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More than a half cen­tury af­ter Ian Flem­ing’s death, cre­ative ge­nius still wafts through the ba­nana trees at Gold­enEye. There’s an in­her­ent juju here, a spell that lives in the is­land’s light­ning-hot col­ors and wild land­scape. But there’s also its cur­rent owner, Is­land Records co-founder Chris Blackwell, who bought Flem­ing’s villa in 1976. The mu­sic pro­ducer fa­mously cred­ited with dis­cov­er­ing Bob Mar­ley con­tin­ued to wel­come many of Flem­ing’s for­mer guests well af­ter the author’s death. Blackwell’s own guests (Sting and Bono among them) were also be­com­ing fre­quent vis­i­tors, prompt­ing Blackwell to add four huts tucked into the palms around the villa—one for him­self and his mother, and three for guests. To­day, these breezy is­land ren­tals are called “The Orig­i­nals.” In the years since, Blackwell has added 25 acres to the orig­i­nal 15-acre es­tate, along with a col­lec­tion of newer guest­houses: clas­si­cally de­signed pri­vate vil­las with high ceil­ings and hard­wood floors, shin­gled cot­tages di­rectly on the la­goon with a pri­vate dock and stairs that lead right into the water, and col­or­ful beach huts that in­clude lou­vered win­dows and rounded bed­rooms. In De­cem­ber, Gold­enEye’s newly re­vamped spa will open two treat­ment huts—a ham­mam and a spa cove along the la­goon, mak­ing ser­vices like pedi­cures just a swim (or pad­dle­board) away. Rates for 2019 start at $450 per night; gold­ —Tay­lor Eisen­hauer

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