Block paving looks nicer to me but some people say maintenance is hard having to scrape moss out, though I reckon a pressure washer would soon fix that. I do suffer moos growth on the current drive as it's North of the house. On the other hand tarmac is a bit plain and does degrade and have loose grit. If it's hot, the jack can sink in a bit too.
I have seen the pattern imprinted concrete but reckon that would be too uneven for jacking and so on, even with a board for the jack. My parents have this too (and I know some others here as well).
So any experiences to share? Any alternatives, like maybe the resin bonded gravel?