Thursday, March 17, 2011

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, Jamaica

Ian Fleming is a British author who has created a fictional private paradise reminiscent of James Bond at GoldenEye. The land  is Jamaican north-coast property which he bought in 1946. The founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell, has owned the home and 15 surrounding acres since 1976, and later turned it into a six-villa hotel before closing it two and a half years ago. Nowadays Mr. Blackwell has reopened the property in expanded form, as a 52-acre resort with 22 units, each with an outdoor shower and touch-screen sound system loaded with Island Records-produced music. There are also two new restaurants serve local cuisine, featuring ackee and saltfish for breakfast. The Jamaican Olympic triathlete Iona Wynter is in charge of activities; she combines fitness and fun in stretch and snorkel classes, moonlight yoga and leg and ab workouts designed to buff those Jet Skiing muscles. Over-lagoon suites start at $536.

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