Located in Oracabessa, on the north coast of Jamaica, the GoldenEye Resort isn’t a kitschy hommage to the classic game where you can play real-life scenarios of pistols, license to kill, in the Complex — not that we wouldn’t love that. But it does, however, have James Bond lineage. Once home to Ian Fleming, where he penned fourteen Bond novels, the GoldenEye resort (named by Fleming after a naval operation) is now operated by a larger outfit. Comprised of private villas, beach cottages and lagoon suites, the 50+ acre compound includes all the luxurious amenities and requisites you’d come to expect in a Jamaican resort, but why go to the GoldenEye resort when you can’t get a taste of the original, so here’s our wildly expensive suggestion: grab nine other friends and book the 15 acre Ian Fleming Villa ($2,800+ per night). Designed by Fleming himself your three large will get you the entire villa, which includes Fleming’s original three-bedroom home, two poolside cottages, a private pool, media room, bar, sunken garden, private access to the Fleming Beach and even Fleming’s original writing desk, which might qualify as one of the world’s most interesting places to write a postcard from. Whether or not you bring a Nintendo 64 is entirely up to you, but our vote is yes.
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