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
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
We loved our Octopussy suite - bright colours, glass bottles letting light in, good fan and AC, big bed, doors opening up onto a patio leading to the rocks and the sea, which gave good privacy. We could look out and see dolphins, pelicans and the sea in all its moods. We also had an upper terrace with views of the sea and places to sit or lie. The bathroom was simple but best of all was the outdoor shower, wonderful day and night!
Coffee-making facilities and fridge allowed us to have breakfast in our room, which was nice. (Though I defy anyone to make decent coffee with an electric coffee machine so we heated water in it and used our own French press. I'd much prefer a kettle and French press in the room.)
Thought needs to be given to providing proper shade on the upper deck as this is lacking and not everyone wants to sit out and fry during the day. Lack of shade meant we didn't use the upper deck as much as we would have liked to do.
We loved swimming in the small bay at the hotel - you either jump in off the jetty or climb down the ladder. I snorkelled to my heart's content, without having to go far at all. Could hardly tear myself away from the water.
Good food (not as good as we had been told, but good), excellent rum punch (and BRAVO for using metal strays instead of plastic).
Friendly staff (apart from one person who was suprisingly unwelcoming on our arrival).
Disappointing shop - all the t-shirts and most of the garments were a mixture of synthetic and cotton, which is not what you want in the sticky heat of seaside Jamaica.
Overall, a lovely, relaxing place to stay and we'd go back.
We've stayed at Jakes for two weeks in november 2018 with our family of four. As parents it was lovely to see how friendly the staff were to our children of 1 and 2. They were very accomodating to our food requests with regards to our children who were very difficult with eating during this holiday.
The property is lovely and very well kept which makes it a joy to spend a lot of time there. The food is good as well as the wine, which set it apart from other places we've stayed on the island.
A special shout out to bartender Christopher. The dedication, enthusiasm and drive he brings to his job really enhanced our holiday experience and made us order an extra cocktail every night :)
I am an experienced traveler to Jamaica, and have stayed in every area of the island. This is my second stay at Jake's, and I have to say I am disappointed.
￼We reserved a specific room online, a uniquely decorated romantic getaway for our last two nights in Jamaica.
￼We were taken to a different, somewhat bland room, and when ￼we asked about the one ￼we reserved were told the ￼we only reserved a "category" and they had given the room to another guest. NOT what ￼we gathered from their website.
Room is clean, but sparsely furnished and lacking several basics one would expect at this price range: night stands by the bed, hooks or shelves in the bathroom. The table looks like a portable with crappy folding chairs. Nothing else in the room but the bed and an out of place bookshelf.
For this price range, one can do a lot better almost anywhere in Jamaica.
A beautiful place to stay. We had a normal room with seaview. It was just great everymorning to open up your windom, stay in your bed for a little longer, and enjoy the view at the sea. Nice restaurants at Jake's, really nice staff, everything looks perfect. We visited Jakes for joining a wedding, everything around the wedding was also perfectly arranged.
I work full time and am writing my dissertation for a doctoral program. When the days became short, cold, and gray, I knew I had to get away. I took a week off of work, loaded up my laptop and a couple of books and headed to Jakes. I had been to Jakes twice before so I knew it was the perfect place to relax and get some writing done. I also knew that I would be perfectly safe and comfortable staying there alone. The entire trip was perfect. I was picked up promptly at the airport, spent the days writing, reading, swimming, and eating nutritious but delicious foods. It was such a treat to be able to fully concentrate on my writing without any distractions. In the evening I grabbed a drink at Dougie’s bar and met some of the other guests. The staff and guests were fantastic. I wrote 75 pages in five days and read two books. Today I am heading back to the snow and 80 hour work weeks, but I am just happy to know that no matter how cold and dark it gets at home, Jakes is always just a flight away. I can’t wait to go back!