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“Beautiful, but needs better mosquito nets!”

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Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Treasure Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2012

We had a peaceful, fun and relaxing stay at Jake's this past weekend. Our room (Cockles Up), although it was small, had a stunning view of the sea and a private balcony to relax on. The only thing left to be desired was a proper mosquito net. Ours had holes throughout and didn't close properly around the bed so my poor husband was badly bitten throughout the night! Despite this, I still recommend Jake's as a beautiful place to stay that is off the beaten track in an often overlooked parish. We hope to return soon (with our own mosquito net!)

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Jakeshotel, Manager at Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2012

We appreciate you feedback and sincerely apologize for the breakdown in our service. One your next visit we will ensure there are no holes in the mosquito net and will not have to bring your own. It is our responsibility to provide amenities that are free from holes, which is not part of the standard here at Jakes.

Thank you again for your comment,

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Reviewed 27 August 2012

I booked a room at Jakes for the final few days of my holiday travelling around Jamaica. The whole holiday and my experience of Jamaica and its warm friendly people was just wonderful, and Jake's was just the perfect end to a perfect holiday. The oceanfront room was wonderfully rustic but extremely comfortable, peaceful and private with the most beautiful view and large patio. Everybody at Jake's was so friendly and helpful,they just could not have been better. The restaurant served delicious food with friendly service at tables overlooking the cliffs and sea,and it was so relaxing to sit with a drink at the bar and listen to the sounds of the sea. The whole Treasure Beach area was so quiet and beautiful and Jake's fitted the surroundings so perfectly and I cannot imagine a better place to stay. I thought it was excellent value for money as it had all the amenities that could have been required, but in a rustic and tranquil setting.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

Mum and I arrived here after four hour drive from Kingston. Weary and thirsty and was greeted by the most amazing, friendly and relaxed staff. The courtesy melon juice was amazing and became addicted. It was a great start to a two hotel stay we had planned and thank goodness we started here first. Loved the rooms and whole set up. The food, bar the Callaloo soup which was of poor standard, was amazing. Didn't like the pool and really missed having a conventional beach I.e. sandy. Nonethess we had agreat time and woulda like to say a big thank you to Chris and the rest of the staff for making us feel so welcomed. Chris, loved the poems and hope to one day see these published.

Sadly would not return here due to fear of cats. There was just too many of them and this just stressed me out.

Sass

Room Tip: Room with balcony was great.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

We had been to half moon bay earlier in the year which is the compete opposite of Jake's in style, location, size, feel, all of it. We loved half moon but also enjoy smaller, off the beaten path hotels. We stayed at a house down the road from jakes that they own and manage. Our house was perfect, four large bedrooms, perfect pool and literally steps from the beach. Staff came to clean every morning and Dennis cooked amazing food for us. It is Jamaica at its purest, you really can't get much more local in feel. The hotel itself has NO beach so with my kids I am very glad we were at the house. Also, the small saltwater hotel pool isn't ideal to use but cool to look at. Jake's is a two hour drive from Montego Bay airport along small,, bumpy roads but the views are beautiful!! You really get to see the country and while it's not an ideal place for say two nights, I found the drive gorgeous and interesting. The spa is small but great treatments, products. I had a massage in a room with three walls listening to the waves. It's an eclectic crowd and hotel. If you want traditional resort this is not the place for you. The mosquitoes were pretty bad. Overall we had a wonderful trip with beautiful scenery, kind people but it's off the beaten path and missing anemities of resort that some people may miss!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 7 August 2012 via mobile

Very great place to stay! Quite beautiful rooms and cliffs. There are some rooms directly ocean front and a lot garden front but very close to the cliff.

Unlikely we got the place during tropical storm and we couldn't use pool and other facilities, but the location is very very great!

It is not cheap and it has crazy prices for transfer anywhere. I suggest to find different solution outside the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

a note sent to Jake's Management:

I think I speak for all of us when I say it was the holiday of our lives. Thank you. It became very clear to us from very early on that it was a true privilege to share in the history of Treasure Cot. Meeting Ms. June and receiving her blessings made my year. I have left Jamaica with a great love and curiosity for a country and people that have been blessed in so many ways. You may just see us again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

Based on an interesting review in the NY Times we booked 5 nights at Jakes. It was a 2+ hour drive from Montego Bay Airport.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/travel/in-jamaica-treasure-beachs-quiet-isolation-is-its-draw.html

the good stuff at Jakes:
- treasure beach area has a great vibe -- it is a very relaxing environment that showcases both the beaches and the farmlands of Jamaica.
- Jakes is a collection of colorful, quaint buildings, located directly on the ocean.
- our room (called “Cockles down”), like many others, had an outdoor porch (2 chairs and 2 lounge beds) that overlooked the ocean; waves were crashing just at your feet! The sound of the ocean could be heard all day and all night.
- uncrowded "beach" and pool, lounge chairs are generally available.
- great poolside bar, bartender makes excellent fresh fruit & rum cocktails (using a Vitamixer, so you get all the good nutrients)
- staff are all genuinely friendly.
- grounds, pool and gardens are lush and well kept.
- new spa building, with open-air treatment rooms overlooking the ocean. Treatments were okay, but still something left to be desired.
- hotel transport was on-time, waiting at the airport. Car has A/C and driver navigated the roads and traffic expertly.

Jakes can & should improve: I would have told the manager these things directly, but I never saw management at this hotel, it was like the hotel was on autopilot, not in a good way.

- lunch & dinner at jakes was truly disappointing, just awful (breakfast was fine and fresh juices are wonderful). and to be honest, there is much better food next door at Jack Sprats (same owner and you can charge the bill to your room).
- the room was a bit weathered and there were many small things in need of repair: loose faucet handle, too-small-sink, old toilet, rusty security box, very weak A/C (we paid extra for A/C, and it didn't really ever feel cool), the bathroom door did not shut properly and provides only minimal privacy. these small things and the bad food caused me to check out one day early (no refund provided, but still not worth wasting a vacation day here).
- though there are plenty of lounge chairs by the pool/beach, only a handful are in the shade and when the sun is intense and hot, easy to feel like there is no place to go for shelter! an umbrella or two would be nice.
- front desk staff did not ever mention the daily activities which are posted on the board in the dining room. we missed farm tour, which i'm sure would have been special given that treasure beach is an agricultural economy.
- there is a man-made-looking beach at Jakes which is rather disappointing, but, there is a better beach next door in front of Jack Sprat's restaurant.

I would love to go back to Treasure Beach if Jakes could make even just a few of these improvements. From someone who is rather used to staying in boutique B&B/hotlels, this one just feels a bit neglected, its rather sad -- I only say all of this, so that they can improve the quality of the stay.

Room Tip: Cockles up is probably the best room (we stayed in cockles down).
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Management response:Responded 16 July 2012

Thank you for your comments. We are always improving our product and it is through the comments of our valuable guests that we can continue to do so. We sincerly hope that you will return and give us the chance to make better the opportunities you experienced.

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Address: Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Elizabeth Parish > Treasure Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Treasure Beach
Price Range: $119 - $928 (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
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Jakes Jamaica
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