Rum Tour to ..
Visit the legendary Appleton Estate Rum distillery and discover how our world famous rum has been produced and blended over the centuries
The legendary Appleton Estate rum distillery is nestled in the picturesque Nassau Valley on Jamaica's South Coast.
Sample our freshly pressed cane juice and learn about the historical production of the world famous Appleton Rum.
Blending flavorful rums since 1749 they are considered by many as the finest in the world.
The Appleton Rum Tour includes:
Transportation from your Hotel
Historical information of the Appleton Estate and demonstrations.
Visit of the distillery.
Demonstration of the rum aging and blending process.
Rum tasting in the Appleton Lounge.
Complementary bottle of rum.
Appleton Estate Rum Tour.
Siloah PO, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies
Some real info on Jakes
We returned from Jakes one week ago--I purposely waited to write my review so that I had time to really give it some thought. I researched this place extensively(including reviews posted here)before making plans to go. I guess I want to throw my two cents in --for what it's worth...We ended up leaving early and going to another resort-Jakes photographs extremely well and has quite the PR person(not quite sure how it made the cover of current Travel/Leisure magazine)! I was looking forward to "quaint and quirky", "unique"--what I wasn't prepared for was daily scheduled power outages which includes no water. We chose a honeymoon cottage because it has A/C, but couldn't use it during hottest part of day! Other issues--lots of children occupying a very small pool and pool area(we went for the romance/seduction that they tout on website --not happenin' there), shower water drains right into the sea(we watched it from outdoor shower of Octopussy 1)-I wonder how eco friendly that is? Food got very monotonus after a couple days(and how is it kept "fresh" with the power going out all the time?)The ride from the airport--treacherous--not for anyone with a weak stomach!! Our driver on the return trip warned us to tell the police that we were "friends" if stopped.
Makes me wonder if everything is not totally on the up and up at Jakes?? Very uncomfortable beds and all seating--left with backaches(and we don't have bad backs) The only reason we gave an okay review and not terrible is because the local people are the friendliest people we've met anywhere. They are trying--just be cautious in believing everything you read--reviews are worth about what you pay for them--nothing!
Gorgeous sunsets, the most friendly staff, paradise!
We visited Jake's February 24 2005. It was truly one of the most amazing vacations we have had. We have visited Jamaica many times, including Goldeneye, another resort a part of island outpost. The food, the scenery, the staff, the room, the gardens, the weather, the amazing sunsets. I am still in awe. We slept so well every night, being that the sea was right at our veranda. We stayed at Seapuss 1, if this gives you any clue, we took over 100 pictures just of the view from our room!!! One hint is to use the mosquito nets provided as they will come!
I would not reccomend this resort if you are the party all night,drink like a fish, all-inclusive type person.But if you love nature and peaceful beauty with the touches of rustic elegance, this is the place. We couldn't believe that the 5 days we were there, including a whole day trip all over the south coast, three meals a day, and airport transfers, we spent just at $500 US. It was worth twice that. If you go on a excursion, ask for Richard he is a kind safe fun driver. Thanks Richard!!
The dogs. They are just as much a part of Jake's as the ocean view and uniqueness of the place. HOW SWEET ARE THEY! Lots of love from all three of the dogs. Humphrey we miss you much, she slept with us and followed us everywhere! Millie, the little brown and white one, loves to have her belly rubbed, just a hint to get her to fall in love with you. Peanut, you are mighty. What a leader in such a small wirey body. He is a character!
Theres so much we could say, to sum it all up, we cant wait to go back. It was truly the most relaxing, romantic, and amazing trip ever! Jakes...you do it right! Thank you so very much for all the great memories!
Lovely and wonderful
Yes, the ride is a bit treacherous but it was well worth it. It was the first two days of my honeymoon and it will always be remembered as very special. My new husband helped the driver put out a brush fire before we arrived as the driver's uncle's house was threatened. When we attended the local church the next morning everyone was familiar with the story of putting out the fire and were so incredibly sweet.
We stayed in Octopussy 3. It was very bohemian chic with sparse amenities, but that is exactly what they advertise so we knew what to expect. The room was fresh and lovely and the outdoor shower and tub were wonderful. Watching the sunset from the top balcony and the lower room were so romantic and the staff did nothing but smile and accomodate at each turn.
Our only recommendation would be to provide room service which is really room service. You basically have to walk up to the main reception and place the order. Only later does it arrive. A phone in the room for that purpose alone or walkie talkie would make more sense.
Overall, we had a lovely stay and the rooms were very clean and the linens were clean too. We didn't leave the property as we had much to do on our honeymoon which kept us in our room but when we did venture out, it was peaceful and quiet. It was a bit dark at the tables for dining and they could use a couple extra candles, but it was very romantic and the food was nice.
It is definitely worth a try and we plan on going back.
My wife, 13 year old daughter and I just returned this evening and had to share our thoughts. We stayed in Seapuss 1 and loved the room and oceanfront view. Having a third made the room a little tight but it was well worth it. The room was not air conditioned but very airy and with the ceiling fan and evening ocean breeze the room was quite comfortable. As others have indicated this is not your typical vacation spot as with an open air room we spent our evenings with geckos as guests. The first night this was unsettling but we quickly adapted.
The food was good at Jakes and the pizza at Jack Sprats was great especially the fully loaded.
We were only there for three nights which was just the right amount of time to unwind but not get completely bored. If you plan to stay longer looking into the tours may be a good option although we did not venture off of the property. The purpose of this trip was to unwind, get away from the northeast winter and not have to deal with your typical resort. On all counts we feel we hit the target.
Jakes is a mixed bag
The upsides to this place are; 1) the staff (who are absolutely lovely); 2) the view from the restaurant terrace, and your room if you get one of the 'octopussies'; and 3) the absence of pain-in-the-neck conventioneers.
The downsides are; 1) the food (good for carib but still not great); 2) inability to swim on TINY beach in front of hotel due to currents; 3) necessity to use other beaches many of which are fairly dirty (lots of discarded bottles and plastic); 4) closest beach (in front of Jack Sprat) cleaner, but still not too tidy and water only waist deep until (dead) coral reef; 5) pool really is uninviting (make that UGH !).
As an aside, some very young kids were present. They were mostly well behaved. There were however a fair share of some who may have been auditioning for horror shows. You know the kind of thing. DEEPLY weird parent who's idea of discipline is, er, none. Kids we are told in a loud voice 'have lots of food allergies and ADHD'. Translation = DEEPLY nasty spawn of devil has taken over pool area.
Would i go again ? No.
Would i recommend others to go ? Sure. But only if you plan to stay a few days and combine it with somewhere else.
Quirky and quiet
We keep returning to Jakes between sojourns elsewhere. It's become our island touchstone for a laid-back vacation--reading and relaxing. (In fact, the first time we were there we camped out in a hurricane, 8 days out of 11). Dougie Turner keeps the drinks and conversation flowing, the food is simple and delicious and the locals provide lively conversation while the breeze blows (hopefully, not hurricane strength), flowers bloom, birds sing... Of course, being a Chris Blackwell resort, of Island Records fame, there is a great CD collection....and the architecture is notable for it's quirkiness. Each cottage is unique and incorporates some kind of flotsam into its stucco. The local restaurants provide variety, though the Red Stripe is always cold at Jakes. It's a welcoming place with a soft caress. Quite romantic in an off-beat, simple way.