JAMAICA'S NEW SKYLARK HOTEL IS BRINGING BACK 1960S ISLAND GLAMOUR

The highly anticipated Skylark Negril Beach Resort is opening its doors in June.
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To write his James Bond novels, author Ian Fleming was inspired by the otherworldly Caribbean beachscapes of northern Jamaica, where he famously kept a sprawling estate. But had he traveled to the western coast to stay at the new Skylark resort, who knows what far-fetched spy games he would have concocted for agent 007?
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Opening in June, the 28-room, two-acre property is located on the beautiful “Seven Mile” oceanfront of Negril. It’s the sister property of the storied Rockhouse, where Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones used to spend downtime between tours. In fact, the overall design and soft palette harken back to that period when, in the 1960s and ’70s, Negril was a destination for bohemian jetsetters and celebrities.
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On the premises will be the first Jamaican outpost for New York’s Miss Lily’s restaurant, serving Chef Andre Fowles’s signature Caribbean cuisine with a contemporary twist; and the Skylark spa, where guests can indulge in a massage and facial.
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If Fleming were alive, after a day of sunbathing on the hotel’s 220-foot beach, he’d surely be found at the bar with a vodka martini in hand. Shaken, not stirred. Rooms from $175 in high season.