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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 parking
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irisholive wrote a review Oct 17
Orlando, Florida27 contributions5 helpful votes
This review has taken a few days to write. I will preface by saying we booked this vacation pre covid, and much like everyone had to cancel the vacation during 2020. The Golden Eye was unable to offer refunds, but did allow us to have an extension/credit. We decided to go for a major 10 year anniversary of a significant trauma in our lives. When we arrived in Jamaica our suitcase was taken by another passenger (Nothing to do with Golden Eye), so we did not receive our clothing or medication for 24 hours. The property is beautiful but upon walking down the stairs the beach was littered with plastic water bottles. I immediately began picking them up and was told they finished doing some construction on the beach so they washed up and not to worry, they would all be cleaned up. We were told they had recycling bins on the property but we never saw any. We picked up plastic bottles from the lagoon where we stayed and along the beaches daily. The hotel does stock plastic in your fridge, which I know most guests want bottled water, but this is adding to the already plagued ocean and sea life. The lagoon was beautiful but the oil/gas slick atop it at low tide was very sad. We also did not expect to hear very loud trucks and horns from our cabin. The out door showers are beautiful, but you must be mindful of windows above your shower from other huts. All in all, the grounds felt like a very pretty campground. The staff at the restaurant was our favorite part of the trip. They were all extremely courteous and very kind. We also were taken back by the amount of smoking on the property especially by the "non Jamaican staff/advisor". We did bring an entire suitcase of books for the "Pack for a Purpose" project and it was very non happily received. Someone just said "Ill take those" and that was the extent of it. Will we receive any tax letter from the non profit? We did have large cockroaches in our bathroom each night when we turned the light on, but I also realize our hut was over a lagoon. We needed to leave early as I developed an infection in my leg, and thankfully they did not charge us for departing early. We wish the best to the locals as they were incredibly friendly and kind and stated the place had changed management several times. The local staff was hopeful and put their best foot forward. We would not return to this location as we enjoy a bit more privacy and quiet for that amount of money.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: make sure shower is not below a window, choose beach front if you don't want to hear traffic.
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Louis R wrote a review Oct 17
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Goldeneye was truly a unique and special place! The natural beauty and property layout makes you feel like you have your own personal slice of paradise. The staff was tremendous as was the food. Pops our driver was amazing and Simone was an absolute delight at our meals. Worth every penny!!!! Will definitely be going back!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kate M wrote a review Oct 17
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We stayed at the Spanish Elm our first few nights and loved it. It had a ton of room to spread out and a surprising view of the lagoon and ocean. We fell asleep listening to the waves. It was very private. The next few nights we had a lagoon front villa. The dock off our room was awesome and quite often we would roll out of bed and jump right into the lagoon! This space was more updated with a much larger bathroom. While at Goldeneye you MUST check out the spa. We had the best couple’s massage and scrubs. It was so relaxing and we didn’t want to leave. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. The food and drink scene were fantastic. We had huge breakfasts everyday of fresh fruit and Jamaican treats, while looking out at the ocean. Lunch by the beach gave us a chance to try jerk fish and chicken, which both were amazing! Dinners were also filled with fresh and local ingredients. There was so much to do from kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, lounging at one of the many pools, you never needed to leave the property. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we were having a wonderful time. Great getaway!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Safari42802571720 wrote a review Sep 2021
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We left this amazing place a few weeks ago and we are still in a state of complete relaxation and appreciation. Let me first say, if you are looking for a party resort…this resort is NOT for you. But if you need to really unplug and enjoy all the beauty that God created for us…then RUN…don’t walk to Goldeneye. We stayed in one of the beach villas and it was absolutely gorgeous, the bright stars and the unmatched sounds of the waves crashing was nothing short of intoxicating (and if that doesn’t do it for you, the rum will!) It’s hard to decide what the best part of this trip was but if I was forced…it would have to be the spa! Yulanda and Kerine! We just can’t say enough about these ladies, they have magic hands and feel good kindness just effortlessly pours out of them. The food at the beach Bamboo bar was the best on the resort, by chef Nick. I mean, I’m not sure why they don’t have him cook every meal!Kamoy at Bazo Bar took great care of us as well - be careful he has a “very heavy pour”. We can’t forget Zeus who took us on an amazing snorkeling adventure and went out of his way to return my jewelry that I had mistakenly left behind. One more shot out to Saleem who kindly setup our beach chairs every day. Here are a few tips. 1. Bring mosquito spray! And use the net at night 2. Also bring reusable straws 3. Watch the sunset and enjoy the stars 4. Don’t over pack - you won’t wear it. Super casual Bottomline - It was well worth the drive from the airport. 😊 Ask your driver to stop and get jerk chicken…you won’t regret it! We will absolutely be back next year…and the next and the next. 😊 Nicole and Brandi
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Nicole and Brandi, Thank you so much for your lovely review of GoldenEye. We very much appreciate your feedback on the team, the service and the FieldSpa! It sounds like you truly experienced the type of vacation GoldenEye is known for.... You are 100% correct about not over packing, we are all about "casual" here! The mosquitoes usually come out just before sunset, which is when we like to carry out turndown service in the rooms, and keeping in mind all the windows are screened, this is the best way to keep them out.... We hope to see you again soon, as it certainly sounds like you have made GoldenEye your second "home." One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Nemonie H wrote a review Sep 2021
Toronto, Canada2 contributions2 helpful votes
I had heard a lot about this property prior to my stay so I had high expectations. The accommodation was exemplary but I was not pleased with the fact that we paid soooo much for an ocean view and ocean was not swimmable. It had huge rocks which could have been treacherous. The other beach was full of seaweed...neither was swimmable so you are stuck in the salt water pool all day. Also we were charged US $ 64 per plate for dinner on the night we checked in. I believe it was a buffet. It was an extremely expensive buffet when your proteins on the menu are goat, chicken and grilled doctor fish that was so raw, it was inedible. For that price, I would have expected a higher quality fish, lobster or shrimp. I also asked for dressing for my salad and was told they didn't have any. WHAT???! The next morning for breakfast I was told I could only get coconut water with my breakfast because they was not orange juice. I think that the food and beverage personnel needs to take a closer look at their job. I just feel that if you are going to market your property as upscale and luxurious then you need to offer the luxury and people will not have an issue in paying the price
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Never choose the ocean view if you want to swim in it. You are better off at the lagoon.
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Sep 14, 2021
DearTravel565823, Thank you so much for your recent review, we do appreciate all your feedback. In terms of the food offerings, we are on a constant quest to have our repertoire filled with a wonderful, beautifully put together collection of Jamaican dishes fused with different cuisines. We do ensure that our local catch is always sourced from local fishermen, to support not only our communities nearby; but to enhance our offerings to guests so that the produce is always fresh. We appreciate your feedback on this as we know we must continue to enhance, and source - to which currently we do have a creative team putting together new and innovative, as well as delicious dishes. In terms of not having salad dressing or orange juice, that is not the norm at GoldenEye and we have already ensured this never happens again. Orange juice is always flowing, and freshly squeezed... as well as our salad dressings. As for the rocks and the sea, we did some work to the beach and that will be refined again very soon, the swimming is still lovely at both our beaches, as well as the lagoon. We do hope you will come back again to experience all the lovely aspects of GoldenEye. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$577 - $1,454 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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 James Bond Beach (0.3 miles), Noel Coward's Firefly House (3.3 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.
Are there opportunities to exercise at GoldenEye?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does GoldenEye have an airport shuttle?
Yes, GoldenEye offers an airport shuttle 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.
Are there any historical sites close to GoldenEye?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fort Haldane (4.8 miles).
Does GoldenEye have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.