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
Owned by Christopher Blackwell, founder of Island Records, this resort oozes class and relaxed sophistication in the most chilled setting. Everything about the place is beautifully constructed and as a base to explore the island you couldn't want for a nicer place to return to each night. Great food and drink and such a friendly vibe. A totally great place to go with your special person in your life to spoil and to indulge.
This is by far one of the most relaxing weeks of our vacation lives! Worth every penny. Just go!
Enjoy and have a blast!
The beach houses have more traffic around them. We had a villa with lagoon access - highly recommend it!
Food is so good. Breakfast is included. Staff are top rate!
Extremely delinquent in posting this review. Goldeneye was everything we thought it would be - and more. We were a party of 6 - me and my wife and our 4 adult children. We stayed in the then brand new colony of beach huts. The kids had a two story duplex and the wife and I had a waterfront unit that looked out over Snorklers Cove. The rooms are exquisite. No complaints. Great service. Great housekeeping with nightly turn down. We gathered every morning in the Bizot Bar for a leisurely breakfast that lasted as long as we wanted. The food was great. Sometimes we never left the property. Sometimes we had arranged excursions. Sometimes we went into the surrounding community for dinner, sometimes we ate on property. We never had a bad meal. The beach is nice, but we mostly hung around the pool at the Bizot and soaked up the very hip but chill vibe. Got to meet Chris Blackwell and my girls got a celebrity sighting when they spotted Zane Malik (sp?) in the Bizot with his crew (confirmed by matching his tattoos with Instagram pictures!)
Okay - yes, the place is very expensive. But, for us at least, worth every penny. We can't wait to go back and simply hang out.
We wanted a special place to celebrate my 50th birthday. We definitely found it at Goldeneye. The place is beautiful in an eclectic, down to earth way. We stayed in a lagoon cottage over the water. We had our own kayak which we used daily. We the most relaxing four days we have had in a long time with great food, great music and warm caribbean sunshine! We will definitely be back!
I just returned from a week vacation at Goldeneye and I was enthralled by this special hideaway. From the driver Glenroy who picked us up at the airport to the cool reggae wafting in the air. We met the most amazing people on this trip. It just seemed to be synchronicity. Special thanks for Alex who has quickly become a life long friend and is a special man who is always looking to enhance the guests stay. The owner, Chris Blackwell, is truly a genius for creating this place set amongst the lush landscape. Its not overdone but has the perfect combination of amenities and the natural unspoiled. There was so much to do that we could have stayed a month. Most important, however, was the ability to just "be". We had a lagoon cottage but hope to return next year and get a beach side cottage. The lagoon is turquoise blue and is not at all enhanced by the pics online. There are so many special moments that I will never forget. One of the hilighxtes, oddly enough, was falling asleep in while it rained outside on my lounge chair on the covered porch. I am a better person knowing a place like this exists.