You can holiday like 007 at Ian Fleming’s luxury Jamaican retreat

He wrote all the James Bond novels at the Goldeneye villa, now available to rent

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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James Bond was born in Jamaica. Okay, technically he’s a British spy, but author Ian Fleming dreamt up his tales of espionage while residing on a private island in the Caribbean. So if you’re looking for his spiritual birthplace, it’s here. 

The writer built his Goldeneye villa on the shorefront, and when he wasn’t putting pen to paper, spent much of his time swimming in the surrounding waters. And ahead of the latest film release, you can live out that opulent lifestyle in this very house. 

No Time to Die, the new Bond film, is coming out next week. The frankly exasperating wait has presumably been felt by no one more than Daniel Craig, who is famously fed up with the franchise. Not to worry, though, as Goldeneye is now available to rent without any of the stresses of being actual Bond (so leave that AK47 at home, if you will).

Goldeneye interior
Photograph: Winged Boots

Instead, guests are treated to spacious bedrooms and a private beach. There are housekeeping staff on hand, meaning cocktails are never far away. And the design of the place is stunning: we’re talking low-slung modernist furniture, traditional Caribbean shutters, and freestanding baths fit for any 00 agent. The balcony, meanwhile, offers incredible views out over the ocean.

In Fleming’s day, guests included the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Noël Coward and Truman Capote. Jay-Z, Grace Jones and Kate Moss are also said to adore it. Now, you and nine other guests can join their ranks from £312 a night – just head over to the Winged Boots website. 

Can’t wait for No Time to Die? Here’s our ranking of the best James Bond movies of all time.

Plus: these are the 10 best James Bond theme songs

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