Honeymoon Idea- Jake's Jamaica
February 6, 2008
Vogue Magazine called Jake's the "chicest shack in the Caribbean" which I find to be such a sweet, fitting description. I adore Jamaica. It is a country with such a vibrant culture- incredible music, art, food and people. Jake's holds a special place in my heart as I have stayed here twice before and plan to continue to go back again and again. The first time I came to Jake's was for my big brother's wedding. He and my sister in law had the most incredible sunset ceremony with 8 of their closest friends on the cliffs of the property. The ceremony was followed by a candlelit lobster feast along the same cliff. It was nothing short of magical. The same group of us all came back 5 years later to celebrate their anniversary and relive the special time. We are already trying to plan the next trip!
Jake's is a small boutique hotel located in the tiny fishing village of Treasure Beach in Jamaica. Treasure beach has no major resorts, no fancy watersports, no Hard Rock Cafe's, very few tourists at all- a charming and secluded slice of paradise. (Though if you are wanting more action Negril and Montego Bay are a few hours away.)
Expect a relaxing, unwinding experience here where you will find quickly, life runs on "island time." Jake's oozes with personality and charm- from the hotel dogs which serve as little Jake's mascots (and help when you are homesick for your own dog!) to the colorful and perfectly mismatched linens to the open air outdoor showers made of driftwood and colored bottles. Get the most refreshing rum punch from Dougie's bar, read a book on the balcony of your room while waves crash from below against your feet, explore the beaches or take a short boat ride to the "Pelican Bar"- a bar in the middle of the ocean built completely out of driftwood. A short drive away is the Appleton Estate Rum distillery and YS falls and just off the beach at Jake's are exciting rivers to tour by boat.
The hotel staff is incredible and make you feel so welcome and at home there. Jake's two restaurants serve up wonderful Jamaican dishes and fresh seafood making it very easy to never leave the hotel during your stay. (And if you ask nicely, the chef will give you a private cooking lesson in the kitchen!)
The greatest part- Jake's is totally affordable. Even during the high season, you can have a fabulous room for under $200. When you go, be sure to stay in SeaPuss #1 or 2 for the best view in the house, ask Dougie for his special of the day, and be sure to give little "Peanut" (the Jack Russell mix) some love from me. Happy honeymooning! :)
You have just experienced one of the most incredible events of your life. The person who you love most in the world has popped the question and you have answered 'yes!' The whirlwind of the wedding planning world has now opened- questions and excitement from friends and family, your childhood wedding dreams re-visited, wedding magazines taunting you from the shelves of the check out lanes. You are finding yourself with a new language. A vocabulary full of words such as Fiancé, Chivari chairs, fondant--words you had no idea that you knew and now they seem to run off your tongue effortlessly.
I know how fast everything seems and how overwhelming it all can feel at first, so I created this blog to help answer questions, give advice and inspire new ideas.