ONE LOVE : ROOMS
Once upon a time, the late writer and director of Jamaica’s first major motion picture, The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell, told his epically creative wife Sally that she would build things. True dat.
In the past 20+ years Sally’s designed every indelible inch of the Jake’s property. Each room comes to her in a dream, each wildly unique, of the earth and undulating with fearless color. Welcome to a fantastical, magical realist feast of eclectic structures, beside the Caribbean Sea’s most lovely and lashing waves.
This is your personal cinema vérité. Find the abode that most rouses your soul.
- ABALONE: 1 & UP
Inside Abalone, the ocean roars and shooting stars can be seen from the veranda.
- COCKLES: UP & DOWN
Fancy to find yourself in a tall turquoise house on the brink of the blue lashing sea…
- STARFISH, JELLYFISH & ABALONE 2
Behind jeweled Moroccan doors, the sound of the sea will color your dreams.
- SEAPUSS: 1, 2, 3
These perfect rooms have sensual outdoor showers and seaside views.
- OCTOPUSSY: 1, 2, 3
A trio of queen bees, these bright beacons align along the sea and stir up the love.
- SEAHORSE: UP & DOWN
Spacious, garden-views come with private verandas and details designed to charm.
- CONCH, CORAL
These sweet, cozy abodes offer simple and sensory delights.
- Cowrie 1, 2 & Down
Choose a full kitchen and cozy bedroom or bright, airy rooms with private verandas.
- HAMMER HEAD 1, 2 AND 3
HAMMER HEAD 1, 2 AND 3
HOME AWAY: COTTAGES
Our cottages are homes away from home. One, two and three bedroom abodes offer earthy luxury and Sally Henzell’s signature eclecticism. Think sprawling, one-of-a-kind beds, antique furniture, ceiling fans and louvered windows shaded by bamboo blinds. Peek-a-boo glass bottles are notched liberally into the walls and shell fretwork abounds.
Come rest yuh head and relax into the seascape, all together now.
Welcome to an expansive, three-bedroom oasis right in the center of it all.
- SWEET LIP
This sea-kissing cottage is seaside, nearly poolside and full of the brightest niceties.
- TREASURE COT
Sally Henzell’s off-property childhood abode sits right on a private beach and is the place Alex Haley wrote Roots.
- JACK SPRAT COTTAGE
This standalone two bedroom has the breezing sea on two sides and the most perfect back porch.
- CALABASH COTTAGE
A two-bedroom cottage on the Calabash Villa property, this sweet retreat comes with its own beach cove.
- SEAWEED 3 BEDROOM
Give Thanks You’re in Jamaica!
- SEADRAGON COTTAGE
At SeaDragon, you are a 5-minute walk from a quiet swimming cove called Old Wharf.
BIG DIGS: VILLAS
Laidback luxury. Exquisite eclectic. All have stupendous sea views, access to private beaches and amenities galore. Located trots down di road from the Jakes property, our villas are laden with sumptuous comfort and one-of-a-kind coolâ€”each perfect for families, retreaters and couples. Seaweed is three properties in one, and can be rented to one or two parties at a time, assuring proper privacy and unforgettable vacation vibes.
Browse these deluxe digs and select the villa that best matches your desired vibe.
- CALABASH BAY
This airy four-bedroom sits on two acres of beachfront property. Private pool. Personal chef. Nuff said.
- HOPE HOUSE
Behold a modern white 4- bedroom abode by the sea, with walls punctuated by bright stained glass.
- Seaweed Luxury Villa
At the most prime property in town, enjoy the infinity pool, private chef and endless niceties.
- ITOPIA HISTORIC HOME
A Great House built in the 1600’s, the Henzell’s private & exquisite north-coast abode is made for a long stay.
A colourful, bohemian, paired back yet hugely comfortable style, Pelican sits on a point above the sea on the edge of, and with private access to, the sleepy fishing beach of Billy’s bay.
WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
Jakes was built in love. The entire property is an expression of romance, full of sweet-nothing details, evocative hideaways and exquisite relaxation. Weddings can be intimate sunset gatherings on a private seaside decks or bigger bashes at one of our seaside luxury villas.
From the menu to the photographer to the bouquet to the band, we’ll help you meticulously design the details that make this day your most memorable, whatever your budget may be.
Then Honeymoons are ideal in our Octopussy suites, where upper sunroofs are built for stargazing and embracing, and down below, the sea is so close you can touch it.
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- FITNESS TRIPS
Jakes is located on the south coast of the island, far from the hustling bustle of the north coast, in a sea level, rain-shielded valley surrounded by mountains. So anywhere you go from Jakes is up. Bike through pristine, patchwork farmland, hike to views that will dumbfound you, workout with TRX slung from the yoga deck’s rafters and go through circuits at the Sports Park. It’s all here. Come workout hard and relax right. Come get fit and let go.
Breathe to the sound of the waves and develop your practice in paradise. Atop the Driftwood Spa, our otherworldly yoga deck has 180-degree views of the Caribbean Sea. Join a retreat with a top instructor to experience a vacation organized around multiple classes a day, with all the Jamaican relaxation you need in between.
DR. EMPRESS THANDI WISE, NEW IN-HOUSE YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Empress Thandi Wise, of Ancestral Wisdom Wellness (AWW) is a certified colon hydro-therapist I-ACT (International Association of Colon Therapy), a certified Yoga Instructor EYT500, Holistic Medicine Woman.
Sacred Woman Emerald Green Practitioner of Queen Afua Institute, Full Lotus Birth Doula and an expert in Muscle testing EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique) and Tapping. A returning resident to Jamaica after living abroad for the past 15 years Empress with her husband and five (5) children recently moved back to her home country, Jamaica.
- LEAD A RETREAT
For yoga instructors, personal trainers and fitness leaders, Jakes makes an ideal venue to lead a group to get fit and fully relax. Between the undulating landscape that lends itself to mountain biking and hiking (Jakes can link you to amazing local guides) and multiple picturesque venues for circuit training and yoga flows-there’s no better place to gather a group for an active vacation. Plus, with a broad range of room prices and fresh food from the neighboring land and sea, your retreaters will rest well and dine right. Work with us to design a trip, and we’ll assure it’s seamlessly planned and strictly authentic. Contact us at email@example.com
- JAKES OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON
Jakes Off-Road Triathlon will start its 21st year on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00am. It features a 350-400 meter protected ocean swim, a 25K off–and-on road back-country mountain bike and a 7K trail run. Locally made awards are provided in overall, masters and team categories. Prior awards for Jake’s include Top Five Global Off-Road Triathlon from Triathlete Magazine in 2010.
All net proceeds benefit BREDS, The Treasure Beach Foundation.
Individual: $100 US | Relay $150 US | T-Shirts + Pre-race dinner included
- GROWN LOCALLY
Step into Jakes and you’re greeted with a bounty of farm-fresh vegetables and a menu of the day’s delicious offerings. Just-caught from the sea or harvested from the surrounding fields, we are a community of farmers and fishers and our cuisine reflects the freshest and best.
At every meal you’ll find an ever-changing menu, concocted by our chefs from the day’s catch and farmer’s picks. Breakfast features poached eggs on a bed of Jamaican callaloo (our version of spinach), mackerel rundown, ackee and saltfish and omelets stuffed with veggies. Among much more, lunch often presents a jerk burger, Rasta pasta and a salad with spicy arugula and feta. Dinner can be skewered grilled shrimp, lamb chops, pumpkin bisque and pepper steak. Stay a while and dine with variety.
Every round table is picturesque, situated around the pool and beside the beach, with tropically printed tablecloths breezing from the sea. Dine on.
Find a rhythmic culinary & community hub at Jack Sprat… and feel the legend of The Harder They Come roar. The walls are covered with records, the beach beckons and the food satisfies the soul. Just-caught seafood is prepped any way you want it, and the island’s best pizza comes with toppings like lobster, jerk chicken and the freshest veggies. Come for all-the-time-vibes, Thursday night movies and bonfires on the shore. This is the real Jamaica: loved-up, deep-rooted and altogether delicious.
Jack Sprat also offers eco-conscious and no-nonsense accommodations in a hostel across the street. Come eat, play and stay.
- DOUGIE’S BAR
When Sally Henzell built Jakes, she pictured longtime family friend Dougie behind the bar. She then tracked him down towns away and said she had just the place for him. That was over 20 years ago and Dougie’s signature rum punch has become the stuff of legend. He’s now retired, but Dougie definitely still drops by from time to time, and you should definitely say hello.
The bar is smack in the center of the property, overlooking the pool and the beach, and serves as the natural gathering spot for guests all day long. Through the day’s warm sunshine to the night’s cool moonlight, come hang out, kick back, talk nuff talk and sip up.
- PELICAN BAR
Voted the best beach bar in the world, this shack built on a sandbar is quite literally in the middle of the sea-and the most sublime spot you’ll ever sip a Red Stripe. Built by a fisherman named Floyd, you’ll arrive at this remote watering hole via a 20-minute boat ride, past miles of sunbaked shoreline to an unimaginable paradise. Swim around, kick back and catch some rays. Plus sip up, play dominoes and even eat fish caught and fried right on site. A trip to Jakes is not complete without a voyage to Floyd’s.
- FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER
Jakes is located in the parish of St. Elizabeth, which is the island’s breadbasket and home to 40,000 farmers. Once a month, on the Saturday closest to the full moon, we gather at sunset at Dool’s Farm and dine at an epically long table for a chef-prepped feast.
Picture this: cocktails upon arrival with fresh fruit picked on site, followed by a leisurely procession to the table that’s draped in crisp linens and lit by lanterns strung from the trees. Then as the sun dips behind the mountains and the moon rises bright, you’ll be served course after family-style course of organic dishes and wine pairings Jamaica.
Conceived by Liz Solms, a local sustainable agriculture expert, a Farm-to-Table dinner will definitely be a highlight of your time. The $95 fee plus tax, tip your ride.
- SPA SESSIONS
Stimulate your senses. Enter the oasis. Built above a coral cove, the Driftwood spa is situated at the corner of the Jakes property, right up against the sea’s edge. Breeze from warm waves wafts into all four open-air treatment rooms while signature products crafted from local ingredients like coffee, coconut, mango, seaweed and aloe create natural aromas.
Come for massages, body scrubs, body wraps, facials, reflexology and manicures and pedicures that complete any vacation. Wedding and honeymoon packages can be perfectly customized and we’ll even modify treatments so they’re cool for kids. Kick back, indulge all.
For write-ups, rates & the full range of rejuvenating offerings, check the official spa brochure.
- SPORTS PARK HAPPENINGS
Across the street from Jakes is a the Breds Treasure Beach Sports Park & Academy, aka a 17- acre community hub where over 1500 local kids are learning not only to play and score, but the leadership skills and teamwork that ready them for jobs and scholarships far beyond the park grounds. Built in 4 persevering phases, conceived and spearheaded by Jason Henzell, the Sports Park has transformed the community and attracted athletes and sponsors from around the world.
Guests can join throngs of spirited fans to watch cricket, football and track matches between incredible Jamaican and foreign teams , enlist in pickup basketball games and step to the court for tennis any time.
In addition, the General Colin Powell Challenge Course is an exhilarating experience that lets you climb high and stretch what you believe is possible. General Colin Powell’s parents lived just miles from the Sports Park and he is honored to have the ropes course in his name.
Just check in with the front desk about any Sports Park goings-on, book instructors for the ropes course and borrow any gear you want.
- ART & VIBES
Jakes is a cultural hub where artistic roots run deep.
The patriarch of the family that created Jakes is Perry Henzell, and he co-wrote and directed Jamaica’s first major motion picture that burst reggae into indelible international consciousness. According to Rolling Stone, The Harder They Come has the best movie soundtrack of all time. Every Thursday at Jack Sprat is movie night, where this and other Jamaican cinematic feats are projected outdoors while Red Stripe flows.
In addition, Jakes has has long been the stomping ground of literary legends. In the 70’s, Alex Haley decamped to Treasure Cot to write his masterpiece Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
Jakes is also home to the biennial Calabash International Literary Festival, which brings down the most acclaimed writers on the planet for readings in paradise. Think Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith (who’s got roots in the parish), Colum McCann, Junot Diaz, Derek Walcott, Wole Soyinka and countless more bookish stars.
Well-curated music plays throughout the property and live bands and DJs often take turns at Jack Sprat. So come write your memoir, soak up the air that’s filled with imagination and dance all night.
- DAY TOURS
Sail up the Black River past crocodiles, swing above sprawling waterfalls, sip rum in the center of the sea and explore our farms. Find the day that inspires your soul. Once you arrive, you can book as many of these memorable excursions as you like.
- FARM TOUR
Take a tour of rolling, patchwork farmland that’s planted with scallion, onions, carrots, peanuts, watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, cucumbers and yams. You can also visit two epicenters of production: the nearby Grace Kennedy processing center, where Jamaican peppers are prepped to become hot sauces sold across the globe and the Appleton Rum factory, where local cane becomes the finest liquor.
- BLACK RIVER SAFARI
The Black River is 44 miles long and home to The Great Morass, a stunning wetland preserve. Sail through blue sea and navigate upriverâ€”until the water goes dark and mangrove trees arc and shade. It’s there you’ll behold more than 100 species of birds, a bounty of tarpon and snook and the Crocodylus acutus (a smaller, less-aggressive version of its African cousins).
- YS FALLS
A 45-minute drive from Jakes, this exquisite 120-foot, eight-tiered fall features cool pools perfect for swimming, as well as a zip line, rope swing, and river tubing for the brave ones in your bunch! En route is great dining at Middle Quarters and Bamboo Avenue, the best place to stop for piping-hot pepper shrimp and icy cold coconut jelly.
- FLOYD’S PELICAN BAR
Take a 20-minute boat ride right from the Jake’s Jetty, zip past miles of sunbaked shoreline and find yourself at what’s been ranked the best beach bar in the world. Swim around, kick back and catch some rays. Then sip on rum and red stripe and even eat fish caught and fried right on site. A trip to Jakes is not complete without a voyage to Floyd’s.
- SHORE PICNIC
Join the legendary Captain Dennis in his splatter-painted boat called Super Cool for a brilliant day at sea. Imparting incredible history, stories and jokes all the way, he’ll breezily sail you for 45 minutes to a white sand beach where he’ll light a fire in the sand and cook fresh-caught fish (or lobster if it’s in season) to perfection. A stop at Floyd’s Pelican Bar is par for the course.
From hiking and biking to cooking, fishing and arts and crafts, there’s nuff stuff to do (and plenty to keep kids entertained). Read all about it.
- Watercolor Wonder
Led by our artists-in-residence Ginny O’Neil and Tom Menihan, their workshop called Paint Jakes is a series of watercolor classes for all skill levels.
- BIRD WATCHING
- BOAT & FISH
Local, charismatic guides know every inch of the terrain. They’ve roughed out trails, mapped perfect loopsâ€”and can introduce you to everyone and everything along the way. Just go!
- BOAT & FISH
Led by our crew of captains, these trips are ideal in early morning and late afternoon. Pull traps set by professional fishers, cast lines yourself and bring back your catch for us to cook!
- COOK JAMAICAN
Guided by our amazing chefs, food-lovers can book a fun, festive lesson and learn all about Jamaican specialties like jerk seasoning, strange fruits and pickled fish sauces. Mmm!
- MAKE A MOSAIC
Jakes is decorated with bespoke mosaic art, and kids 2-and up can join a workshop taught by a Montessori School Teacher named Ronda Darlyn, who perfectly nurtures young creativity.
- DESIGN WITH SHELLS
In this Shell Design Playshop, children of all ages can paint and decorate objects like a birdhouse or trinket boxâ€”with shells, beads, seeds and more.