Island Outpost is a collection of distinctive hotels and villas in Jamaica created by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and the force behind names like Bob Marley and U2. The hotels are known for their interesting character that reflects the authentic sights, sounds and flavors of Jamaica. The collection includes GoldenEye, once the home of Ian Fleming and the site where he penned all 14 Bond novels; Strawberry Hill, a relaxed retreat high in the Blue Mountains where Chris brought Bob Marley to recover from his 1976 shooting, and Pantrepant, Chris Blackwell’s private farming estate in Oracabessa.
- What’s New: Blackwell Rum is debuting a special 007 Limited Edition in honor of the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die. The 750 ml bottle will retail for $35 and can be found starting in October in major metro markets. A mainstay spirit at each Island Outpost resort, Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum is inspired by Chris Blackwell’s time honored recipe (his family has been involved in distilling Jamaican rum since the 17th century). This aged, rich fragrant dark rum is filled with the warmth and sensuality of Jamaica.
- Wow: The 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, which will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, is heading back to Jamaica in November 2020. In celebration of the release, movie buffs can retrace the island life of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming. The author was a former British intelligence officer and discovered Jamaica during a WWII mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at GoldenEye every January and February for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter for a total of 14 books. His beachfront bungalow, which is now called The Fleming Villa with five bedrooms, is part of the 52-acre GoldenEye resort. In celebration of the film’s release, the property is offering a four-night package including a private boat trip to Laughing Water Beach – made famous by the first James Bond film, Dr. No and a visit to Firefly – celebrated playwright Noel Coward’s former estate where he frequently entertained guests including Fleming. Starting rate: $3,660 for two guests.