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“Almost Perfect” 4 of 5 stars
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Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Treasure Beach
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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22 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Almost Perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Jake's sits on a gorgeous stretch of rocky beach. it's beautiful, it's quaint, it's lush and the staff is always friendly. And with a seaside cabin, you'll never wake up to a more beautiful view. Hands down, the scenery, the location - it's stunning and when you wake up you can't wait to throw open the wooden shutters. And don't they know it. The staff was always wonderful (and our driver made our trip - where to go, where to eat) - but the management seemed indifferent at best to downright grumpy. And i'm not overly picky - but after five days and five days of saying the toilet was broken and five days of "if it's yellow be mellow" it'd have been nice for management to say - hey, sorry about that, we'll get it fixed. Or even "good morning". Or a smile. Gorgeous location but i don't know if i'd recommend it.

Room Tip: get a seaside room - the view is worth every penny.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

One of the best weekends of our lives! My wife and I just returned from another weekend at Jakes. It was our second year in a row making our way to this small slice of paradise in Treasure Beach with another couple that introduced us to the spot. We participated in Jakes Offroad Triathlon on Saturday and were treated to an incredible evening under the stars. Turns out Jakes owner, Jason Henzell, had coordinated the first ever boxing event in Treasure Beach between some of the best amateur boxers from Canada and Jamaica. What an experience. You really can't say enough about Jason and the entire Jakes staff. You are treated like family from the moment you arrive. If you are looking for a truly authentic Jamaican experience, this is the place for you. I can't say enough about the food, the hospitality, the vibe, the community, the history and most importantly the people. Can't wait to go back again. A truly incredible experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Quite beaches without the beach vendors, wonderful Calabash Bay Villa with beautiful rooms with ensuite bathrooms, full kitchen. Perfect for four couples. Excellent food at Jake's and Jack Sprat restaurants with many local watering holes in a friendly and safe community. A memorable stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We spent the past weekend at Jakes and had one of the best weekends of our lives! My wife and another couple went down to Jakes for the triathlon this year. It was very well organized and it's more social than competitive. Everyone encouraging each other.

Then in the evening they had a amateur boxing match Canada vs. Jamaica. Great atmosphere with 1000 people attending including former Heavyweight Champ Lennox Lewis. It was a truly unique vibe and a great experience.

Jason Henzell is one of the best hotel operators in the Caribbean. He and his staff really take care of their guests and share their community vibe with everyone.

Hotel is very friendly with the best customer service I have experienced in the Caribbean. Lots of things to do. We played tennis, swam, biked and explored the community. Great people live in this area and are very friendly with guests.

Rooms are great and very unique. Food was fantastic. Dougies Bar is the best and Jack Sprat is a great beach restaurant.

Just a loving fabolous place. Really makes you feel at home and I long to go back (actually going back in June!).

You'll love this place!

Sincerely,

Karl

Room Tip: Cowrie down is the largest one bedroom unit.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Great Weather and good vibes really led to the serenity found at Jake's Hotel, Villa & Spa. It is a little out of the way; off the beaten track. The vegetation and landscape is different than most of Jamaica. The People are the Treasure.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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36 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Jakes for 2 nights and really enjoyed our stay. All the staff are really lovely and they will organise anything you need. We were in Starfish villa with an ocean view. The rooms are quite small but you have a great balcony overlooking the ocean with deck chairs - each villa also has lounge chairs out the front to relax on. Shower was outdoors on the balcony but privacy was fine. You eat around the pool area and our dinner was delicious. I had the lamb and I am quite fussy, most places over cook but this was great. Cocktails were quite potent and not in a good way, I'd stick to beer or wine. There is no place to swim in the ocean out the front but just walk through the grounds and there is a gorgeous beach safe for swimming near Jack Sprat restaurant. Wifi is free and available around the pool area.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glauburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

After a few days in Negril at one of the "top ten beaches in the world" we (50, 17, 18) were a bit disappointed of the surrounding area of Jake's Hotel. The beach next to Jake's is approximately 10 feet broad and with a barbed wire fence in your back. Jakes Hotel itself...well, it was not our place, no air condition. No windowpane, you hear the waves breaking on the cliff, close to the house and fairly loud all night long. Moskitos, Jakes hotel offers you a moskito net and some chemicals against mosikitos, but they are still there. If you really want to go to Treasure Beach, rent a holiday home but do not waste your money for Jake's Hotel. We felt like on a campground and after 2 days we decided to move back to Negril. The food was good and also some Dolphins swimming in the sea very close to our house was of course an attraction we didn't have in Negril.

Room Tip: We were staying in the cottage Tiki Tiki 2,
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa

Address: Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Elizabeth Parish > Treasure Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Treasure Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Chicest shack in the Caribbean" – Vogue Magazine. --- "Welcome to one of Caribbean's funkiest resorts, where reggae and rock stars, doctors and lawyers, writers and artists come to taste the real Jamaica." - Island Magazine. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Jake`s Hotel, Villa Hotel Treasure Beach
Jake`s Hotel, Villa And Spa
Jakes St Elizabeth
Jakes Hotel St Elizabeth
Jakes Jamaica
Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa Jamaica/Treasure Beach

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