Escape to… Goldeneye | Orcabessa, Jamaica

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.

circular wooden hut interior with beds and tropical forest and ocean views

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.

Golden Eye

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Distance from Airport:  Montego Bay Intl Airport (MBJ) approx. 1hr-30 mins. away

Brightly painted beach hut on stilts in a forest setting

Goldeneye in Oracabessa Bay Jamaica makes a wonderful island “Escape”. Perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary, or family retreat experience.  Ready to plan your Goldeneye “Escape”  contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com!

P.S.  For the Ultimate James Bond Fan

AN ISLAND UNTO ITSELF. 
The Fleming Villa along with its satellite cottages, Pool House and Sweet Spot is all about privacy. Your own private beach, your own pool, and tropical garden.

Located 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios and an 8-minute drive from Ian Fleming International Airport  this 5 bedroom villa was Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat and where he wrote all 14 of the James Bond novels.

The villa features the original three bedrooms and two stand alone guest cottages (sleeps up to 10).

The villa comes with its own dedicated staff that includes a butler, housekeeper and cook.

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