This was our first visit to Jamaica as we have previously gone all-inclusive in Mauritius. We arrived at Jakes having first spent a week in Port Antonio. The entrance was for us the start of the whole delightful experience, unassuming and discrete. Through to the foyer we were greeted by smiles and promptly shown to Mussels our villa for 7 heavenly nights. As we walked through the front door of the villa we were greeted by a large lounge space and then as the facing doors were opened we all squealed with delight at the most amazing vista and view of the Sea. The children ran exploring the whole villa whilst we stepped outside and gazed in awe at our sofas and tables and chairs and separate sunning deck – such space! There was even a double hammock underneath 2 almond trees. The girls 11 and 13 had the twin room and my 16 year old daughter and I couldn’t decide between the 2 spacious main bedrooms. Eventually my husband helped by saying we could have the one nearest the hammock and she could have the one with the outside shower - Perfect.
The first night we drank Dougie's famous "dark and stormy’s" laughing in our hammock, gazing up at the stars and repeating to ourselves how lucky we were.
We had the most amazing relaxing and special time as a family and as a couple. The children loved the saltwater pool, eating take away pizza from Jack Sprats, arts and crafts with Ronda, and dancing to drumming by local twins.
We visited the Black River, The Pelican Bar, Appleton Estates and YS Falls and all are to be recommended as tours through the hotel. We also visited the local doctor when my eldest daughter had an ear infection, we waited in the queue with the locals and then she was treated with the exact antibiotics as if we had been at home. Staff at the hotel collected her prescription for eardrops from Black River and hotel staff and locals looked us after very well indeed.
I had the most incredible massage in the SPA Pavilion overlooking the sea and promptly booked my husband in for his first massage ever whilst I returned for a fabulous coffee scrub.
The day before we arrived my husband had called to see if we could renew our vows and of course this was no problem.
On a warm and windy day we stood as a family (including Blackie) on the wedding pavilion and the local Preacher took us through our traditional promises and vows and blessed us. Blackie kept us company throughout our stay at Jakes and we enjoyed her company very much.
The five of us had breakfast together or at different times and there was always a superb choice.
We had lunch sometimes in the restaurant or Jack Sprats and mostly ate dinner at Jakes. The food was varied, tasty and unhurried we had romantic candle lit moments and once we even ate takeaway pizza in bed!
We were lucky enough to have a peep at an Octopussy ocean front room and it seemed as gloriously romantic and chic as they say. If we didn't have the children I would definitely want to stay in one!
Jamaica is the most beautiful magical country with a powerful feeling (like Tintagel in Cornwall). I recommend seeing as much of the country as you can and then relaxing at Jakes to let the sounds of the sea soothe, relax and rejuvenate
We kept our holiday feeling for a long time when we got back to the UK and I cannot wait to return
Explore Jamaica then relax at Jakes - its magical!
- 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
- Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa Jamaica/Treasure Beach