Licensed to Thrill: Luxury villas top Goldeneye's secrets


ORACABESSA, Jamaica -- You won't find this small fishing village, about 20 minutes by car east of Ocho Rios, on your typical Jamaican itinerary.

But don't let that stop you from recommending this northern port town to clients.

The latest, and undoubtedly hippest, place to stay here is Goldeneye, home of the late writer Ian Fleming of James Bond fame.

Fleming's original home and three other villas are members of the Miami Beach-based hotel firm Island Outpost.

In addition to Goldeneye, Island Outpost's Jamaica properties are Strawberry Hill, Jake's, the Caves and Bolt House.

Goldeneye includes two private coves, including this one for the exclusive use of guests of the main house. The three-bedroom Fleming House, complete with the massive wooden desk where the author conjured up James Bond's exploits, rents for $2,500 a day. The other three villas cost $500 a day (one bedroom), $700 a day (two bedrooms) and $1,000 a day (three bedrooms).

The entire 15-acre property can be rented for $5,000 a day.

Prices, which are in effect through Dec. 14, cover all meals and drinks.

You won't confuse Goldeneye with a typical Jamaican inclusive.

Fleming's original home sits on a bluff overlooking a small cove for the exclusive use of its guests.

Typical Island Outpost touches include large bamboo couches and four-poster beds; Indonesian artwork and bamboo mats, and a "media room," with the latest video gadgets and a wide-screen satellite TV.

The home's three bedrooms (the master bedroom is aptly named 007), include such niceties as king beds and an outdoor garden courtyard with a claw-foot bathtub and shower surrounded by bamboo fencing and tropical plants.

All of the accommodations feature complete kitchens and indoor and outdoor dining areas. All rooms come with CD players and a CD collection; an assortment of books and magazines, and robes and towels.

Villa guests have access to a second private beach called Low Cay, and a full-time staff cooks meals and provides services for the house and villas.

Guests who like a little activity with their solitude can play tennis; take personal watercraft and rafting trips, and tour nearby Firefly, home of the late English actor Noel Coward.

Oracabessa is about a two hour's drive from Montego Bay Airport. Ground transfers cost about $150 one way for up to four passengers.

Visitors also can take an Air Jamaica Express flight from Montego Bay to Boscobel Airport in Ocho Rios.

Island Outpost
Phone: (800) OUTPOST

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