by Lissa Poirot
Cue the James Bond music. Formerly the home of 007 author Ian Fleming, today GoldenEye is a secluded and private resort with Fleming’s home serving as a villa, as well as cottages and a pool house available for families to enjoy. Original villas offer one- and three-bedroom options on the property’s seaside bluff, tucked away but just a short walk to the beach and restaurant. Beach and Lagoon Villas are located directly on the property’s Low Cay Beach, which overlooks a 4-acre lagoon. Lagoon cottages have private docks for kayaks and boats, and come with an array of amenities. Smaller beach huts with indoor and outdoor walls are also available. The resort’s seclusion allows for families to book different accommodations for kids and parents to provide each other with space. Onsite dining is available at the Gazebo, a treehouse restaurant overlooking the beach, and the Bizot Bar beach spot for breakfast and lunch.
For kids, the resort’s 30 acres becomes their playground, with gardens, woods, beaches, lagoons and caves to explore. Organized activities include jewelry and doll making, art classes, coconut carving and water sports adventures. DVD rentals are available, as well. Other activities for the entire family include tennis, backgammon and water sports like standup paddle boarding, snorkeling and jet skiing. This resort promotes relaxation outdoors and welcomes guests to explore the property.
Our Editor Loves
- Private 30-acre resort
- Property of Ian Fleming of James Bond fame
- Kids' programs
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Words simply cannot express the deep thanks and gratitude I feel for the beautiful essence that is to be found behind a small unmarked gate in the small town of Oracabessa - Goldeneye.
At first glance, you think you’re in the wrong place. Keep waking a few more feet abs look straight ahead, your eyes will be transfixed to the expansive property and tranquil blue waters.
From the moment I entered the property, the guard welcomed me. Next up the reception area I was greeted warmly with a fresh glass of cold water. From there I was checked in and given a rundown of the property, activities and restaurants.
Then a short walk around the property to my hut. It’s a really nice size, exceptionally clean and inviting.
Even though there were other guest on the property, I really never felt crowded or overwhelmed. At times, I thought I had the place all to myself. Lol
Every person that I encountered was hospitable, warm and jovial. I asked a gentleman that worked at one of the bars, ‘do you like it here?’ He says ‘no’..... ‘’I love it here!!’ With a huge smile on his face. This sentiment I heard quite often. As a guest, it’s great to hear that people enjoy the place where they work.
The staff at Bizot - thank you for making a solo traveler feel like she was there with family. Thank you for the wonderful meals, great drinks and lovely conversation.
I was thankful for the activities the property arranged for guests -BBQ, Firefly, welcome happy hour, glass bottom boat tour (thank you Donald for staying past your off time to accommodate me and provide me with some marine life education ).
Resident manager Stuart is a gem. He’s great at what he does!
Lastly, Mr Blackwell - I didn’t get a chance to meet you this time, but I saw you around the property. Thank you for creating such a tranquil, magical space.
We were there in July 2019 for a short stay and when we arrived we were taken to the Bizot Bar and Chris Blackwell was standing there. Chris is the owner of Goldeneye of this amazing property. Being such a busy gentleman I was overwhelmed that he took some time out with me for a chat and signed 2 bottles of Blackwell rum. Many thanks to Chris and his amazing staff. Hope to be back soon..