To celebrate the release of the latest James Bond film, Spectre, this week, we at the Inspiring Travel Company have put together our list of luxury hotels and resorts that have played a part in the British spy film phenomenon...
Jamaica is considered to be the birthplace of Bond; Ian Fleming visited the island as a naval officer in 1942 and decided to live there after the war. His house, which he named GoldenEye, was built in 1945 and it was here that he wrote many Bond novels. Fleming died in 1964 and the property briefly owned by Bob Marley, but it's most recent incarnation is as a boutique luxury resort. Today guests at GoldenEye can choose one of 20 luxury cottages, or even stay in the expansive Fleming Villa; once home to the author himself.
In fact, Jamaica has many links to 007. It was here, on Ocho Rios beach that actress Ursula Andress first appeared from the sea in ‘that’ bikini. Why not hunt down that famous spot while on your own Jamaica luxury holiday? For Bond fans, we recommend a stay at the Half Moon, A RockResort, where one of the luxury cottages appeared as the spy's hotel room in 1973’s Live and Let Die.
For 'that' scene where Daniel Craig emerges from the ocean, you only need to cross the Caribbean Sea to the Bahamas. At the One&Only Ocean Club, you explore the setting for the 2006 Bond epic Casino Royale. The luxury suite where Bond and Solange hid away in the film actually exists and you can stay there if you so wish; ask a Travel Specialist about staying in a Villa Residence at this exclusive resort!
True Bond fans will remember the starring role played by the Orient Express in From Russia with Love, when a young Sean Connery starred as the charming spy. The fight scene aboard this iconic train is legendary, but guests travelling on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express today will find it a much more relaxing experience. Still, with a Champagne bar and its own art deco chic, you'll feel just as glamorous as a Bond girl!
If you'd like to stay at one of these iconic locations, or get more inspiration for a sophisticated luxury holiday, why not call one of our Travel Specialists now on 01244 355 600, or start a webchat?