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Part One: Getting to GoldenEye

From Ian Fleming International Airport

Nothing beats flying into Ian Fleming International. It’s about a seven-minute drive from runway to GoldenEye. At present, Ian Fleming has an asphalt surface measuring 5,000 feet and private and commercial aircraft can land easily, and it’s a short flight on one of the charter planes that fly between Ian Fleming International, Montego Bay and Kingston. We are happy to arrange flights to Ian Fleming International for you. For more information, visit www.ifia.aero.

From Montego Bay Airport

The drive from Montego Bay Airport to GoldenEye takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Driving in Jamaica is on the left-hand side of the road; steering wheels are on the right. Because of this, most guests ask that we arrange for a driver to take them to the airport and back.

From Kingston Airport

The drive from Kingston to GoldenEye takes about two hours. Again, we are happy to arrange your transportation.

Direct Flights

From the U.S.: Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Baltimore/D.C. Metropolitan Area, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and New York. You can also fly direct from Toronto, Canada.

From Europe

There are more direct daily flights between the U.K. and Jamaica than any other European city. Check for charter flights from: Vienna and Salzburg (Austria); Brussels (Belgium); Prague (Czech Republic); Copenhagen (Denmark); Marseilles and Paris (France); Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin (Germany); Athens (Greece); Budapest (Hungary); Milan and Rome (Italy); Amsterdam (Netherlands); Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk (Poland); Lisbon and Porto (Portugal); Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona (Spain); Geneva, Basel and Zurich (Switzerland); Moscow (Russia).

Airlines that fly charters to Jamaica

Condor (condor.com) from Frankfurt, Air Berlin (airberlin.com) from Dusseldorf (Germany); Jet Air Fly (jetairfly.com) from Brussels (Belgium); Arke Fly (arkefly.com) from Amsterdam (Netherlands); Blue Panorama (blue-panorama.com) and Neos (neosair.it) from Milan, Air Italy (airitaly.com) from Rome (Italy); Look Voyage (lookvoyage.com) from Paris (France).

Car Rental / Driving Instructions

There are several reliable car rental companies in Jamaica including Island Car Rentals, Avis and Hertz. Call the front desk to arrange car rental and for driving instructions from all three airports to GoldenEye (and check out our picks for best places to stop along the way).

By Helicopter

Coming in via helicopter is the best way to take in the serpentine coastline – and the helipad is right on the property! It’s just a 25-minute flight from Montego Bay, and we are, of course, happy to book your flight for you.

By Boat

18 degrees 24.425 north
07657.20 west
These are the coordinates for GoldenEye, given by the Jamaican Coast Guard. Yachts have direct access into Oracabessa Bay – of course, your captain knows this as well as immigration and customs procedures.

Visa Requirements

For U.S., Canadian and U.K. citizens, a valid passport is the only documentation required. As for visitors from other countries, you may need a visa. We are happy to look into requirements and advise you in advance of your visit.

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The Basics

Telephone 1-800-OUTPOST
GoldenEye 876-6229-007
Email [email protected]

Location

GoldenEye is located in Oracabessa Bay, in the parish of St. Mary, 20 minutes outside of Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica.

Best route to Goldeneye

We suggest guests fly into Montego Bay airport as the drive to GoldenEye is both faster and more scenic. We will, of course, arrange for a driver to meet you at flight arrivals.

Airports

Sangster International Airport
Montego Bay (an hour and 45 minute drive)

Norman Manley International
Kingston (less than a 2 hour drive)

Ian Fleming International / private aviation
Boscobel (less than a 10 minute drive)

 

Part Two: Staying at Goldeneye

What Time is Check-in? Checkout?

Check-in is officially at 3 p.m. Checkout is at noon. We will do everything possible to accommodate early arrivals and late departures.

What’s the Wireless/Cell Coverage?

We have Wi-Fi, wireless, cell coverage, and when the next new technology arrives, you can bet we’ll have that, too.

What is the Electrical Currency at Goldeneye?

In Jamaica the electrical current is 110 volts, 50 cycles. Standard U.S. plugs work without adapters.

What should I know about housekeeping and laundry service?

Your housekeeper will come every day. Please let them know when you have laundry — place clothes in the laundry bag and fill out the form. It will be returned to you within hours.

In the evening, your housekeeper will provide turn-down service and prepare your room for the night. Normally, rooms are left open for you to enjoy the breeze, the sound of the sea and nature’s wonderful night noises. If you prefer to have your room closed and the air conditioner turned on, please leave instructions for your housekeeper to do so.

In keeping with GoldenEye’s environmental philosophy, if you choose not to use the air conditioning during your stay, we will give you a rebate of US $20 per night at the end of your stay.

Is there a dress code?

No jackets. No ties. (Flip-flops, yes!)

What Should I pack?

Shampoo, conditioner, soap, Q-tips and cotton balls are all in your room. Sporting equipment? It’s waiting for you. Books? We’ve got the entire James Bond series. And yes, there are plenty of backgammon sets. You could just jump on a plane and come!

I love the Batik Beach Towels and Bathrobes at Goldeneye. Where are they from? Can I take one home?

The beautiful batik towels and the robes hanging in your closet are from Mary Vinson’s Royal Hut, founded by Mary Vinson Blackwell. You can purchase them in our gift shop or order them on the site royalhut.com, where you can also find our batik border towels, 400 thread count hand-dyed sheets, Nigerian-print place mats and other vibrantly patterned signatures of GoldenEye.

The Music at Goldeneye is amazing! Where can I find it?

Bruno Guez, who founded Quango Records and works closely with Blackwell, has programmed all of the music at GoldenEye. You can access Bruno’s playlists and more on the Logitech Squeezebox found in every room.

Where, exactly, is Goldeneye?

GoldenEye sits on a bluff facing the Caribbean Sea in the quiet village of Oracabessa on Jamaica’s fabled North Coast. This dramatic coastline – with secret coves, private beaches and a lagoon – is unlike any other in the world.

What is the Weather like at Goldeneye?

The average temperature is 77°F (25.5°C) during the winter months and 82°F (28°C) in the summer. February is the coolest month, while July and August are warmest. On the North Coast, where GoldenEye is located, the morning and evening trade winds blow in off the Caribbean Sea and cool down the property naturally. Yes, it does rain, but showers are usually brief, dramatic and followed by hours of lovely sunshine. And the water? The turquoise blue Caribbean Sea is always warm, inviting and refreshing, with temperatures averaging between 80°F (26.6°C) about 84°F (28.8°C).

What is the time zone in Jamaica?

Jamaica is on Eastern Standard Time. The island does not change its clocks for Daylight Savings Time. That means that in summer, Jamaica is on U.S. Central Time.

What is the local currency?

Jamaica is home to the JMD, otherwise known as the Jamaican dollar. Not that you need to worry about this – everything at GoldenEye, and most other places, can be paid for in US dollars. Still, it’s nice to keep some colorful JMD in your wallet, should you want to stop for a jelly (coconut water) or a cup of fish tea while out on a drive.

Should we be worried about staying safe in Jamaica?

We promise, you won’t feel anything but safe during your stay. Our staff loves GoldenEye, has worked here for years and calls it their home. The town of Oracabessa, in which GoldenEye is located, is a lovely country town. Plus, when you go off exploring the island, we’ll send you with a guide who’s on home turf.

Safety-Deposit Boxes – Are they in the Room?

Yes, every room has a mini safe for your valuables and important documents, with two outlets where you can recharge electronic devices.

Will I hear authentic Jamaican music in Oracabessa?

You bet! Not only do Jamaicans love their music, they love playing it loud! While you are staying at GoldenEye, there is a good chance you’ll hear music playing from a local sound system. This may be disturbing if you are looking for complete and total silence, but then again, like us, you may love the unique soundtrack of the island and appreciate that music played on loud is very much a part of the culture.

Is the water safe to drink?

Yes, the water in Jamaica is safe. We provide bottled water for a better taste, but you can brush your teeth, shower, etc. and not think twice.

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