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Bond-Worthy Holiday Escapes with a Licence to Thrill!

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Published 29/09/2021 Bond-Worthy Holiday Escapes with a Licence to Thrill!


There's no better way to celebrate the release of a brand-new Bond movie than with a decadent break that oozes with timeless glamour.

We're thinking private islands and lavish estates, expertly camouflaged lairs, and panoramic vistas to (live and let) die for.

So get ready to shake AND stir your holiday appetite, with our hand-selected list of premium Bond-worthy escapes... Vesper Martinis and cheesy one-liners sadly not included!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Marqués de Riscal | Spain

The Harpy Houseboat

The Harpy Houseboat

Welcome aboard London's oldest houseboat, The Harpy, with unrivalled majestic views of Tower Bridge. For a floating break with a difference; in the heart of London but with a sense of getting away from it all - a stay aboard the amazing four-bedroom Harpy Houseboat.  The Harpy spent much of the last century as 'HMS Harpy'; an Edwardian Customs & Excise pontoon office,…

High Trodigal

High Trodigal

A luxurious earth-sheltered cottage built to blend with the ancient hills of Kintyre, for a romantic five-star retreat to remember. Blazing golden sunsets become even more beautiful when viewed from the magnificent elevated platform offered by High Trodigal, a natural stone cottage built into the hillside itself. Stunningly surrounded by the ancient hills of Kintyre, discover High Trodigal in…

Fog Signal Building

Fog Signal Building

A romantically unspoilt building steeped in historic charm, set on the wildly windswept Dungeness coast. It isn't hard to see why Fog Signal Building has featured in Kent Life as the perfect setting for a ‘mini-moon'. Infused with all the refreshing sights and sounds of the sea and with direct access to the coast, your romantic location is the unique, windswept shingle beach of Dungeness,…

Euromast

Euromast

Live the high life with your head in the clouds, in an exclusive suite set within the highest building in the Netherlands. Originally built to host the world's largest flower exhibition, and a proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers (joining the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building, no less), Rotterdam's Euromast is the only place to stay if you want to combine sightseeing…

Ješted

Ješted

Live amongst the clouds in the unique and award-winning Liberec Hotel Ješted, set at an arresting altitude of over 3,000 feet. Awarded the prestigious Perret Prize for its innovative architecture, and a proud symbol of the Czech Republic's Liberec region, Hotel Ješted is no ordinary place to rest your head. For starters, with an altitude of over 3,000 feet you'll be resting your head…

The Underwater Room

The Underwater Room

Relax and watch rare fish swim by, from the extreme comfort and beauty of a shimmering Zanzibar underwater idyll. If you've ever wondered about the exact location of paradise, we can give you directions. The Manta Resort is a stunningly serene, naturally crafted sanctuary found on the remote Zanzibar island of Pemba.   The eco-friendly resort is a tropical island tribute to the calm…

The Arctic Hideaway

The Arctic Hideaway

Recharge your batteries and find your muse at the Arctic Hideaway, an exquisite cluster of houses on the remote Norwegian island of Fleinvær. Fordypningsrommet, the architect-designed brainchild of a Norwegian composer and musician, means "room for deeper studies", and in this cluster of raised single-function houses - one of which is dedicated solely to contemplation - you can detox from…

Atelier House

Atelier House

Atelier House is a uniquely lavish luxury villa, set just 500 metres from the idyllic platinum west coast of Barbados. Ever fancied staying in your very own private five-star boutique hotel? One that evokes a clean-lined and immaculate art gallery, with contemporary architecture that showcases spectacular tropical island views?   Regularly used as a filming and photography location…

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses are a contemporary duo of master-designed holiday homes that reflect the breathtaking natural beauty of Northern Italy. You surely couldn't wish for a more beautiful holiday setting than Northern Italy's South Tyrol, which occupies a special position in the heart of Europe.  Spectacular natural landscapes are assured here, with the Dolomites mountain range providing a…

Solo Office

Solo Office

Jaw-droppingly innovative architecture, secluded amongst untouched forest land set within the mountainous ‘Spanish Tuscany'. The Solo Houses project has been making huge waves in the architectural world, with very good reason. Set in Cretas, a natural and untouched forest setting in the mountainous Spanish region of Matarraña (known as ‘Spanish Tuscany'), the ongoing project…

Pedras Salgadas Park

Pedras Salgadas Park

Architect-designed treehouses and eco-houses, set within a magical century-old spa and nature park in northern Portugal. Filled with enchanting winding paths, and framed by a unique backdrop of lush valleys and mountains, the breathtaking Pedras Salgadas Park boasts 20 hectares of natural beauty.   Once a favoured destination for Portuguese royalty, you'll discover plenty of…

Cycladic Private Island

Cycladic Private Island

A luxury retreat for families and friends amongst clear turquoise waters and soft sand, infused with the magical myth and legend of ancient Greece. Nestled in the Aegean Sea and steeped in ancient legend, the Cyclades islands are known the world over for their breathtaking beaches and rugged landscapes, dotted with traditional blue-and-white towns that overlook the sea. If you've ever…

El Coyol Private Island

El Coyol Private Island

A breathtaking and beautifully refined private Nicaraguan oasis that's just for you and your favourite people. Enjoy some of the most spectacular views you'll ever see from El Coyol, a private island exquisitely positioned on the freshwater Lake Nicaragua. Featured in the Evening Standard as one of the world's most breathtaking private islands, El Coyol offers blissful seclusion,…

AirShip 2

AirShip 2

View the Scottish Highlands at their most breathtaking, from the romantic comfort of a deliciously secluded, architect-designed pod. AirShip 2 was designed by the renowned firm of architects, Roderick James - whose philosophy is to create versatile living spaces with more than a touch of fun and informality! So you can rest assured that you won't be greeted by a traditional, square-roomed…

The Houseboat

The Houseboat

An awe-inspiring, award-winning architectural masterpiece, featuring spectacular beachfront views out to Lake Pier and Poole Harbour. The winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects' coveted Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2017, The Houseboat boasts the ‘wow factor' in buckets-and-spades. Cleverly constructed to resemble two upturned boat hulls, the house is flooded with natural light from…

Manowce

Manowce

An elegant and historic palace, exquisitely decorated and surrounded by sweeping woodland, for the ultimate in luxurious group and individual stays. You could say that Manowce, a supremely photogenic palace located in Poland that dates back to the early 1900s, occupies the perfect remote location. Not only is the ornate building set on the shore of an idyllic bay next to the Baltic Sea, it's…

The Island Cornwall

The Island Cornwall

Gaze dreamily out at the Atlantic Ocean, from the sumptuous comfort of your very own private, palm-fringed paradise. * Please note this property is fully booked for 2021, and booking for 2022 is not yet open * Perched proudly on top of a 70ft rock stack that soars high above Newquay's famed Towan Beach, The Island promises to cast you blissfully adrift from the rest of the world.  …

Lightship Amsterdam

Lightship Amsterdam

A cutting-edge floating haven, crafted by an award-winning architect, and peacefully moored in North Amsterdam's creative hub. Bobbing proudly and peacefully in Amsterdam-Noord is the vibrant red Lightship Amsterdam, a historic ship offering luxurious accommodation for two. Perfectly moored just minutes away from the iconic city centre, you can relax in a sumptuous on-board suite... that was…

007 Mill

007 Mill

A unique, historic James Bond-themed windmill, complete with private mooring on the sparkling Norfolk Broads...  for panoramic views to (a) thrill! 007 Mill, nestled on its very own ‘island' in the shimmering Norfolk Broads, is the ideal escape for would-be secret agents in need of a well-deserved break!   Better still, you get to bring the family and the dogs along to enjoy the fun,…

De Bossche Kraan

De Bossche Kraan

An architect-designed ‘luxury hotel room' in a crane nestled above the water, with rotational Old Town and city views from the south of the Netherlands. The Tramkade is a former industrial area in the southern Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (known locally as Den Bosch.)   Once home to a procession of factories, over time the district has transformed into a buzzing, culture-rich hub,…

The Pole House

The Pole House

A wow-factor Australian icon, architecturally renovated and suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach for a view-filled holiday quite unlike any other.Originally built by Frank Dixon back in 1978, The Pole House is one of the most photographed places on Australia's Great Ocean Road - and with good reason!Dramatically suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach, and newly renovated by a master…

Grahall Estate

Grahall Estate

A magnificent Scottish castle-inspired retreat for the ultimate in large group breaks, in prime position on top of Hawk's Mountain for epic views of Vermont.Inspired by Scotland's ancient loch-side castles, Grahall Estate is spectacularly positioned on top of Hawk's Mountain in Vermont, amongst over 240 private acres that showcase the neighbouring ski mountains and shimmering, moat-like ponds to…

Futuro at Marston Park

Futuro at Marston Park

A rare, out-of-this-world escape aboard a fascinating piece of history, lovingly restored by its artist owner and secluded in a Somerset glade with idyllic lake views. There’s nothing run-of-the-mill about Marston Park, a “playground for creativity” beautifully located between Frome and Bruton in Somerset. Here, guests can create their own masterpieces in furnished canvas studio-suites set…

Big Sky Earthship

Big Sky Earthship

A sustainable, off-grid retreat with a cocktail bar and a wood-fired sauna, surrounded by an exhilarating private mountain trail and endless fresh-air pursuits in Big Sky Montana. Crafted from natural and upcycled materials, an Earthship is an simple, off-grid retreat that's powered by Mother Nature... so you can experience sustainable living to its fullest. Set within 20 acres of unspoilt,…

Camellia

Camellia

A laid-back, Californian-style treehouse that's rich in hotel-worthy luxury, sustainably crafted and nestled on a peaceful, purpose-built site in rural Oxfordshire.Expertly constructed to resemble a brilliant blue wave, Camellia is a unique and distinctive treehouse that boasts Californian style, luxury facilities, and eco-friendliness in spades.Ideal for a romantic couple, the self-contained…

Marqués de Riscal

Marqués de Riscal

Experience a sensational, master architect-designed hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, set in the picturesque foothills of Spanish wine country.Designed by Frank Gehry (dubbed "the most important architect of our age" by Vanity Fair) Marqués de Riscal is a jaw-dropping retreat, at which no attention to luxurious detail has been spared.You'll notice the spectacular titanium exterior first;…

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