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Anyone with even a passing interest in James Bond (ie: 90% of the male population and a good proportion of the female one, too) should stay at GoldenEye. Sweeping statement for sure, but this was where author Ian Fleming created and wrote 13 of the 007 novels that spawned an international phenomenon.
True to style, the place feels like a Bond baddie's perfect Caribbean lair, all private beaches, luxurious pools (sharks not included, fortunately), state of the art technology, a cave and even a lagoon that's home to paddle boards and jetskis - rather than miniature nuclear submarines.
There are 21 cottages and villas, including Fleming's own, which are decked out in understated hardwoods and linens and all of which can be booked on any basis up to fully inclusive.
The resort also offers 26 cool, compact and colourful Beach Huts. The Huts are more boho-chic than backpacker, cooled by natural sea breezes flowing through oversized windows, and furnished with GoldenEye's signature locally made furniture.
Guests can eat at either the Gazebo, an open air tree house-style restaurant serving international favourites and seafood, or at the Bizot Bar on the seafront, which specialises in Jamaican cuisine. Romantics can also arrange for private dinners at various gorgeous spots around the hotel grounds.
GoldenEye's beaches are a main attraction and include the 200 yard long Low Cay, but for more active guests there are paddleboards to borrow and a tennis court while there are further literary connections possible with a visit to nearby Firefly, Noel Coward's one time Caribbean haunt.
After all that activity, the award winning FieldSpa at GoldenEye is on hand to massage guests into a state of spa bliss. The three open-air treatment rooms are located on the edge of the lagoon, allowing guests to walk, swim or kayak to their spa cabana.
Why we love it
Aside from the obvious literary connection, GoldenEye also has a musical connection thanks to current owner Chris Blackwell, legendary producer and owner of Island Records. All guests receive a complimentary bottle of Blackwell Rum on arrival.