• Alex Jiménez

Jamaica: Goldeneye Luxury Resort

Updated: Jan 21

Once the Jamaican home of renowned author Ian Fleming, GoldenEye overlooks the Caribbean Sea in the village of Oracabessa. Accommodations include one- and two-bedroom Beach and Lagoon Villas, Lagoon Cottages and playful Beach Huts. Dining and activities include two restaurants, The Gazebo and Bizot Bar; a seaside bar and rooftop terrace, Shabeen; a bayside beach bar, Bamboo Bar; and a lagoon-side spa, three pools, and a snorkeling cove.

Photos courtesy of Goldeneye & the Dominique Debay Collection

  • Property size: 49 accommodations including 17 One Bedroom Beach Huts, 4 One Bedroom Tall Beach Huts, 3 One Bedroom Beach Huts with Dune Rooms, 2 Two Bedroom Beach Huts, 1 One Bedroom Lagoon Hut, 8 One Bedroom Lagoon Cottage, 1 One Bedroom Ocean Front Villa, 6 One Bedroom Beach / Lagoon Villa, 5 Two Bedroom Beach / Lagoon Villa, 1 Three Bedroom Ocean Front Villa, and 1 Five Bedroom Ian Fleming Villa.

  • Style: Contemporary, hip vibe.

  • Recreation: Pool, spa.

  • Outdoor activities: Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep-sea fishing, turtle watching (seasonal), nature walks, morning fishing trips, glass bottom boat tours, tennis.

Overview From swimming and snorkeling to paddle-boarding and kayaking, there’s no shortage of trips and activities to take during your stay at GoldenEye. You don’t want to miss Firefly, the house that Noel Coward built. Go in the late afternoon—to see the island’s most majestic views and plan to stay for sunset (with a cocktail, of course).

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  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Only applicable in the Beach Hut category)

  • Full breakfast daily

  • $100 USD equivalent Resort/ Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Surroundings

The 52-acre seafront property is home to private beaches, secret coves and a seawater lagoon. GoldenEye is not an ordinary hotel, but a collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts. Each is set amid tropical gardens, private beaches and secluded coves—a Jamaica home away from home.

Location

Located on a stunning 52–acre site, GoldenEye is the former home of author Ian Fleming and the birthplace of the character, James Bond. Today, GoldenEye is owned by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell. The property is 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios. It's a 90-minute drive from Montego Bay Airport and an 8-minute drive from Ian Fleming International Airport (private aviation).

Map courtesy of Goldeneye & the Dominique Debay Collection Gastronomy The menus feature a bounty of local specialties, from Jamaican-style ackee & salt fish to spicy jerk chicken with rice & peas as well as glorious seasonal fruits & sumptuous desserts.

Bizot Bar, on the western arm of Low Cay Beach, is the spot for stylish low key dining serving breakfast and lunch that includes fresh salads, yummy burgers and tasty pastas, as well as famously authentic and delicious Jamaican specialties. The Gazebo, built in an airy tree house-style (with lounge & restaurant) serves up dishes with an international flavor. Overlooking both Low Cay Beach & The Lagoon, the Gazebo is the sexy, open-air spot to enjoy cocktails while watching fiery sunsets.

Photos courtesy of Goldeneye & the Dominique Debay Collection

Spa

To spend time in FieldSpa is to exist in a more mindful & peaceful tempo, a cadence that allows you to breathe more deeply, live more slowly & more fully when returning to work & home. With its lagoon's edge cottage & open-to-the air treatment rooms, the spa without walls is a sanctuary for massage, salt scrubs, skin brightening facials, herbal wraps, & energy work. Guests can kayak or swim through the lagoon to arrive at the spa. In room treatments are also available.

Photos courtesy of Goldeneye & the Dominique Debay Collection


Local Immersion & Giving Back

Guests can get directly involved in Goldeneye's sustainable practices, including:

  • Participating in a turtle hatching and release to support the protection & monitoring of the turtle nesting area.

  • Planting a tree, which helps save the environment & provides a donation to The Oracabessa Foundation.

  • The Oracabessa Foundation is focused on making an impact in three critical areas: more people working, a healthy bay, and positive, engaged youth

  • Learning how the resort is saving the coral reef on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour.

  • Finding out how the local Fish Sanctuary protects & restores Oracabessa Bay’s natural resources by fighting overfishing while ensuring the livelihood of the families that depend on the Bay for their income.

  • Discovering ways to volunteer locally, from reading to kids to helping keep Goldeneye's marine shore clean.

  • Contributing to the Dive Shop, the only dive shop in Jamaica owned & operated by a nonprofit organization where proceeds are used to fund marine conservation.

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