3 Days in Jamaica

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Day 1

MORNING The Seagrape Terrace at Half Moon serves breakfast sunny side up – outdoors by the sea.

MID-MORNING Visit the 6,500 acre Rose Hall Great House and try to avoid a run-in with the famous White Witch!

12 NOON Walking around a haunted Great House works up an appetite, and so does the 1ó hour car ride to Negril for an afternoon lunch on the edge of a cliff at “The Caves”.

AFTERNOON Photograph The Caves, the 7-mile beach and the Negril Lighthouse.

LATE AFTERNOON Revive your spirits at Rick’s Café. Enjoy the music and gawk at the local cliff divers. Order some nachos, a Red Stripe beer and you’ll be rewarded with a sunset like no other.

EVENING Drive back to Half Moon and dine at II Giardino, for a sumptuous meal prepared by the hotel’s famed Italian chef, Guido Gilardoni.

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Day 2

MORNING Twice the charm; enjoy another breakfast at the Seagrape Terrace.

MID-MORNING Drive to Ochos Rios and stop at Greenwood Great House, the finest antique museum in the Caribbean.

12 NOON Lunch at Evita’s is a must. The pasta house has served notable guests Naomi Campbell, Brad Pitt, and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) to name just a few.

AFTERNOON Visit Dunn’s River Falls and get more than just your feet wet.

LATE AFTERNOON Stop off at the Island Village and Ochos Rios Craft Market.

EVENING Check into Chris Blackwell’s legendary resort, GoldenEye and enjoy a Blackwell Rum tasting before dinner in the tree house-like gazebo.

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Day 3

MORNING Enjoy Jamaican style bacon and eggs at the Bizot Bar.

MID-MORNING Visit Firefly, Noël Coward’s tropical retreat.

12 NOON Head over to Scotchie’s for authentic Jamaican jerk barbeque.

AFTERNOON Shop Wassi Art for Jamaican-made arts and crafts.

EVENING Before the sun sets, take a glass bottom boat ride and enjoy the sea life.

GoldenEye

  • Furnishings, like the bamboo and wicker drumtables and stone coffee table are simple and organic in shape. Classic Panton chairs tuck under the dark wood chess tables.
  • Black frames on a white bead board wall display images of Bond author, Ian Fleming at GoldenEye.
  • The unassuming white-washed bungalow with cedar shingles is perched atop an oceanfront cliff that leads to a private beach.
  • Sustainable wood furniture connects the interior to nature.
  • The textured ceiling gives the whitewashed interior a more intimate scale.
  • As the author said himself, “Don’t on any account fool around too much with colours. Keep everything white inside.”
  • Fleming's original desk (the one at which he wrote 14 James Bond novels) still resides at GoldenEye.
  • The villa also features a private outdoor spa bathroom surrounded by tropical foliage, blooming trees and bamboo fences.

 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA AUCLAIR

GoldenEye – The Home of Ian Fleming

“I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to live the rest of my life in Jamaica.”

~Ian Fleming

Design Contributor Nicholas Rosaci at GoldenEye in Jamaica. Photography by Angela Auclair

Design Contributor Nicholas Rosaci at GoldenEye in Jamaica.
Photography by Angela Auclair

On the northern coastline of Jamaica, in the parish of St. Mary’s, is the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort. This Caribbean hideaway, comprised of 13 luxury villas and lagoon cottages has restaurants, pools, spas, and beaches. It’s also got Bond. James Bond. Well, at least it has his essence.

GoldenEye is an oasis which has played host to legendary visitors such as British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor, Truman Capote, Errol Flynn, and more recently Jay Z and Beyoncé, Martha Stewart and Bono. (Martha and Bono were not there together!)

Beloved British author, Ian Fleming purchased these 15 acres of land in 1946. He turned the donkey race course (we’re not making this up) into a 3 bedroom bungalow and named it GoldenEye. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea one can no doubt understand how Fleming grew inspired to write the 14 novels of his now famous James Bond 007 series.

The estate was purchased by Bob Marley in 1976, and sold one year later to record mogul Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records. Blackwell propelled Reggae music worldwide and catapulted the careers of Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2.

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, formerly the home of Ian Fleming. Photography by Angela Auclair

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, formerly the home of Ian Fleming.
Photography by Angela Auclair

Recently renovated, GoldenEye re-opened in 2010 with an additional 17 rooms. The décor has an organic-tropical vibe that just may inspire you to do something creative.

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Ian Fleming wrote all 14 novels of the James Bond 007 series at GoldenEye.

Not planning a trip to Jamaica this year? Then check out Pierce Brosnan (a gorgeous Bond!) in the movie of the same name. GoldenEye.