Visit Where James Bond All Began
Everyone loves a new Bond film—even if it’s the 24th iteration—and Spectre comes with a ton of high expectations. We are sure Daniel Craig will not disappoint.
But serious fans of 007 may want to score some major behind-the-scenes cred with this bright winter idea: hop a flight to sunny Jamaica, the island where Bond himself was created by writer Ian Fleming. The author's hideaway in the tiny village of Oracabessa is now one of the most beloved retreats on the island, and aptly named GoldenEye (which also happens to be the inspiration for the seventh Bond film of the same name).
In celebration of the release of Spectre, GoldenEye is debuting a four-night package that illuminates the island through the eyes of Fleming, an author, journalist, and naval intelligence officer who wrote all 14 Bond novels at his five-bedroom villa where his writing desk still remains. The “GoldenEye Revisited” package includes four nights in a villa (try to snag Fleming's!), with daily breakfast, an excursion on a traditional wooden fishing canoe (the hotel's chefs will cook your catch), and a meet-and-greet with Ramsey Dacosta, Fleming’s former gardener. Prices are as luxe as a 007 tuxedo though: the package starts from $4,374 for travel now through December 14 and $5,310 for travel from January 7 through March 31. The offer is not available over the festive season. Of course, Bond movie night and bonfires on the beach are thrown in for free.
Other packages pay homage to specific films, like The World Is Not Enough, which comes with a massage; Live Another Day, in which guests receive a free night on stays five nights or more; and License to Chill, with a $100 resort credit to use as you please on stays four nights or longer.
Elsewhere on the island, everyone is getting Bond fever. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Fleming's death, and Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, where Fleming would often sip martinis at the bar (shaken, not stirred, naturally), is sending guests on tours to spots used in iconic 007 scenes. There’s the beach at Laughing Waters, where bikini-clad Ursula Andress emerged from the ocean in the spy thriller Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery—perhaps one of the most famous Bond scenes of all time.
Then there are visits to the Green Grotto Caves, featured in the film Live and Let Die (1973)—remember that scene where the villain Doctor Kananga used the caves as his underground base?—and trips to the Swamp Safari Village, home to more than 30 American crocodiles, a spot which doubled as the Louisiana crocodile farm and heroin factory in the same film.
As Xenia Onatopp would say: “Enjoy it while it lasts.”