Need To Know
20, including six one-bedroom cottages, five two-bedroom cottages and the Fleming villa, sleeping up to 10.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $1500.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include Continental breakfast and (non-motorised) watersports.
At the hotel
Spa, watersports centre, tennis court, glass-bottom boat, mountain bikes to borrow, lagoon, gardens, library, CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Logitech Squeezebox sound system, minibar (stocked with Red Stripe, naturally), iPod docking station, Royal Hut linens and Blue Mountain Aromatics bath products.
All of the hotels cottages and suites are light and bright, but we like the One-Bedroom Beach Cottages for their straight-to-sand access, garden-shaded outdoor showers, vast verandahs, full kitchens and Smeg fridges stocked with local treats. Lagoon Suite 8 is particularly private behind the beach, and has a balcony that juts out over the lagoon. Villa 21 is a beachfront two-bedroom set on a prime spot of sand, close to Bizot Bar. The Fleming Villa, once home to the author himself, is the picture of luxury. The spacious house has its own pool, private beach, series of satellite cottages and dedicated staff.
The main fresh water infinity pool lies at the far end of the beach, in front of Bizot Bar. There is a smaller salt-water pool by the ocean, where the hotel hosts torch-lit dinners to celebrate the full moon. The massive salt-and-fresh water lagoon may be the most unique swimming spot of the bunch.
Leave the iPod at home: Goldeneye’s owner, Island Records music mogul Chris Blackwell, ensures that each room has an extensive selection of reggae and island music. Bring yoga pants for sunset salutations overlooking the water.
Smoking is permitted on the grounds.
Very welcome. Cots for babies and rollaway beds are free. With a day’s notice, the hotel can arrange a local nanny for $10 an hour. The restaurant serves a children’s menu.
Goldeneye was built to minimise energy usage and take advantage of natural light and wind. Guests who do not use air-conditioning receive a US$15 resort credit for each night. The restaurant uses organic ingredients, and the staff are working to restore the local coral beds and fish populations.