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Address: Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach

Neighborhood: South Coast

City: St. Elizabeth

Phone: 800-688-7678

Website: www.jakeshotel.com

Expert Review

On the island’s rather remote southern coast, in low-key Treasure Beach, is Jake’s, the chic former holiday home of Sally Henzell, Jamaica’s foremost decorator, and her husband, Perry, director of the iconic Jamaican movie The Harder They Come. Named for the family’s pet parrot, this bohemian hideaway – today run by their son, Jason – has 23 secluded cottages, two restaurants, a holistic spa, and a saltwater pool. Jake’s is Jamaica at its most prototypical: rootsy, funky, and community-focused. The embodiment of the close-knit vibe is Breds, a nonprofit association cofounded by Jason that helps develop and fund a variety of local projects, such as installing GPS systems for fishermen. Fun activities are available in the immediate surroundings, including tours of roadside bars and a visit to Pelican Bar, perched on stilts smack in the middle of the sea. Other excursions include boat tours to spot crocodiles on the Black River; an outing to the spectacular YS Falls; and a ride along leafy Bamboo Avenue, a canopied road lined with vendors selling deliciously sweet coconut and peanut treats.

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