlight a few are offered to make ones day.Genuine,well trained,friendly staff awaits you,as service is key in meeting customers expectations.