based on 7 nights inc. flights
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per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a one bedroom beach hut on a bed and breakfast basis, including private road transfers.
At a Glance
Jamaica's best kept secret, in a small village away from any of the larger more developed areas of the island
Relaxed and low key vibe perfect for couples and families alike
James Bond inspired - guests can stay in Ian Fleming's villa
Good spot for celeb spotting on Jamaica with many music moguls hanging out here
Cottages are located either on the lagoon - perfect for access to kayak around the resort - or directly on the beach
Wide variety of activities available from tennis to fishing trips to sunset yoga and head out of the resort to experience local culture
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.
To start planning your holiday to Goldeneye
GoldenEye, owned by Chris Blackwell of Island Records fame, is the jewel in the crown of the Island Outpost collection of properties in Jamaica. A beautiful boutique property tucked away from it all in Oracabessa Bay just outside of Ocho Rios.
Named after the book author Ian Fleming wrote here, GoldenEye is testament to the uber world of James Bond. Magically reinvigorated over the last few years, this beautiful property has reopened with brand new beachfront cottages and suites, perfect for couples and families, looking for a secluded holiday in a lush and beautiful part of Jamaica.
Stay in a one or two bedroom cottage located on the beach or the lagoon. For a special occasion or for guests with a larger family all wanting to be accommodated together, stay in Ian Fleming's house itself, complete with your own pool, private beach and stunning sunken garden. There are also 26 charming beach huts and a number of additional beachside facilities added due for opening in April 2016.
Laze the days away at GoldenEye in a hammock overlooking the ocean or explore the 30 acres of exotic gardens and grounds with Ramsay, who has worked at GoldenEye since Fleming's days and will explain all the fascinating flora and fauna, including 255 species of birds. For the more adventurous, take a jet ski trip to forgotten coves, kayak along the resort's own lagoon and into the open sea, learn to sail or take fishing trips with Ramsay. In the early evenings, enjoy a spectacular sunset at the Bizot Bar and try owner Blackwell's locally produced dark rum in a signature GoldenEye cocktail before enjoying a delicious dinner or a traditional spicy Jamaican barbecue. Come and experience this secluded bolthole for yourself - surely Jamaica’s best kept secret.
GoldenEye offers a wide variety of accommodation ranging from the fun and quirky beach huts, some of which are suspended above the sand on stilts, to the beach and lagoon villas with their own private verandas and the original properties Spanish Elm, Strangeways and the Fleming Villa.
Rooms feature state-of-the-art amenities such as Sonos Play:1 speakers, Apple TV and Panasonic Inverter air conditioning technology, as well as luxurious amenities including natural botanical toiletries and hand-dyed batik bathrobes.
|One Bedroom Beach Hut||
These free-standing beach huts, raised 3 - 5 feet off the sand, are designed to promote indoor/outdoor living. With a floor space of around 39m² and facing either Oracabessa Bay or Snorkeler's Cove, each beach hut has a king-size bed, private veranda and interior wet room. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik bathrobes, Frette towels, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker, Mini bar/fridge with Bodum coffee press and Bodum hot water kettle, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and safebox.
|One Bedroom Beach Hut with Open-Air Dune Room||
These split-level free-standing beach huts, raised 10 feet off the sand, have a bedroom located on the upper level and a sandy floor Dune Room located below. With living space of around 95m² each beach hut has a king-size bed, private veranda and interior wet room. The Dune Room has a dining area, wet bar, Smeg fridge and toaster. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik bathrobes, Frette towels, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker, Mini bar/fridge with Bodum coffee press and Bodum hot water kettle, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and safebox.
|One Bedroom Lagoon Hut||
Nestled in its own tropical garden and with direct access to the lagoon from its own private deck, the One Bedroom Lagoon Hut is a cosy, charming secluded property with a king-size bed, bathroom with bathtub and separate overhead rain shower and its own outdoor kitchen. Named 'Spanish Elm', this is the spot where Johnny Depp chose to plant his tree.
|Two Bedroom Beach Hut||
These two-storey, free-standing beach huts have a floor space of around 95m², and work well for couples or older families as each level has its own entrance. There is also an interior 'trap door' with a ladder to join the two rooms. Each room has a king-size bed, private veranda and interior wet room and the hut also has an outdoor garden bathtub. The dining area has a full-sized Smeg fridge, wet bar, toaster oven, and blender. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik bathrobes, Frette towels, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker, Mini bar/fridge with Bodum coffee press and Bodum hot water kettle, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and safebox.
|One Bedroom Lagoon Cottage||
The Lagoon Cottages have 67m² of floor space and each has its own private deck extending four feet over the lagoon with a brightly coloured kayak tied up and waiting for you. Each cottage has a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom and private outdoor shower. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik robes, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker stocked with a catalogue of Island Records music, mini bar stocked with Red Stripe beer and other Jamaican drinks and snacks, Bodum coffee press with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and a safe.
|One Bedroom Ocean Front Villa||
This villa is nestled under a giant Banyan tree and features a queen size bed, separate living room and kitchen area, private patio with ocean views for al fresco dining and a bathroom with an antique claw foot bathtub and doors opening out to an exotic outdoor rain shower. There is also a second bathroom with bamboo shower and a private tropical garden. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik bathrobes, Frette towels, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker, mini bar/fridge stocked with Red Stripe beer and other Jamaican snacks and drinks, Bodum coffee press with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, Brita water filter, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and safebox.
|One Bedroom Beach or Lagoon Villa||
The One Bedroom Beach Villas open directly onto Low Cay Beach and the One Bedroom Lagoon Villa sits directly on GoldenEye’s four-acre signature lagoon. They have a floor space of 102m² and all feature a large porch with dining area, card table and hammock, wooden louvred windows, living room, kitchen and an indoor/outdoor bathroom. There is a king-size bed as well as a queen-size daybed in the living room which can sleep 2 children. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik bathrobes, Frette towels, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker, 50s style Smeg fridge stocked with Red Stripe beer and other Jamaican snacks and drinks, Bodum coffee press with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, Brita water filter, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and safebox.
|Two Bedroom Beach or Lagoon Villa||
Four of the Two Bedroom Villas are located directly on Low Cay Beach and one is located on the lagoon. With large porches upstairs and downstairs, nearly 160m² of living space, including a full kitchen these villas are perfect for larger families with two double king-size bedrooms and a queen daybed in the living room that can sleep 2 children. Amenities include: toiletries made with local, botanical ingredients, hand-dyed batik bathrobes, Frette towels, complimentary wifi, flat screen television with over 200 International channels and Apple TV, Sonos Play:1 speaker, 50s style Smeg fridge stocked with Red Stripe beer and other Jamaican snacks and drinks, Bodum coffee press with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, Brita water filter, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and safebox.
|Three Bedroom Ocean Front Villa (Strangeways)||
Strangeways is a three-bedroom villa, situated atop a cliff with superb sea views. There is a set of stone steps and lead down to the private swimming patio which has direct lagoon access. The villa is comprised of several buildings, with each bedroom in a separate structure, some of which offer outdoor rain showers. There is also a living room and fully equipped kitchen.
The Fleming Villa has the feeling of being on its own private island, with its own beach, swimming pool, gardens and staff. Made up of the main villa along with satellite cottages, a Pool House and Sweet Spot, this is the ultimate in luxury and the guaranteed feeling of starring in your own James Bond film. The villa can be offered with a variety of room options to suit your needs.
Children are welcome at GoldenEye and activity programmes are run on demand. Babysitting is available at an extra cost. The resort offers trained lifeguards and skilled sailing instructors to teach your children a range of watersports including jet ski rides to explore the coastline and the beautiful coral reefs.
Facilities at the resort include a beach bar serving breakfast and lunch and a restaurant, swimming pool, book and DVD library, floodlit tennis court, sailboats gift shop and thalassotherapy spa offering rubs and scrubs using local ingredients. Treatments can also be enjoyed in the privacy of your own room. A brand new seaside bar and rooftop terrace, pool area, snorkelling cove, grill shack and drink stand have been added close to the beach huts.
Complimentary activities at the resort include swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, birding to catch glimpses of the island's bird species, nature walking, backgammon and tennis. Activities at an additional charge include deep sea fishing, pole fishing, scuba diving, horse riding, golf, arts and crafts classes and trips around the island all available nearby.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
Wow! I did not even realise I had arrived at Golden Eye when we drove up to the gate. The entrance is completely unassuming and to me that is what makes the hotel as you feel as though you are entering into a hidden wonderland. Home to where Ian Fleming wrote the majority of the James Bond films, this place really is extremely special. His villa is amazing - spacious, light and incredibly private but perfect for families and friends who want that extra space to enjoy.
The rest of the rooms are on the beach or on the lagoon and are fit for both families and couples. The beach villas have direct access onto the beach and the lagoon villas have their own kayaks parked outside giving you a chance to explore the lagoon and even paddle across to the hotel's spa.
Plenty on offer for children - kids activities to enjoy and water sports for all ages. The nearby waters offer fantastic snorkelling so be sure to make some time to see the corals.
Delicious food both at Bizot bar on the beach and at the Gazebo, up in the trees.
Everything is done with a smile - all the staff are incredibly friendly and are there to make sure you have the most enjoyable stay making you want to return again and again and again!
Sarah Tichacek (Staff)
Goldeneye is full of both James Bond and Ian Flemming memorabilia. It is set in a quiet location surrounded by a lagoon, The bridge divides the reception and one of the restaurants from the accommodation. The Lagoon cottages are great for couples, we stayed in Lagoon five which was perfect as it was at the end of the row of cottages so we were not overlooked by any others to the right of us. Each accommodation comes with two kayaks which are fun to use to get across to the spa or generally get around, you can of course take the pathways. The cottages offer an outside shower.
Goldeneye offers plenty of watersports for the more active.The resort offers barefoot luxury, and is very private. The level of service and food is of a high standard. You may fine that you will see the odd celebrity here as it is very secluded. You must try the blackwell rum!
We were lucky enough to go and see over 200 turtles hatching on the local beach which was the highlight of our holiday.
Gemma Dobson (Staff)
I spent a couple of wonderful days here with my 8 year old daughter, we had one of the lead in categories of accommodation the Lagoon Suite but for me these are the nicest as the most private! From your terrace you can climb out directly into the lagoon and each suite has it's own little deck complete with kayaks and stand up paddle boards. We both enjoyed learning how to paddle board in the calm lagoon and had fun exploring the little island in the middle of the lagoon.
On the Sunday morning we could hear the beautiful singing from the local gospel service coming from across the water, it was lovely to listen to!
This place is really special and somewhere to go with your loved ones be it as a family or as a couple you will really enjoy it there's something quite magical about it.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
GoldenEye is set on a quiet stretch of the islands north coast in a large are of protected land where a lagoon connects up with the Caribbean Sea, it has a really spectacular beauty to it. The hotel has quite a cool feel, when we stayed there were honeymooners and younger families mostly from New York and London and it felt really fun and relaxed. The brilliant twins look after all the non-motorized watersports which are all included, if you want to go off jet skiing or water skiing its arranged with a resort down the coast but realistically youll be very happy swimming and snorkelling around the crystal clear waters. Food-wise I was impressed by the diversity of what was on offer, lunch is typically taken in the relaxed beach bar/restaurant and is quick light and easy (unless you opt for the huge, flame grilled burgers!). Dinner is more formal and in the open aired restaurant at the very top of the property, more modern with smaller portions and more finesse. There are children's options as well if I remember right, including the brilliantly named Rasta Pasta. The resort is a bit of a schlep from either of Jamaicas international airports (around 2 hours or so from each) but I would not let that put you off!
Sure, there are plenty of great-value all-inclusives along Jamaicas northern coast, and they all have sand, sun, and free-flowing rum. But behind their imposing security gates, you wont find what originally made the island uniquely appealing, the soul and spirit of the place.
Where you can find that is GoldenEye, which may cost a great deal more (though youll get a $20 rebate if you forgo air-conditioning, and some of that supports admirable community-development programs through the Oracabessa Foundation) but will send you home feeling like youve gone somewhere specific. Isnt that why we subject ourselves to the indignities of air travel?
The new and improved GoldenEyerelaunched in late 2010 after major renovations and the addition of 17 new roomsstill looks back to a time when traveling was civilized and Jamaica was a place the cognoscenti went to drop off the map. Once the home of Ian Fleming, who wrote all 14 James Bond novels here and entertained guests like Nol Coward, Errol Flynn, and Truman Capote, its now owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who made Bob Marley a star and heads up the Island Outpost collection of small, laid-back Jamaican hotels (the Caves,
Strawberry Hill). Its still a celebrity magnet, attracting guests like Jay-Z and Beyonc, and Kate Moss, who rang in 2012 here. (I stayed as a guest of the resort.)
Pared-down luxury: a beach cottage
The expanded Fleming Villa remains a draw. It has a movie room, pool, sunken garden, and private beach; and is furnished with Flemings own writing desks. But the new rooms have their own allure. Built on an island and fronting either the ocean or a serene lagoon, they have pared-down luxury and plenty of spacethe wooden cottages start at 1,110 square feet, with 23-foot ceilings. Be aware, though, that their easy-breezy setup isnt for the persnickety: The bathrooms are open to the bedrooms, and showers are outdoors, reached via rocky steps that get your feet sandy all over again before youre back inside. On the upside: You never have to wear proper shoes, anyway.
Guest can paddle to GoldenEye's breezy little spa.
The top-notch activities program runs from jet-skiing to stand-up paddleboarding. The food is excellent, much of it from Blackwells Jamaican farm (the rum, also produced by Blackwell, is also worlds better than youll find at the mega-resorts), and the music, unsurprisingly, is perfect. The staff is uncommonly efficient and friendly; just asktheyll take you bike riding or bar-hopping. Comfortable as GoldenEye is, they want to get you out into the real Jamaica you came for.
Cool, calm Caribbean colonialism: they dont come more laidback or luscious than Goldeneye. This is where Ian Fleming hammered out 14 Bond novels, and where the author and his beat-up typewriter came, others followed Nol Coward, of course, but also Truman Capote, Cecil Beaton and Errol Flynn. Then it was the Seventies and a whole new world of fun arrived with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell (think Bob Marley, U2), who put up a few more villas for his rockstar friends. And the party goes on. Last Christmas, the hotel unveiled 11 new cottages along the beach, six beside the lagoon and a whopping wooden bridge that teeters across the ludicrously turquoise waters. Yes, it smacks of Bond-villain grandiosity but it works, fiendishly well. The formula? Just make the rooms so simple and gorgeous (soul-stilling wood, sofas big enough to lose Grace Jones in, direct sightlines from pillow to gin-clear sea) that most guests will rarely leave them. If they do theres the perfect pale beach, an Olympic triathlete running the spa and lovely jetski-instructing twins Dave and Dane. Riotous vegetation, thrilling cliffs, a great big hullabalo of crickets and frogs Goldeneye is one of those places that feels like its all yours even when its full to the rafters.
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Rafting on the Rio Grande
Enjoy rafting the peaceful River Rio Grande surrounded by the mountains of Portland and pass by bamboo and banana groves. Complete the day with a riverside cook out with a local lady who will keep you entertained with Jamaican folktales.
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The Ultimate James Bond Experience
Stay 4 nights at GoldenEye and enjoy The Ultimate James Bond Experience, where you will get to live the life author Ian Fleming would have enjoyed during his time there.
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St Andrew and Oracabessa
from £3500 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Enjoy the drive up through the Blue Mountains, famous for its coffee, on the way to Strawberry Hill
- Experience the diversity of Jamaica from the mountains to the beach
- Perfect destination for those seeking a relaxed Caribbean vibe
Location & directions
GoldenEye is located in Oracabessa Bay, in the parish of St. Mary, 20 minutes outside of Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica.
How to get there
The nearest commercial airport is Montego Bay (10 hours direct), however Kingston Airport (10 hours direct) is an equally viable option. Goldeneye is a 2-hour drive from Montego Bay and 2-hours 30-minutes from Kingston Airport.
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