Spa of the month – GoldenEye, JamaicaIf you’re looking for a laid back Caribbean
experience with a bit of celebrity magic thrown in, GoldenEye might be just the
place for you. Located in Oracabessa on the north coast of Kamaica, GoldenEye
is the quintessential cool resort. The property began life as a villa built by
lan Flemming in 1949, which is still available to rent, complete with the desk
where he wrote his 14 James Bond novels.
GoldenEye is an exclusive resort with private villas and cottages set around a
lagoon. Since 1956, when the then British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his
wife stayed with Fleming, visitors have been adding to the plantation. Each
donated tree has a plague and nowadays you are likely to see Jay-Z’s or Kate
Moss’s names among the foliage. The money is donated to the Oracabessa
Foundation which supports the local village.
We were greeted by the charming concierge,
Clayton, with the infamous GoldenEye welcome cocktail, ready on a tray. And,
walking through the reception (which doubles as a library) and sipping our
delicious frozen drinks, the iconic black and white photos and memorabilia
transported us back to the glamour of post-war Jamaica and made us feel like
part of Fleming’s celebrity set.
is an exclusive resort with private villas and cottages set around a lagoon.
the stylish cottages and suites are designed by Ann Hodges, Jamaica’s leading
architect, and interior decorator Barbara Hulanicki, who founded Biba. It’s all
state-of-the-art, from the kitchens to the WiFi and LED TC to the Logitech
Squeezebox sound system.
I loved the privacy of the lagoon suites,
and stepping out onto the beach from the villas was even better.
all state-of-the-art, from the kitchens to the WiFi and LED TC to the Logitech
Squeezebox sound system.
The fieldspa: With its lagoon-edge location and open-to-the-air treatment rooms,
the spa is a sanctuary for massage, salt scrubs , skin brightening facials,
herbal wraps and energy work. Guests can kayak or swim through the lagoon to
arrive there. The spa menu is extensive and includes meditation.
I opted for the Warming Ginger and Pimento
deep-tissue massage. The pimento, ginger and leaf of life sued in the oil are
grown at GoldenEye’s farm, Pantrepant.
spa menu is extensive and includes meditation.
Watersports available include kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling,
glass-bottom boat rides and jet skiing. You can play tennis )a tennis pro is
available on request) and even do some core training or an early morning run to
work off the cocktails. And if you have energy still to burn, you can go
mountain biking. I decided to skip all the activity and went for an early
morning fishing trip instead with the local Oracabessa Bay fishermen. You can
end the day with sunset yoga.
available include kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, glass-bottom boat
rides and jet skiing.
are two restaurants at GoldenEye; the Bizot Bar on the beach has a seasonal,
local menu with favorites such as ackee and saltfish and spicy jerk chicken.
One if the best dishes I ate was the coconut shrimp and mixed salad. The newly
designed Gazebo is more formal and built like the tree house. It serves a more
international menu such as grilled lobster tail and seasoned rack of lamb and
has a good wine list. The cocktails are delicious – and strong!