Posted on April 27 2014
Hey Gorgeous People!
How were your weekends? Did you enjoy some Spring sun? Here is another installment of my Jamaican/GoldenEye holiday diary. In my last two posts, I gave you a taste of the fabulousness of the GoldenEye and promised some more images of and impressions about the property. Well, here you go. Hope you enjoy!
The GoldenEye embodies the concept of Island Chic. With its gorgeously laid out grounds, all structures blend seamlessly into the landscape, it is the perfect celebration of island living. A well curated mix of leisure sensibilities, it offers seaside villas that dot gorgeous and powdery caribbean sands, and out on the lagoon, colorful kayaks decorate private docks and reflect brilliantly in its intensely beautiful water. If you love to lounge and soak up the sun, opt for a beach villa which has a porch at the front, daybeds directly in front on the beach and a small backyard garden with a shower and a hammock. All perfect for enjoying sunny lazy days. If you prefer to be more at one with nature, book a lagoon villa. It will take your breath away. Sit out on your porch all day and try to appreciate just how pretty the lagoon is with its spectacular green/blue water. My best description of it is that it looks like a perfect gourmet jelly, brilliant in color and smooth in texture and movement, i.e., peaceful and soothing. You will also love it because it is a designated breeding sanctuary for fish. They breed in the lagoon and remain there until they are mature enough to swim out to sea. We saw a couple of schools skimming the surface while we were out kayaking, it made our experience even more special knowing that GoldenEye was contributing to the protection of the environment.
My family and I stayed in a beach front villa and felt completely at home. Our villa featured a mini kitchen fitted with a Smeg refrigerator that served as a mini-bar, a stove and oven, a Bodum french press and electric kettle. I usually don’t prepare coffee in my hotel room, but the setting at the GoldenEye was so inviting that my husband and I indulged every morning in a nice cup of blue mountain coffee on our porch. Watching the sun rise like that, with the sound of little chirping birds, was perfection.
There are two restaurants at the resort, Bizot Bar by the pool and The Gazebo which offers more formal dining. Both are a mix of authentic Jamaican and international cuisine, with local flavors and ingredients introduced cleverly throughout the menus. A simple dish like the Cesare salad becomes hell-of-amazing when you add jerk chicken at Bizot, and let’s not talk about the Spicy Beef Ravioli served at The Gazebo which I had two nights in a row. Spice it up sweetie. But beware those of you who are lightweights. Always inquire about pepper levels before ordering, you wouldn’t want a scorching tongue. Jamaicans don’t mess around with the hot stuff.
We were very fortunate to visit over the Easter holiday and enjoyed Easter Sunday and Monday brunches which featured a bounty of traditional dishes. I really appreciated that the chefs kept the dishes and their preparation authentic, have a look at the gallery for a glimpse of how fried fish and boiled spicy cray-fish are cooked on the island. Another strong point for GoldenEye menu-wise, the fruits and vegetables are sourced at Chris Blackwell’s organic farm Pantrepant. So, make sure (if you ever go) to stock up on the fresh stuff and please make sure you try everything. We’ve got a lot of produce that I’ve never seen outside of Jamaica and its all pretty delicious. Before we leave the topic of dining, let’s talk about drinks. They’ve got a great bar, but what pleased me the most was that they carry Whispering Angel and Minuty Roses – both excellent and easy choices for jerk-seasoned dishes, Jamaican curry and fishes. And, if you are going tropical cocktail – make sure you ask for Blackwell – the house rum of course.
When you’ve had enough of lounging on the beach, take a stroll over to the “Wata” sports center. The guys there are super attentive and prepared to address all water-sports levels. My family and I took a paddle board lesson and they were able to work with all of us individually. And they are pretty impressive themselves, check out my instructor doing a headstand on his board. Pretty cool, right?
When we were leaving GoldenEye, I asked my son if he liked his trip and the hotel. He responded positively and said that he liked it even better that the Oberoi in Mauritius. You heard the kid, visit when you can.
Please write me with any questions about GoldenEye, I’d be glad to share some more of my experience there. xoxo, Tamu
Outfit Details- I’m wearing an MSGM jumpsuit and Miu Miu Sunnies.