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Holiday Like James Bond On These Sophisticated City Breaks

If you’re looking for a luxury city break, check this list of the most sophisticated getaways.

Every high roller wants to holiday like James Bond. Effortlessly cool, all the best gear and the sexiest ladies.

But anyone can have a bit of the secret agent lifestyle if you know where to head to.

These sophisticated city breaks will have you feeling like 007 in no time.

Venice, Italy

The City on the lagoon is instantly recognisable and is the very definition of la dolce vita! Stacked full of history and art, cool speedboats, grand hotels and even some damn fine casinos.

Arrive in style: Speedboat taxi from the airport has got to be the only way to arrive. Unless you want to arrive by helicopter?

Ultimate digs: The Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island is the hotel from Casino Royale, a stunning retreat from the bustle of the city. But if you want to be right in the action, Hotel Boscolo overlooks Piazza San Marco and is the choice for those that want to be in the action.

High Roller Hot Spot: Where else would you want to be seen than Casino de Venezia? The annual Film Festival takes place in Lido, a spit of land just across the water from Venice. Or in the early part of the year, cavort like a true Venetian at the Carnevale.

Grand Canal Venice


Easily one of the coolest cities in Asia, Singapore is a playboys playground. World class dining and nightlife, culture, sports and a super cool skyline. Turn up in time for the Formula One to really get your swagger on.

Ultimate digs: For the ultimate view of the city in the coolest building in town, it’s all about Marina Bay Sands. From the infinity pool on the roof to the casino downstairs, this is a high rollers dream.

High Roller Hot Spot: Head to Raffles Hotel for the essential Singapore Sling cocktail in grand surroundings. Marina Bay Sands, as mentioned, has it all including that infinity pool. Clark Quay is where Singapore hangs out with an assortment of cool night spots.

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore


Dubai, UAE

Big, brash and glitzy – this is a city to see and be seen in. Glitzy hotels, private beaches and a lot of cool cars. Not to mention bustling souks and massive malls. If you’re out to splash the cash then Dubai can be a gentlemans dream.

Tour in style: See that cool skyline from the air in a seaplane! Or if you’re more into cruising on land then hire a supercar to impress the locals.

Ultimate digs: It’s got to be the Burj al Arab, an icon of Dubai.

High Roller Hot Spot: Camel Racing is big in Dubai, with the royal family big afficionados. Considering it’s in the desert, Dubai also has several world class golf courses worthy of a high roller weekend.

Burj al Arab and Dubai city skyline


Miami, USA

The USA is full of fun cities and you could equally make a case for New Orleans or Las Vegas. But Miami has that Latin cool vibe, the palm fringed beaches, the art deco styling…

Think Miami Vice cool.

Add top class nightlife, stunning beaches and the opportunity to cruise around on a speedboat and what more do you need for a cool city break?

Ultimate digs: EDITION on Miami Beach is one of the coolest hotels in the city. It’s so cool it’s even got it’s own nightclub, bowling alley and outdoor cinema!

High Roller Hot Spot: Surely you’ve gotta roll like you’re in Miami Vice and go for a speedboat tour of the city. For nightlife you’ll be spoiled for choice with clubs like LIV, Blackbird Ordinary and Skybar.

Ocean Drive, Miami – credit: zopalic


Istanbul, Turkey

East meets West in buzzing Istanbul. A city full of adventure, mystique and amazing cultural experiences. From Hagia Sofia to the plethora of buzzing markets – this is a city that can keep you indefinitely entertained.

With it’s mix of modern and classical culture, Istanbul is a great place to shop. Haggle hard at the Grand Bazaar for one of a kind rugs and ornaments.

Ultimate digs: Istanbul has plenty of awesome spots from great views. Four Seasons at Sultanhammet has awesome views of the Hagia Sofia.

High Roller Hot Spot: Get your swagger on at Leb-i-Derya, a cool rooftop bar overlooking the bustling Bosphorous. Then party the night away at Unter.

Multicultural Istanbul. Credit: xxoxtayxx

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