In 1942 the debonair Englishman, Commander Ian Fleming was sent to Jamaica by Britain’s naval intelligence service on a secret mission. Fleming was in Jamaica only three days but wrote soon afterwards: “I have made up my mind. I’m going to live the rest of my life in Jamaica.”
The first James Bond book, Casino Royale was written at GoldenEye during the winter of 1952 and established a pattern that continues for the next 12 years. The peace and privacy of Jamaica allowed Fleming to draw on his own experiences, his fascination with military gadgets, his sharp wit and dry arrogance to create 20th century’s most successful action hero – agent 007 James Bond.
After Fleming’s death in 1964, GoldenEye remained a part of the family estate until Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records, acquired by default. Blackwell’s deep attachment to Jamaica extends well beyond resorts to include the restoration of Noel Coward’s Firefly, the building and development of Island Village and much more.
Today, this 52-acre haute hideaway features 28 airy rooms dispersed among 19 villas and cottages, each adorned with custom furnishings, deep-soaking clawfoot tubs and high-end sound systems. Kayak or swim to the open-air spa for a salt scrub or meditation session, then head to the treehouse-style Gazebo for grilled lobster tail and glorious sunsets. Playful excursions include everything from sunrise fishing to twilight yoga, garden walks to Jet Ski safaris.
-All 14 Bond novels were written at GoldenEye, although only 3 have parts set in Jamaica.
-The ultra-private, five-bedroom Fleming Villa includes two satellite cottages, a pool and private beach. You’ll find the author’s original writing desk in the master bedroom.
When you book Goldeneye through McCabe World Travel, a proud member of Virtuoso, you will receive the following amenities:
-One $100 USD equivalent resort credit per stay
– For Virtuoso guests purchasing optional meal plan: One dinner for 2 in a local restaurant (not including beverages, taxes, or gratuities) once during stay
– Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guest
– Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability