Ian Fleming's Jamaica

Do as 007 would.

by Briana Seftel

Up until his death in 1964, Ian Fleming, the WWII intelligence officer and novelist, lived at Goldeneye, his sanctum sanctorum in Jamaica. Beginning in 1952 with Casino Royale, Mr. Fleming crafted all of his subsequent Bond novels there, amongst the rum punches, grottos and azure waters. Whether or not you stay at his home turned luxe resort, Jamaica is will forever be imbued in Bond-ness. Just don’t ask for your martini stirred.

Goldeneye Resort 95

Oracabessa Bay

Whether you're a James Bond buff or just a fan of luxury getaways, this exclusive address 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios holds special appeal.

- Fodor's

With tables under sea-grape trees and a sandy path down to the beach, this is the perfect place for a relaxed meal.

- Rough Guide

The Caves 92

Light House Road

This 12-room resort challenges the notion of the tour package/cookie-cutter all-inclusive, not only for its small size but also for its abundance of character.

- Concierge

The Houseboat Grill 89

Southern Cross Blvd

Unusual location in a refurbished floating houseboat, with tables inside and on the decks.

- DK Eyewitness

Widely held to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, these famous falls, on the A3, 3km west of town, are Jamaica’s top-grossing tourist attraction.

- Lonely Planet

Tensing Pen Resort 84

West End Road

With an intimate collection of 17 cottages (22 rooms), Tensing Pen is where guests come to unplug.

- Oyster

Strawberry Hill 85

New Castle Road

This pioneering luxury mountain lodge lies amid 2.5 hectares of lush lawns, ginger and ferns landscaped Hawaiian-style.

- Star Service

Mille Fleurs Restaurant 85

Hotel Mocking Bird Hill

Wonderful hotel restaurant serving consistently mouthwatering food for breakfast (try the corn pancakes with goat's cheese, or great omelets), lunch and dinner.

- DK Eyewitness

Firefly 85

Grants Pen

This vacation retreat was the home of Sir Noël Coward and his longtime companion, Graham Payn, who, as executor of Coward's estate, donated it to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

- Frommer's

The most atmospheric beach in the southwest is in the community of Treasure Beach, which has several long stretches of sand as well as many small coves.

- Fodor's

This charming thatch-roofed restaurant is open all day and right on the beach: it's one of the top spots for dinner on Negril's 7-mile (11.3-km) strip of sand.

- Fodor's

This impressive system of caves and tunnels, 3km east of Discovery Bay, extends for about 45km.

- Lonely Planet

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