GoldenEye is not an ordinary hotel, but a collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts. Each is set amid tropical gardens, private beaches and secluded coves—a Jamaica home away from home. GoldenEye is a place. A mindset. A far-reaching myth in the collective imagination. And yet, GoldenEye couldn’t exist anywhere in the world—except, of course, exactly where it is…
Artists and writers. Spies and seducers. Their stories are as much a part of this place as the ancient tangle of vines and trees that have made GoldenEye a jungle garden of incredible diversity.
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Goldeneye is AMAZING! We have stayed in the nicest hotels all over the world and goldeneye is super special! Perfect with or without kids, our last stay we brought both girls and stayed in the villa on the beach, your literally steps to the sand and the food is INCREDIBLE! Chef Alex is amazing! Laurel is the most amazing loving employee, she is filled with ideas of exploring Jamaica and the rich proud history of the country and goldeneye property. Every single person who works there from the cleaning staff, to the life guards to the restaurant staff are such special helpful caring people. It’s a true gem filled with love, one love Goldeneye
Wow. This place is a paradise. There are so many spaces to swim and relax. I loved swimming in the lagoon most of all, and the fact that there are so many different types of accommodation - beach huts, villas, near the bays or on the lagoon. I will definitely return as soon as I can! The staff are wonderful and the food is amazing - we (my family and I) had some of the nicest croissants and bakery items we've ever tried, as well as traditional Jamaican dishes such as ackee and dumplings, pumpkin rice and callaloo. A beautiful place to feed your soul. There is a spa too where they offer wonderful massages, and the history of the resort re Ian Fleming and James Bond is very interesting.
Since I first read about GoldenEye some 15 years ago, I've always earmarked it to be a place that I had to experience on an occasion of importance. I've been a life-long Bond fan, so the property already had its own mystique to me that was only compounded by reading reviews over the years. Finally, on the eve of my 40th birthday, our car entered the unmarked gates of the resort. As we wound down the main driveway, we were met at its conclusion with a very pleasant welcome party. Our bags were promptly sent off to our room, and we walked past several trees planted by donors to the Oracabessa Foundation. After a brief chat at reception, were taken across the bridge that spans where the lagoon meets the ocean. From that moment on, nearly every expectation was exceeded. Our room was a lagoon cottage, and can easily say was one of the most impressive places I've ever stayed. Every morning we woke up and had coffee as a sea turtle played and ate 40 feet away. The bed was large and comfortable. The outdoor shower was private and refreshing. And the ability to jump on a kayak at any time was a real treat. As it appeared much of the property was going through a maintenance cycle, we felt as if we were quite isolated and in a private area all to ourselves. Perfect for a romantic getaway. We preferred the Bamboo Bar off of Button Beach to the main Bizot bar, but more on that later. The Jerk at the Bamboo bar was phenomenal, and the staff was willing to make arrangements to send an additional meal to us for dinner at the end of the business hours. We both enjoyed it on our porch overlooking the water. The only qualm I really had was dinner the first night. Whether due to the storms churned up from Hurricane Ian or some other natural pattern, we were hit by what the waiters called "water bugs". It was nearly impossible to eat our $150 meal, as they were constantly landing in our food during Caribbean night. At first we were moved from the Bizot bar, down to the darker tables near the GoldenEye pool, but it barely helped. We left our table promptly after paying, somewhat puzzled that nothing else was really done about it. In short, it really is as magical of a place as the reviews tell you. You are paying a premium, and you get a premium experience for that. I'm glad I spent my 40th birthday here.