Hotel Life: Goldeneye

Hello, Goldeneye

Hello, Goldeneye

 

At Goldeneye, as soon as we woke up with the sun we would open the door and take a plunge off the porch into the clear waters of a massive blue lagoon. It would the first of many dips into water, so much that we would fall asleep with damp hair and then repeat all again the next day.

 
 
Film, looking through the lagoon

Film, looking through the lagoon

 
 

Goldeneye can be best described as the water and sun playground of your dreams. It sits on a stretch of white sand beach, has two perfect pools (my favorite being the beach-entry style saltwater pool perched above the sea) and the aforementioned lagoon that joins the ocean. 

 
 

We stayed in a lagoon side cottage with a porch hanging over the water, a place perfect for morning breakfast or sunning in the afternoon while listening to music. The room’s sound system is stocked with Goldeneye owner Chris Blackwell’s catalogue of Island Records music. Each cottage also has a small dock outfitted with a kayak for exploring and getting to the field spa or the ‘wata sports’ base.

 
 
 
 
Film, ready to drink

Film, ready to drink

 

Stand up paddleboards are complimentary, along with simple snorkel gear. Goldeneye is protected by a beautiful reef, it’s only a short snorkel swim from the beach until you see a puzzle of crazy coral and colorful fish. 

 
Pool side essentials: Loup Charmant cover-up, Sachajuan Hair In The Sun, Céline sunglasses, Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon, Bowers & Wilkins headphones

Pool side essentials: Loup Charmant cover-up, Sachajuan Hair In The Sun, Céline sunglasses, Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon, Bowers & Wilkins headphones

 
 
 
 
 
Favorite pool

Favorite pool

 

With so much room to play, Goldeneye also gave us some really lovely moments of rest. I loved just laying poolside with a coconut and getting a massage at the field spa, which was up there with the best. Also not to be missed is the sunset yoga/mat pilates, an instructor drives in all the way from Kingston and the workout is held on an outdoor platform by the sea.

Little bananas and baby pineapples waiting in your room

Little bananas and baby pineapples waiting in your room

 
 
Sun going down over the lagoon

Sun going down over the lagoon

 

 

 

 

My favorite time was actually in the late evening before dinner, when we would float in the ocean watching the sun make its exit before taking a final rinse in our outdoor shower and Alton Ellis on play. What better way to end a perfect day.

 
 
 
Film, repeat again, a dip before breakfast

Film, repeat again, a dip before breakfast

 
 

After Goldeneye, it was on to Port Antonio…