For decades, Jamaica’s south coast has been the haunt of discerning travelers – wooed by its understated ambiance. It’s your turn to experience precious island treasures off the beaten track. From waterfalls to safaris, peppered shrimp to curried lobster, the South Coast is an eclectic retreat; complete with silver sands and the inviting Caribbean Sea.
Treasure Beach on the south coast is definitely for travelers looking for that “off the beaten” path privacy outside of the regular tourist resort areas. Six miles of black sand beaches, private coves, and rocky shorelines four public beaches well suited for swimming, snorkeling, and body-surfing. Jake’s in Treasure Beach is a boutique resort with personality and charisma. Known to be one of the best places to stay in The Caribbean, this beachfront property features a mosaically tiled sea-water swimming pool and a string of vividly designed colorful, thatch-roofed cottages along the cliffs.
Jake’s is a very sensual place. Its 17 rooms, cottages and villas were created by theatrical designer Sally Henzell to commune with garden, sea and sky and influenced by architect Antonio Gaudi, Jake’s stands out as a unique piece of art. The secluded cottages are one with the environment. Some have decks above the waves. Privacy is paramount. But mixing in is easy. Two restaurants serve fresh seafood and authentic Jamaican cuisine. Jake’s is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway, a spiritual retreat or an adventure. Sally designed Jake’s with a huge heart and bohemian spirit – each cottage is designed around, and inspired by the landscape, each building honoring the gifts of nature.
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Rooms are furnished with antiques and found objects that have been creatively recycled. Think sprawling, one-of-a-kind beds, ceiling fans and louvered windows shaded by bamboo blinds. Liberally sprinkled throughout are touches of glass, bead and shell fretwork and works by Treasure Beach artists. The dining at Jake’s is also exquisite. The menu features a wide variety of local dishes cooked to order, Crab Cakes, Jerk Chicken, and Lobster Salad. The Jake’s kitchen is also famous for great soups (Pumpkin is a favourite). For the ultimate in relaxation the Driftwood Spa at Jake’s is the place to go. Named for the natural local elements used in its architecture, Jake’s Driftwood Spa lies nestled in a quiet seaside cove and contains two spacious, outdoor treatment rooms on a coral stone deck.
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Body-and-soul nourishing treatments with a unique holistic menu make way for a stress-free getaway. A handful of delectable treatments make up the very selective, sensual menu at Jake’s Driftwood Spa. Guests can select from wraps, scrubs, facials, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stone and Swedish massage treatments, as well as manicures and pedicures. Delicious treats include the Bona Fide Blue Mountain Coffee Scrub, Exotic Ginger and Lemongrass Scrub, Stoned Love (hot stone massage), the Treasure Beach Melon Drench, Mocha Rum Wrap and an array of Traveller’s Tonics (massages) set to stimulate, calm, awaken, rebare-balance purify.
Jake’s is also a great place for couples on their honeymoon. The stargazing is amazing from almost any spot in Treasure Beach, but doing it while sitting at the edge of a cliff overlooking the vast ocean below comes highly recommended and you can do this best by staying here. There are even irresistible honeymoon packages available that include sparkling wine, fruits & chocolates on arrival and even some aphrodisiac spa therapies as well! With so much romance in the air, a Jake’s honeymoon is sure to make you fall in love all over again no matter what kind of couple you are.