Skyfall, the much-anticipated next instalment in the ever-popular James Bond series will premiere this week in cities like London and Paris (in the U.S. and Canada we’ll have to wait a little longer to get our 007 on). Regardless, we can all relish how Bond is a spy soaked in sophistication with the dazzling elegance of the hotels that he stays in. While you hum Adele’s new theme song, follow in the footsteps of Ian Fleming’s protagonist with a look at some of the hotels that have played memorable parts throughout the years.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Located in stunning Rajasthan – India’s ‘land of kings’- the Taj Palace will make any guest feel like royalty and it’s here that Roger Moore’s Bond encountered the wealthy and nefarious Octopussy and her troupe of spandex-clad protectors. Serious fans will be pleased to know that other palaces visited during the filming of Octopussy can easily be accessed from the hotel. Built in 1749, its facilities are top-of-the-line and every suite features stunning views of the lake.
The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
Known as ‘The Grand Dame of the East’, The Peninsula Hong Kong has only become more elegant with age. In The Man with the Golden Gun, James Bond confronts Andrea Anders – Scaramanga’s mistress – and is impressed about the fleet of green Rolls Royce limousines owned by the hotel. The helipad on the roof escorts hotel guests to and from the airport, or around the island. In addition, the hotel owns the oldest shopping arcade in Hong Kong, where visitors can stock up on luxury items before heading out to explore the rest of the island.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Sean Connery’s Bond experienced the luxuries that the Fontainebleau has to offer in Goldfinger, but Jill Masterson was less fortunate; it was here that a vengeful Oddjob painted her gold. The film opens with an aerial shot of the hotel, showcasing a building that has been voted among America’s favorite pieces of architecture. Since Goldfinger’s appearance at the hotel, Fontainebleau has undergone a $1 billion refurbishment that has only accentuated its 1950s allure. The hotel boasts 11 restaurants, bars and nightclubs, 6 pools and endless amounts of pure luxury.
The One & Only Ocean Club
In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig made his mark when he emerged from the sea onto one of this resort’s pristine beaches. The hotel was once a private estate, but now boasts manicured golf courses, perfect beaches and tranquil gardens that are based on the Palace of Versailles. With fresh seafood feasts and its very own casino, you can sip your dry martini in style at the One & Only Ocean Club.
Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia
James Bond’s famous chase scene in The Spy Who Loved Me culminates in Roger Moore driving his Lotus off the pier of the Hotel Pitrizza in Sardinia. Luckily, the car transforms into a submarine and Bond lives to die another day. However, a dramatic entrance is not necessary to enjoy everything this hotel has to offer. The Hotel Pitrizza is a perfect retreat for those wishing to enjoy traditional Sardinian cuisine in a peaceful atmosphere. It is the perfect romantic getaway, but there is also a golf course and underwater treasures to discover.
The Four Seasons, Canary Wharf
This glamorous hotel is featured in Skyfall, where the stunning swimming pool – complete with a view of the city, plays host to James Bond. Set amid the hustle and bustle of the area’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene, the hotel’s Quadrato Restaurant serves delicious modern Northern Italian cuisine, and guests can opt for a nightcap on a patio overlooking the Thames.