GoldenEye, Oracabessa, Jamaica

Boutique island getaway GoldenEye’s name is not a coincidence; this idyllic cluster of whitewashed cottages and suites on Jamaica’s Oracabessa Bay is indeed the inspiration for the Brosnan Bond vehicle. But this is no gimmick either: Ian Fleming penned all 14 of his James Bond novels in his villa, now the hotel’s centrepiece. He may not have had access to the swim-up hillside spa, watersports area or treetop restaurant, but the setting alone was enough to keep him here – these days, there’s no excuse to leave.

Amentities & Facilities

ACCOMMODATION

All of the hotel’s cottages and suites are light and bright, but we like the One-Bedroom Beach Villas for their straight-to-sand access, garden-shaded outdoor showers, vast verandas, full kitchens and Smeg fridges stocked with local treats. Lagoon Suite 8 is particularly private behind the beach, and has a balcony that juts out over the lagoon. Villa 21 is a beachfront two-bedroom set on a prime spot of sand, close to Bizot Bar. The Fleming Villa, once home to the author himself, is the picture of luxury. The spacious house has its own pool, private beach, series of satellite cottages and dedicated staff. One-Bedroom Beach Huts 23, 27, 36 and 44 stand out for their outdoor showers.

DINING

The elegant Gazebo is set in the treetops, reached by an illuminated drawbridge. The chefs use ingredients grown on owner Chris Blackwell’s 2,500-acre organic farm to create upscale Jamaican curries and fresh vegetable dishes to accompany jerk chicken and grilled lobster. Bizot is a beachy, casual restaurant serving breakfast and lunch and Bamboo Bar, right on rustic Button Beach, is where you can sample the smoky flavours of Jamaican jerk BBQ – expect grilled fish straight from the sea and sand underfoot.

FACILITIES

Spa, watersports centre, tennis court, glass-bottom boat, mountain bikes to borrow, lagoon, gardens, library, CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Apple TV, Sonos sound system, minibar (stocked with Red Stripe, naturally), iPod dock, Bodum coffee press and kettle, Frette linens and Blue Mountain Aromatics bath products.

GoldenEye

Oracabessa, Jamaica

Prestige World
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