May 12, 2004
MUSIC INDUSTRY and hotel mogul Chris Blackwell is to expand the Goldeneye property located in the parish of St. Mary, Wednesday Business understands.
The original three bedroom Fleming House was the dwelling where the English thriller writer, Ian Fleming wrote 17 of his Bond books.
The property houses a number of villas, namely Honeychile, Villa 2, Tiffany Case and Domino and Villa 3-Romanov, Solitaire and Vesper. Royal Palm is a magnificent waterfront villa where each of the bedrooms are their own inclusive spacious building.
The plan is to expand the number of villas and to add some guest houses. Goldeneye is located in the village of Oracabessa and includes James Bond Beach which has become a venue for concerts and shows.
Chris Blackwell also owns and runs a number of eclectic hotel resorts including Jakes, an enclave of 15 cottages created by theatrical designer Sally Henzell.
The Caves Hotel in Negrill, 10 hand-crafted cottages designed by Greer-Ann and Bertram Saulter and Strawberry Hill, Irish Town, 12 cottages designed by Ann Hodges. Mr. Blackwell is also the creator of Island Village, a retail and entertainment centre aimed at the Ocho Rios many tourists and cruise ship visitors.
Mr. Blackwell began Island Records in 1959 with the company recording many of Bob Marley’s classic albumss.
by Al Edwards, Financial Editor
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