While MGM’s financial woes mire Bond’s future in uncertainty, his past still makes for rich pickings. Ian Fleming’s 52-acre estate on Jamaica’s north coast (where he lived and wrote all 14 of the original Bond novels) has been a relatively modest hotel for 15 years, and now its owner, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, has decided to upgrade, spending $50 million to turn the once-modest operation into a lavish 23-room property. There are several Lagoon Suites hitched above the water with their own docks, but the best spot is Fleming’s original villa, which sleeps ten and has its own pool and private beach. Amid the raft of luxury touches, one of the best is also the simplest: in each room, Blackwell has pre-loaded the Squeezebox sound system himself with music from, yes, Island artists.
Opening in October; rooms from $535, www.islandoutpost.com
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