This month, most eyes are on the Caribbean, where two legendary names in hoteldom, with markedly different characters, are again welcoming guests after long closures. On Nevis, the much-garlanded Four Seasons Resort (www.fourseasons.com/nevis; from $430), devastated in October 2008 by hurricane Omar, reopens on December 15 fresh from a head-to-toe refinement: every one of the 196 guest rooms has been contemporised and even the beach has been fortified and landscaped to its former perfection.
And on Jamaica, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell’s GoldenEye (www.goldeneye.com; from $630) is again swinging after a similar sprucing-up: there are 23 units – six lagoon suites, five original villas plus 11 airy wood-clad cottages strung along the horseshoe bay and emerald lagoon – some of which are for sale, for whoever fancies owning a piece of the Fleming fantasy. Let the good times for which this getaway is known roll once more. (Pictured: the Royal Palm villa guesthouse at GoldenEye.)