Concierge.com's insider take:
There's no better place to channel the spirit of Agent 007 than this stunning, three-bedroom clifftop house, where Ian Fleming wrote the bulk of his James Bond novels. Now owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, the 52-acre estate also includes three smaller satellite villas, 11 cottages by the beach or lagoon, and six suites, all located in a quiet village 20 minutes from Ocho Rios. Rustic Balinese furniture, louvered doors, ceiling fans, and decks with tropical plantings give the accommodations a luxurious yet chilled-out vibe. Private tours are offered to neighboring cays by Jet Ski or glass-bottomed boat, and to Firefly, Noel Coward's former estate. There's also a small, sheltered guests-only beach, a tennis court, and watersport gear for windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling. Peer into the shrubbery and you'll find plaques commemorating famous visitors who have planted trees here—a half-century-long tradition.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Hidden in plain sight on the island's northern coast, GoldenEye has long been a mainstay of Caribbean casual chic. These days, this former estate of Ian Fleming's has expanded dramatically with the addition of a series of accommodations unfurling between a placid lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, as well as restaurants and a spa. The property's four original villas (also refurbished) still sit like smaller siblings around Fleming's three-bedroom house on the lusher side of the resort. This section connects via a footbridge to the 11 beachfront cottages and 6 Lagoon Suites. The accommodations are all painted in soft pastels while still evoking a Jamaican style, with thresholds that are defined with the natural twists of weathered tree limbs and driftwood. Lagoon-facing suites in particular encourage dawdling, as you can move between dips in the water and lounging on the terrace while gazing at the mangroves and the occasional fish popping up. Above the beach is Bizot Bar, the more casual of the resort's two excellent restaurants, while Gazebo, with its elegant takes on classic resort favorites, overlooks the freshwater and saltwater pools. The Jamaican staff are exceedingly polite and outgoing, always offering their assistance. Mosquito-wary guests can close up the shutters and use the ACbut at the expense of missing the sweet night air.2011 Hot List
Which room to book: The Lagoon Suites are serene, with a covered deck and a private sunning platform.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›