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GoldenEye, Jamaica

  • Especially Romantic
  • Bird Watching
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
GoldenEye is a luxurious hotel in Oracabessa Bay on the north coast of Jamaica, originally built as a five bedroom villa by Ian Fleming in 1949 to be used a retreat and his chosen place to write all 14 of the James Bond novels.  Over the last six decades GoldenEye has been visited by many of the world's most glamorous writers and musicians. Today, under the watchful eye of music producer Chris Blackwell, this laidback chic beach resort has been carefully re-modeled with new beach cottages, lagoon suites and a new restaurant.
Goldeneye was named the 'Caribbean's Leading Boutique Resort' at the 2016 World Travel Awards and came seventh in the 'Top Resorts in the Caribbean' category in the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine 2016 Readers' Choice Awards.  . 
 
The waterfront cottages are surrounded by tropical gardens of palm and mangrove overlooking the GoldenEye lagoon.  French doors open from the bedroom to a shaded porch with a private dock into the lagoon creating a very quiet and private setting - just steps away from Low Cay Beach.
 
Interior designer Barbara Hulanicki, founder of London's famed Biba boutique, has styled the cottages' decor and furnishings which she has complemented with her custom-made furniture which includes a queen size sofa built using locally sourced teak, beautiful claw foot baths and Royal Hut linens.  
 
GoldenEye has now added cool, painted beach huts to its accommodation.  With one bedroom or two, overlooking Snorkeler’s Bay or Oracabessa Bay and either at 3 foot, 5 foot or 10 foot off the sand – the choice is yours!  All have private verandas, interior wet rooms, a Sonos sound system and complimentary Wi-Fi too.
 
The newly designed, open air Gazebo Restaurant has a tree house style with seating and a lounge, serving elegant dishes such as grilled lobster and rack of lamb to accompany its wine list.  In-room or outdoor dining in the privacy of your cottage is also available.  Bizot Bar offers a laidback dining experience for breakfast and lunch on Low Cay Beach.
 
GoldenEye has excellent activities on offer - from swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, wading, water aerobics and water polo to deep sea fishing for blue and white marlin from its 26ft fishing boat.  Low Cay is GoldenEye’s main beach with 500 feet of smooth sand and is the perfect spot for a yoga session in the setting sun.
The FieldSpa is a unique cottage on the edge of the lagoon where guests can choose to kayak or swim for treatments in the open-to-the-air treatment rooms. All guests receive 15 minutes added to any spa treatment booked within 24 hours of arrival. 
 
GoldenEye is located in a stunning 52 acre site with an abundance of wildlife - nature tours and garden walks are a must - the garden is dense with exotic trees, giant Banyans, canon ball trees, African tulips, Barringtonia and numerous tropical fruits.  Bird watching is also on the agenda - keep a look out for the splendid parakeets.  Jamaica has more than 255 bird species some of which are not found anywhere else in the world!

Twin-centre holidays in Jamaica

Discover two different sides of Jamaica by combining 3 nights at Strawberry Hill, high up in the central Blue Mountains, with 4 nights at GoldenEye which is in a beachfront setting on the island’s north coast. The fashionable Strawberry Hill is perfect for Caribbean culture and cosmopolitan sophistication as well as stunning views of the Blue mountains, while GoldenEye offers relaxation and exploration of secret coves, private beaches, tropical forest and seawater lagoon. Find out more about this twin-centre holiday.


Our Opinion

If you are looking for something unique in Jamaica, then Golden Eye will not disappoint. The resort offers very laid back, bare foot luxury, in pretty surroundings. I love the unusual lagoon accommodation, which offers a real wow factor, however Beachfront or Lagoon, the choice is yours! You can kayak across to the stunning outdoor spa, as well as indulge in a host of other water sports activities. Everything about Golden Eye is stunning, and I would not hesitate to recommend a stay here. Of course, the James Bond connection is of real interest and being able to view memorabilia from Ian Fleming really adds an extra dimension. The other nice things here include the Coral regeneration project, with a coral garden visible from the complementary glass bottom boat.  

 - Julia

For more information about GoldenEye or alternative resorts, take a look at Chantelle's Jamaica Trip Diary.


Fact File

Children: Welcome.  Kid's jet ski excursions (6+) to enjoy the coastline and coral reefs.  Adventure lessons by the sea with trained lifeguards and skilled sailors. Children are supervised and taught water safety, snorkeling and kayaking.
 
Distance from the airport: From Montego Bay the transfer time approximately 90 minutes as GoldenEye is located 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios.
 
Watersports: Swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, wading, water aerobics, water polo (non motorised water sports are complimentary). Deep sea fishing for blue and white marlin, barracuda, sailfish and spearfish from a 26ft fishing boat.  Access to jet skis; tours on a glass bottom boat.
 
Tours and Activities: Garden walks - GoldenEye's garden is dense with exotic trees, giant banyans, canon ball trees, African tulips, Barringtonia and numerous tropical fruits.  Bird Watching - look out for Parakeets - Jamaica has more that 255 bird species, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Flower Farm Hike and Picnic.  Golf, art and crafts classes, horse riding.
 
Amenities: Restaurant and bar. Swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in rooms.
 
Board basis: Guests can stay on a bed and breakfast basis which includes daily breakfast, Wi-Fi, a nightly turndown service, all non-motorised water sports, a flask of Blackwell Rum and 15 minutes added to any spa treatment booked within 24 hours of arrival. Half board and all-inclusive are also available - there is no tray charge for room service.
 
Accommodation
Goldeneye has two special types of accommodation to offer its guests – its cottages and its new beach huts.
 
Beach Huts
These 26 painted, fun beach huts are the latest addition to the Goldeneye Resort.  Each is freestanding with high ceilings and sits either at 3, 5 or 10 feet above the sand to ensure that each beach hut has sublime views over Snorkeler’s Cove or Oracabessa Bay.  The large, louvered windows allow sea breezes to keep the beach huts cool so there’s no need for air conditioning.  
 
The interiors are decorated in calm colours with locally made furniture designed to enhance the beach hut vibe.  Each has a king size bed, an interior wet room with double rain-shower heads, local toiletries, bathrobes, towels, Apple TV, a Sonos wireless speaker, a mini bar/fridge, coffee maker, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board and a safe.  Many have a garden, an outdoor shower and bath and all have a furnished veranda.
 
One Bedroom Beach Hut: 425 sq. ft. of living space and raised either 3 ft. or 5 ft. above the sand.  Features include those listed above, with some beach huts also having an outdoor shower.  There is a choice of view – either Snorkeler’s Cove or towards Ocho Rios.
 
One Bedroom Tall Beach Hut: 425 sq. ft. of living space and raised 10 ft. above the sand.
 
One Bedroom Beach Hut with Open-Air Dune Room: 1,020 sq. feet of living space.  At ground floor level with sandy floors, these huts have an oversized sofa bed, dining area, fridge and toaster.  They also feature an outdoor shower and bathtub.
 
 
Cottages
Cottages on the waterfront are surrounded by tropical gardens of palm and mangrove on the GoldenEye lagoon.  French doors open from the bedroom to a shaded porch overlooking a private dock in a quiet and private setting just steps away from Low Cay Beach.  All Beach Cottage kitchens feature polished concrete countertops and the latest Smeg appliances including Smeg 50's style retro fridge, Italian designed oven and stove top.  Additional amenities include motion sensitive Panasonic E-ion air conditioning, LED television, Logitech Squeezebox sound system and Wi-Fi.  Private outdoor showers surrounded by lemongrass, heliconia flowers and pimento trees.   
 
Lagoon Cottage: With a private furnished deck extending over the water’s edge, guests can relax and watch the sun rise over the glistening water.  Inside, guests can enjoy a king size bed, an indoor/outdoor bathroom and a range of amenities.  There is also your own kayak for exploring the Caribbean waters. 
 
One Bedroom Oceanfront Villa: Nestled under a Banyan tree guests can enjoy a spacious villa complete with a queen size bed, an indoor/outdoor bathroom, a living room and a kitchen.  Outside, guests can enjoy views over the ocean from the outdoor dining and lounging area. 
 
One Bedroom Beach Villa: Located on the beachfront, these villas open directly onto Low Cay beach.  Guests can enjoy a spacious bedroom, living room, terrace and an indoor/outdoor bathroom. Outside there are private loungers, tables and umbrellas. 
 
One Bedroom Lagoon Villa: These rooms have the same features and facilities as the One Bedroom Beach Villa but are located on the edge of the lagoon. 
 
Two Bedroom Beach Villa: These two storey villas feature large porches (both upstairs and downstairs), two spacious bedrooms, a large living room, two bathrooms, walk in wardrobe, a full kitchen and an extensive outside space complete with a dining area, loungers, umbrellas and hammock. 
 
Two Bedroom Lagoon Villa: These villas have the same features and facilities as the Two Bedroom Beach Villa but are located on the water’s edge of the lagoon. 

 

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