Built in 1949 by novelist Ian Fleming as his Jamaican retreat, GoldenEye is where Fleming wrote all 14 James Bond novels. Following a two-year expansion, GoldenEye reopened in 2010 and is today an award-winning Island Outpost hotel owned by Chris Blackwell, the Jamaica-raised founder of Island Records. The family-friendly hotel now encompasses Fleming’s original villa plus 11 one- and two- bedroom Cottages and six Lagoon Suites, all with direct access to the sea. In addition to two restaurants, two pools and the signature lagoon-edge FieldSpa, guests enjoy endless experiential offerings, including kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, jet skiing, coconut carving, bonfire building, nature walks and much more. Situated on 52 stunning acres just minutes from Jamaica’s newest jetport, Ian Fleming International Airport, GoldenEye welcomes jetsetters with secret coves, breathtaking private beaches, tropical forests, a singular lagoon and exquisite service.
TOP SUITE: THE IAN FLEMING VILLA
Number of rooms in suite: Eight, including five bedrooms (three in the main house, one in each of two satellite cottages)
Number of entrances to suite: Three
Number of baths:Six
Suite style: Caribbean chic casual luxury, outfitted with custom furniture and fine handmade Royal Hut linens
Key selling points: Sting wrote his hit song “Every Breath You Take” at this utterly unique villa, a true Caribbean oasis featuring its own secluded beach, undulating swimming pool, tropical gardens and state-of-the-art media room. A living and dining room with jalousie-style windows brings the outdoors in, and a private staff sees to your every whim.
Number of suites in hotel: One
- Square footage: 7,535
- Nightly rate: From $3,600 to $8,500
At GoldenEye’s FieldSpa, open-air treatment rooms are a sanctuary for massages, salt scrubs, skin brightening facials, herbal wraps and energy work informed by the healing herbs and flowers grown on the resort’s organic family farm.
Signature treatments: Warming Ginger and Pimento Massage, Farm at Pantrepant Awakening Facial
TOP RESTAURANT & BAR
The Gazebo: Built in an aerie, tree house-style, The Gazebo serves up famously authentic and delicious Jamaican special- ties with an international flair.
With stunning views, this is the perfect spot to enjoy cocktails alongside fiery sunsets.
Bizot Bar: On the western arm of Low Cay Beach, Bizot Bar is the venue for stylish low-key dining, serving lyrically local cuisine.
Ian Fleming International Airport (IFIA): Just a seven-minute drive from GoldenEye and a super-short hop from east coast US, Ian Fleming International Airport caters to both private and commercial aircraft.