In May’s Lust List, I wrote about Goldeneye, an exclusive resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica. I saw it featured on the Travel Channel show Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches and had lusted for a visit ever since. A few weeks ago during my vacation in Jamaica, I had the chance to stop in for lunch and a tour of the property — and it was everything I expected and more. I shouldn’t have been surprised though, as Goldeneye is another member of the Island Outpost group of hotels. Started by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Island Outpost has some of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean (the Caves is one as well).
Given that it was James Bond author Ian Fleming‘s home, the property does have a certain element of mystery. It’s a long stretch of uninterrupted nature right on the water, with trees and beaches as far as my eyes could see. With only 4 villas and a main dining area, it can be as private or social as you’d like. Goldeneye owns several jet skis and a glass-bottom boat for guests to venture with. There are even secluded beaches that can only be reached by water! As for the cuisine there, my lunch was amazingly delicious Jamaican food, including curry goat (which my boyfriend deemed the best we ever had in Jamaica) and jerk chicken. But the jewel of the property is definitely the Fleming Villa, the author’s personal residence. With multiple bedrooms and a private cove beach, it would make for an unforgettable experience with your friends or loved ones.
So now I’ve got some good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that Goldeneye will be closing soon. The good news? It’s closing to develop some of the surrounding acres of the property and building more villas for guests. Keep up with the development schedule at goldeneyedevelopment.com as when it reopens, it’s definitely the place you’ll want to see and be seen in the Caribbean. For some of the photos I took during my sadly too brief visit, keep reading on… (I’m particularly fond of my food pictures, as it makes me really miss Jamaican food!)
We were welcomed with the signature Goldeneye drink — blended with Blackwell Rum, yum!
The view out from the dining area. Loving the gorgeous waters!
Curry goat, a traditional Jamaican dish. So delicious and tender.
Yummy layer cake for dessert. Dessert with every lunch is something I can get used to!
Boats & jet skis. I also really like the piers.
View of the Fleming Villa from out on the water. Yes, the entire property is that lush!
The Fleming Villa up close!
Photos © The Daily Obsession