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
Treated two friends to a wedding present at this little hideaway. They had one of the ocean view honey moon suite that did not disappoint. The rest of us stayed at a little cottage "snapper" and was also able to enjoy great sunset and no noise but the sound of the ocean crashing against the rocks. Great place to visit if you crave stepping off life's treadmill and enjoying a bit of R & R. Fabulous therapy for the soul would highly recommend it. Thanks goes to all the staff especially Jason Henzell for offering a competitive rate and to the lovely Yvonne Clarke!
This was our 13th trip to Jamaica but first to Jake's/Treasure beach. We stayed in Conch, which is the basic garden view room. The room is small, but very comfortable. We had a mini fridge that kept our beer and water plenty cold! The bathroom is also small but wasn't cramped. The shower wasn't technically outdoor, however, the outside wall was open cinder blocks with a screen on the outside so it felt sort of outdoorsy. We had A/C in our room, and it worked great. While we loved the location of the room (it was right in the middle of everything) there was no privacy on our patio due to it being on the main walk way. That is really the only complaint we had about the room.
The staff were so friendly and very accommodating. And the food! OMG, it was absolutely the best we've ever had in all our trips to Jamaica. We ate at Jack Sprat as well as the restaurant located in the main part of Jake's. The drinks at both bars were top notch. The service was very slow at both restaurants and bars, even for Jamaica time! But, we didn't go without!
If you're looking for a super quiet, relaxing spot, this is the place! BUT, if you're looking for any type of entertainment on property, this is definitely NOT the place. There was always some music playing over the speakers but it was very subtle and there was no live music when we were there. That would be our only "complaint" about the atmosphere. It would be nice to have some live music, nothing loud, in the evenings.
There is a small beach area by the pool and there is access to the sea at the end of the dock. There is a small sandy area that's perfect for swimming. There are lots of rocks also by the dock which is good for snorkeling. For a more "swimmable" beach, head over to Jack Sprat. It's really calm and you can walk right into the water.
We normally stay at all-inclusive resorts in Negril. After our experience at Jake's, we will be spending less time at the hustle and bustle of Negril and more time in Treasure Beach. As far as cost comparison, Jake's was definitely less expensive.
We can hardly wait to return!
DO NOT go here if you want style, smart, chic and dressy!
DO go here if you want relaxed, slow, gentle.
the staff are fabulous, the hotel is VERY relaxed
we stayed in Hope House. it was basic. the pool is small. the view is obscured by one too many palm trees. the access to the beach directly in front of the house is rocky
all that said. the house is in a wonderful position. approx. 15 mins walk along the beach from hotel. the sea 200 yards from the house is so lovely to swim in, sandy, shallow and small waves. around form there you can body board - watch the current!
shavin came with us on our trips and swimming which was great
make sure you order the basics for your fridge before you go, then discuss your meal plans when you get there
only pack swimwear, flip flops, shorts, kaftan, books, pack of cards!
even out teenage kids entered into the slow pace of life!
we will be back
many thanks to jakes!
I always wanted to visit Jakes Maybe for the past 10 years but it did not happen until a month ago. Me and my friend just decided on taking a break from all other activities at home, just to experience what we have been anticipating for so long.
We booked a Garden two bedrooms which was lovely, however it was recently built and could do with just a little more final touches. Upon checking out i went to the Front Desk and i shared my experience with the nice young man working there at the moment (Adrina), who listened and wrote down all my suggestions then said he will pass them on to his manager. I really thought he was the manager based on the way he delt with my complaints, he kept his composure and handled the situation well.
Both Restaurants did amazing food, especially the Curried Lobster at Jac Sprat with Dumplins and Bammy, the Rum Punch at Jakes Bar is second to none! Both restaurants are pretty much more affordable than most in the area that we been to.
We had a lovely trip to the Pelican Bar where we saw a few Dolphins on the way back.
I had anticicpated this place for years and it was what i wanted, my friend had a great time, and we definitely will be heading back next year in one of those nice Ocean View rooms.
6th time at Jakes and 4th time in Sweetlip. Overall still the same high standard - Sweetlip has been tastefully upgraded. All facilities at Jakes were clean and bright. Breakfast and lunch were delicious - dinner had less choice with an international/less Jamaican flavour, we used Jack Spratt more as a result. Staff were professional but a bit less friendly than normal (except for Christopher, the charming bar man). Still one of our favourite places in the world!