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
A second amazing experience at the special GoldenEye. Remote location is well worth the trip and offers every sun activity you can think of from great food/music/drinks, kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling, glass-bottom boats, yoga, you name it. Lots of space per person means relaxation is nearly guaranteed, topped only by the warm and friendly staff. We used Know Jamaica Tours for private airport transfers and also a private deep sea fishing morning with a swim at the closed-by-road Laughing Waters (beach of Dr. No fame) for icing on the sunny cake. Can’t wait to return!
We stayed in one of the split level lodges set back from beaches which was beautifully made and comfortable with nice individual touches. All these lodges are 2 minutes walk from beaches and 5 minutes from the main restaurant area. The 3 swimming pools were beautiful but they couldn't compare to the 3 sandy beaches that we moved between as the sun changed position during the day. The whole resort was quite quiet and the peaceful atmosphere made for such a relaxing break. Dining at the beachside restaurant and main restaurant was superb with friendly staff. The rum-based cocktails added to the jovial atmosphere in the beach bars.
This is a very exclusive resort but still exudes Jamaican charm and was an amazing experience overall.
My wife always says I never look relaxed ever or anywhere for that matter, until we stayed at Goldeneye, I looked relaxed and felt relaxed as this is an easy place for one to leave all troubles behind.
Staff such as Earl or driver Laurel were amazing and really had a professional yet friendly and kind demeanor. Earl took us on a tour of the Fleming villa which was incredible to say the least. Overall, I loved this place.
food very mediocre EXCEPT saturday night barbecue (and easter sunday buffet). people nice. surfing. beach. very isolated. ridiculously expensive. should look outside the place for food. stayed in one of the villas. free paddleboarding and water sports stuff.
best place i've ever stayed, just so isolated and pretty and serene and everything is so perfect (except food)
We spent our honeymoon here in 2005. Went back and love it even more now. Food is amazing and the people are the nicest. Love Laurel the driver. She makes us feel like we are home. You can truly escape here. We went all day without seeing other guests. A private paradise for sure.