The Cinema is Not Enough: The Top Three James Bond Inspired Hotel Destinations
James Bond fans can follow the footsteps of their favourite fictional secret service agent to mark the release of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, this November. Keen Bond buffs can sample 007-style Eastern Escapes with three The Luxury Collection hotels in Thailand and China in locations where Bond films were set.
In a salute to The Man with the Golden Gun, stay the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit at the heart of bustling Bangkok; sail to the magnificent James Bond Island from The Naka Island in Phuket; or experience Skyfall’s electric Shanghai scenes from the tranquility of Twelve at Hengshan.
Skyfall – Twelve at Hengshan, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Shanghai
Guests can immerse themselves in the heights and bright lights of Skyfall’s Shanghai before slinking back to sanctuary in the heart of the city at the Twelve at Hengshan. Located in one of the city’s most historic districts in China’s most cosmopolitan city, the luxury hotel encases a central ‘secret garden’ courtyard; a garden oasis within the hotel’s heart. Zen ambience of imported trees and flowing streams carries into the spa where guests can relax in the herbal steam room, or indoor heated pool or test their inner tough-guy under the ice fountain.
A stay at Twelve at Hengshan in a Deluxe King Bed room starts at approx. £157 (CNY 1,540) per room per night, including free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machine, based on two people sharing.
Address: 12 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District Shanghai, Shanghai 200031 China
The Man with The Golden Gun – The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket
Forget the gun duels and bad guys of The Man with The Golden Gun; this private, all-villa island, set just off the coast of Phuket, is the perfect secret escape. This secluded, coconut grove-laden island is encircled by white beaches and views of the Andaman Sea. And, just a short speedboat journey away, that will leave you not shaken, but stirred, lies the sublime James Bond Island. 67 villas, all equipped with private plunge pools and tropical gardens, reflect the indigenous culture and island surroundings but are equipped with the latest technology. The Naka Island also boasts the largest luxury spa in the region and is one of only two spas in Thailand that offers Watsu therapy.
A stay at Naka Island in a Seaview Pool Villa starts at £216 (THB 11,888) per room per night, including breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, taxes and private plunge pool, based on two people sharing.
Address: 32 Moo 5, Tambol Paklok, Amphur Thalang, Naka Yai Island, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
The Man with The Golden Gun – Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Guests can find their inner Bond at this 33-storey luxury hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s busy business and entertainment district. Guests enjoy a 24-hour butler service, including 3 pieces of complimentary laundry pressing and evening cocktails in Grand Deluxe rooms or suites. Suites include decadent Thai suites – authentically furnished with antiques, marble and teakwood. Marvel at the views of the city and Lake Ratchada and enjoy indulgent surroundings of Thai stone carvings and sculptural water features.
A stay at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in a Grande Room starts at approx. £93 (TBH 5,121) per room, per night. This includes free Wi-Fi for SGP members and is based on two people sharing.
Address: 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand