This resort is truly beautiful, however, not without a few glitches. We have just got back from a trip, stayed in Lagoon Suite 10, which personally I think is one of the best placed suites as you get a great view of the little island in the lagoon, the spa and just round the corner you can hear the sea. We read most of the reviews before travelling and I'd say they are pretty accurate, I thought maybe some were a little negative regarding the noise, but as you'll see this was mainly justified.
What Goldeneye has got going for it is a beautiful location, great staff, really well decorated and styled suites all topped off with great food. A few negatives:
The noise is an issue for lagoon suites, I imagine it's not an issue at all for the beach suites. The night creatures can easily be blocked out, but the bar on a Friday and Saturday is incredibly loud until 2am. Thankfully someone had suggested ear plugs so I did take some with me and boy did I need them!
Housekeeping schedules are a bit of an issue, we didn't have great weather so were either in our room or on our porch a lot of the time and despite going for breakfast, lunch and dinner at either Bizot or the Gazebo they always managed to come to clean the room or turn down the beds when we were in the room, which did get a little irritating.
The lagoon suites have a private pontoon for sun bathing and the launch of your kayaks (which were really fun), however, ours didn't link to our suite so if you went for a swim you would have to get out onto the porch, walk through your room soaking wet, out of the door and over some little stones to get back to your sun lounger. This is a simple fix for the resort as they could easily join the porch steps and pontoon up with a little bridge way.
A few discrepancies in the dining, specials weren't offered everyday and we only found out about our daily complimentary drink on about day four!! They ran out of bananas and mint whilst we were there too!!
I can understand you might read this and think me a little picky, however, when they are selling themselves as an exclusive resort these are the things you'd expect to be perfect. We really had an amazing time and would go back for sure, mainly because we were so welcomed by each and every member of staff.
- 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