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#1 of 2 hotels in Oracabessa
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GoldenEye Hotel & Resort overlooks the Caribbean Sea in the quiet village of Oracabessa Bay on Jamaica’s north coast. Named after one of Ian Fleming’s World War II missions, Operation GoldenEye, this Island Outpost property is owned by Chris Blackwell, Jamaica-raised founder of Island Records. The stunning 52-acre property is home to secret coves, breathtaking private beaches, tropical forests and a singular lagoon. There are 49 stand-alone Beach Huts, Lagoon Cottages and Beach and Lagoon Villas, as well as Fleming Villa, designed by Fleming, himself.
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Free breakfast
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mebaker17 wrote a review Jun 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I came here for six nights as our first big trip after covid, and Goldeneye did not disappoint. Original room we booked was sold out, but the hotel upgraded free of charge. Eventually settled on one of the Lagoon Cottages, which was fantastic. The cottages aren't too close to one another, but are also conveniently located near everything. The best part about this place is the lack of crowds: no fighting for chairs, no waiting for drinks or heading out early to try to get a table. It was a totally stress free environment, and Goldeneye does a great job of being luxurious and well staffed without having the feeling that someone is always hovering over you. Needless to say, the beaches and facilities are fantastic. A few of the reviews complain about the food being repetitive, but we were pleasantly surprised at the really high quality of everything we ate. They mix up dinner enough to keep it interesting, and we didn't have a bad meal the entire time we were there. You can also order from a few local places that will deliver to the resort (Chris' Cafe was a great meal). The cocktails were fantastic (the Goldeneye in particular), but everything is a little pricey. I highly recommend stopping on the way from the airport to grab some beer and wine (which was far and away the most overpriced item we saw). There are small fridges in every room, so it's easy to keep a few Red Stripes and some snacks in there. I'll close in saying this: I'm not a big fan of beach resorts. I've always preferred to be DOING something on a vacation. But this was the first beach hotel I've visited where I found myself already making plans to go back...
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Jul 4, 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful round up of your stay with us recently. We think you really touched on what is so important here and many guests talk about it - the sense of privacy and sheer space - without ever feeling as if you are at a "crowded resort..." Thank you also on your kudos on the food, we have new items added regularly and mix it up each week with pop ups (like Stush in The Bush) and BBQ evenings, as well as a newly added "Curry Dinner" at Button Beach on a Friday. We hope to welcome you back soon again to your Jamaica home away from home. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager / GoldenEye
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LixTraveller wrote a review Jun 2022
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom397 contributions150 helpful votes
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Stayed just 4 nights at the end of a 9 night holiday in various corners of Jamaica. Easily our favourite resort closely after its sister hotel Strawberry Hill. Super laid back, not the least bit pretentious & the food & beverage is reasonably priced & of a good standard. You have all you need here: beautiful beaches, numerous pools, comp water sports (sup/kayak) & warm, friendly hospitality. Our beach hut was small & perfectly formed, quite simple but it had everything we needed & the bed/linen was luxurious. This is easily the most we’ve ever spent on a hotel ‘room’ esp in high season in Feb. But it was my 40th & my husband was a huge Bond fan so we splurged. Check out their website for slightly cheaper offers than going through the usual booking sites, you could save a lot given the average nightly rate. We were lucky enough to have a spy into the Fleming villa whilst their long staying guest vacated for a couple days. Such a treat! Don’t be afraid to ask at reception.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Jul 4, 2022
DearLixTraveller, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of GoldenEye and was able to see the Fleming Villa... It sounds like you had a fabulous 40th Birthday and we do hope to welcome you back soon again! One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Brian D wrote a review May 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada8 contributions14 helpful votes
Goldeneye is a place you talk about forever. It's magical in so many ways and the staff are so genuine and helpful. You receive an authentic Jamaican vibe with lots to explore and countless activities. We throughly enjoyed the food and drinks. We selected a new place each day to enjoy the beach and water. Loved Goldeneye!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded May 26, 2022
Dear briand, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of GoldenEye! We love that you have used the word "magical" as that is what we feel best describes our beautiful property! We very much appreciate your kinds words about the staff being genuine and helpful, they are a team who love what they do and do it with passion. These compliments will be reiterated to the teams. 'Expansiveness and a sense of space' is something that many guests comment on, and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the property fully, experiencing all that is "GoldenEye". - the activities, food and cocktails, beaches...matched with the sheer sense of feeling that you have the property to yourselves! We do hope you will come back again soon to your GoldenEye 'home away from home.' One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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RoxyTO wrote a review May 2022
Mississauga, Canada6 contributions13 helpful votes
It was experience like no other. This place is so beautiful and thought through. Anywhere you look, there is just something extra that shows incredible care and appreciation for the beautiful nature. The staff is wonderful. The food is fresh and authentic. The huts are so well maintained and have the most comfortable beds out of any hotel I’ve ever been to. Its definitely a place of endless awe. Pure joy.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded May 16, 2022
Dear Oxana, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of GoldenEye! We really appreciate your lovely feedback about the property, staff, food and Beach Huts. We do look forward to welcoming you back soon again to your Jamaican 'home away from home..." One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Tami D wrote a review May 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida60 contributions12 helpful votes
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Golden Eye is such a magical place! Nestled between the sea & lagoon there's just so much to do with this resort! We spent a week at Golden Eye & it was nothing short of magical. It was such a unique & magical place, unlike any other luxury resort we have visited. We stayed in the 2bR beach villa with our 3 year old & it was the perfect location. Beautiful private beach area, amazing views of the ocean, sleep to the sound of the waves, sea turtles on the beach a night. It was incredible!!! The outdoor shower was sooo nice & the room was so spacious & private. We loved snorkelers cove & the lagoon too for snorkeling, lots of fish, found a live conch, lots of snails & hermit crabs. Our daughter loved every adventure every day. The 2 pools are great & often very quiet & relaxing with gorgeous ocean breeze & views. The sunsets are UNREAL!!! Pink & orange skies!!! The staff is remarkable!!! Everyone is soooo friendly & sweet & willing to help with anything u may need. Donald at button beach was the sweetest & Fiona the concierge was incredible. She set us up for a boat day to Duns River & snorkeling & we had a blast. The special dinners they put on were amazing! BBQ night & the buffet dinners left nothing to be desired. So yummy 😋 They had a DJ a few nights & a live reggae band & performance for Jamaica Independence Day which was so cool!!! We never wanted to leave! The only thing that could be improved are the lunch menus they were a bit repetitive. Food is pricey in the resort! So get ready for that! We went during covid so we couldn't venture out for any meals. My daughter has a gluten allergy so that makes it harder for us, so we always bring lots of snacks and food for her. They even cooked her some gluten-free pasta I had brought which was so nice. The highlight of the trip was the turtle release which is near by with Oracabessa Bay Sea turtle rescue, Mel Tennant is making a huge difference in the hawksbill sea turtle species. We loved every minute 🐢💞 We can not wait to return to Golden Eye!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Bring snacks/food to make to save $ since food within resort is very pricey & limited options
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded May 16, 2022
Dear Tami, Thank so much for such a wonderful and thorough review of your recent stay at GoldenEye. There is so much to do that is natural and organic to our environment and expansive property - you will never be bored, and your review is a true testament to what guests will experience when they stay with us. The sunset colours, the turtle releases, the snorkeling, boat trips....our lovely staff like Donald and Fiona - it is all comes together to give you, our esteemed guest a truly once in a lifetime experience.... We do hope however that you will continue to visit us year after year. Our lunch menus are constantly being revamped by our fabulous F&B Team, we have now added a wellness menu and daily specials... Thank you for all your valuable feedback, we truly appreciate it. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Quebecoise77 wrote a review May 2022
Toronto, Canada24 contributions2 helpful votes
This resort is nothing like anything else we have ever experienced. Not only is it quaint and surrounded by gardens, the property is quite large including a couple of pools, a couple of beaches, the lagoon and much more. Shout-out to the staff at Button Beach, our favourite hang out. That would be Nardia & Conroy at the bar and grill and Donald for “wata” sports. Everyone at Golden Eye is approachable and friendly. I am especially touched by the efforts of ownership to give to the community through the Golden Eye Foundation and to restore the coral in the vicinity of the ocean shoreline. We hope to visit again soon!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded May 5, 2022
Thank you so much for your lovely review of GoldenEye! We love that you took the time to write about the expansiveness of the property, the pools and the beaches. We want all our future guests to know you will feel literally as if you have the property to yourself - no crowds here! Button Beach is a lovely spot for hanging out and enjoying our Watersports, Donald is extremely passionate and it shows! Nardia and Conroy have become the "landlords" of Button Beach! Thank you so much for writing about what we do with the GoldenEye Foundation and the Community that we are in....it is a passion of the Owners to give back to our community and all our team members take part the Foundation's Programs. We hope to welcome you soon again. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Paddy M wrote a review Apr 2022
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Had a really beautiful stay here for two nights recently. The best parts was the incredible location, the great rooms and the plethora of activities! We particularly enjoyed snorkeling with Marlan who went above and beyond to show us around the coral reefs nearby and the great conservation efforts that are undergoing at Oracabessa. Our only quibble was that service wasn't quite as good as other Jamaican resorts we have stayed at but overall it was a fantastic stay!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Apr 29, 2022
Dear paddym906: Thank you so much for your lovely review of your recent stay with us. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed all the activities (including the wonderful snorkeling experience to our coral reefs!) - and that you loved the location and room. With regard to the service, we are sorry to hear that you did not think it is on par to other resorts. Our service standards are constantly being monitored and improved, there will be bumps in the road along the way, but overall the feedback has been very complimentary of the service at GoldenEye. We do hope you will come back and enjoy another wonderful GoldenEye experience. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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czechmate1ca wrote a review Apr 2022
Saint Thomas, Canada1492 contributions108 helpful votes
We stayed 4 nights in March. We had a Beach Hut. At first I wasn't sure walking up, thinking it was going to feel small. It was not. We had a lovely little balcony that would have been great to have an afternoon nap except that it was either too hot or the padding was too wet as it rained most nights we were there. There is not much of a breeze because we were surrounded by vegetation. The bed was sooooo comfortable. Definitely need bug spray, which they did provide around the resort. The ground were lovely and my husband enjoyed his daily walks around the resort. There are two pools. One by the main bar/restaurant and one near the beach huts. But again it was so hot at that pool with no breeze. I never saw anyone use it. The only complaint I would have is that the menu did not change at all while we were there. They did have a night where they served Jamaican food that was located on the grounds. The downfall of it was there was not enough lighting, I like to see what I am eating lol. My husband has always wanted to stay here and I am glad we did. I would return but not in a Beach Hut. Being a cat lover, I appreciated how well they take care of their resident cats.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Apr 21, 2022
Thank you so much for your lovely review of your recent stay at GoldenEye. The Beach Huts are very popular and are a lovely addition to the property, guests have commented about the veranda and the expansive feel of the Huts. We have had alot of rain in March and that of course can cause some humidity. We love that your husband loved his daily walks, and it certainly is an expansive property to walk around! We are currently working on adding to our Menus, and we do try to organise "pop up" dining around the property from week to week. It has already been reported to the team about the lighting, and they are working on that, keeping in mind we use Tiki Torches so that the setting is in keeping with the general natural ambiance. We do hope to welcome you again soon, and thank you for your note about our resident cats, Lucky and Bizot - who are well taken care of! One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Neil D wrote a review Mar 2022
Brooklyn, New York2 contributions
We are just back from a 7 night stay at Goldeneye and I can truly say it’s one of the most unique experiences I have ever had on vacation. Goldeneye is a tranquil, beautiful oasis with lovely beaches and beautiful coves to experience. The staff are exceptional - from Nicholas and Milton at the Bizot Bar, Lacey-Ann at Shabeen, to the numerous people looking after you at lunch and dinner, not to mention Romaine looking after in room dining. Everyone treats you like family, and you leave feeling like you’ve almost been staying with an extended bunch of friends, rather than at a resort. You’re well taken care of, nothing is too much of an ask for the staff at Goldeneye. We stayed in a beach hut with dune room which looked out onto the ocean (hut number 47), where you could sit on the veranda watching the sunset and watch the waves. It was a truly peaceful experience. All that said, Goldeneye has some things to be aware of: 1. Our trip was booked through a travel agent, who paid for our airport transfers up front. On checking my bill after departing, I notice that we’ve been charged for the transfers again. We’d also booked under the previous 2021 special rate where we got $100 a day credited to our room. When we checked out I saw that we were getting the 2022 rate where we were credited $500 for the entire stay ($200 less). Luckily we were able to at least fix that before paying the bill. 2. The food at the resort is expensive. I read on the website that it’s possible to arrange all-inclusive, but if you don’t you could easily be spending $400-$500 a day for a couple on meals and drinks. 3. The downside of the beauty of Goldeneye’s nature is that there are insects. The resort supplies mosquito repellant spray and cartridges for the room, but you will still get some mosquito bites. And you may also see other nature like cockroaches in your bathroom (we had a couple of encounters during our stay). It’s the price you pay for staying in the middle of such beautiful nature I guess. Our Beach Hut with Dune Room was great - the Dune Room is downstairs in the open air, but shaded to keep the sun out, it has space to eat meals as well as a fridge and sink, but the real star of the Dune Room is the outdoor shower and claw foot bathtub. Being able to shower or take a bath under a canopy of palm trees was an experience! Goldeneye is a resort like nothing else I’ve ever experienced, I hope we’ll be back again soon.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Apr 1, 2022
Dear Neil D, Thank you for your lovely review of your recent stay at GoldenEye. We really do appreciate all your valuable feedback, and have already communicated with the teams with regard to the points you brought up. We are sorry about the mis-communication with the transfer charges, we are sure by now that has been rectified by our Reservations department. Our Housekeeping team is always on top of the cleanliness of our accommodations, but now and then in a time of rain - with a door / window left open a tropical bug can fly in. Our windows and doors are screened, and for persons reading this review it is not a common occurrence. Our Menu prices have been carefully costed out by our Finance and F&B teams, and are in line with the luxury boutique properties in the Caribbean and globally. We do hope you will return again, as we have noted how much you enjoyed all components of the property and look forward to welcoming you back soon. You described the GoldenEye experience with the property, staff and "overall feel" incredibly well, thank you for that. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Josh L wrote a review Mar 2022
Atlanta, Georgia28 contributions10 helpful votes
My wife and I and our two teenagers just visited Goldeneye for a 5 day trip. Amazing trip. I was told by the resort it was at 80% capacity - but I have to tell you that it felt like there was hardly anyone there. We felt like we had the resort to ourselves. It's spacious and open and felt like there were all these little areas we could have to ourselves or hang out with a few folks. The staff is unbelievable. Genuinely caring and friendly. The staff shared the laid back Jamaicain vibe, but gave a level of professionalism and quality that was still 5 star without feeling too formal. The food was fantastic. There were different events on different nights that were fun and great to experience. They were well done - felt not too contrived, but were fun and the food was great. We worked with a gentleman by the name of Ricardo who drove us to and from the resort and then took us on a few excursions including Blue Hole and ATVing and local places to eat off the resort - which was really cool. All in all, I can't say enough about Goldeneye - it's a beautiful resort with a beautiful team that makes a beautiful experience. We'll be back!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Mar 11, 2022
Dear L4423ARjoshl: Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your recent stay at GoldenEye. We truly appreciate all your feedback. The description of the property not being crowded, and feeling like you had it yourselves, is truly 'hitting the nail on the head' as that is exactly GoldenEye. The experiences we have created for our guests to enjoy on property are meant to be organic and unobtrusive, so thank you for writing this. We will make sure Ricardo knows about your compliment and the team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again and again. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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$682 - $893 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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goldeneye hotel oracabessa, goldeneye hotel ocho rios, goldeneye resort ocho rios
LOCATION
CaribbeanJamaicaSaint Mary ParishOracabessa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
49
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Frequently Asked Questions about GoldenEye
Which popular attractions are close to GoldenEye?
Nearby attractions include Noel Coward's Firefly House (3.3 miles), James Bond Beach (0.3 miles), and Galina Lighthouse (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at GoldenEye?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at GoldenEye?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at GoldenEye?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at GoldenEye?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to GoldenEye?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sugar Pot Ruins Beach & Restaurant, Sugarpot Beach Bar & Restaurant, and Yummi Tummi.
Are there opportunities to exercise at GoldenEye?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and fitness classes during their stay.
Does GoldenEye have an airport shuttle?
Yes, GoldenEye offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does GoldenEye have airport transportation?
Yes, GoldenEye offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at GoldenEye?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does GoldenEye offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.