GoldenEye is perched on a seaside cliff, surrounded by secret coves, private beaches, tropical forests and an expansive lagoon. As the former home of renowned author Ian Fleming, this historic hideaway is one of Jamaica’s most iconic hotels. Today the resort embodies laidback luxury, giving you the chance to stay in the writer’s original Fleming Villa − or one of the neighbouring private villas, cottages or beach huts. The grounds offer two seafront pools, a waterfront spa and a sophisticated array of dining venues, and the extensive activities programme includes water sports, tennis and nature walks.

Covering 52-acres, the GoldenEye estate lies on Jamaica’s northern coast, around 13 miles outside of Ocho Rios. Tucked away in the less developed town of Oracabessa, the resort provides direct access to two private beaches and is situated just two miles from the white sands of James Bond Beach. The rainforest, rivers and impressive waterfalls at Dunn's River Falls are around 15 miles away, and the eco-friendly Mystic Mountain adventure park is of a similar distance. Montego Bay is the nearest airport, around 73 miles away, while Kingston-Norman Manley Airport is 78 miles from the property.

The rustic accommodation remains luxurious, and the more affordable One- and Two-Bedroom Beach Huts are dotted around a garden. They have simple but elegant interiors and views of the lush hillside, sea or beach. Many are raised above the ground on stilts, while the Two-Bedroom Beach Huts are spread across two storeys, creating an enhanced sense of privacy for groups or families with older children. Lagoon Cottages boast direct access to the lagoon from a private dock, which makes them ideal for water sports enthusiasts, while One- or Two-Bedroom Beach Villas provide direct beach access, along with an outdoor shower, vast dining veranda and full kitchen. The three original properties are very private and include separate bedroom and living areas, a kitchen, a veranda and a private outdoor shower and free-standing bathtub. The largest is Strangeways, an impressive three-bedroom oceanfront villa, situated on the clifftop with a private swimming pool and superb views across the Caribbean Sea. 

Accommodation details


Oracabessa Bay St. Mary

Check-in Details:

Normal Check-in: 15:00
Normal Check-out: 12:00


26.9 mi / 43.3 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Baby sitting
  • Spa
  • Concierge desk
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Ironing board
  • Currency exchange
  • Aerobics instruction
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Game room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Shop
  • Massage services
  • Safe deposit box
  • Live entertainment

Other facilities

Low Cay is the main white-sand beach, stretching 150 meters along the shore, and. the smaller Button Beach houses an authentic rum bar. Beach towels and sun loungers are provided free of charge, and trained water sports staff can assist you with kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding. You can also explore the coral reefs at Snorkeler’s Cove or enjoy complimentary glass-bottom boat tours along the coastline.

Swimmers can take a dip in the freshwater infinity pool towards the end of the beach or the eye-shaped saltwater pool edging the Caribbean Sea. However, the sprawling salt-and-spring water lagoon is the ultimate swimming spot with dazzling natural surroundings. From here, you can swim across to the tiny Santa Maria Island, an uninhabited piece of land in lagoon’s centre, or paddleboard to the spa cottage for herbal treatments, signature massages, salt scrubs and body wraps − many incorporating local products grown on the hotel’s own Pantrepant farm. Yoga, meditation and fitness classes are also available for a supplementary charge.

Elsewhere, you’ll find an open-air gym, a floodlit tennis court and a small gift shop. You might even be lucky enough to join a free guided tour of the famous Fleming villa, providing it remains unoccupied during your stay. Environmental-focused activities include nature walks, bird watching and tree planting. 

Dining information

Set beside the main beach, the casual Bizot Bar serves daily breakfast and lunch. You can start the day with fresh fruits, banana pancakes, waffles and made-to-order omelettes, followed by lunchtime salads, soups, burgers, local specialities and sweet treats. Bamboo Bar is the perfect spot for casual beachside drinking and dining. You can order barbequed jerk chicken and the grilled catch of the day here, or simply sip the local rum punch. You can also enjoy island cocktails or fruit smoothies at Shabeen, which boasts a rooftop lounge with panoramic sea views.

The Gazebo lounge and restaurant is set in the treetops, accessible via an illuminated bridge. This romantic venue opens for drinks and dinner and specialises in authentic Jamaican cuisine. Their dishes range from local curries to grilled seafood, and all incorporate fresh ingredients straight from the hotel’s organic farm. Private outdoor dining experiences and room service are also available. 

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