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
The prestige of being the birth place of James Bond aside, this might be one the finest hotels I’ve ever stayed at (and yes, I’m a die hard Bond fan).
We stayed in one of the lagoon cottages, which made the stay extra special, and would recommend to stay there if you want water access and a tranquil setting.
The staff were exceptionally friendly to the point that you become personally acquainted.
The food and service was fantastic. The Saturday night dinner buffet at Bizot was a so much fun and the food was amazing.
I can’t wait to go back!!
Truly can't wait to return to this amazing hotel. We chose a room on the river so that we could use the water sport equipment directly from our room. We had 3 separate levels of terraces, one off of our room, one half way down with a picnic table, and a third at water level with lounge chairs, another table, and where we could hop into the water or onto our kayaks, paddle boards, or inner tubes. Our outdoor kitchen was great, loved walking out to make coffee and have fresh fruit each day. The staff is so friendly and the food is amazing. I can't wait to go back!!
Even at full occupancy, we felt like it was quiet at the beaches, pools and cottage. The staff was wonderful Stephanie and Pops to mention only a few out of all the great team made our stay unique. The gazebo dining was outstanding, Best panna cotta ever. Don't miss the turtle release and firefly, will be back
We traveled with 3 couples to celebrate my husband's birthday. We all are busy working folks who keep a pretty nutty schedule. We all agreed it took about 3 hours to get into total vacation zone. The beauty of the resort is a given-- but the vibe is relaxed from the warm, welcome cocktail hello! The layout of the property is so smart that you really feel away from it all until you join up at the restaurants and bars. The staff is so welcoming and accommodating for most any request. I am a professional meeting planner and had quite a few details for his special, ocean view dinner celebration. Fiona is a dream to work with and was so conscientious to confirm my details. Filecia was our reservation specialist and again, was asked to make special travel transport arrangements for our group and a trip to the Appleton Distillery. If you are able to request Orando for our driver, he was fun, safe and we even invited him to join us for our lunch and distillery tour. He went above and beyond on our day long trip together. There are pro's to each of the accommodations. those with the Beach Huts had great views and the A/C worked more effectively due to newer construction and newer units. This was helpful since we were there in August! The Villas do offer the lovely outdoor showers, and a really spacious and smart setup for the bathrooms. The Villas also provide that beautiful covered deck with step into the lagoon. Early morning showers tapping on the roof of the deck were a lovely way to ease into the day-- that cleared to beautiful sunshine. Enjoy all the watersports! they will help you if needed, and leave you alone if you don't. Sailing, paddle boarding, kiaking and snorkeling-- it was like being at summer camp for adults! We all decided we just need to find two other couples to join us and we want to rent the Fleming home-- beautiful, and worth every penny.
As promised by our travel advisor, Goldeneye was a little slice of heaven and the perfect destination for our 15th wedding anniversary. Not only is the location absolutely breathtaking but the staff (Meri, Andrew, Larry...just to name a few) made our experience one of a kind. The resort was immaculate and every single food or drink item served was fresh and unique. We have no doubt that we will return and possibly even bring the whole family. We feel so blessed to have these amazing memories!