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Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Treasure Beach
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was my 2nd stay at Jakes and again was an excellent experience. Treasure Beach itself is very nice, laid back, and not a typical resort area. The room at Jakes was comfortable with a view from the patio/deck directly onto the waves below! The food at the two restaurants is excellent & a good value. The staff are friendly & helpful. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Jakes is a funky, unique and relaxing place to stay. At least after you arrive there. It was a 2.5 hour “E ticket” ride from the airport to Jakes. The driver, Richard, was friendly and an excellent driver. The ride started in warm weather, then is poured, then we had to cross a flooded road, then drive through narrow, pot holed roads. We enjoyed the ride as that is part of the fun and adventure of going to Jamaica.

The ocean view room we had would be categorized as ocean front at most hotels. It was unique. There are wine bottles coming out of the walls. A pad lock is used to lock the door to the room. When the door is open, there is a gorgeous ocean view.

The food at both restaurants was good. One restaurant caters to guests. It is quiet and relaxing. The other restaurant has a mix of guests and local residents. It has a “this is life in Jamaica” feel.

Within an hour drive radius, Jakes arranged transportation (we requested Richard as the driver) to the Black River, YS Falls, Appleton Rum Factory and Little Ochie restaurant. All of these activities were memorable.

Our stay at Jakes was a nice combination of activities, relaxation and good food with a local Jamaican charm.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank lt_in_ca
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Our recent trip to Jakes was awesome! We have traveled all over Jamaica and stayed in many types of resorts. This was the most unique and authentic Jamaican experience we have had. The people were so friendly, the area was very safe and quiet. The landscape was different from other areas on the island. We loved the different cottages at Jakes. They all felt very private and romantic. We were fortunate to meet the owner, Jason. He was a gracious host and went out of his way to make our trip exceptional!He has accomplished a great deal for the community of Treasure Beach. We will be back! Take extra time to get there! Their driver will pick you up in MBJ and you will love the scenery over the mountains! All of the staff are the nicest Jamaicans!What a special place!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jamerician
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

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!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jiplulu
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

If you're looking for a classic off the beat and path getaway location in Jamaica.
Then Jakes in St. Elizabeth's Parish, Treasure Beach is the place.
Good food, drink, atmosphere and camaraderie.
Treasure Beach is a hidden gem of Jamaica.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank DaDonmonn
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We wanted away from the resort hustle bustle so decided to go off the beaten path. Well we found it at Jakes. In fact it took about 2 hours to get there from Montego Bay airport. Our driver (organized by Jakes) was very pleasant. He stopped for refreshments on the way. We arrived at the most charming property on the other side of the island. We walked through a canopy of trees to the reception and were greeted with fresh squeezed water melon / papaya juice. From there you could see the restaurant tables situated under the trees with lanterns around the pool over looking the sea. The outdoor bar with thatched roof and twinkle lights playing reggae music served the best rum punch ever! We walked down a path to get to our bungalow overlooking the ocean. It was such a beautiful setting with a deck that jutted out to the sea and outdoor shower. Only one problem.. No AC. We had to switch to a smaller bungalow which had AC and a beautiful private deck, but no fantastic outdoor shower. It was clean and rustic and charming. And you can not beat the views !! We ate under the twinkle lights and had curry lobster and jerk chicken. It was very good! Breakfast was escovitch (salty fish) and callaloo. It was delicious. Although there were plenty of spots to lounge by the pool, we wanted to swim in that beautiful blue sea water. The only down side was we had to take a 15 minute walk to the private beach. But it was worth the walk to swim in the private cove and more spectacular views. We had massages at the spa and they were fabulous! We also used the spas outdoor shower overlooking the ocean and enjoyed rum punches before our treatments.
Jakes is not what your looking for if you want luxury or crowds. But if you want charm, stunning views with the ocean crashing on your deck as you sip cocktails , seclusion, good Jamaican food , friendly staff and a true Caribbean jibe.... Then this place is for you!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Right on the water, in a proud community with loads of youth and family development activities, including an impressive sporting "complex" that is walking distance from the villas and rooms. Great service from a great family. When you stay at Jake's, part of your payment goes to community youth development work by BREDS. This is a win-win for all. Always.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Elizabeth Parish > Treasure Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Treasure Beach
Price Range: $103 - $745 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa 3.5*
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 And Spa
Jake`s Hotel, Villa Hotel Treasure Beach
Jakes St Elizabeth
Jakes Hotel St Elizabeth
Jakes Jamaica
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