Goldeneye Hotel & Resort
- Style From Jamaica, with love
- Setting Banyans and beaches
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 20, including six one-bedroom cottages, five two-bedroom cottages and the Fleming villa, sleeping up to 10.
- Rates Double rooms from $670.00, 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.
- Facilities 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.
- 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.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Very welcome. Cots 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.
- 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.
- Also Smoking is permitted on the grounds.
In the know
- 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.
- 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 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.
Food and drink at Goldeneye Hotel & Resort
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details