We’re all waiting with bated breath for April 2020’s No Time to Die that’ll (likely) be the conclusion of Daniel Craig’s time as the spy. In the meantime, explore for these experiences that’ll make you feel like the debonair agent himself. Not included: Walther PPKs, exploding ball-point pens or megalomaniacal one-eyed villains.
Oliver’s Travels isn’t new to luxe and out-there experiences: One of their Valentine’s Day experiences unveiled in 2014 was a chance to join the Mile Low club via a submarine complete with a sensuous dining menu, lounge, and an optional shower for two.
This £90,000 (S$162,000) sojourn for 8 – 12 people, however, begins with a private helicopter transfer to Talamon Tower in Siena, a spectacular clifftop six-bedroom villa within the ancient watchtower that was featured in Quantum of Solace.
The villa offers superb views of the coastline, Tyrrhenian Sea and surrounding pine forests. The luxurious interior is replete with contemporary comforts and perfect for a relaxing getaway with private pool, outdoor terrace and an idyllic private beach.
A butler will greet you with martinis, the traditional superspy drink. He will be close at hand throughout the stay to arrange any additional bespoke 007 experiences you’d like.
Prepare to tear through the Tuscan countryside some of classic Bond supercars like the Aston Martin DB5 (Skyfall), Bentley Mark IV (From Russia with Love) and Ford Mustang (Diamonds are Forever).
Now that you’ve experienced land and air extravagance a la 007, complete the trifecta with a coastline-hugging speedboat ride that ends at Michelin-starred Il Pellicano for traditional Italian dining.
A cocktail masterclass with an experienced Tuscan mixologist as well as a game of Texas Hold’em with a professional poker dealer round off the ode to the iconic fictive spy to make sure you’ll never be caught flat-footed at the bar or casino.
The package also includes a fully-stocked fridge with local delights and one dinner prepared at the villa by a private chef.
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Round Hill Hotel and Villas
If you’re looking for a more personal experience for you and your belle, look to Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel and Villas that has just launched their Secret Agent package. Be prepared for a laidback seaside affair: the package comes with daily breakfast and afternoon tea, water sports (non-motorised, to protect the reefs) like windsurfing or kayaking, and a daily glass-bottom boat tour.
The gorgeous rooms are designed by Ralph Lauren to evoke nothing but convivial Carribean warmth, and come with amenities from Ralph Lauren’s Home collection. The louvered windows reveal the stunning azure bay and white sand beach – reminiscent of every Bond beach scene ever.
Speaking of 007, the secret agent excursion that comes with the package is a throwback to the eighth film in the franchise – 1973’s Live and Let Die, Moore’s first foray as the spy – with a tour of the Rose Hall Great House and Jamaica Swamp Safari. Yes, that’s the iconic crocodile-jumping escape was filmed – with real crocodiles and a fake Roger Moore).
No James Bond experience is complete without cocktail lessons, and the Secret Agent package is no exception: you can learn how to make ‘the Vesper Martini’ and many others at the Shaken Not Stirred mixology class.
For true fans of the amative spy, shell out an additional S$7,700 and opt for the Spy for a Day experience to get a sneak peek into filming locations for No Time to Die, including: a helicopter ride to Port Antonio, with a stopover at Piggy’s Jerk Shack, the local watering hole for cast and crew during filming; a picnic lunch at Folly Oval; a visit to the Blue Lagoon, the filming location for Dr No; and ending with a boat ride to Pellew Island.
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