What We Love
- The open-air, swim-up spa
- Hand-dyed batik robes in all guest rooms
- The property’s private four-acre lagoon
- Having the chance to sleep in the same villa as author Ian Fleming
What To Know
- It’s owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell
- Free WiFi
- Additional rollaway beds and infant cribs are available upon request
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Imagine sitting at the very bulletwood desk that author Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind fourteen James Bond novels, typed out drafts from, gazing at the same Caribbean vistas that sparked his literary prowess. It’s entirely possible at this 49-room Oracabessa Bay hotel flanked by 52 acres of mango and banyan trees, where a 2016 revamp introduced 26 new beach huts, a snorkeling cove, and a rooftop terrace. Fleming’s original three-bedroom villa, practically a private island, comes with a couple of satellite cottages, its own beach, pool, gardens, and staff. The dreamy mix of pastel interiors, driftwood accents, and fairy lights whimsically strung on rope bridges encourage lazing at this rustic retreat—and there are plenty of perches to choose from when it comes to unwinding in style: on your Californian king as soft reggae hums from your Sonos sound system (there’s one in every room), over a plate of jerk chicken served under a canopy of almond trees, or, perhaps best of all, with a snorkel as you flap your way through Jamaica’s most eye-catching reefs.
In the Area
The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Ochos Rios, far enough from the north coast’s rowdy tourist scene without being completely isolated. Get both your arts and adventure fix on a hike to Firefly Hill, a former pirate’s lookout that’s now the site of a museum that pays tribute to an especially illustrious resident, British playwright Noel Howard, whose vacation home was converted into a heritage site. Closer to GoldenEye, there’s horseback riding on windswept Chukka Beach as well as the chance to help local fishermen at Oracabessa Bay, after which you can bring your freshly caught mahi mahi back to the hotel and have the chefs grill it to perfection.
How to Get There
food very mediocre EXCEPT saturday night barbecue (and easter sunday buffet). people nice. surfing. beach. very isolated. ridiculously expensive. should look outside the place for food. stayed in one of the villas. free paddleboarding and water sports stuff.
best place i've ever stayed, just so isolated and pretty and serene and everything is so perfect (except food)
We spent our honeymoon here in 2005. Went back and love it even more now. Food is amazing and the people are the nicest. Love Laurel the driver. She makes us feel like we are home. You can truly escape here. We went all day without seeing other guests. A private paradise for sure.
We stayed in the Ian Fleming Villa with a group of people and we treated like royalty by the fantastic staff who worked there. Everyone was so friendly, accomodating and kind and made sure all our needs were taken care of during our stay. The Villa has its own lush grounds with amazing views of the bay. Down below, there is a private beach and access to snorkeling right in front of the area. We visited the top notch spa and had a relaxing couples massage treatment and jumped into the cool lagoon as we awaited our appointment. The lagoon and beach villas were all lovely as well. Many have outdoor showers to enjoy which is a fun amenity.
This place is awesome. The staff is nice, the food is good, and it's very safe. The water is very nice and warm. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. There are lizards around the resort so keep an eye out. One more thing is that if it rains, that night there will be these ants wing wings. They won't bite, and they are called rain ants. I would also reccomend the snorkelers cove. Also the beach hut is good for people who like the beach of course! 10/10
We had the best time at this beautiful resort. The cottage we stayed in was fantastic. The service was perfect. The food was delicious. The massage at the spa could not have been better. We highly recommend this spot.