Travel/Treasures: Dream Destination – Jake’s

When you just want to RELAX with no outside interruptions – the very essence of a perfect vacation…you might want to go to Jake’s Treasure Beach, Jamaica.jakes1

Jamaica is a great place to unwind but when you think of places to travel in Jamaica what usually comes to mind?  Is it fast paced and touristy Montego Bay, Ocho Rios for newlyweds and honeymooners or Negril for miles and miles of white sand beach and many all-inclusives? 20141005_193909

When I travel I love to explore places off the beaten path and find little hidden treasures. If you drive for one hour outside Montego Bay you will find a beautiful tropical countryside with breathtaking views of fishing villages, beaches, centuries old great houses, natural waterfalls and wetlands.  You’ll find the South Coast of Jamaica.20141005_193605

Stumbled upon this stylishly funky hotel/spa by accident while driving along the South Coast. It’s a world away from the island’s  high-pressure resort towns. 20141005_193409 A welcome opposite of Ocho Rios while still maintaining tropical charm with a beautiful low-key seafront setting and lovely gardens. The brightly painted cottages stretch along the water’s edge, in the sleepy settlement of Treasure Beach in south-west Jamaica. Centred on a lovely open-air dining ‘room’, the pool and Dougie’s bar, Jakes has really lovely, raffish Jamaican charm.

The Bar

The Bar

The PROS:

  • Friendly staffers who know every guest by name
  • On-site art classes for everyone, all ages
  • Daily yoga and Pilates workshops
  • One of Jamaica’s best spas
  • Excellent restaurant with fresh, locally produced Jamaican fare.
  • No nearby tourist attractions or nightlife20141005_193718

 THE CONS:                                                                                                                        Remote location on the South Coast                                                                                  No nearby tourist attractions                                                                                                No nightlife                                                                                                                          Coarse black-sand beaches less desirable for swimming                                                    A  hike – two hour drive ($120 by taxicab) from Montego Bay’s airport                                No in-room TV, phone, or Internet

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In a NUTSHELL:

With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake’s is a member of Bespoke Hotels, a trendy, luxury hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there’s no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages (but there are CD players and CD’s in each room with an extensive CD library). The black-sand beaches aren’t Jamaica’s most impressive, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting classes for all and yoga/pilates workshops, and excellent locally prepared food make this a particular favorite.20141005_194217And that is exactly why I recommend Jake’s.

And if you’re lucky there may be some other hidden treasures…but we can’t discuss them here.  If you catch my drift wood.

Photos: d. king                                                                                           http://www.jakeshotel.com/

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