Ian Fleming Villa, GoldenEye Jamaica
With a gin-and-bitters in hand, and gazing out onto the impossible azure of the Caribbean Sea, you’ll perhaps be just as inspired as Ian Fleming was when he stayed in this infamous villa, part of GoldenEye.
Overlooking Oracabessa Bay, near Ocho Rios, this is where the writer created the world’s most notorious character – James Bond – and wrote all 14 books in the Bond series. It is found within its own parcel of land, and the three-bedroom villa comes with two ‘baby’ cottages, a private beach and pool. In fact, the whole, mini estate is big enough for your own entourage of ten (Russian spies, optional).
There’s a resident chef, who will conjure up jerk chicken or lobster burgers on demand and take you to local food markets for a hands-on experiences, while the in-house butler will ensure drinks are shaken, not stirred. A claw-footed tub in the garden and Fleming’s original writing desk are some of the details which have kept this property on speed dial with a starry guest list, wanting to check-in and chill out Jamaican-style. Sleeps ten, from £4,790pn (£479pp), three-night minimum. theflemingvilla.com