Wonderful group stay at Calabash villa and cottage!
Reviewed 17 August, 2021
My family group of 12 took over the Calabash villa and cottage and had the BEST stay! Our group ranged from ages 4 up. Our 4 kids had a great time and spent most waking hours in the pool or on the beach. The service from Adrian, Damion, Davion and Rowena were excellent.
I waited a bit after returning to write my review, since I wanted it to be helpful for people considering the trip. I read a lot of reviews, looked for pictures, etc in anticipation of our trip (which we had to postpone a couple times due to COVID).
A few points I wanted to make that I didn't know until I arrived: First, the beach off of Calabash villa is really wonderful. You can't tell from reviews or the website but it's the longest beach we saw in the area (a few hundred yards) and there were rarely any people on it. We found it safe and shallow enough for the younger kids to go in. The water was warm and relaxing. We could have spent all day out there. I really think the beach is undersold.
It was great having the cottage next door. It was close enough to put kids to bed there and then return to the villa to hang out in the main seating areas. It felt safe at all times. The area of treasure beach really is quiet and relaxing. There was a nice privacy fence and gate that could be closed to keep more separation. I think staying at the cottage as a small group would be great for access to this nice beach, even if you don't have access to the villa.
The outdoor seating areas at the villa were excellent. There's the covered porch off the house, plus an additional area to sit under the covered dining area. That area has a large porch swing and its a great area to see the beach. There is also another sitting area halfway down to the beach which was nice. So much outdoor space, we were rarely inside the villa.
Chef Damion and the rest of the staff cooked wonderful meals! I'd recommend having Damian suggest his favorite menus. I selected a few requests but the best food was the stuff he suggested himself (lobster curry, pasta and jerk chicken, breakfast porridge, etc). We only requested breakfast and lunch, but looking back we'd probably ask for lunch next time too! The hotel is only 10 minute walk and Jack Sprat is a couple more minutes, but it was a long walk at the hot point of the day. The food at Jakes hotel was really great but we weren't too excited about Jack Sprat and only ate there one time. There's a very small store between the villa and hotel but it only has the most basic items. Our snack crazy kids had to learn to live off of the delicious fresh fruit at the villa instead (since we didn't request much for snacking). We really miss having all our meals set up for us and eating at the giant table outside. It was warm out but we stayed cool outside and the ACs in the bedrooms worked great!
We had great excursions set up by Adrian. Adrian really took care of all our needs (shuttles, covid testing, excursions, etc). He even arranged to have a cake the day we arrived for my daughter's birthday and they made us a bonfire on the beach! We did the Kingffish cookout which was amazing and one of the best parts of our trip! Plus we went to Ys falls which was a lot of fun as well. The rest of the time we were content to relax around Jakes. The staff made us feel at home like family. Can't say enough good things about all of them!
I can't speak much to the main hotel at Jakes (since we would just swing by during the day) other than it was a really peaceful place. There were people on workcations and couples and small families enjoying the view and the pool. The bar had great drinks and everyone was super friendly. We did do several spa treatments and we were all very happy with the services there and would highly recommend them. There's not a ton going on outside of the hotel, so it's really the place to relax and take excursions.
Getting to and from Jakes was a bumpy ride, but it was truly a view of real Jamaica. It was a normal occurrence to have to wait for herds of livestock to clear the road so we could get through. I can't imagine how people go from the airport to Montego bay resorts and feel like they saw the country. Jakes is a glimpse real Jamaica. After our time at Jakes we went to one of those Montego all inclusives after our stay at Jakes and spent 2-3x more for a fraction of the experience. I wouldn't try to sell Jakes to people who really love their all-inclusive, but if you are up for more adventure and more culture, there's really no comparison.
Hopefully, this helps people who are searching for a luxurious and relaxing but off-the-beaten-path experience. I spent months looking for this type of a place across many countries. Jakes really did live up to everything we imagined!
Laid back and lovely!
Reviewed 5 August, 2021
We had a fantastic stay at Jake's - having a cottage to hang out in right by the beach was the best! What a lovely village with great people. It's a bit off the beaten path which made it all the better, but a bit of an adventurous drive. Really enjoyed our time - Adrian and Demian were great!
We love it here!
Reviewed 20 July, 2021
I love this place! My family went to celebrate my brother's 40th birthday, the team at treasure beach went above and beyond to accommodate us ALL! The staff is amazing, the cornmeal porridge was soooooo good! Adrian was such a phenomenal concierge! We had some crazy requests and he did all that he could to acknowledge them! I highly recommend this resort!
Reviewed 16 July, 2021
My family recently stayed in the Calabash Villa and we didn’t want to leave. The villa was stunning. Chef Damion was incredible. Davion and Rowena were so helpful and warm. We’ve now stayed at a number of resorts in Jamaica and Jake’s really distinguished itself. The area is remote and quiet. We enjoyed walking from our gorgeous seaside villa to the main part of the hotel to grab a drink or meal. Jack Sprat’s is in walking distance as well and was funky and fun. Adrian was our villa manager and helped organize our excursions, activities and meals. The whole experience was so magical - beautiful, interesting, delicious. We will definitely be back.
Dreamy Vibes ... Great Service
Reviewed 15 June, 2021
Had a blissfull weekend at Jake's, such a great open layout, very laidback vibe, bohemian decor with a sexy villa right on the ocean. The perfect balance of integrating with an interesting collection of guests, and the downtime privacy I was craving. The staff were very attentive and quick. The food came in light speed and was a true representation of Jamaican cuisine at its finest. The fresh catch at Jack Sprat was world class. The sleepy town unassumingly transported me to another world, even though I live in Jamaica, I really felt as though I had left and changed continents. I was very proud of the staff who became friends, they show me how much we as a people and a destination have to offer, and this experience truly stands out..... or as we say in Jamaica, it stan' up....