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For over 8 years I've owned and operated CARE Travel, Vacations by Laura. I started from the ground up and have successfully planned and arranged numerous vacations, many of which were honeymoons and 15-20 destination weddings. As a travel professional, I'm not only your best advocate, I protect your precious vacation dollars and hours. I’ve been there, seen the resorts, know the locations and I take time to get to know you as well as possible. So I do a great job at matching you with the right experience. I have great relationships with travel suppliers so often times I'm able to get you great perks, added amenities, VIP treatment and much more....that in itself is enough to beat the online giants. Close your eyes and picture where your next vacation is spent, then get ahold of me and share you dream. Together, we'll find your paradise!

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Overview - Goldeneye. Copyright Goldeneye.

If any man is an island it's Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records in 1959. A brilliantly independent label just off the coast of the music industry, Island did more to change the cultural landscape than any record label in history. Island Records brought reggae music to the world outside Jamaica, with Blackwell himself producing Bob Marley and the Wailers. Island broke British acts like Traffic, Bad Company, ELP, Free, Fairport Convention, King Crimson, and the greatest of world music from the Irish traditionalists The Chieftains to Africans like King Sunny Ade. It brought us such independent spirits as Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Sparks, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and that Irish band, U2. Blackwell purchased GoldenEye from the Fleming estate in 1976. Since then, he has grown the original 19 acre property, with just Fleming's Villa, into a 52-acre world class property that is the flagship of Blackwell's Island Outpost properties.

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Chris Blackwell talks about lunch with Ian Fleming and Noel Coward

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Ian Fleming first came to Jamaica during WWII, sent by Naval Intelligence to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. It was difficult for him to keep his mind on the war, such was the beauty of the place and its people. It was love at first glance. Paradise on earth. He knew that when the war ended, it was there that he would live out his life, in the sun, by the sea. He had visited a property on the sea in the little village of Oracabessa Bay, which means "golden head." By chance he had been working on a naval operation called GoldenEye. He bought the property, and when the war ended, built his dream house–a perfect place to heal the psychic wounds of war and escape the civility of civilization. Above all it was a place to dream. And it was at GoldenEye that he dreamed up James Bond, 007, who turned out to be an escape for millions of readers.

Google Reviews

About Google Reviews: recently Google has converted their review system to require reviewers to have a proper, identifiable Google+ profile. This is a good thing, as it tends to cut down on bad reviews, both from people unwilling to stand behind their comments and fake positive reviews from the businesses themselves. Old, pre-Google+ reviews are still in the system, and will appear below as written by "A Google User". More info from Google is here.

Review date:   July 7, 2018 6:13PM
Review:   Wow just wow we will be going back. The hotel is beautiful our beach Laguna Hut was just stunning and staff were amazing. It not a resort where everyone is on top of everyone and there are no hotel blocks. Its just beautiful and peaceful.
Author:   Angela Cozier
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Review date:   June 10, 2018 5:43PM
Review:   This is a special place. The property is meticulously maintained and the service is high quality. I wish we had spent more time at Button Beach than we did. Sunsets at the Shabeen Bar are great. The breeze on this area of the North Coast was wonderful. Our villa was beachfront and well-appointed. We were pleasantly surprised by the accommodations when we arrived. I hope to have the opportunity to return.
Author:   Joshua A. Carroll
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Review date:   June 12, 2018 11:47PM
Review:   This is the most relaced, secluded, and wonderful place. Service and food are amazing. Mostly you feel like you have the place to yourself and that you are staying at a friend's house. It is absolutely not a resort or hotel. Everyone has their own cottage or villa.
Author:   ryan p smith
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Review date:   August 7, 2018 7:22PM
Review:   Very private hide away property. The food is great and the staff is friendly. Grounds are well kept.
Author:   Quenella Dixon
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Review date:   May 6, 2018 7:19PM
Review:   Had a great Jamaican lunch here right by the beach. Want to experience the taste of luxury in paradise? It is right here!
Author:   Roxx Lynee
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