The Hidden Gem of the Caribbean – Goldeneye
We flew into Jamaica’s Montego Bay – just behind Hurricane Matthew, which thankfully, narrowly missed the Island.
Waiting for us at the entrance to the aircraft was our Club Mobay representative who took us past all the crowds, through a VIP immigration line. Within 20 minutes of landing we were in their club lounge with a Rum Punch in hand.
Our home for the week was Goldeneye, which is around a 2 hour drive from either Montego Bay or Kingston.
As we pulled up to the property the image I had painted in my head of a big long drive with trees either side, was soon erased. There was a big wrought iron gate with a hand painted sign saying simply “Private Property”.
A security guard appeared from nowhere and opened the big gates. It was dark by now, so the resort was under low lighting.
We were staying in one of the brand new beach huts and as we approached the cluster of accommodation, the pastel Caribbean colours were brought to life in the dark night by multi coloured lighting.
As we took the steps up to our new home, I could hear Bob Marley’s famous “One Love” song filling the night air. The music was coming from the high tech Sonos system which turns out is a feature throughout the resort.
The main focal point of the hexagonal shaped room was the big king size bed with a mosquito net covering every corner and a very modern “wet room” with his and hers showers.
The room has no air conditioning, so literally every corner has windows with Jalousies allowing you to have them open at night and feel the trade winds and hear the amazing wildlife this Caribbean Island has to offer.
The morning put a whole new perspective to Golden Eye. Originally the home to Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond, the resort is set over a huge area. The beach villas are at one end of the resort with the lagoon villas in the middle and then the 2 & 3 bed villas at the top end of the resort. The “Old Lady”, the actual 5 bedroom Goldeneye Villa sits in a commanding position keeping an eye “on her pride and joy”.
My first Jamaican Breakfast was taken at the Bizot Bar overlooking the Caribbean sea and I must say it was just sublime. A wide choice of food on the menu, it was all served by some of the most interesting characters that I have been fortunate to meet. Many mornings my breakfast was delivered by a member of staff that sung and danced their way to and from the table.
The Bizot bar at night becomes the place to meet pre and post dinner or somewhere to eat a lighter evening meal.
The remaining restaurant called Gazebo is at the top of the resort and is built in a “tree house style” and offers fine dining and is open for dinner.
Our days in Jamaica were very strenuous – moving between the two beaches and drinking Blackwell Rum – however if you are more of the active type, then there are many water and land activities that will keep you busy.
The owner of Goldeneye is Chris Blackwell and you can see his attention to detail on building Goldeneye. It is exclusive, hidden, relaxed and desirable. It has not been built like any other hotel I have come across. I would say Mr. Blackwell has designed it the way he has wanted to and not given into demands of the “naive tourist”.
I believe you have to “buy into” the resort and see it as a private members club, rather than a hotel.
Clients who are unable to do this are better off staying at a mainstream chain, where their demands for functionality and normality will be met.
However, if you have an open-mind and want to totally relax then you will find one of the most special places in the Caribbean – I will guarantee that.
Rob stayed in one of the one bedroom tall beach huts in October 2016. If you have any questions for Rob he can be reached on 07791 531696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL OFFER: – For all clients booking Goldeneye through Triangle Travel you will receive a free bottle of Blackwell Rum and one free spa treatment per Adult per stay.
7 NIGHTS PRICES START FROM £2,029 per person in low season, based on 2 adults sharing a One Bedroom Beach Hut, including breakfast, return scheduled flights to Montego Bay and private transfers.