Whether you prefer your history shaken or stirred, this Caribbean paradise is sure to appeal.
When British Naval commandeer Ian Fleming set eyes on Jamaica in 1942, it was love at first sight. Several years later, he purchased 15 acres in the port town of Oracabessa and built his own villa there, which he christened GoldenEye. Fellow writers Noel Coward and Patrick Leigh Fermor visited to experience the delights of Jamaica for themselves, and Fleming used the property as inspiration and the setting for several of his James Bond novels. Through the 1960s and 1970s, GoldenEye also sheltered a roster of major musicians in town to work with renowned Island Records. After a year of extensive renovations, GoldenEye opened its doors to the public in 2011, quickly gaining cred for its sumptuous accommodations and laid-back island style. Guests can luxuriate in one- and two-bedroom villas and lagoon cottages furnished with claw-foot tubs, outdoor showers, kitchen facilities and patios. Twenty-six beach huts offer additional variety. Other features include the full-service FieldSpa at GoldenEye, kids programming and a wealth of outdoor recreation. If you really want to see how the other half lived, rent the original Fleming Villa compound with three bedrooms, two additional cottages and dedicated butler service.