I could talk for hours about how much I loved this place! I have told SO many people about Jake's, & I really, really can't wait to go back.
I don't want to bore you, so I'll try to just tell you the important parts!
I traveled to Jake's with my husband for our anniversary. It's actually not the sort of hotel that I would normally choose - it's quiet, relaxing - there are no TVs & limited WiFi (this would usually be my idea of a nightmare), but something seemed nice about it, the rooms looked great & it was great value, so I booked & I am SO glad that I did!
When we first arrived in Jamaica, we were picked up at the airport by a driver that we booked through Jake's. It's about a 2 hour car ride to the hotel, that sucks - I hate being in a car...but it's Jamaica & there isn't another way, so oh well! Our driver was friendly, helpful, answered lots of questions & genuinely wanted to chat & give us information about Jamaica & the culture.
We arrived at Jake's & it was beautiful! Everyone was friendly, our room was lovely. We crashed as soon as we arrived - tired from all the travel & the room was so cozy! :)
One snag with the room was that it was HOT! We were there in the middle of the summer, so I was expecting it to be hot in Jamaica & we booked a room with AC, but it wasn't the freezing cold air that I needed! I hated to do it, but we asked to be moved to a different room. The staff were really helpful with this, offered to show us a few other rooms & we changed rooms with no issues at all.
Our next room was right on the water, so we didn't need AC. We slept with the doors & windows open & it was great!! This room had an outdoor shower - which I LOVED! A little deck that we could sit out on & look at the water. It really was perfect.
At first I was a little worried that I would get bored being there for 5 days....this wasn't the case at all.
The pool area is gorgeous. the bar is great & the drinks are priced fairly.
The food was great! There is also a restaurant on the property that was fun & had good pizza (Jack Sprat Seafood and Pizza).
We also arranged for a lovely private dinner on the night of our anniversary.
Jake's is in a small beach town, it's quiet & there isn't a ton of stuff to do, but we easily arranged a couple of day trips through the hotel. We requested the driver that picked us up from the airport because he was so helpful. We went to the Appleton Estate Rum Tour (Awesome) & YS falls (don't miss it!)
& we also took a bike tour of the area one day (SO not me...but I loved it!), again, the tour guide was someone we met at the hotel, told us about his tour, he was so nice we couldn't refuse! It was great, really fun! He told us all about the area, it was a nice bike ride that ended at a beautiful beach & we went for a swim. lovely!
Another fun spot is Pelican Bar. It's about 30 mins away from Jake's in the middle of the Ocean. Really cool spot to have a beer! I didn't eat here, but everyone raves about the food.
You can easily arrange a boat to take you to Pelican Bar - again, the service was great!! We used Captain Dennis & highly recommend him. The ONE time it rained during our vacation was during our boat ride to Pelican bar! It was still so much fun!
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, Treasure Beach is the place for you. & in my opinion, Jake's is the only place to stay. Everything was clean & the staff were SO nice.
There is also a room for every price point - from a no-fuss basic room, a house to share with friends or family, or your own private villa.
By the time we left we were actually sad to be leaving - I know it's always sad to end a vacation, but it felt like everyone there had become our friends!
We have been planning our trip back since we left!
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