GoldenEye History, Part One: Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming first came to Jamaica during WWII, sent by Naval Intelligence to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. It was difficult for him to keep his mind on the war, such was the beauty of the place and its people. It was love at first glance. Paradise on earth. He knew that when the war ended, it was there that he would live out his life, in the sun, by the sea. He had visited a property on the sea in the little village of Oracabessa Bay, which means “golden head.” By chance he had been working on a naval operation called GoldenEye. He bought the property, and when the war ended, built his dream house–a perfect place to heal the psychic wounds of war and escape the civility of civilization. Above all it was a place to dream. And it was at GoldenEye that he dreamed up James Bond, 007, who turned out to be an escape for millions of readers.
GoldenEye History, Part Two: Chris Blackwell
If any man is an island it’s Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records in 1959. A brilliantly independent label just off the coast of the music industry, Island did more to change the cultural landscape than any record label in history. Island Records brought reggae music to the world outside Jamaica, with Blackwell himself producing Bob Marley and the Wailers. Island broke British acts like Traffic, Bad Company, ELP, Free, Fairport Convention, King Crimson, and the greatest of world music from the Irish traditionalists The Chieftains to Africans like King Sunny Ade. It brought us such independent spirits as Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Sparks, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and that Irish band, U2. Blackwell purchased GoldenEye from the Fleming estate in 1976. Since then, he has grown the original 19 acre property, with just Fleming’s Villa, into a 52-acre world class property that is the flagship of Blackwell’s Island Outpost properties.
Fleming Villa- Fleming Villa is like an island unto itself. Looking for privacy? Fleming Villa (along with its satellite cottages, Pool House and Sweet Spot) is all about privacy. Your own beach—and, of course, your own pool, gardens, and staff. Walk over to GoldenEye for a spa treatment, for sunset cocktails at the Bizot Bar, for dinner at the Gazebo. Walk back to Fleming Villa and, again, you’re secluded. Removed from it all. Really, it’s the best of all worlds—and, the very best of ours. Of course, there’s the history. Fleming, and his character, Bond. James Bond. If these walls could talk they’d tell tales of artists and writers, spies and seducers. The romantic atmosphere is palpable. The vibe, utterly relaxing, though you may feel the inspiration that lives here, still.
Two Bedroom Villas- Four of the Two Bedroom villas are located directly on Low Cay Beach and one is located on the lagoon. With their large porches (upstairs and downstairs), louvred windows and double doors, these private accommodations are constructed for year-round indoor/outdoor living.
One Bedroom Villas- Five One Bedroom Beach Villas open directly onto Low Cay Beach. The One Bedroom Lagoon Villa sits directly on GoldenEye’s four-acre signature lagoon. All feature a large porch, wooden louvred windows and wide double doors. These private accommodations invite the kind of indoor/outdoor living GoldenEye is famous for.
Lagoon Cottages -Each Lagoon Cottage has its own private dock extending four feet over the lagoon and a brightly colored kayak that’s tied up and waiting for you. Each cottage is built into lush natural landscape with direct access to the lagoon from your veranda. All are just steps away from Low Cay Beach.
Our menus feature a bounty of local specialties, from Jamaican-style ackee and saltfish to spicy jerk chicken with rice and peas as well as glorious seasonal fruits and sumptuous desserts.
Bizot Bar – On the beach or by the sea!
On the western arm of Low Cay Beach, Bizot Bar is the spot for stylish low key dining. Located just steps from the sea and our fresh water swimming pool, Bizot Bar serves breakfast and lunch that includes fresh salads, yummy burgers and tasty pastas, as well as famously authentic and delicious Jamaican specialties.
The Bizot Bar is named for French counter-culture connoisseur, Jean-Francois Bizot (1944 – 2007). A journalist and music tastemaker, Bizot founded Radio Nova in Paris and introduced World Music to French audiences. At Bizot Bar, we introduce you to the sounds of Radio Nova, broadcast from France.
The Gazebo – In the trees
Built in an aerie, tree house-style, the newly designed Gazebo (with lounge and restaurant) serves up dishes with an international flavor. Overlooking both Low Cay Beach and The Lagoon, the Gazebo is the sexy, open-air spot to enjoy cocktails while watching fiery Caribbean sunsets. Dishes range from grilled lobster tail to seasoned rack of lamb, complemented with an international wine list.
In Room Dining – For a really delicious treat, try our in-room dining! We’ll deliver breakfast on the veranda of your Lagoon Villa or set a romantic dinner on the porch of your Beach Villa. You decide, we’ll make it happen!
Outdoor Dining – Private dining by candlelight on the far edge of the Peninsula? Torch-lit beach BBQ with all the Jamaican fixings? Use your imagination and we’ll keep it cooking!
Fun in the Sun, Play on Land, Splash in the Sea
The four-acre Lagoon, the centerpiece of GoldenEye, was created when Oracabessa was a banana port. Today it forms a peaceful ring around Santa Maria Island and extends under the GoldenEye bridge and into the Bay. GoldenEye’s main beach, Low Cay, is 500 feet of smooth sand that’s ideal for sunning, relaxing and swimming. Our fun, fitness-focused experiences include lagoon rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and core balance and strength instruction. Guests can also mountain bike to Firefly, play tennis, or simply jog along the coast. Other uniquely inspirational and experiential activities are available, including sunset yoga, and coral restoration.
To spend time in our FieldSpa is to exist in a more mindful and peaceful tempo, a cadence that allows us to breathe more deeply, live more slowly and more fully when returning to work and home. With its lagoon';s edge cottage and open-to-the air treatment rooms, our spa without walls is a sanctuary for massage, salt scrubs, skin brightening facials, herbal wraps, and energy work. So built into the natural landscape, guests can kayak or swim through the lagoon to arrive at the spa. In room treatments are also available. The fieldSpa shares an approach to living that enlivens with energy, happiness, and health. Click hereto see the Spa menu.
Nearest Airport: Boscobel (OCJ) 20 mi/32 km
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