Checking In: New Jamaican Budget Boutique Lodgings

by  Karen Gardiner | Sep 23, 2014
Jake's Jamaica Treasure Beach
Jake's Jamaica Treasure Beach / Photo courtesy of the property

Later this month, Jake's, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica's southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget.

Jack Sprat Shack will offer two dormitory style rooms with 20 bunk beds each, as well as six double rooms with a shared bathroom, and six twin rooms located on the quieter, more secluded upper floor. A communal full-service kitchen -- as well as a living room, porch, and dining room -- will be available for guests to create their own Jamaican-inspired fare. (A cook can also be arranged upon request). What's more, Jack Sprat Shack will appeal to eco-conscious travelers thanks to being powered entirely by solar energy.

While guests at the Shack will be paying rates that start at only $35 a bed, they'll still be able to enjoy the facilities at the main resort, which include the Jack Sprat popular seafood and pizza restaurant for which the new property is named. Beyond the resort, with its idyllic beachside location, guests will be able to enjoy zip lining and hiking and biking trails, as well as arrange excursions to nearby waterfalls and the Appleton Rum distilleries.

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