My wife & I have stayed at several luxury resorts, and I have even worked at numerous others, but I have never before felt compelled to write a review. With Goldeneye however, we truly felt as if we experienced something unique.
As with anything else that is truly elegant, Goldeneye concentrates less on flashy amenity, and more on a subtle sense of luxury and comfort. I have honestly never experienced a place as tranquil, while at the same time, in an atmosphere of a vibrant island full of energy. The resort is small enough, that even though we were told it was full at least one night we were there, it felt as we were the only ones there.
Everything, from the villas, to the spa, to the restaurants, and even the beaches, feel as if they were all carefully designed to ensure they did not impact the natural tranquility of the environment. The villas are large and well appointed (the outdoor shower is something everyone should experience). The spa is honestly what every spa I have ever been to attempts to simulate. There is no need for spa music in the background, as nature provides the soundtrack. The restaurant serves locally sourced food that is fantastic. The lagoon is one of the true treasures of this property, as it is truly a serene playground right in your back yard.
The staff and service are incredible, and again with a sense of subtlety. There is no specific butler for each guest or villa, but that is because every member of the staff is empowered to handle whatever you ask. They also have the friendly presence of Jamaica, and even if you are only there for a day you will get to know them.
Finally, the history of this property is again elegantly presented. It is not in your face, but should you choose, you can learn about this history from Ian Fleming to Chris Blackwell, and if it is open, even ask to tour the Fleming Villa.
To sum it up, there are many resorts that can present beautiful beaches and a relaxing atmosphere, but this is the first we have found that places all of that in an authentic Jamaican package, abject of pretension, and wholly designed to be a true island getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goldeneye Hotel Oracabessa
- Goldeneye Hotel Ocho Rios
- Goldeneye Resort Ocho Rios
- GoldenEye Jamaica/Oracabessa