Glamorous isn’t quite big enough a word to describe GoldenEye, a retreat on the northern shore of Jamaica. Originally home to Ian Fleming, who came here to write his James Bond novels, the hideaway is now owned by hip hotel group Island Outpost, which specializes in quirky, cool, luxury hotels—record producer Chris Blackwell, who introduced Bob Marley to the world, is in charge. In addition to Fleming’s personal digs, there’s a scattering of cottages and suites, all with access to the property’s secret coves, private beaches, tropical forests, and lagoon. Note to second-timers and couples with large families in tow: Kids aren’t just welcome, they’re encouraged.
Just you two on the beach, or a dozen folks at Fleming Villa, or your 50 nearest and dearest at Firefly, a glorious hilltop villa that was home to British playwrite Noel Coward—the GoldenEye wedding team has tons of venue choice, and a reputation for chic, sophisticated parties. Jamaica wedding requirements are easy to meet, so there’s no need to have a civil ceremony back home—you can make it legal right here.
It’s a 90-minute drive from the Montego Bay airport; driving here can be tricky, so it’s probably best to rent vans and drivers.
Keep in mind
This is an intimate property, so doing a buy-out is probably your best bet. Otherwise you might not feel so great about not inviting that nice couple in the next cottage to yours.