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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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Maximilian F wrote a review Jul 2020
Brooklyn, New York33 contributions20 helpful votes
Do I want to give it 5 stars like many others...yes. But something is missing for that honor. Would I come again...yes. I stayed here during the construction period where room rates were partially lowered. I am reviewing the resort not at the discounted rates but at full rates of $480+ for off peak times. As always it is a price/quality/value judgment. Beach huts for the size and given that they are cheapest rooms are very high quality. Ask for 41-43 which overlook snorkellers cove and direct sea view. These are actually the best views in the entire resort but are not advertised...and still cost the same!! I would hate to be in one of the huts away from the water - no views, mosquitoes, long walks. Upsides - Food is generally really good here, especially compared to other resorts in the Caribbean (let’s be honest standard is very low). It is also very fairly priced and for drinks too. Staff are very nice and are a few steps above. I also love how there are many nooks and crannies to the hotel so you don’t get bored and can hang out in different areas every day. There is a great vibe overall which they work hard to keep. Downsides - there is no great beach here. Jamaica Inn beach is far superior, even the Trident has a better cove! When paying top dollar that’s what I would expect, particularly in a place like Jamaica. To me this is very important. The beach here is extremely rocky (I wore rubber shoes) and is missing sand. Snorkellers cove is lovely and has actually very impressive coral and fish...but not a beach. Also service efficiency can be seriously off - we asked for our room to be made up 3 times one day to no luck. Yes we have a toddler and were in and out but 3 times! We also waited for 3hrs to check in after arriving at 1pm...with a baby while watching others walk by us. No genuine apology or offering. Finally there is very little true management oversight. One manager was flitting around the place but never came to speak properly to most guests. No one else was to be seen. That doesn’t cut it at a top resort in the world...sorry to say. Maybe they were too concerned about the construction and the new rooms that needed to be built. Overall yes I would come back but with eyes wide open. The new lagoon rooms might be the way to go when we need more space. The lagoon IS stunning, though they need to clean up a lot of the trash that is lingering (because of the construction ?).
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear mvf84: Thank you so much for your valuable review! We appreciate all your feedback as it helps us to continue to work on exceeding our customer's expectations and overall service standards. We realise that during our construction period last Summer, there were certain challenges but overall we do feel everyone enjoyed their special time with us as we added so many lovely additions and amenities as a result... We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, as you know we source our fresh vegetables and produce very carefully with much of our fruit and vegetables from our own Farm, Pantrepant. So sorry to hear about the length of time for your check in, please be assured that this is not our GoldenEye standard and we do hope you will come back again and enjoy your time with us. We are not sure what trash you referred to nearby to the lagoon, but maybe it could have been the daily clean up of leaves that could have been nearby - again thank you so much for all your valuable feedback, we appreciate it so much. One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Celina G wrote a review May 2020
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution1 helpful vote
Long overdue review. We visited Goldeneye in November 2019 and from the moment we landed until the day we flew home, this experience left us feeling so extremely grateful! It begins with our Goldeneye driver Laurel, who was AMAZING!!! She made us feel right at home and gave us some great information/history about Jamaica and the resort itself. She was so lovely to chat with, it made the next 2 hours fly by! I loved hearing about the celebrities she knows who are frequent visitors to Goldeneye. We highly recommend her services if you're lucky enough to request her. Upon checking in to Goldeneye we were greeted by the loveliest staff including Fiona and the most breathtaking views I've ever seen. We were lucky to have a beach bungalow that overlooked the ocean that felt so surreal. Goldeneye's staff arranged some fun surprises during check-in for my husband's 40th birthday which included a delicious cake and a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate. The next seven days were just heaven! We ate THE MOST delicious fresh food, drank such wonderful cocktails and best of all, met the most beautiful people ever. We were treated like family and were able to participate in some special guest events including a moon lick with live music that just blew us away! If you are lucky to experience the Saturday evening "bbq", it is an event you will never forget. It is here where we met Chef Alex and his amazing seafood dishes! We loved his dish so much, he was kind enough to make it for us again another evening. It was just the best!!! My husband and I also fell in love with Button Beach and the jerk chicken we ate provided by the amazing Chef Nick. To die for!!! The resort was very private and some days felt like you had it all to yourself. It was the best of both worlds. We were able to visit James Bond beach which was a quick kayak ride away from our resort, just lovely!!! As a special birthday surprise for my husband, we were also able to visit the Ian Fleming Villa which was a dream come true for my James Bond fan of a husband. It was very nice to see Mr. Blackwell around the resort. As a huge Bob Marley fan, I am forever grateful to the man who introduced Bob Marley to the world! One tip I would give, if you are prone to mosquito bites, please be sure to protect yourself! Goldeneye is kind enough to provide you with mosquito repellent candles and various sprays in-room and around the resort, but be sure to keep your room doors closed during the peak mosquito times. They got me good lol! We have to give a special shoutout to the following staff that made our experience just fabulous----Laurel, Fiona, Chrisana, Nardia, Conroy, Chef Nick and Chef Alex. Just amazing people, we enjoyed all of our conversations with you! Thank you for making our stay a memorable one! I could go on for days about how wonderful our experience at Goldeneye was but it would not do it justice. You must go and experience it for yourself. One Love, The Garcia Family :)
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear celina429: What a lovely review, thank you so much! It was so wonderful to read especially how much you bonded with our team, and how we helped to make your husband's Birthday special. We love to spoil and pamper our guests, and one never knows what lovely happenings we have planned (like the MoonLick parties, Blackwell Rum parties or firefly visits) - all created to make you feel more connected with our property and true Jamaican hospitality. We will let everyone know your sentiments, and thank you for your valuable feedback...we have also taken note about your comment regarding the mosquitoes - yes there is a certain very short window of time in the evening's that they are out and about, and that is when we tend to have the turn down service in tact - which is effective! We hope to welcome you back to GoldenEye soon...soon! One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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MNSailors wrote a review Apr 2020
Hudson, Wisconsin45 contributions19 helpful votes
It was our first trip to Jamaica and we picked one of the nicest places on the island to kick off the trip. The resort is very private and so peaceful. It is a 2+ hour trip from Montego Bay but we got to see a lot of the north coast along the way. The food in the onsite restaurants has a local flavor and not a lot of variety so be sure to take advantage of the special dining night options like barbecue night, beach night and the rum party. Breakfast was included and was excellant. The drinks in the bar were really tasty but they match the pricing of the resort so be ready for the bar tab. We stayed in a beach hut unit. Very nice – loved the high peaked open ceilings, porch and the outdoor shower. The bed was to die for. The beaches are small and can get rough when the wind kicks up. Be sure and take advantage of the water sports in the bay and lagoon area. The service was great. We always felt special. The resort is small enough that you could get to know the staff and they get to know you.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Apr 15, 2020
Dear MNSailors: Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that you selected GoldenEye as your place to stay for your first time visit to Jamaica. The Beach Huts are indeed magical - we do get alot of positive feedback about the overall "Hut Life" barefoot luxury experience! We do hope to welcome you back soon again to your 'Jamaican home away from home.' One love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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win4444 wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts16 contributions6 helpful votes
Hello! We so enjoyed the "Eye". Great and the very welcoming staff! They don't know "no", everything is Ya Man!. Ricardo set the tone when he picked us at the Montego Bay Aiport and stopped at Scotchies for a jerk chicken lunch. Chantal is a great concierge and is a great help. All the staff at Bizot(Romaine, Chris, Nicholas, Aaron and Anita among others are the best in class. Loved the Fishfry on Sunday night at the Button Beach. The grounds are well kept. The spa(Yolanda) is very relaxing. The Gazebo(Glenroy is a great server) has world class food. The beach hut with a dune room is very unique. Loved it! We will to return when we can see the James Bond movie outdoors and experience the barbecue which was cancelled due to the world health issue at this time. We experienced most of what the resort has to offer but not everything which makes us want to return in the future. The management did a great job keeping the resort functioning during the past ten days. We would recommend a daily activity listing posted somewhere to inform the guests of what is happening and when so we can plan the day and evening. Stay Safe! The Z's
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Jeanine Tribley, Other at GoldenEye
Responded Mar 27, 2020
Dear win4444: Thank you so much for your recent review. We do appreciate all your kudos to our team, and about the property. Thank you for sharing your feedback on The Gazebo restaurant, it is much appreciated. We are making sure the details will be fine-tuned with regard to our GoldenEye activities - usually what happens in the Winter is that we add new & fun activities that come up, but do ensure our teams notify everyone by word of mouth and via our chalk-boards in certain areas. We do look forward to welcoming you back again soon again! One Love, Jeanine Tribley PR Manager
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Tobi-Rae wrote a review Mar 2020
Miami Beach, Florida20 contributions12 helpful votes
I had an opportunity to go to Jamaica to The Goldeneye Resort on a solo trip in February, 2020. I arrived in Montego Bay where there was a Goldeneye driver called Pops waiting for me with a sign and a warm welcoming smile. We began our nearly 2 hour commute across the north coastline towards the resort. Pops was very hospitable and every question or request I had for him, he shared his knowledge. I requested a quick lunch on the long transfer and he suggested a local cuisine hot spot called Scotchies. We stopped and had delicious slow cooked Jamaican jerk chicken and pork sampler, bammy (a yuca type vegetable) and a delicious local bread called festival that was a sweet corn bread flavored delight. Of course we added Jamaican hot sauce and I had a Red Stripe Beer. We enjoyed lunch and conversation and were soon enough back in route to Goldeneye. Upon arrival to the gated security guarded property I was mesmerized by the immaculate lush green grounds. A small winding road took you to the main guest office where I was greeted by the manager, Nejla Nourai. I have known Nejla for 20 years from New York and decided to come visit the place she was now operating. She gave me a tour of the property, the different beaches, restaurants, bars, spa and we welcomed my first sunset at Goldeneye Resort with a delicious “Black Passion” cocktail made with Blackwell Rum, who is the gentlemen that owns the resort as well as the rum brand. We enjoyed a Saturday night BBQ among many guests alongside Mr. Blackwell who were all open and friendly as we danced the evening away. The resort is rich with culture. There is a history of artist that have frequented the property for decades. Ian Fleming, the original owner of the property was the author of 12 of the James Bond 007 novels that were created and written in the main house. I stayed in Villa 12 which is on the lagoon. Sunday I woke up to the soothing sounds of rain. Some would be upset for rain on their holiday, but I quite enjoyed it. I live in Miami Beach, so, I have sun nearly everyday. What I do not have are the lush sounds of nature..birds, tree frogs, soft rain drops in the lagoon. It was so therapeutic. I ordered a breakfast service that was served in my covered porch and I enjoyed every beautiful moment of it! It’s a tropical climate, so, the rain never lasts long. After breakfast I enjoyed a hot shower outside in my private lush garden in the rain! That’s something you do not get to experience everyday! I walked the property taking in the many types of trees of all kinds planted by past guests and enjoying the tranquil simplistic beauty. The property has its own sustainable farm and produces farm to table seasonal fruits and vegetables, local fish and delicious Jamaican specialties which I highly recommend. Chef Anthony makes an Oxtail appetizer that is beyond delicious. All Villas are equipped with personal kayaks which I enjoyed cruising around the lagoon at my leisure. I could have stayed at this place for many more days, but I needed to be back at work in Miami early in the week. I am looking forward to returning to this pristine location in the near future. The sound of the waves and nature all around does something for the soul. I am inspired by this jewel and I am looking forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from GESOCIALMEDIAMGR, Public Relations Manager at GoldenEye
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear tobi-rae h: Thank you so much for your wonderful and detailed review of GoldenEye! We really appreciate you taking the time to write. We love that you enjoyed your stay from your arrival to the airport and drive with "Pops" to the welcome Blackwell Rum cocktail at GoldenEye! Also thrilled you loved the overall property and were able to experience all aspects of it. So many guests love the outdoor shower, thank you for mentioning this. The kayaking around the lagoon is one of the unique ways to really view the property, our lagoon is like a giant tranquil swimming pool and one of the main highlights of GoldenEye (besides the fact that you constantly feel as if you are on a James Bond movie set!) We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon again, to your Jamaican "home away from home..." One Love, Jeanine Tribley Public Relations Manager
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$577 - $1,454 (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 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.
What are some restaurants close to GoldenEye?
Conveniently located restaurants include James Bond Beach, Sugarpot Beach Bar & Restaurant, and Yummi Tummi.
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).