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Hotel Highlights

  • Luxurious privacy to suit spies and celebrities
  • A hillside spa overlooking the lagoon
  • Beautiful bay views

Overview

Author Ian Fleming wrote more than a dozen James Bond novels from a villa now part of the glamorous Goldeneye Hotel & Resort on Jamaica’s Oracabessa Bay. Named for the Pierce Brosnan Bond film, this collection of cottages and suites surrounds an idyllic beach, treetop restaurant, swim-up spa and well-appointed bedrooms. If you're feeling especially flush, spring for the five-room former Fleming villa for you and your fellow well-heeled spies.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Goldeneye Hotel & Resort with us:

Two-for-one lunch at Bizot Bar and two 30-minute massages

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Goldeneye Hotel & Resort

The World Is Not Enough package Live another day: 5 nights for night price of 4

Facilities

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Goldeneye Hotel & Resort – Jamaica – Jamaica

Need To Know

Rooms

20, including six one-bedroom cottages, five two-bedroom cottages and the Fleming villa, sleeping up to 10.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $620.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast and (non-motorised) watersports.

Also

Walk, swim or kayak right up to FieldSpa, Goldeneye’s open-air spa cottage by the lagoon. The spa offers massages, salt scrubs and wraps, along with a fitness programme of guided runs and self-guided open-water swims.

At the hotel

Spa, watersports centre, tennis court, glass-bottom boat, mountain bikes to borrow, lagoon, gardens, library, CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Logitech Squeezebox sound system, minibar (stocked with Red Stripe, naturally), iPod docking station, Royal Hut linens and Blue Mountain Aromatics bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All of the hotels cottages and suites are light and bright, but we like the One-Bedroom Beach Cottages for their straight-to-sand access, garden-shaded outdoor showers, vast verandahs, full kitchens and Smeg fridges stocked with local treats. Lagoon Suite 8 is particularly private behind the beach, and has a balcony that juts out over the lagoon. Villa 21 is a beachfront two-bedroom set on a prime spot of sand, close to Bizot Bar. The Fleming Villa, once home to the author himself, is the picture of luxury. The spacious house has its own pool, private beach, series of satellite cottages and dedicated staff.

Poolside

The main fresh water infinity pool lies at the far end of the beach, in front of Bizot Bar. There is a smaller salt-water pool by the ocean, where the hotel hosts torch-lit dinners to celebrate the full moon. The massive salt-and-fresh water lagoon may be the most unique swimming spot of the bunch.

Packing tips

Leave the iPod at home: Goldeneye’s owner, Island Records music mogul Chris Blackwell, ensures that each room has an extensive selection of reggae and island music. Bring yoga pants for sunset salutations overlooking the water.

Also

Smoking is permitted on the grounds.

Children

Very welcome. Cribs for babies and rollaway beds are free. With a day’s notice, the hotel can arrange a local nanny for $10 an hour. The restaurant serves a children’s menu.

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Eco‐friendly

Goldeneye was built to minimise energy usage and take advantage of natural light and wind. Guests who do not use air-conditioning receive a US$15 resort credit for each night. The restaurant uses organic ingredients, and the staff are working to restore the local coral beds and fish populations.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Two: the elegant Gazebo is set in the treetops, reached by an illuminated drawbridge. Chefs Nerissa and Jason Clarke use ingredients grown on owner Chris Blackwell’s 2,500-acre organic farm to create upscale Jamaican curries and fresh vegetable dishes to accompany jerk chicken and grilled lobster. For the best flavours, order the chefs’ tasting menu. Bizot Bar is a beachy, casual restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.

Hotel Bar

 Music posters plaster the sides of the open-air Bizot Bar on the beach. Listen to French music station Radio Nova, and drink rum punch. Rum is the drink of choice here: Goldeneye gives guests hipflasks of the house brand, Blackwell (from the owner’s distillery), on arrival.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 10pm at the Gazebo.

Room service

Room service is available during restaurant hours; the menu includes salads, burgers, pastas and classic Jamaican cuisine.

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Dress code

Laid-back by the lagoon – kaftans, sarongs and coverups at the bar; maxi dresses and linen at the Gazebo.

Top table

The most romantic tables at the Gazebo overlook the lagoon. Choose your own dining adventure. The staff will set candlelit tables on the beach or host a barbecue on the sand.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Feeling sprightly? Wake up for an 8am run along the coast. Tailored to suit all skill levels, the hotel-sponsored activity is organised by Oracabessa Foundation, a US Peace Corps-supported project that benefits local economic development and children’s activities. Gallop through the waves on a horseback ride through Chukka Cove, and stay for an afternoon swim. Dinner can’t get more local than a fish you help to catch. Hit the water with local Oracabessa Bay fishermen and help haul in the morning catch of wahoo, mahi mahi or tuna. If you find a fish you like, bring it back to the chefs at Goldeneye to cook for dinner.

Climb Firefly Hill (www.firefly-jamaica.com), east of Ocho Rios, for pristine, postcard-perfect Caribbean views at the national heritage site that was once Sir Noël Coward’s vacation home. The country converted the home, which once hosted Churchill, Queen Elizabeth and Laurence Olivier, as a museum to the author.

Local restaurants

East of Ochos Rios on the North Coast Highway, Toscanini’s (+1 876 975 4785) serves Italian classics with a focus on fresh, local seafood and shellfish. Drive up the hill of Eden Bower Road in Ocho Rios for the best views from the verandah of Evita’s (+1 876 974 2333 or www.evitasjamaica.com). The Jamaican-Italian fusion restaurant serves jerk spaghetti, Carib-alfredo fettuccine, and curried shrimp and chicken.

Local cafés

Don’t leave Jamaica without a taste of jerk chicken. Open-air cafe Scotchie’s (+1 876 794 9457) on North Coast Highway in Ocho Rios smokes not only chicken, but seafood, pork and sausages, all made even better with a dash of fiery sauce.

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Banyans and beaches

Goldeneye Hotel & Resort

Oracabessa Bay, Oracabessa, Saint Mary Parish

Goldeneye sits beside the village of Oracabessa outside Ocho Rios Jamaica’s northern coast.

Planes

Montego Bay airport, served by Caribbean Airlines (www.caribbean-airlines.com), United (www.united.com) and Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com), is the nearest, nearly two hours’ drive away. Private domestic flights can also be arranged into the nearby Ian Fleming International Airport.

Automobiles

Goldeneye is a 20-minute drive from Ocho Rios and offers free parking.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

 Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Jamaica and unpacked their sarongs and reggae CDs, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Goldeneye hotel… Ever wondered why ever…
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Goldeneye Hotel & Resort

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

 Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Jamaica and unpacked their sarongs and reggae CDs, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Goldeneye hotel…

Ever wondered why every James Bond adventure seems to involve his cavorting on a beautiful tropical beach with a bikini-clad temptress? Here’s your answer…

Spy scribe Ian Fleming penned every Bond yarn in his Jamaican villa, Goldeneye, which is now at the heart of this luxurious cluster of 20 cottages and suites surrounding a four-acre lagoon. If every day you woke up to a stunning Caribbean landscape of talc-soft sand, breeze-blown palms and cerulean sea, you’d probably want to write home about it, too.

Fleming may be gone, but he’s sure left his mark – Goldeneye is now a playground of hidden coves, private beaches and dense tropical forests, all perfect for a spy’s covert activities. Despite the idyllic location, each breezy room is kitted out with futuristic wireless stereos to play owner Chris Blackwell’s incomparable selection of music, mostly culled from his legendary label, Island Records. This place could even teach James Bond a thing or two: in lieu of a shaken martini, we recommend punch made with rum from Blackwell’s distillery.

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