Fleming's Goldeneye resort remodeled and opening in October
The new GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, nestled in the village of Oracabessa Bay on Jamaicaâs North Coast, will open this October on 10.10.10, reports Hotel Interactive
. The Island Outpost property is owned by Chris Blackwell, Jamaica-raised founder of Island Records. GoldenEye was the Jamaica home of author Ian Fleming and the location where he penned all 14 James Bond novels. Flemingâs original desk still stands in his former villa today. For decades, this hideaway played host to the glitterati and literati â writers, musicians and heads of state. Through careful preservation, and a discerning approach to completing the retreat, Blackwell has ensured that the relaxed allure of Ian Flemingâs GoldenEye endures. Set along a pristine coast, with secluded beaches, among lush tropical gardens and around the calm waters of the propertyâs lagoon, the 52-acre estate now encompasses 23 units â 11 new Beach Cottages, six new Lagoon Suites, Flemingâs original villa and the five villas built by Blackwell.
GoldenEye provides simple, contemporary Jamaican-style luxury, while preserving the iconic romance of the propertyâs past. The Fleming Villa accommodates groups of up to 10 guests, featuring the original three-bedroom home, plus two new poolside cottages; a private swimming pool, media room and bar, sunken garden and direct access to the private Fleming Beach. The collection of five original villas built by Blackwell, which range from one-to three-bedroom units, have also been artfully refit and updated. The innovative design team behind Blackwellâs original villas, Ann Hodges, Jamaicaâs leading architect, and Barbara Hulanicki, renowned interior designer, were called upon to design and decorate the new accommodations, so as to perfectly blend with the propertyâs existing footprint. The Lagoon Suites extend four feet out over the resortâs signature lagoon and appear to be floating. Each Lagoon Suite provides guests with direct access to the water from a private dock and also features a secluded garden with outdoor lounge. The barefoot-chic one- and two-bedroom Beach Cottages, situated on Low Cay Beach, open directly onto the sand. All villas, cottages and suites are outfitted with custom-designed furniture, bath and beauty products made using local wild-grown botanicals, and Royal Hutâs fine handmade linens. With a nod to Blackwellâs illustrious history in the music industry, all accommodations feature a Logitech Squeezebox sound system that is stocked with a catalogue of Island Records-produced music. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property.
I-tal food means fresh from the sea or tree. The menus at GoldenEyeâs two new restaurants, headed up by Chef Conroy Arnold, are created in this classic Jamaican style and deliver a bounty of local specialties prepared in soulful tradition. Perched on the western arm of Low Cay Beach is GoldenEyeâs beach casual restaurant, Le Bar Bizot. Le Bar Bizot is named after Jean-Francois Bizot (1944-2007), the journalist, musical taste-maker, founder of the Paris-based world music radio station, Radio Nova â and great friend of Chris Blackwell â who often visited GoldenEye. Located steps from the beach and beachside fresh- and sea-water swimming pools, guests can partake of light bites, exotic cocktails and international wines. All will be served to the cool sounds of Radio Nova in Paris that will be regularly played at Le Bar Bizot.
The resortâs second restaurant âThe Gazebo â features an all-day lounge and an evening-only restaurant, serving up local fare with an international twist. Located high on the eastern bank of the lagoon entrance, overlooking the calm lagoon waters and Low Cay beach beyond, The Gazeboâs west-facing view is the ideal setting to take in the fiery Caribbean sunsets.
Island Inspired Activities
Jamaican Olympic tri-athlete, Iona Wynter, will lead the activities programming. Wynterâs fun, fitness-focused experiences range from bay rafting and Jet Ski Leg & Ab workouts, to Stretch & Snorkel classes and triathlon training. Uniquely inspirational and experiential activities include moon yoga, Jamaican dance, coral restoration and stargazing. A range of relaxing and uplifting beauty and body therapies using locally farm- and wild-grown herbs and flowers will also be available to guests.
Rack rates start at US$560 per night during low season and US$840 during high season, and include full breakfast. Limited-time introductory rates will be on offer during the opening period and will feature special discounts and unique complimentary experiences.
For more information please visit www.GoldenEye.com
For reservations please call 1-(800)-OUTPOST
GoldenEye Insider Info:
- A Commander in the British Navy, the illustrious resort is named after one of Flemingâs World War II missions, Operation GoldenEye.
- Michael Caine, Kate Moss, Quincy Jones, Johnny Depp and Bill & Hilary Clinton are among those who have planted trees at the resort following a tradition started by Anthony Eden, Englandâs Prime Minister in the 50s. Guests can continue the custom with a $1,000 donation to the Oracabessa Foundation, the GoldenEye-supported charity which educates and encourages sustainable development in the local community.
About Island Outpost
Island Outpost is Chris Blackwellâs collection of award-winning hotels and villas in Jamaica. Besides Ian Flemingâs retreat, GoldenEye, additional properties include, Strawberry Hill; The Caves; Jakes and Geejam resorts. Each Island Outpost property has its own singular sense of style â with stunning natural settings and locally-inspired architecture and design â and provides distinct, personalized and authentic local experiences. Guests are treated to only the highest levels of service and a host of beauty and fitness amenities and experiential activities. With sustainable and responsible practices at their core, Island Outpost properties operate in support and harmony with the surrounding environment and the communities in which they are located.
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