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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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Gary H wrote a review Dec 2020
133 contributions71 helpful votes
Is Goldeneye perfect? No. But once you stay here and leave you realize just how special and unique this place is. It is full of history and culture and is a truly unique slice of Jamaica and the Caribbean you wont find anywhere else. Do yourself a favor, before or during your trip to Goldeneye Resort read the book "Goldeneye" By Micheal Parker, it is a fantastic read that will provide you will the history and context of both the property, Jamaica, and Ian Fleming and will help you tie it all together. Definitely helps with appreciating what the property is. This place is not for those who are seeking an ultra-luxe bend over backwards service type of vacation. It is rustic luxury at its best, it is true Jamaican hospitality and it is a property exuding in history and family fun. Room rec: Beach hut #42, if not definitely splurge for a Lagoon cottage/ villa. While over all, very good protocols and measures being taken for COVID and the resort felt clean, there were times when things could have been better. Masks are meant to cover BOTH nose and mouth, a lot of times the staff were not covering their nose, and since most guests dont wear masks, its probably best for the staff's own health to cover their nose. One time housekeeping knocked to check on me but without a mask. There is inconsistent practice on sanitizing pens before guests sign bills, some staff did this, others did not. But on a whole, I was impressed. That also being said, while the service here isnt any Aman proactive style, it is super friendly and professional and any and all requests will be met with a "yeah, man." Everyone says hello or will reply if you greet them, every checks in on you, even the management team like Stuart. Remember this place is not striving to be an ultra luxe Aman or four seasons. My trip was off to a banging start with airport pick up from Micheal aka Pops, so energetic and welcoming and upon knowing my interest in Bond, history and Jamaican culture basically spent the entire 2.5 hour drive throwing trivia at me, pointing important places out and explaining Jamaican history and culture to me. What a way to arrive. The hotel was not as efficient in answering emails/ understanding some of my concerns/ questions but nonetheless they delivered on my requests when I made my booking and were nonetheless very accommodating. I booked a Hut Life package, and was very fortunate to have been assigned beach hut #42, which if you ask me is the absolute best beach hut there is on the property, definitely try and request this one if you book a regular beach hut, otherwise try for #41/43/44/45. The others are simply not as private nor do they actually face any ocean/beach and as such less worth it IMHO. The beach hut was larger and more comfortable than expected. I had read there were no A/Cs but it appears they since installed them. Supposedly the TVs have apple TV with all Bond films loaded, but this was not the case in my room, likely due to COVID. The best and pillows are super comfy, though the bed is actually quite high even for me at 5'10. My first night both my TV and Sonos speakers were broken, but this was quickly fixed by the mechanic. Would have also appreciated a slightly more thorough room walkthrough or an electronic resort/room guide and directory since they no longer provide this due to COVID, which I appreciate but I had no idea the Sonos system needed the app to work. I had also read here was a Chris Blackwell playlist on the Sonos you could play, but I didnt find it, though his playlists exist on Spotify and they are fantastic, of course. Food over all is mediocre and overpriced, but that is expected though not terrible when compared to other Caribbean places. Breakfast though is incredible, especially their Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish breakfast.Eating breakfast and sipping incredible Blue Mountain coffee on the veranda in my hut facing Snorkeler's cove in the morning was pure bliss.At evenings I'd switch to a few drams of the delicious Blackwell Rum, so good I bought 2 handles at the airport. Another win are the cocktails, those are worth the price. Gazebo food is really something you can skip unfortunately, just not good, though it is here that I spotted Chris Blackwell himself! Bizot bar is where its at, and during COVID those are you alternate options each night. The resort is quite large and there are so many things to do. Kayak/paddle board and swim in the lagoon is a must. What other hotel can you swim or kayak or paddle board up to the spa?! If you are in luck and the Fleming villa is not booked, definitely join the free tours available on Saturdays and Thursdays, it is an incredible property and sitting at Fleming's desk where he wrote all 14 Bond novels is simply surreal for a Bond fan. The mosquito situation is not as bad as I had expected but still bring repellent and definitely use that net when sleeping. Over all you just begin to relax the moment you arrive. Surrounded by nature, amazing Jamaican people, great cocktails, delicious Jamaican food at Bizot and wonderful secluded areas to relax. At many points during my stay I really did feel like the only person there. You realize why Ian Fleming fell in love with this plot of land as well as the country. You not only at time feel like Bond, but you also get a sense of what it might have been like to visit Jamaica before the giant white concrete all-inclusives took over Montego Bay. Whats more is that this place is suitable for all types of travelers, family, solo, friends or couples. I cant wait to return, hopefully post-COVID to fully experience it and hopefully return with a group of family and friends to stay at the Fleming Villa.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Beach hut 42 or 41/43/44. If not, splurge on a lagoon cottage
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Dec 2, 2020
Dear Gary H: Wow what a detailed and lovely review, overall - we do really appreciate you taking the time to write this. We have taken every single point into our highest consideration, and already shared with our teams. Thank you for all your kudos, we do appreciate it, and are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us...the Beach Huts are a very special addition to the property which we added in the Summer of 2016, and they have proven to be very popular - as we like to refer to them as "Hut life" and "barefoot luxury..." - they are all air conditioned and screened. We really appreciate your feedback on the Covid-19 protocols, which again, we have discussed and reiterated with our teams. We do have on-going training in effect for our protocols, and want to ensure each and everyone of our guests feel safe, happy and secure. Thrilled that you enjoyed the breakfast so much, and thank you also for your constructive feedback on the dinner, and cocktails. GoldenEye is all about relaxing, and we love to call it your "Jamaican home away from home" with high service standards delivered in an unobtrusive manner. Thank you also for mentioning about Michael aka "Pops" who is really a shining star. We hope to welcome you back soon again, with your friends to stay at the iconic Fleming Villa! One Love, The GoldenEye Team
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Marsha C wrote a review Oct 2020
34 contributions36 helpful votes
We stayed here for a weekend and honestly it was amazing! Word of advice, spend the extra money and stay on the lagoon. We swam day and night in the lagoon. We couldn't see any of the neighbors and it was like we were on our own private island. There are kayaks by the room for you to use whenever you like, which we did several times. We only saw 2 other couples there so it honestly felt like we had the resort to ourselves. The staff's service was impeccable. When ordering dinner they are willing to make changes to the menu without any issues. I didn't really want a particular side and they were able to change it for me. It would take a little bit more time to make but we weren't in a rush anyway, too busy enjoying the lagoon, chatting and reconnecting. I would recommend 100 times over, just an absolute gem!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Oct 25, 2020
Dear 595marshac: Thank you so much for your amazing review of GoldenEye! We are so appreciative of your kind words about your recent stay with us. The lagoon, as we like to say is like " large, tranquil swimming pool..." and we are so happy to see our guests enjoying this unique experience. We do hope you will come back to your 'Jamaican home away from home' soon again, and again. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Kevin Boyer wrote a review Oct 2020
New York City, New York3 contributions
More of a Hideaway than a typical resort, which is always what makes Goldeneye so amazing! Secluded beaches, plenty of distance and room to yourself (even at full occupancy you'd never know it as the property is so large and so many options to enjoy.) Food is world class from the jerk chicken grill on the beach to the 5-star private dinners. The staff is just the perfect balance of attentive, friendly and anticipating!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Oct 22, 2020
Dear Kevin184: Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your Jamaican "hideaway" and the entire experience. Yes, the property is so expansive it does feel as if you have it to yourself. We will make sure the team know about your compliments on the food and service. We do hope to welcome you back in the near future. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Meghan M wrote a review Sep 2020
8 contributions2 helpful votes
We absolutely loved our visit to Jamaica and our stay at Goldeneye, we can’t wait to come back next year when everything is open and more guests are there. With Covid, the resort was very relaxing and tranquil, not many guests were on property and we felt like we had the place all to ourselves. Some of the attractions on the property remain closed due to the low occupancy. The property is beautiful, drinks are delicious and the staff is great. We stayed in a Beach Hut, I would request 42,43,44, or 45, they are right on the water and the view off our balcony was breathtaking. The snorkeling right outside our hut was really fun and we also enjoyed the kayaking and paddle boarding on property. Our Absolute favorite part about Goldeneye was our FANTASTIC driver LAUREL! Laurel is a beautiful soul, from the second she picked us up from the airport we knew we were in wonderful hands. We didn’t stop laughing and we truly enjoyed her company and her extensive knowledge of Jamaica and great stories. Laurel set up several day trips for us, Bamboo rafting in Port Antonio with a wonderful homemade Jamaican lunch after, a day of waterfall adventures, she also showed us some of the best views on the island, she even took us out to an awesome dinner at Chris’s Cafe, one of Anthony Bourdains favorite places on the island. Our trip wouldn’t have been the same without her. If you are interested in going I would recommend requesting Laurel, check Laurel out on insta @laurel.blair The mosquitos are no joke, bring some repellent, and use the provided mosquito nets!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Sep 30, 2020
Dear MeggieMacc: Thank you so much for your lovely review of your recent stay at GoldenEye! Very thrilled to hear that you loved your Beach Hut experience so much, as we call it the "hut life experience..." and the snorkeling and kayaking/paddleboarding is the best way to really see the property from the water! Thank you for your kudos to the staff....who are all so passionate about what they do. Also very happy to hear that you are a huge fan of Laurel, as she is a star. We do have mosquito prevention at GoldenEye, and do turn-down service at a strategic time...(which is usually just before & after sunset) and we always have organic spray around the property at all the areas as well as in the rooms. We do hope to welcome you back year after year and thank you so much for taking the time to discover your "Jamaican home away from home..." One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager - GoldenEye
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DCWALKER wrote a review Aug 2020
Jamaica10 contributions2 helpful votes
My family and I had the pleasure of spending a few nights at this wonderful property. Everything was perfect and we were in paradise. Every staff member was well trained and they made sure they practiced healthy social distancing and we felt safe and secure at this property. The property is impeccable and allowed us to escape the troubles now facing the planet. It was the ultimate pandemic escape. The staff was pleasant and helpful. They wore their masks and sanitized. I highly recommend this for families and I will be returning. I suggest you go for Villa 18. A wonderful villa.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Aug 31, 2020
Dear dcwhmf: Thank you for your lovely review of your recent stay at GoldenEye! We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. It gives us great pleasure to know that you felt safe and secure. We want each and every one of our esteemed guests to walk through our doors and feel this way, as well as to enjoy our expansive property and feel at ease. We hope to see you soon again, thank you. One Love, Jeanine Tribley Public Relations Manager, Island Outpost
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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.