Travel Like Bond With DialAFlight
James Bond Holidays To Jamaica, The Bahamas, Miami & Venice
Master of espionage, James Bond is not one to be found in a budget B&B. This Casanova likes his hotels how he likes his women: elegant, sophisticated and well decorated. With the latest Bond film, Skyfall, due out later this month, tour operator DialAFlight (www.dialaflight.com / 0844 556 6060) has compiled its Top 007-related boltholes around the world. So hop on a plane, let the porter take your bags, and tell the barman how you prefer your Martini...
JAMAICA: Author and inventor of all things James Bond, Ian Fleming famously lived in Jamaica while writing his books. The first Bond adventures, Dr No, Live and Let Die and Octopussy are set among the palm trees and buzzing crickets of this Caribbean island. Here you can re-enact the scene where Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) strides out of the sea in a white bikini in the exact spot where it was filmed in Ocho Rios. Stay in Miss Taro's bungalow from Dr No which is now the luxurious Couples Sans Souci hotel, or alternatively, try out Fleming’s Jamaican home which has now become the uber-cool rock star retreat Goldeneye, dotted with trees planted by celebrities.
Follow Bond: book by 31 October and save 45 per cent on a week at the five-star Couples Sans Souci hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £1,349 per person, including flights from London with Virgin Atlantic. Valid for travel until 5 December 2012. Why not add on a couple of nights at Goldeneye too, from just £290 per person, per night with breakfast, including a 10 per cent discount?
THE BAHAMAS: Remember the scene in Casino Royale where Bond seduces his enemy’s girlfriend after watching her ride a horse along the white sand beach? This hotel, complete with stunning beach and all the watersports going on in the background, is the exclusive One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. A peaceful spa retreat with butler service, tennis courts and a picturesque golf course, why not stay here for your own slice of Bond action? Holiday romance optional!
Follow Bond: book by 31 October and enjoy seven nights for the price of five at the One&Only Ocean Club from £1,959 per person on a room-only basis, including flights from London with British Airways and a complimentary Casino Royale Martini on arrival for two adults. Valid for travel between 27 May and 19 June 2013.
MIAMI: During the film Goldfinger, our special agent is knocked out by creepy bad guy Oddjob before waking up to find the body of his latest conquest painted from head to toe in gold paint. This iconic scene was filmed in one of Miami’s famously hip landmarks, the Fontainebleu Miami Beach. Hop over for a few nights and soak up the party atmosphere around the pool and bustling bars. But don’t worry, huge refurbishments have taken place since the brown 70s wall paint in the film, creating a sleek, chic and contemporary base.
Follow Bond: book by 31 October and save 10 per cent off five nights at the Fontainebleu Miami Beach from £1,099 per person on a room only basis, including flights from London with Delta. Valid for travel until 14 December 2012.
VENICE: Venice has hosted some of the most memorable scenes from the 007 archive, including the speedboat chase in Moonraker where Bond’s gondola turns into a hovercraft, and the sinking hotel at the end of Casino Royale. Dr Goodhead’s hotel room in Moonraker is actually the €10,000a night Suite del Doge at the exquisite Hotel Danielli. This ex-14th century palace is lavishly appointed with pink marble, stained glass, gold leaves, chandeliers and antiques, and you can still soak up the unique atmosphere by staying there today. Better value, but still impressive suites are also available.
Follow Bond: book by 31 October and enjoy three nights at Hotel Danielli from £469 per person on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights from London with British Airways. Valid for travel from 1 to 27 November 2012.
Contact DialAFlight (www.dialaflight.com / 0844 556 6060).