My wife and I spent a few days at Jake's in April of 2003. That vacation has become the standard by which we judge all other vacations. We've since travelled quite a lot around the Caribbean but have not yet found anything else that was quite as satisfying and peaceful as Jake's.
This place is not for everyone, I should say that. The principle activities involves sitting by the pool sipping rum punch in between leisurly strolls to the beach. If you're looking for loud, all night parties, this is not the place. It's very remote for one thing - it feels like you're in a rural area for sure. The nearest "city" is about 15 minutes in a very bumpy car ride. Don't expect a wide variety of places. But, for me, I'd rather have two authentic places than 15 mediocre tourist traps. I had no desire to leave while we were there.
While it is rustic, it isn't *too* rustic, if you know what I mean. We don't like big resorts, but at the same time we also like clean toilets and sanitary conditions. My wife and I are not the outdoors types. But, we didn't have to worry about that type of stuff - Jake's is upscale in it's rustic way.
I'm not sure if this was an "official" part of Jake's but there were a couple of gentleman on premise who provided, shall we say, private consierge services. If you want to swim with dolphins, go to a party, ride into town, go fishing, obtain certain things, etc, one of them will gladly hook it up and even spend the day with you as your guide. My first thought was that this is just another guy who wants our money to provide some service we don't need. But, I got to talking with him over a day or so and I decided, what the heck, to take him up on an offer to go out one evening. It was like having a the most popular guy in town showing me around, introducing me to all his friends. Hustlers wouldn't even bother looking at me and here I am a tall goofy, lanky white guy (though ruggedly handsome in my own way of course) hanging out late at locals-only jamaican bars. It was no problem. I got the friend treatment from everyone we met - that includes always paying a fair price and never getting any attitude from anyone. My advice is to take full advantage of that service if they're available and give a generous tip.
In a nutshell, I can't say enough good things about the place. We try not to repeat ourselves on vacations, but my wife and I have agreed that we'll be back here again one day.
- 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