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
Where to start....first off, unbelievable staff. Candace greets you with a warm Jamaican smile when you arrive. You are then taken to a wonderful cottage where, when you go to bed, you are listening to the wonderful sounds of tree frogs. Their cottages are luxurious and set in a beautiful beach setting. Regarding food, the best of Jamaica. BTW, do not miss their wonderful Jamaican patties. They are only served from 3:30 to 6:30 and are NOT to be missed! Also, ask for Lauren when you are seated for dinner. Great server with a warm Jamaican personality and done with a smile. From the bar, Kirk and Nardia (and others) bent over backwards to make us happy. There are many others to thank for their hospitality as well but only so much room for a review. Treat yourself and book a vacation here. We will be back. Yeah mon!
Words simply cannot express the deep thanks and gratitude I feel for the beautiful essence that is to be found behind a small unmarked gate in the small town of Oracabessa - Goldeneye.
At first glance, you think you’re in the wrong place. Keep waking a few more feet abs look straight ahead, your eyes will be transfixed to the expansive property and tranquil blue waters.
From the moment I entered the property, the guard welcomed me. Next up the reception area I was greeted warmly with a fresh glass of cold water. From there I was checked in and given a rundown of the property, activities and restaurants.
Then a short walk around the property to my hut. It’s a really nice size, exceptionally clean and inviting.
Even though there were other guest on the property, I really never felt crowded or overwhelmed. At times, I thought I had the place all to myself. Lol
Every person that I encountered was hospitable, warm and jovial. I asked a gentleman that worked at one of the bars, ‘do you like it here?’ He says ‘no’..... ‘’I love it here!!’ With a huge smile on his face. This sentiment I heard quite often. As a guest, it’s great to hear that people enjoy the place where they work.
The staff at Bizot - thank you for making a solo traveler feel like she was there with family. Thank you for the wonderful meals, great drinks and lovely conversation.
I was thankful for the activities the property arranged for guests -BBQ, Firefly, welcome happy hour, glass bottom boat tour (thank you Donald for staying past your off time to accommodate me and provide me with some marine life education ).
Resident manager Stuart is a gem. He’s great at what he does!
Lastly, Mr Blackwell - I didn’t get a chance to meet you this time, but I saw you around the property. Thank you for creating such a tranquil, magical space.
We were there in July 2019 for a short stay and when we arrived we were taken to the Bizot Bar and Chris Blackwell was standing there. Chris is the owner of Goldeneye of this amazing property. Being such a busy gentleman I was overwhelmed that he took some time out with me for a chat and signed 2 bottles of Blackwell rum. Many thanks to Chris and his amazing staff. Hope to be back soon..