Five Best: Hotels for barflies

The premier resorts to enjoy a drink, whatever your poison
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Goldeneye, Jamaica

Goldeneye, Jamaica

A true tropical hideaway and former home of the James Bond author Ian Fleming, Goldeneye is one of the Caribbean's coolest hotels. Part of a portfolio of properties owned by the Island Records entrepreneur Chris Blackwell, this is definitely one for the well-heeled party crowd. Goldeneye's chic, brightly coloured villas overlook the sea and boast luxuries such as private beaches and up-to-the-minute stereo systems. All the villas have their own kitchens equipped with "maxibars" containing full-size bottles of your favourite tipple, plus all the necessary accessories to mix your perfect cocktail. In true 007 style, this should be a martini, shaken not stirred.

Goldeneye, Oracabessa, St Mary, Jamaica (001 876 975 3354; www.islandoutpost.com). Doubles cost $895 (£477) a night, all-inclusive

Hotel du Vin, England

The latest addition to the Hotel du Vin fold, the Henley branch opens on 7 March, housed in what was, until very recently, the old Brakspear's brewery. Only 50 yards from the river, the buildings date back to the 16th century and will soon be home to 43 bedrooms, a bistro, a billiard room and an all-important bar. Like the rest of the Hotel du Vin chain, this will have the requisite well-stocked wine cellar (in this case a 600-bin list), plus lots of wines available to try by the glass. And, if that doesn't quench your thirst, you can always spend the night in the old brew tower, a suite that comes complete with a wet-room set in the old brewing copper.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Brakspears Brewery, New Street, Henley-on-Thames (01491 848400, www.hotelduvin.com). Doubles will start at £115 a night, without breakfast

Santé Winelands Hotel and Spa, South Africa

This hotel, 30 minutes' drive outside Cape Town, may be set in South Africa's picturesque Franschhoek wine region but you don't actually have to drink the stuff to make the most of your time here. If you're in the market for a bit of pampering, the hotel's spa offers everything from shiraz grape-seed scrubs and chardonnay cocoon wraps to a signature "vinotherapy" treatment, an anti-oxidant rejuvenating cure designed to improve circulation. If you would rather go the traditional route, the hotel's dedicated sommelier is always on hand to offer plenty of advice.

Santé Winelands Hotel and Spa, Simonsvlei Road, Road 45, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, South Africa (00 27 21 875 8100; www.santewellness.co.za). Double rooms start at R2,627 (£236), with breakfast

The Turnberry, Scotland

Recently voted Scotland's best leisure hotel by readers of UK Condé Nast Traveller magazine, the Turnberry has been a fixture on the country's blustery west coast since 1906, when it opened predominantly as a golf resort. These days the golf is still a big draw - partly thanks to the on-site Colin Montgomery golf academy, but it also has a spa, an up-market restaurant and a cosy Whisky Bar. The latter is stocked with more than 130 malts and plays host to whisky weekends complete with tastings, distillery tours and a piped-in dinner.

The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland (01655 331000; www.turnberry.co.uk). Until 28 February 2005, doubles start at £159 per night, with breakfast. Whisky weekends cost £595 with two-nights' half-board accommodation

Nordic Sea, Sweden

The Nordic Sea in the centre of Stockholm was one of the first hotels to have a bar made of ice - in this case a large hunk of the frozen river Torne. Now in its third year of operation, it shows no signs of losing its lustre. Wander past on a weekend evening and it's packed with drinkers huddled in the hotel's shiny silver ponchos in an attempt to keep warm, downing Absolut Vodka cocktails served in natty ice glasses.

Nordic Sea Hotel, Vasaplan, Stockholm (00 46 8 5056 3000; www.nordichotels.se). Doubles start at Skr1,390 (£107) with breakfast. Entry to the Absolut Icebar costs Skr125 (£9.60) for hotel guests and Skr140 (£10.70) for non-residents

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