Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye Resort Celebrates 60 Years Of James Bond – Forbes


Q would certainly be inspired by the scenery at GoldenEye in Jamaica, where Ian Fleming penned his … [+] famous James Bond novels.
This year marks the 60th year of Bond—James Bond. What better place to celebrate than GoldenEye, the lush Jamaican hideaway where Ian Fleming wrote all fourteen 007 novels? Travelers who book a minimum four-night stay from right now until December 19 will unlock 30 % off accommodations, among other perks. Go to the source of Fleming’s literary inspiration by booking the five-bedroom villa that the author built and resided in as he penned classics like Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.
I think Q would approve.
Once the Jamaica home of renowned author Ian Fleming, GoldenEye was developed by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell, and opened as a resort in 2011. GoldenEye is home to private beaches, secret coves, a seawater lagoon and The Fleming Villa (where all 14 James Bond books were written). There are four dining options (The Gazebo, Bizot Bar, Shabeen and the Bamboo Bar) and accommodations that include Beach and Lagoon Villas, Lagoon Cottages, Beach Huts and an ocean front villa. GoldenEye is located 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios. It’s 90-minutes by car from Montego Bay Airport and an eight-minute drive from Ian Fleming International (private aviation only).
Fleming’s original desk still stands in his former villa today. For decades, this hideaway played host to the glitterati and literati – 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 Fleming’s GoldenEye endures. Set into the pristine coastline, with secluded beaches, lush tropical gardens and the calm waters of a private lagoon, the 52-acre estate now encompasses 45 units.
Your password to enter GoldenEye is “Bond. James Bond.”
GoldenEye features one fresh and one saltwater swimming pool, in addition to the resort’s swimmable lagoon and Low Cay beach, which are sure to wow you – remember to bring your tube! Plus it offers:
· On-site flood-lit tennis courts that allow for day or night play, with a tennis pro available on request
· Complimentary activities that include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, bird watching, garden walks, and sunset yoga
· Activities such as deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, speed boating and catamaran trips, which can all be arranged
· Wellness and fitness activities such as private yoga instruction, core training, and runs and bike rides around the local
Don’t miss FieldSpa at GoldenEye , which is the hub of the resort’s beauty, relaxation and wellness offerings and experiences. A range of revitalizing and uplifting massage therapies, salt scrubs, skin brightening facials, herbal wraps, and energy work is available using herbs and flowers grown on-site and impressively, sourced from Blackwell’s farm, Pantrepant. The lagoon-side spa features three open-air treatment rooms, one of which can accommodate couples, and can be reached by land or lagoon. Yes, guests can swim, kayak or paddle board to their FieldSpa appointment. Massages can also be offered in-room.
As a guest of GoldenEye, you’ll celebrate 60 years of Bond in killer style. A complimentary arrival cocktail will set the tone, followed by a bottle of Bollinger Champagne and a flask of Blackwell rum in the room. When you’re not lounging on the golden sounds or strolling the gardens where Fleming sought inspiration, enjoy complimentary use of the tennis court, non-motorized water sports, and the fitness course. (Starting from $575 per night.)
The 60th Anniversary package is one of GoldenEye’s many offers for this year. Others include License To Chill, an exclusive promotion that gives guests $500 to put toward dining during five-night minimum stays. (The Booking window: now to December 14, 2022).
There’s also the Hut Life offer, where you can reserve four nights for the price of three (or seven nights for the price of five) in a Beach Hut—owner Chris Blackwell’s preferred accommodation—some of which have private verandas, outdoor showers, and claw foot tubs set amid lush gardens.
You’ll receive inimitable hut hospitality faster than you can say, “Holly Goodhead. I’m sure.”
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