“I bought GoldenEye in 1976, however I got here right here many occasions within the fifties when Fleming lived right here, as a result of it was my uncle who discovered the property for him,” Blackwell tells Vogue. “My mom and him have been additionally good pals and we’d all take pleasure in leisurely lunches in his sunken backyard, which nonetheless stays for friends.” (Actually, the liquor Craig is consuming in No Time to Die? It’s Blackwell Rum, a label based by Chris in 2008.)
GoldenEye, which now sits at 52 acres, is the place an illustrious historical past meets an idyllic setting. Along with Fleming’s authentic residence, the property is now dotted with cottages that border the teal lagoon and curving Low Cay Seashore, which appears prefer it may very well be a Home windows 2000 screensaver.
Past its shores is a coral reef and the Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary, a real snorkeler’s delight. After your day on the seashore is finished, seize a piña colada at Bizot’s Bar, named after the Paris-based Radio Nova founder and frequent visitor Jean-Francois Bizot.
Goldeneye’s interiors, by Barbara Hulanicki (famously identified for her swinging sixties hang-out Bibi’s in London), function customized Jamaican furnishings, ethereal white linens and African-artisan upholstery.
Its spectacular record of celeb clientele is clear from the second you stroll in: the driveway is lined by bushes donated by the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jude Legislation, Willie Nelson, and Martha Stewart. A mere few weeks in the past, Hailey and Justin Bieber have been rumored to be staying on the lodge.
Why do the well-heeled maintain returning time and again? Presumably as a result of they too felt the identical inventive draw as Fleming himself: “One of many issues he mentioned was he did not suppose he may have written the books if he wasn’t in a location like this, due to the sensation it gave to him,” Blackwell says.