I’ve Got Dreams to Remember from Golden Clouds

I originally scheduled this blog as part of my Musical Mondays, but it seems fitting to post it now after returning from Jamaica.

Readers of my books know I’m inspired by beautiful places. Ireland, Austria, and Thailand are just some of the countries I’ve set my stories in, but I haven’t written anything in the Caribbean … not yet, anyway—soon come (as the Jamaicans would say).

I gathered with ten amazing people for a week. Along with a fabulous staff who tended to our every need, we experienced the wonder of each other in an exquisite oceanfront villa called Golden Clouds.

gc pool

Located in Oracabessa about fifteen minutes from Ocho Rios, the villa boasts lush grounds, two swimming pools, and a Zen Garden.

golden clouds flowersOne could choose amongst numerous sitting areas to relax, read, or meditate. For those who preferred more activity, a tennis court and exercise room were also available.

golden clouds rest area

The coral reefs located off the private beach attracted colorful fish and other marine life, creating perfect conditions for snorkeling and diving.

gc pool and ocean

On a daily basis, Blossom, the head chef prepared three wonderful meals. The authors, musicians, and creative minds of our group got to know one another while feasting on delicious, fresh food. It was similar to a family gathering during the holidays—only better because we all got along so well! Even the Christmas tree was still up!

gc dining table

Here I am standing in front of a tree I don’t know the name of. Those spikes are prickly, and several people have suggested: Banyan, Ficus, or Cypress. I’d love to get a definitive answer, so if you know it, please leave the name in the comments. 😉

eden tree

I’ve traveled all over the Caribbean and stayed in some beautiful places, but Golden Clouds tops the list. Its intimate setting, attention to detail, and a library with over 1500 books make it unique. For authors and filmmakers, you’ll also appreciate the villa neighbors “Golden Eye”, once owned by Ian Fleming where he created his character, James Bond. Talk about inspiration for your next book or film!

 sunset over golden eye

Finally, “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” performed by Jamaican born, Toots Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals) echos how I feel after my amazing stay at Golden Clouds. It’s paradise on earth—a terrific place to rejuvenate and create dreams that will last a lifetime. I cannot recommend it highly enough for your next holiday.
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51 responses to “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember from Golden Clouds

  1. Yes girl, you need to write something about the Caribbean, that is my place 🙂 I know that I saw before that tree and I am pretty sure that in one of my ecologies classes I classified it but I don’t remember the name now. And yes, the Caribbean is gorgeous and sexy and is a place to dream a remember so dream on. But your photo in swimsuit is more gorgeous and sexy than the rest of the Caribbean 😉


  2. Wow, sounds just what the doctor ordered, and you look rather hot, Ms Baylee! But a gingham bikini? I can’t believe that 😉


  3. J

    Nice…looks relaxing!


  4. The sea, friends and great service– the perfect place to be! It does look like an inspiring place to be. It took me a few minutes to find the tree you were talking about, because, damn…, you look great in that bikini. Glad you had a great time, Eden!


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  6. M. Lee

    Looks like a stunning place for relaxation, inspiration and enjoying the company of great friends!


  7. With such warm “Dreams to Remember”, you should be more than amply inspired. And if the memories fade, you can always play Toots to bring them back.


  8. K Beadle

    Do you think our family doesn’t get along???

    Sent from my iPad


  9. Dear amazing and talented eden, you amaze us with you beauty once again and with your amazing pictures. So refreshing And enlightening. I cant wait for the next book. Thank you for sharing a little bit of paradise with us sweet eden hugs and love and love and glad you’re back xoxox


  10. Wow! What a beautiful place to visit, Eden! Jamaica is moving up a few notches on my list of future vacation spots. Oh, and the travel agency marketers need to put you on the cover of their Jamaica brochures. You look stunning in that bikini!


  11. *insert inappropriate whistle here*


  12. So happy you’re back. You were sorely missed. ❤

    The vacay looks so yummy, and so do you! Glad you had a fab time.


  13. Beautiful…. your thoughts, photos and imagination have already created a wonderful place in my mind. I feel as if i can close my eyes and become a apart of your world. I am awaiting more…I do not want it to end.


  14. @JasonDarrick

    One more reason that I need a passport. Looks like a lovely time, Eden.


  15. Gorgeous, Eden! What a fantastic getaway–now I’m jealous and planning… 🙂 So happy you had a wonderful time XOXOX


  16. Larry Enright

    Wow! (Can I say that?)


    • Of course you can, Larry! I said WOW too the first time I saw that crazy tree – and I think I’ve confirmed it to be Pandanus Utilis, otherwise known as the screw pine – which is neither a pine nor a palm, but a tropical tree native to Madagascar. Cool, isn’t it? 😉


  17. Haha! Christmas in Paradise. Hmm, sounds like it could be the title of your future book set in Jamaica! Pink is your color, forget black! Love that you had such a special time. Next time, get a group shot and include it, okey dokey? XOXO


  18. Casey

    Beautiful pics, Eden. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and gorgeous scenery to keep you occupied. Wish I could have come along.



  19. Just stunning! And Jamaica is okay too. 🙂


  20. Beautiful pics, Eden!

    I’m surprised you haven’t written anything set in the Caribbean… it’s just right for your genre, after all…


  21. Oh I am SO envious as its -7 outside and a snow storm is forecast this afternoon with up to 25cm of snow…know where I would rather be.

    Enjoy Anna x


  22. justinbog

    I haven’t felt sexy in so long. Your trip definitely fits the bill (and I’m sure helped with that mindset) and at least helps with dreams. Sounds and looks like a terrific trip. Thank you for sharing.


  23. your pictures and the write up sound wonderful.. gave me ideas for some writing thanks my wonderful eden ,,,, singing … dream another dream XOXO


  24. raymondbolton

    Hot pink is definitely your color, Eden. Actually, anything hot. 🙂


  25. A year and a half late, I’m thinking hot, HOT, pink! (Not the tree! Was there a tree behind the hot pink?) 🙂 Has to be a wonderful site…


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