|GoldenEye will be adding 26 more huts. // Photo by Christian Horan|
Travel Agent was in attendance Wednesday night for an event in New York City hosted by Island Outpost. We chatted with Marty Hillis, chief operating officer of the company, and got the skinny on GoldenEye's expansion plans.
GoldenEye in Jamaica is expanding to include 26 new beach huts, which will open at the end of the year, Hillis told Travel Agent. "She’been," a new restaurant and bar, and a new swimming pool are also being added to the property.
We were told the units will not include air conditioning as they will be strategically positioned to maximize the cool breezes that roll in from the ocean and surrounding hills.
These octagonal houses will be built at varying heights- all with beach or bay views and shuttered windows-allowing guests to enjoy the natural sounds of the environment. Hillis told us the cost of this project is $10 million. This is in addition to a significant investment that was made prior to GoldenEye reopening in December 2010.
Ann Hodges, Jamaica’s leading architect who was behind GoldenEye’s original villa and cottage accommodations, has been called upon to perfectly blend the huts with the property’s existing footprint.
Marika Kessler, interior designer, will illuminate the new accommodations with hues of blue, coral, green and purple and Royal Hut fine linen. The Huts will provide simple, contemporary Jamaican-style luxury, while preserving the iconic history of the property’s past.
Island Outpost is a collection of distinctive hotels and villas in Jamaica. It includes GoldenEye, The Caves, The Fleming Villa and Strawberry Hill.