Jakes Hotel, St Elizabeth

‘Once upon a time, Perry Henzell, the late writer and director of Jamaica’s first major motion picture, The Harder They Come, told his creatively talented wife that she would build things’. Once such creation is Jakes at Treasure Beach. Jake’s is where all the best bits of authentic Jamaican culture are fused with a contemporary and tropical twist. Each property is a piece of imagination brought to life – so if you’re looking for something a little different, this is the spot for you.


Adding to the authentic Jamaican experience, your bolt hole is set in the heart of a lively fishing community – step away from the touristy sunspots and settle amongst the passionate residents. Poets, artists and fishermen welcome you with pride and warmth, telling stories and showing you hidden treasures. The six miles of sands are golden, the atmosphere authentic and the private coves exclusive.

Your room

Jakes is more of a community than a resort. There’s an eclectic selection of villas, each with different architecture, decor and stories. From afar you can see the blue-washed villa of Octopussy, its sun-dappled day bed on the roof terrace highlighted by the drapes gently swaying in the breeze. Below, a queen size bed with patchwork quilt awaits, with a headboard doused in fairy lights, and a stain glass windows casting a rainbow. The fearless color combinations fit perfectly with the soul of this lively Caribbean island.

Why we like it

Besides the fact that every room, villa, patio and terrace is a kaleidoscope of color and artistry, the boutique huts, villas and cottages aren’t the only reason we fell in love with Jakes. It’s also a fantastic place for any foodie. Walls lined with records and the terrace lit by tree lanterns, Jack Sprat restaurant will top your pizza with lobster straight from the sea and tailor-make your jerk chicken seasoning. It’s a true taste of Jamaica. And it doesn’t stop there, once a month Dool’s Farm host a gathering for a banquet-style feast, where fresh, seasonal dishes are served to long, communal tables.