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
The bungalows are heavenly. Want to wake up with the shore at your back door? To fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing outside? Take a shower outdoors in the moonlight and feel a different kind of freedom? Jakes is the spot. The staff will make you feel like family, the kitchen is great, and if you want a day of adventure, they can set anything and everything up for you. We went to the Appleton distillery and they set up a car and everything. The spa is also kind of absurd to have a massage in because you’re like in this little hidden cove on the water. 10/10 will be back.
Jakes Hotel is in amazing resort to say the least. The Staff is so accommodating and treats every guest like Royalty. Their food is amazing for anyone who is a jerk lover like myself i highly recommend the Jerk Chicken Pasta. They have awesome scenery all around the resort. i will be back for many more years to come. Thanks again to the Jake’s staff for a wonderful trip as always!
This place is incredible! Each cottage is different from the other and the all have so much attention to detail and charm. The staff are very friendly and professional - they will make you feel right at home. The food is also world - class. Highly recommend the greek salad, kale salad, jerk chicken pasta, and basically anything with lobster in it.
As for the other facilities, there is everything! They have a really lovely pool that I went in every day, or you can jump right into the ocean from the pier. The spa and morning yoga are great, or you can ask the front desk for a ton of activities in the surrounding treasure beach area - Pelican bar (a bar in the middle of the ocean) is probably my favorite.