Golden Eye Resorts
GoldenEye is not an ordinary hotel, but a collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts. Each is set amid tropical gardens, private beaches and secluded coves—a Jamaica home away from home. GoldenEye is a place. A mindset.
A far-reaching myth in the collective imagination. And yet, GoldenEye couldn’t exist anywhere in the world—except, of course, exactly where it is
Artists and writers. Spies and seducers. Their stories are as much a part of this place as the ancient tangle of vines and trees that have made GoldenEye a jungle garden of incredible diversity.
Each of our stand-alone villas is its own private world, set in a verdant garden of native greenery and sitting directly on the beach or lagoon. Ann Hodges, the pop noted Jamaican architect, designed every villa with the best of relaxed, barefoot living in mind—hardwood floors, high ceilings, cool linens and oversized furniture. A sexy outdoor shower in each villa’s lush secluded garden enhances the sights, smells and sounds of nature. The full kitchen and outdoor dining table make al fresco eating a part of the villa experience.
A perfect perch for paddleboarding at sunrise or a midnight dip, it doesn’t get better than a cottage directly on the lagoon. Guests who love to start, and end, each day with a swim treasure the cottages for their direct access to the water from their own private dock. Every cottage includes a kayak making easy a serene and invigorating voyage.
Turn the music on low and, listen to the soft splash of the water as it laps against the side of the dock. Take in the heady scents of the lush plants and flowers that surround you. Indulge in modern luxuries (Blackwell Rum, hand-dyed batik robes, bath and beauty products made with local botanical ingredients) while appreciating all the tranquil turquoise waters have to offer
All Lagoon Cottages have king size beds positioned to face the lagoon and Santa Maria Island, the small, uninhabited piece of land at the lagoon’s center. Additionally, every cottage features en-suite bathrooms with deep, oversized claw foot tubs and outdoor garden showers. Steps away from Low Cay Beach.
Chris built the huts in the style of his own GoldenEye hut and to mirror the way he likes to live. “To me, hut life is about casualness and simplicity. What makes it special are the louvered windows. During the day, you control the light and the breeze.
At night, when you open the louvers, you feel like you’re sleeping under the stars. The feeling is very basic. Even primal,” Chris says. At GoldenEye, our village of huts is built at various heights and scattered around a garden that stretches between Snorkeler’s Cove (where life teams below the waves) and Shabeen (our rooftop lounge and whimsically-designed freshwater pool) on one side and Button Beach, with its gentle, almost wave-less waters, on the other. Check into any of our huts and you’ll find hand-dyed batik robes and our bath and beauty products made with local botanical ingredients waiting for you. Bring your toothbrush. Flip flops. Bathing suit. Not much else. That’s life in a hut. Essentially…as good as it gets.