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“Heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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Goldeneye Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Oracabessa Bay, Oracabessa, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Oracabessa
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Houston
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2 reviews
“Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This was my fourth time at Goldeneye and my second this year. There is nowhere I would rather swim. The lagoon is fed by salt water, and certainly the best swimming pool I have ever been in. It also fun to kayak on it, and each lagoon suite has its own kayak. The food is spectacular. I recommend the plantain porridge or Pantrypant breakfast in the morning, the jerk chicken or spaghetti bolognese at lunch and the catch of the day at dinner. Also ice cream for desert drowning in Blackwell's rum. Goldeneye deliberately does not have a gym, since there are so many natural ways to exercise there, but the spa offers every treatment you could possibly want. Goldeneye is informal, comfortable (even in June we did not need the AC except for one night), original and a perfect place to recharge one's batteries. It's fun to plant a tree there and the proceeds go to the local Oracabessa Foundation.

Room Tip: The ocean views are beautiful, but the lagoon is ultimately more special. There are many ocean front...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Mr. Blackwell has done it again.We spend a lot of time in JA. so I have covered plenty of ground over the years, and Goldeneye has quickly become one our favorite places on the island. All of the villas are beautiful. We stayed in a 2 bedroom Beach Villa, and it was incredible. Elegantly decorated, plenty of space, the outdoor shower was fabulous (pressure and hot water can sometimes be an issue in Ja.), oh, and you're approx. 20 steps from the ocean, so the view is unbeatable. Add to the mix, wonderful food, and a fabulous staff, and this is just some of what we love about Goldeneye. My advice, go right to the website and make a reso ASAP !!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

From the moment we went through the discreet entrance this place looked and felt different. Chris Blackwell and his team have hit the spot and the new developments enhance the ambiance and don't detract from the original Goldeneye which we could not get a reservation for when we tried a few years ago. The view from Reception down across the bridge to the resort main island, for that is what it is, was special and our 2 bedroom house was perfect. Stayed with our daughter and son in law and their 3 children. The staff were fantastic with them especially 6 year old Zach, nothing was too much trouble. Wonderfully relaxing with great food.

Yes it isn't cheap but you get what you pay for - secluded comfort and luxury in a beautiful setting. I normally get bitten first so took spray against the Mosquitos and had no problems, they are part of nature and not the hotel's fault after all.

Are we going back - yes next year hopefully, for one of those significant birthday celebrations when we intend to stay in the Ian Fleming house.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Goldeneye for 6 days in May to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We researched many places, but decided on Goldeneye because the whole history of the property and Chris Blackwell's philosophy towards a resort. We couldn't have picked a better place. We stayed at Lagoon Suite 9 and the setting is perfect. The lagoon suites are comfortable, clean and somewhat decadent (outdoor shower, veranda, swim dock right off the bedroom and our own french press coffee make with Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee). The property is immaculately kept and cared for and the service is top notch. The great service started with our driver Laurel who picked us up and the airport and kept us laughing the whole trip to the resort. Clayton the concierge greeted us with a welcoming and relaxed attitude and it kept rolling from there. Dave at watersports was exceptionally patient in teaching my wife (a non-swimmer) how to paddleboard, Troy and the staff were exceptionally friendly at dinner and everyone at the Bizot Bar saw to our food and drink needs with attentive, yet non-instrusive service (don't miss the Black and Blue and Golden Ginger Mojitos). Everyone at Goldeneye made us feel incredibly welcome from Jenny the General Manager to landscapers who would never hesitate to provide you with a smile and a greeting. We even crossed paths with Mr. Blackwell and he took time to greet us and ask us how our stay was. How many resort owners would do that? Goldeneye has it figured out. If you get an opportunity to go, do not pass it up. My wife are already planning a return with the family.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlantic Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Goldeneye was a truly incredible vacation for us! We were greeted at the front desk with two delicious frozen Goldeneye drinks upon our arrival...which was a great start after traveling all day. Now my husband is not much of a "resort guy", but he can not wait to return to Goldeneye. It's a very relaxed, private resort with very comfortable accommodations. The outdoor shower was quite unique. Our highlights were the morning paddle board rides through the lagoon and our evening swim through the lagoon to the spa where we were greeted with beautiful batik robes before our services. The food was outstanding as was the service and other staff members. I can not say enough about the wonderful experience we had at Goldeneye and we cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: The lagoon rooms are very private and romantic. The rooms on the beach seem to have a little more a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My husband & I stayed in villa #9 for 5 days/4 nights for a friend's wedding...and we could've happily stayed an entire month. We were very sad to leave. The property is amazing. The staff is beyond friendly & helpful. The food at Bizot & Gazebo is great. There is literally no need to leave the property. Beach, pool, lagoon, water sports, tranquil spots to relax. Goldeneye has it all & we'll definitely go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a lagoon cottage and loved it. Waking up in the morning and jumping in for a swim was a big highlight.
I was a really big fan of the fact that there are only a certain number of people here at a given time. The garbage places lile sandals where there are close to 1,000 people all fighting for food and beach space and acting like drunk fools....none of that here.
Ran into Chris Blackwell while we were here but didn't want to bother him as he seemed busy.
Food was good, especially loved the club sandwich for lunch.
My only "complaint" is I wish the menu for dinner was a little more broad but I always found something to eat.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oracabessa Bay, Oracabessa, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Mary Parish > Oracabessa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Oracabessa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Goldeneye Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GoldenEye was Ian Fleming's Jamaica retreat and where he wrote all 14 of the James Bond novels. Today, accommodations at the original resort include: The Ian Fleming Villa, 11 one and two-bedroom Beach and Lagoon Villas, six Lagoon Cottages, and one Ocean Front Villa. Located on a stunning 52-acre site, GoldenEye is home to secret coves, breathtaking private beaches, tropical forests, and a seawater lagoon. The property is also home to the FieldSpa and two restaurants - Bizot Bar (a beach bistro) and The Gazebo (finer dining). GoldenEye is located 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios. It is a 90-minute drive from Montego Bay Airport and an 8-minute drive from Ian Fleming International Airport (private aviation). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Goldeneye Hotel Oracabessa
Goldeneye Hotel Ocho Rios
Goldeneye Resort Ocho Rios
Goldeneye Resort Jamaica/Oracabessa

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