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
I wanted to like this hotel and was very much looking forward to trying out a new area of Jamaica, but everything fell short. Besides the manager and a couple of others, the staff was just awful. It got to the point where I tried to avoid certain individuals altogether. The rooms are dated and nothing ever seemed organized. For the amount you pay for this hotel you would expect much better.
On booking this hotel we were given the All Inclusive Option.When the guy lead us to our room I asked re this and was told “Were not that type of place” very condescending I thought.I checked my email from Felicia who had offered us this option and proceeded to front desk.The female was nothing but rude,obnoxious and basically I walked away in disgust.She was laughing with her two male colleagues like I was some idiot.Firstly this is FALSE ADVERTISING and secondly were not peasants how we were made to feel.Don’t offer if you can’t deliver!First impressions count and we can’t wait to leave.We stay in some of the best hotels in the world and have never been treated so poorly.Shame on you...
We took advantage of the "Two-Post Outpost" deal on the website and stayed here and at the sister property "Strawberry Hill." This was a unique experience for our family of 7. We shared two beach huts overlooking the snorkeling lagoon and it was a pleasure to wake up each day with a smashing view of the ocean. We were able to tour the Ian Fleming house. We also arranged the Turtle Release excursion which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a highlight for our children. Standout service from Larel our driver from the airport who was so accommodation and shared so much knowledge about Jamaica. Also, a big shout out to Donald at button beach who took all 5 kids out on the hobie cat several times during our stay!!! Andre at the button bar was fun to hang out with and we enjoyed his dance moves between mixing up delicious drinks, including the scotch bonnet mojito!
Stayed there during Thanksgiving. Not only is this an amazing, charming, private, exclusive, beautiful resort with impeccable custoner service (special thanks to Stephanie in guest services and Orando the driver), but this is also (and for me even more importantly) home of Ian Fleming! Getting a chance to see and experience the place where all Bond books were written and chatting with old time employees who knew Fleming himself was a dream come true. Highly recommend it!
Let me preface by saying that I've been coming to Goldeneye for many years. It's been my top 3 places to vacation, and I usually come two or 3 times per year. Since moving to the west coast though, I hadn't been here for about two years.
Unfortunately, this place has just changed. A lot. I don't know if it's new management or what, but the service is complete crap. It used to be top notch, but truly it's the service level of a 2-star property.
Constantly, things were forgotten or not attended to. I could go into detail but literally multiple times per day I had bad service experiences.
The food is no longer top quality. I remember the food being incredible a couple of years ago, but it's just average now. And honestly, average is generous.
The new beach huts added a completely different vibe to this place. Instead of being a serene and quiet reserve, it's turned into an overcrowded mainstream resort.
It's not worth the trip all the way from the west coast. I'll be back in a couple of years and hope that they've gotten it together. I have a feeling that Mr. Blackwell is just getting older and no longer hands-on at the property. I've spoken with him a few times over the years and I believe it's safe to say he has no idea what direction this property has taken.