Why we like it
- This is where Ian Fleming created the character James Bond and wrote the spy novels
- Food in the choice of three restaurants is all locally sourced and fresh from ‘the tree or the sea’
- The range of activities available including fishing trips, bird- watching, garden walks and sunset yoga
- The resort is centred around a large lagoon on Low Cay beach - a wide stretch of white sand
This is no ordinary hotel. This boutique Jamaican getaway - near the small town of Oracabessa near Coho Rios - has a rich history. GoldenEye started out as the holiday home of Ian Fleming. It was bought by James Bond-creator after World War II. After the author had left these paradise shores (and the earthly realm), the former estate was converted into a resort by Chris Blackwell of Islands Records fame.
Long a bastion of boho chic and rock-star styling on the island’s northern coastline, the property underwent a refurbishment last year with a clutch of Beach Huts adding to the beach and lagoon villas and creole-style cottages. Together they make up this beachside beauty.
You can also still stay in one of ‘The Originals’ – the very villa in which Fleming penned the Bond books. ‘Would these books have been born if I had not been living in the gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it,’ said Fleming.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of dining options — poolside breakfast at Bizot, barbecue at Bamboo Bar, drinks at Shabeen or dinner at The Gazebo.
The FieldSpa is in a cottage on the edge of the GoldenEye Lagoon. Try a massage and salt scrub. Many of the botanical elixirs and essential oils used are made on-site.. Each draw on traditional Jamaican recipes and the healing powers of flowers, roots, leaves and herbs grown at GoldenEye’s farm, Pantrepant.
From swimming and snorkelling and sunbathing to paddle boarding and kayaking, there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed. Be sure to make a trip to Firefly, Noel Coward’s Jamaican hideaway. Go in the late afternoon - to see the island’s most majestic views - and plan to stay for sunset (with a cocktail, of course).