Another reason Oracabessa is so special is that there are very few places to stay in Oracabessa. Other than Golden Eye and Golden Clouds, there are no plots of land big enough in the town to build a large hotel or resort. In spite of its miles of beautiful beaches and coastline, and panoramic views from the mountains, the properties in Oracabessa are small and intended for families and the entire area is very much in the hands of the local population.
Golden Eye and Golden Clouds are even more inviting for this very reason. Settings of lush vegetation and then startling sweeping views as you turn a corner on the property take your breath away. The large park like lawns and cliff top views are balanced with deep lagoons and golden sandy beaches. Golden Eye can accommodate up to 50 people in its private villas, standalone rooms and their new beach huts. Offering 5-star level of service is wrapped in an authentic bohemian vibe, and sets the tone for complete relaxation, including at the award winning spa. The property draws politicians, movie stars, sports icons and celebrities from all fields.
Next door, Golden Clouds is no different in that it offers a luxurious vacation option, this may even be one step up. The former home of U.S. Ambassador Ruth Owen, the villa is an award-winning, oceanfront, 12-bedroom, 7-acre estate, and provides the utmost in privacy and comfort for up to 26 guests. The staff of 12 includes a chef, butler, security, gardeners, housekeepers, and more. Features include its own private beach, 2 swimming pools, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as a gym.
There are more low key accommodation available in the area. The cottages of Real Jamaica feels like a beautiful slice of rustic heaven. Wooden cottages dot the cliffside property with beautiful bathroom amenities both indoors and out and available on AirBnB. One cottage is nestled amongst the trees, while another has stairs that climb down to a wooden deck overlooking the sea. Twenty minutes from the famous James Bond Beach. Off the beaten path, you will have a truly unique Jamaican vacation here. A unique experience can also be had simply chatting with the owner, Papa Curvin, a musician who toured Europe as a drummer for 40 years with the likes of Boney M. and now encourages young talent in the area.
Head to the hills above and stay at the family run Tamarind Great House, a part of a restored colonial estate which features an organic farm, an outdoor swimming pool and lush tropical gardens. It is 6.5 km from the beach. Decorated with antiques and locally made furniture, this affordable accommodation has spacious rooms cooled by overhead fans. Continental breakfast is included and a bar and restaurant are on site serving dishes made with farm produce and home-grown fruit and vegetables. BBQ facilities are also available.
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