Thursday, December 23, 2010

Escape to Jamaica: The Golden Eye Resort.

Over the weekend, I was reading the December issue of InStyle magazine and saw a feature of Joy Bryant showing her being photographed at the famous Goldeneye Hotel and Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica. I immediately went off into dreamland where I mentally whisked myself away from the icebox that was NC and propped myself at this tropically divine location(and in my native country too!) The Goldeneye Hotel &Resort, former home of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, recently  reopened in Jamaica.
 The founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell, has owned the home and 15 surrounding acres since 1976, and recently reopened the resort after a two year long renovation. The Resort now features a 52-acre resort with 22 units, each with an outdoor shower and touch-screen sound system loaded with Island Records-produced music. Two new restaurants serve local cuisine, including ackee and saltfish for breakfast.  Over-lagoon suites start at $536. One of its new features is the FieldSpa, set on a lagoon(as shown above), where guests can enjoy therapeutic treatments.

Joy is obviously having a great time soaking up the sun at this dreamy locale.




My last vacation to Jamaica was about three years ago. We stayed at the Grand Lido(now known as Breezes Grand Resort and Spa) in Negril which is another superb hotel with outstanding amenities. However of late, I’ve been itching to take a vacation and escape to island bliss in Jamaica. Also, it’s not cold there!  I think Baby Z would love to visit Mommy and Daddy’s native country tooSmile. Thanks to Jude of Food and Life for spreading some island cheer in her tropical post yesterday! Two more days to go until Christmas! Yeah baby! Have a lovely Thursday everyone. XX

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74 comments :

  1. WOWOOWWWWWW! What BEAUTY HERE! This is a most gracious Christmas wish for all! Oh Stacy, I saw that I WON THE GIVE AWAY!!!!! I will give you my address via email. Just contact me:

    rivani@bethel.edu

    HAVE A SPLENDID WEEK!! Anita

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  2. I've never been to Jamaica and desperately want to go on a long trip where I really get to know the island. I've studied Jamaica's history, it's literary geniuses (Banana Bottom is one of my favorite books), Marcus Garvey, its education system, and immigration policies (and of course have eaten lots of Jamaican food), but have yet to go. Can't wait!

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  3. OH my goodness, please just teleport me there *now*! Sigh, I love it (heehee, what is it they say, great minds...:) thank you so much for the mention - that is so sweet of you!) I want to dive into that aqua water and swim about, then breakfast on ackee and saltfish till the cows come home! We deserve it right? :)

    I'm not sure of my internet access after today, so wanted to send you the warmest holiday wishes! So wonderful getting to know you this year and also very special that you'll enjoy a holiday with papa home! Have an amazing, amazing holiday and New Year, dear!! xoxo

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  4. Oh! I saw that InStyle issue too! :) Always good to day dream ...!

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  5. That place is absolutely dreamy. Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas!

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  6. wow so gorg! would love to b there rightnow!
    happy holidays!!

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  7. AGREED - very happy we met this year as well!- habe urself THE very best merry christmas in the world - big hug to baby Z too!!!

    and i LOVEEEE Jamaca - i have so many stories about the 'falls' there ... *ekk*

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  8. O man, why did you post about Jamaica, now I'm missing all my friends there, the food, the shopping. I loved spending Christmas in Jamaica. Wonderful post, but I'm having withdrawal symptoms now Stacie.

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  9. this looks amazing!! i wish i was there!!

    life spelled jen

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  10. Oh that sounds like the perfect get away for the holidays!! :)
    I love how beautiful and warm it looks in Jamaica :)
    xoxo
    Olivia

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  11. OMG!!! gorgeous Images!!! Merry Christmas Stacey darling!!!!

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  12. absolutely gorgeous...I have not been to Jamaica but I hear it's beautiful. Merry Christmas Stacey!!!!

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  13. Yeah Baby is right! I love you brining the heat right before a snow storm :) Merry Christmas Stacey XOXO, Kelly

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  14. Oh That looks amaaaazing!!!!
    I've never been to Jamaica but I would love love loooove to go!
    By the way I love the new look of your blog (sorry I've been m.i.a. for a few weeks) Looks great! :o)
    Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas

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  15. OMG.. this place is unbelievable..
    If heaven exist.. that will be it
    Merry Xmas to you and you lovely family
    LOx

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  16. amazing images! may you have a dream Christmas!

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  17. Last time I visited Jamaica, I stayed at Strawberry Hill in the Blue Mountains. Have yet to stay at Golden Eye Resort. Let me know when you'll be there and I shall join you;-)
    Merry Christmas, my love. xoxoxo

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  18. Jamaica seems like the perfect place to go!

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas!

    Kristin xoxo

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  19. Oh yeah baby it's nearly here!! In fact it is half an hour from being 'here' in Sydney and I wanted to duck in last minute to wish you and your beautiful men a Merry Christmas.

    I hope that despite not having a fully decked house this year, you will have a festive holiday with lots of wonderful memories to look back upon.

    It has been such a pleasure finding and getting to know you during the year. Your blog is stunning and has grown so amazingly. Well done and THANK YOU for all your lovely posts and all the inspiration. Most of all though, thank you for being such a loyal friend and for all your gorgeous comments.

    Big hugs and happy holidays to you all!

    xx Charlotta

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  20. What luxury, swoon. I think we should all go! Hope you are able to warm your bones up soon friend - Merry Christmas.

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  21. These are just gorgeous!!! Wishing you and your family the most wonderful holiday, sweetie! xoxo

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  22. Oh so beautiful...
    can almost smell the coconut oil!
    Have the best Holiday Stacey, must be so special as your hubby is back home safe now~

    xo*

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  23. wow, anytime! now let me get back from dream land :)

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  24. That place looks amazing! Thanks for sharing (and getting my daydreaming going again). :) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Maybe Santa will bring you a trip to Jamaica?? :)

    Thanks for all the sweet comments you leave me on my blog! I always look forward to what you'll say next. :)

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  25. That resort is crazy.
    Great pictures, they make me want to go to Jamaica.

    windowshopz.com

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  26. Stacey,

    I have never been to Jamaica. What an amazing place to visit.

    You are an inspiration, dear. On so many levels. And your blog is "hot"!

    I have been so busy with my new store and have had hardly any time for blog land. But do know that I adore you and I love visiting. You are very creative Stacey and you have the best attitude, my friend!

    I look foward to many fun design conversations in 2011.

    Merry, Merry to you and your beautiful family.

    Mon

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  27. this looks gorgeous! happy holidays, Stacey! xo

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  28. Ni-ce! I am down with that! Happy Christmas to one of my favorite friends! XX!

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  29. Have a wonderful holiday I hope you can take that dream trip of yours to Jamaica some time. Much love to your and your family.

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  30. just want to stop by and wish you a merry christmas and a lovely and happy new year

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  31. Now I really want to go on a vacation that I can't afford.
    Hope you have a lovely time over the holidays and keep brightening our lives over the coming years (with your gorgeous posts).

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  32. What an amazing place!
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy new year and the best for 2011. XX

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  33. How fabulous, darling!
    Gorgeous photos!

    Merry Christmas!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  34. Dear Stacey,

    Thank you so much for daydreaming together with me this year and become a part of Absolutely Ladylike. I hope my posts has sweetened your days just like a spoon of honey and I hope we can continue dreaming together in next year.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and sending you much love: Eve

    Ps: this is a dream place....I wanna be there now!!!

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  35. Oh I LOVE Jamaica! Cannot wait to go back again, this time staying there instead of just stopping on a cruise.

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  36. Looks heavenly! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Stacey!

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  37. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, my friend*
    May it be filled with wonderful moments and much love, xoxo lovely lady!

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  38. Dear Stacey!
    What an amazing place. Having a closer look at those fab pics. I totally dream myself away from a a cold and wintry Sweden! Thank you!
    Hoping you are having a nice and calm holiday(in spite of you moving out from your house and everything)!? Hope things go smoothly!
    Lots and lots of hugs!
    Tina

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  39. Jamaica!!! Even the name sounds so pretty!! This looks like the perfect escape!
    Hope your Christmas was extra special - since your soldier man was home! :)
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  40. Our beautiful Jamaica!!! This post makes me want to go home!!! Baby Z would definitely love Jamaica!!!!!

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  41. Oh freaking WOW! That place looks unbelievable!!

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  42. Oh, I so want to be there now! Twelve inches and still falling :-(
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday Stacey!

    lisa.

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  43. What an absolutely beautiful place!! I've never been to Jamaica - have heard so many fabulous things about it. And how unbelievable does Joy Bryant look!!

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  44. UM, yes please!!

    Hope you had a lovely holiday!!
    : Christine

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  45. Waw Stacey, but this place is really a paradise.. a dream!!!

    I'm writing even to inform you that i've changed my blog's name, now if you want you can find me here: www.thaapplemarket.blogspot.com
    I hope you'll continue to be a follower!!

    I wish you the best!
    Annalisa

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  46. sorry: www.theapplemarket.blogspot.com

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  47. I borrowed your header to link to you on my favorites tab!

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  48. That would be SPLENDID! I have a sudden craving for curries, rice and peas, and jerk chicken too.

    Merry Christmas to you and the entire family dear!

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  49. Wow.....your blog is amazing!!! So many ooooh, ahhhh + sighhhhh moments, lol.

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!!

    xo,
    raven

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  50. What a really lovely retreat! I have the same reactions as Raven's. Enjoy the lovely vacation, Kellie xx

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  51. GAHHHHHHH!!!!
    Like a dream.
    greetings from bavaria ;)

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  52. Absolutely amazing images! I'll have to go visit one day for sure, looks dreamy!

    And I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas celebration Stacey and I am looking forward to reading more from you in 2011 :)

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  53. I love Jamaica! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas xo

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  54. As a fellow North Carolinian, I'd love to be in warm, sunny Jamaica right now. The white Christmas was such a treat and absolutely beautiful, but now I'm ready for warm weather!!

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  55. Love Jamaica... Been there several times!!! xoxo hope you had an amazing Christmas!!!!

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  56. hi stacey, i'm late to this this party, but i'm glad i arrived...this is a fabulous post! what a tropical nirvana! i wish i could go right now...let's go!

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  57. i am mentally checked out of my office, and checking into this gorgeous place.

    sigh. at least "imagination me" can get a tan, and soak up some vitamin D. :P

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  58. what a beautiful place!!! wouldn't mind going there... ha!

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  59. Wow, lets go! I hope you had nice Christmas and are enjoying some relaxing time Stacey! Wishing you only the best in 2011. xoxo

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  60. Absolutely breathtaking. I so long to go to Jamaica. Maybe in 2011

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  61. I have never been to Jamaica and after the whole Natalie Holloway incident the thought gave me the heebie jeebies. But I must say, this REALLY makes me want to go there!

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  62. WOW...stunning!! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year, and thanks for all of your gorgeous inspiration and support to us this year!!

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  63. Happy new year! Wishing you a great year full with love, joy and magic moments.

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  64. Jamaica looks like so much FUN!!!

    Happy New Year my dear

    Wishing you Love & Happiness

    Always
    Jemina
    xoxo

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  65. Wow, I think I sat looking at that first image for many minutes before I could read the post. What a super inviting space.I've never been, but perhaps a trip is order after these convincing shots!

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  66. That is exactly what I look like in a swimsuit!! Haha- this is a lovely place and it's nice that it's been in the family since 1976! happy new year and all the best!

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  67. Ohh my goodness..I am craving some sunshine and those images are stunning! Happy Tuesday, darling

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