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 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..
Best beach spot in the Caribbean.
Its worth the distance from the airport.
Very complete, to the last detail.
Also the best service. Aniba and Larry (Lauren, Bizotbar) make a real difference.
This is a much overdue review.
In early June Mom and I returned ti Goldeneye for the 2nd time since Jan. . It had been love at first sight. You can see my first review
Mom wanted to celebrate a big birthday somewhere special and that was Goldeneye. Not just because it's Indescribably delicious, intimate,, a perfect haven for relaxing and escaping civilization with several idyllic little spots to chill; and we were so charmed the first time , but especially because of our beautiful warm Jamaican family. We knew they would take great care of Mom. It was an absolutely perfectly wonderful birthday all day. It couldn't have been better. Starting with Happy birthdays from all at breakfast & Mimosas from JR, Moms favorite smoothie from lovely Nardia champagne in the room from Stuart and the Team ending with the mist delicious chocolate cake surrounded by our beautiful friends So grateful.
We want to thank all , from the bottom of our hearts for that special day and all the other days of amazing hospitality warmth great conversations beautiful smiles. Our gratitude to our old friends , Ms. Goldeneye Nardia, John Ross , Romario(thank you for our special gift),
Donette, Donald, Chris, Darby, Tarrick, Earl, Talca, Bishem, Alden and his team(the best food at Goldeneye made with great love and soul) . To our new friends, Masadeen, CeeCee. Stuart. Avid, Anovia, Terrence, Conroy, Novia, Glenroy. Neil, Walwyn, Nicholas. Deshone, Kirk. Andre. Aldrek, Simone, Jodi Anne. Saleem. Anthony, Ian. Fabian.
Chadane. And thank you to the beautiful housekeeping team who took care of our spectacular Beach Hut #45.
Goldeneye has become our home away from home. Our very special HAPPY PLACE. We can't wait to return in Oct. for my special birthday. Yah mon !
Francine and Barbara Biren