In August 2015 we stayed at Jakes Hotel (with 2 teenage boys). Since this is an art blog I’ll stick to the arty bits. Jakes is extra special because artist Sally Henzel created its unique, sometimes called boho on the beach, cottages, pool, spa, bar and other spots. Mosaics, coloured glass embedded in walls (that make places glow from the inside at night), natural style lighting hanging low from the many variety of trees, gorgeous flora, colours you could drink and funky, interesting forms abound. Inside, there is wonderful art and block print fabrics. As an ex mosaicist with a penchant for warm colours and natural materials, I was loving being there.
Sally Henzel was set designer on the 1972 movie The Harder They Come with Jimmy Cliff. Credited with being the movie that brought reggae to the world (thank you!!!), Sally’s late husband Perry was the co-writer, producer and director. We watched it while there and I spotted hits of red in the super cool set designs and noticed that one also sees these red highlights all over Jakes. Ahhh red with sea greens and turquoise-blues...a fave colour combo of mine; could look at it all day. Anyway, a big thank you to Sally for creating such a wonder!
Jakes is part of the Treasure Beach community and have lots of amazing projects on the go through their Breds Foundation including a sports park, a fishing sanctuary and a primary school. There are no brand-resorts in Treasure Beach. You aren’t gated in and you can walk around and experience the community, eat in the local restaurants and stroll around safely (within reason) in the cooler evenings.
If you are the sort that appreciates a non-carbon copy type of hotel, designed by a real artist, then I would certainly recommend Jakes. Also, the food is great.
My pics are not as good as the professional ones one can find on the net... check ’em out for more Jakes.
I don”t often try out magical-thinking but being desperate for a bit of sand and sea I had been visualizing lying in bed and being able to look out at the waves way before booking this place...well whaddaya know...surprise!!! Note the orange headboard of a sea view bed in the background that I had no idea came with this place till we arrived!