We thought it would be fun to mark the release of the new Bond film, the brilliant Skyfall. From locations where the British Agent has saved the day, through to Ian Fleming’s private villa at GoldenEye in Jamaica, we have put together with some fantastic vacations based around 007.
Austrian Alps, The Spy Who Loved Me
How about pre-Christmas in a flagship Scott Dunn chalet? No cooking, no cleaning, just sit back and let our staff pamper you. There’s no better way to finish a day on the slopes than with a glass of Laurent-Perrier in the hot-tub under that stars. Bond, eat your heart out.
From £2,300pp for 7 nights in Chalet Artemis departing 16 December, including club class British Airways flights and a private transfer, plus free ski passes for all guests when booking the whole chalet.
Follow in 007’s footsteps with a stay at the stunning Ocean Club on Bahamas’s Paradise Island. This sublime and very exclusive bolthole is somewhere you may well expect to come across a glistening spy strolling out of the sparkling Caribbean waters. Stay from January to March and enjoy complimentary daily breakfast and 7 nights for the price of 5.
From £2,550pp (total saving £1,600) based on 2 adults sharing a Garden Room for 7 nights on a B&B basis, book by 01 Dec 2012.
Moonraker sees Bond taking in Brazil’s highlights. First, in Rio de Janeiro, he is attacked in his cable car by Jaws whilst riding up to the majestic Sugar Loaf Mountain. Later, he travels down the Amazon River and only just escapes death when his boat sinks into the mighty Iguassu Falls. Inspired by Bond, we can create you your very own classic Brazilian escape.
From £3,290pp based Scott Dunn’s Brazilian Escape for 2 people sharing for 11 nights on a B&B basis.
Egypt, The Spy Who Loved Me
Follow the route of Bond and his nemesis Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me with a week in Egypt. Spend 3 nights overlooking the Pyramids of Giza in the historic Oberoi Mena House before flying from Cairo to Luxor. Here you will embark on a 4 night cruise on the M.S. Nile Adventurer down the legendary River Nile to Aswan taking in all the ancient sites along the way.
From £2,175pp for 7 nights on a B&B basis in Cairo and full board on the boat, all sightseeing in Cairo and on the cruise is included.
Enjoy a “Licence to Chill” in the place where many a Bond novel was penned. GoldenEye was home to Ian Fleming and guests can still stay in Ian Fleming’s private villa with its 5 bedrooms and private beach. Now an uber trendy Jamaican hideaway, discover Goldeneye’s secrets and delights…
From £2,745pp based on 7 nights in a Lagoon Suite on a B&B basis with a $100 per room per day in resort credit.
Japan, You Only Live Twice
With a little help from Q, Bond is famous for his cutting edge gadgets and there is nowhere in the world that showcases this better than Japan, the setting for You Only Live Twice. Explore the dazzling sights of Tokyo, perhaps sharpening up your skills as a Samurai, before escaping into the countryside by Bullet Train. Enjoy the delicious cuisine and soak up the unique and varied culture.
From £4,950pp based on 2 sharing including all train travel and accommodation on B&B basis throughout, except half board at the Ryokans.
Las Vegas, Diamonds Are Forever
In Vegas be entertained at CIRCUS CIRCUS, the casino where Bond sent Tiffany to retrieve the diamonds but like all good Bond girls, she outwits him. Stay at the ultimate Vegas casino resort Encore at Wynn or for those looking for a sanctuary amongst the bright lights, The Mandarin Oriental. If you can pull yourself away, be very Bond and take a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon.
From £13,310 for a family of four (two adults and two children under 12) for 10 days on a room only basis and car hire for 6 days.
Madagascar, Casino Royale
Head to Madagascar’s wild southern coast to see some amazing wildlife including nocturnal lemurs, tiny spiny tenrecs (much like a hedgehog but with sharper spikes) and chameleon – ranging from an inch to two feet long! Stay at Mandrare River Camp in comfortable tents before heading to Manafiafy Beach Lodge, in luxurious cottages on the beach.
From £3,495pp (saving £440pp) for 2 sharing for 9 nights on a full board basis in a tented room at Mandrare and a cottage at Manafiafy, including activities, for travel from Nov 15 to Dec 20 2012.
Prague, Casino Royale
Large parts of Casino Royale were filmed in the picturesque city of Prague and our favorite hotel in the city, the Augustine. With parts of the property dating back to the thirteenth century, it certainly offers a ‘View to a Kill’ over the castle and its surroundings. Visit in December to see the city’s charming Christmas markets. This winter receive a free night OR a double room upgrade when booking a minimum two night.
From £845pp for 2 sharing for 4 nights in an Executive Room on a B&B basis, for travel until Feb 28 2013.
Seychelles, For Your Eyes Only
Head to the granite boulders and crystal clear waters of the Seychelles and stay in the suite that inspired Ian Fleming’s “For Your Eyes Only”. The Ian Fleming suite is the epitome of luxury at this tiny, adults only retreat in a quiet corner of Mahe. Book 60 days before your stay and enjoy 30% discount on your stay.
From £2,675pp (total saving £1,530) based on 2 people sharing the Ian Fleming Suite for 7 nights on a B&B basis.
South Africa, Diamonds Are Forever
Enjoy a perfect combination of the spectacular game-rich Sabi Sands and cosmopolitan Cape Town. Start with Sabi Sands staying at the beautiful Lion Sands River lodge, which overlooks the river and bush beyond. Then discover Cape Cadogan, a small boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town where you can take in all the highlights of the city.
From £2,520pp for 6 nights with 2 sharing in a standard room at Lion Sands including safari activities and in a Luxury Garden Pool Villa at Cape Cadogan, travel until 22 Dec.
St Petersburg, GoldenEye
Stay in true style at Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, where Bond had a steamy encounter with Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Situated on Nevsky Prospect, the best known of the city's boulevards; for over 130 years the hotel has played a central role in the life of St. Petersburg. We can arrange a trip to the world famous Mariinski Theatre and a sightseeing tour by luxury minivan rather than Soviet tank, to take in all the major sights!
From £950pp for a 3 nights in a Superior Room.
Swiss Alps, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Hit the snowy slopes of Zermatt in true Bond style with a stay in one of our luxury chalets. Chalets Louise and Zaphir have breath-taking views of the Matterhorn in a very enviable central location and this January you can also benefit from our free flights and transfers offer on the weeks departing 13th, 20th and 27th of January in both these chalets.
From £1,450pp based on 2 sharing a room in Chalet Louise (sleeps 10) on a half board basis.
Thailand, Man With The Golden Gun
An enduring and quintessentially “Bond” image is of the stunning limestone islands scattered through Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. From your very own hideaway at Six Senses Yao Noi, explore these waters by sleek speedboat in search of Scaramanga’s hideout and visit what has become known locally as ‘James Bond Island’. Enjoy a martini (shaken not stirred) at the bar, with views to die for of the turquoise waters and beautiful islands, before enjoying a Bond film under the stars.
From £2,995pp based on 2 adults sharing an Ocean Pool Villa.
Head to Octopussy’s floating palace on the lake in Udaipur for a magical 4 night stay combined with 2 nights in Mumbai. Set out by car to see the Monsoon Palace, whose exterior was used as Kamal Khan’s palace in the film. This is an ideal winter sun getaway or as part of a tailored itinerary through Rajasthan.
From £2,115pp for 4 nights in the Taj Lake Palace in a Palace Room and 2 nights in the Taj Mahal Palace. Mumbai in a Luxury Grand Room both on a B&B basis, travel 1st Nov 2012 to 15th Apr 2013 (excl. Christmas & New Year).
Uganda, Casino Royale
Uganda is a land of contrasts. Explore the country in the company of your expert guide, starting in the mountainous northern reaches of Kidepo Valley National Park with its prolific wildlife. Go on to Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest, where you will have the chance to walk and view endangered mountain gorillas. Watch in awe these gentle giants and their families up close, as they interact and play together.
From £6,690pp based on 2 sharing for 7 nights on a fully inclusive basis including safari activities and a trip to see the gorillas.
Venice, Casino Royale
Venice has been the star of Moonraker, From Russia with Love and Casino Royale. A short break at the ultra-luxurious, boutique hotel Bauer Il Palazzo will beat ‘The Living Daylights’ out of any other weekend away! You can take breakfast on Venice's highest roof terrace with panoramic views of the city and this April you can stay 3 nights for the price of two.
From £975pp for 2 sharing for a 3 night stay in a Deluxe Room with view for travel this April.