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
We have been doing All-Inclusive's for 30+ years and thought it was time to try the Golden Eye experience. While there 3 short nights, they were the best nights of our vacation lives! Peaceful. Relaxing. Beautiful. Perfect. We had a Lagoon Villa and that alone was so special. Waking up on our own porch, coffee outside, floating on our rafts, kayaking in the lagoon. Amazing! We were lucky to meet Chris Blackwell one evening and that was truly an honor. So warm and wonderful of a man! There was construction around the property but not enough to bother you. The food and beverages are rather pricey; be prepared. I thought $24 for a small plate of Jerked Chicken at Button Beach was very high; but oh well, the money we saved for the Construction Sale, the stay was truly worth every dime. Cocktails and food were amazing in every way. Very cool doing the complementary Glass Bottom Boat Ride with Donald and then him dropping us off at our Lagoon Villa. Conroy was an amazing personable Bartender. Avid at the front desk was also a warm and friendly gentleman. We took a cab ride with Junior one evening to Evita's Italian Restaurant and that was another incredible experience. If we had a suggestion, more music. Maybe a live band, a trio, steel drums or even play music around the property a bit louder. All in all, again I must complement the Golden Eye Staff for giving us a vacation and memories we will never forget. This place is about as close to perfect as it gets!
What an fantastic place, luxury accommodation, wonderful beaches and facilities, great staff and amazing food. We stayed in one of the tall beach huts and it was so special. One of the best holidays we have ever had.
This place does it right in so many ways. It’s our definition of the perfect getaway. It gives you an escape from the daily grind, but really gives you a sense of the local flavor. Local design and tastes are really reflected throughout this property, giving it so much more style and substance than a large all-inclusive. It was perfect to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.
The vibe is super laid back and never crowded; we always had access to anything we wanted (beach chairs, kayaks, prime sunning spots, etc). We felt like we had the place to ourselves, and it is a stunning piece of natural beauty. Every corner you turn here just takes your breathe away.
The rooms all seem to have different advantages. We were in a beach hut (#26) with open air dune, where we enjoyed room service breakfast daily. We loved the privacy of it, as it’s tucked back a bit further. The cottages on the beach had great access to the beach, but in my opinion felt more exposed. Lagoon cottages were nice and private as well.
It’s clear that the staff really enjoy working there, and in turn provide excellent service. It was not uncommon to talk to staff that had been with the property for many years. They let their individual personalities shine, and embrace guests like family in a cry genuine way. A few standouts for us were Xavier in the Wata Sports, and ‘Pops’ the driver. These people made our stay extra special.
I struggle with returning to the same place twice given how big and beautiful the world is, but I would think very hard about returning to this place for another visit!
Recommended things to do: lunch on James Bond Beach (kayak over), Blue Hole, and a visit to Firefly.