|The Fleming Villa has direct access to the private Fleming Beach.|
Bond, James Bond. It’s just one of many iconic 007 quips made famous by the likes of Sean Connery and Roger Moore through Ian Fleming’s narrative. Now, the author’s Jamaica home is opening as a luxury resort on November 12. GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, in Oracabessa Bay on Jamaica’s north coast, will have 22 units: nine Beach Cottages, two Lagoon Cottages, six Lagoon Suites, Fleming’s original villa and four villas built by Chris Blackwell, the hotel’s owner and founder of Island Records (think Bob Marley).
The Island Outpost resort was the former home of Fleming and the location where he penned all 14 James Bond novels. (Fleming’s original desk still sits in his former villa). For decades, the hideaway hosted glitterati from Michael Caine to Johnny Depp.
Top Digs: The Fleming Villa accommodates groups of up to 10 guests and features the original three-bedroom home, plus two new poolside cottages, a private swimming pool, media room, bar and direct access to the private Fleming Beach. The Lagoon Suites extend four feet out over the resort’s signature lagoon and appear to be floating. The barefoot-chic one- and two-bedroom Beach Cottages, situated on Low Cay Beach, open directly onto the sand. With a nod to Blackwell’s history in the music industry, all accommodations feature a Logitech Squeezebox sound system that is stocked with a catalogue of Island Records-produced music.
Top Table: The menus at GoldenEye’s two new restaurants are created in classic Jamaican style. On the western arm of Low Cay Beach is GoldenEye’s beach casual restaurant, Bizot Bar. The Gazebo features an all-day lounge and an evening-only restaurant serving up local fare.
Getting There: Montego Bay is one-and-a-half hours from the resort. Best Bet: Fly clients into nearby Boscobel Aerodrome (soon to be renamed Ian Fleming International Airport and 20 minutes from GoldenEye), which accepts private planes.
Luxury travel advisors can contact General Manager Jenny Wood (876-975-3354) with questions.