DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- James Bond lives his life like he drinks his martinis, "shaken, not stirred," and this week, Hotels.com® is helping travelers everywhere live by this mantra, just like the spy himself. In honor of the famously handsome spy's Golden Anniversary and new movie, Skyfall, Hotels.com has marked the top destinations where Bond has seduced, spied, and refined his sophisticated palate.
"Bond is an iconic secret agent and a distinguished globetrotter," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media, North America at Hotels.com. "He's an admirable example of a traveler who immerses himself in his voyages and always manages to fit in some leisure time, even when traveling for business. In celebration of his 50 years of exemplary journeys, Hotels.com encourages travelers to harness their own romantic side or adventurous ego by planning a trip to a signature James Bond locale."
Bond, the Seducer
Bond isn't the only one having a Golden Anniversary. Jamaica, the inspirational destination where Ian Fleming wrote the original James Bond novels, is celebrating its 50th year as a country. Accordingly, this sexy Caribbean isle is the perfect place for an anniversary celebration, a honeymoon or a luxurious romantic getaway. Couples can stay at GoldenEye Hotel and Resort, which is situated on a secluded beach, nestled in the lush landscape of Jamaica. Bond-wannabees and their lovers can hide away in a one bedroom cottage or the Lagoon Suites with a private veranda and dock. Close by is Mystic Mountain, where hearts will skip a beat in a state-of-the-art chairlift that soars 700 feet above the Jamaican rainforest. If that doesn't woo the lady, bathing in the cascading Dunn's River Falls certainly will, as it is one of the settings in the first James Bond movie with Sean Connery. To top off the trip, have Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours transport you to the airport lounge in a luxury vehicle—a request Bond himself would make.
Bond, the Spy of Spies
For travelers seeking the perfect place to act like a professional spy, Hotels.com recommends the peninsula of Macau. Extending from China's mainland and reaching toward Hong Kong, Macau is a covert gaming haven, boasting the top casino market in the world. Originally a Portuguese territory, its streets today are still uniquely tiled and lined with colorful shuttered apartments. Casa Real Hotel exemplifies the best of Macau's worlds—with architecture inspired by the Portuguese, dining inspired by the Chinese, and a first-rate casino. When double-agent travelers exhaust their gambling skills, streets can be staked for Chinese gold, pearls and jade—Macau doesn't tax these items. Roger Moore may have taken this advice in the ninth Bond movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun." The 007 experience can be concluded with a walk through the crypts right behind the ruins of St. Paul and a bungee jump right off the 10th tallest free standing structure in the world—James Bond would do it.
Bond, the Culture Connoisseur
Daniel Craig's starring role as James Bond brought him to the Czech Republic—a virtual crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. Because of its location, bordered by Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia, the Czech Republic is rich in cultural influences. Available for the sleuth on a mission are sites full of history, like Karlstejn, the home of the Czech King and Roman Emperor in 1348, or the Kladruby monastery, one of the oldest in the country. No need to become fluent like Bond, but it would be useful to learn Czech keywords in order to grab some Pilsners, bread dumplings and hearty meat dishes at local eateries without English menus. The Archibald at the Charles Bridge hotel in Prague is as accessible as the country itself. There is free Wi-Fi for the connected businessman and complimentary breakfast for the spy on the go. Prague is the ultimate location for the secret agent who needs to meet important people and experience many cultures around the globe, and the ultimate location for the traveler who wants to see it all.
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Ashley Aberbach, Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
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