To coin a phrase

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The Bri­tish Colo­nial Hil­ton, Nas­sau, Ba­hamas: Sean Con­nery as Bond zipped about the Caribbean in Thun­der­ball (1965) and Nev­erSayNev­erA­gain (1983). (The ho­tel has cre­ated a 007 suite filled with Bond para­pher­na­lia.)

Lounge prob­a­bly wouldn’t put Tim­ber­line Lodge on her must-stay list; she is still hav­ing night­mares about the goings-on at ho­tels in Bar­tonFink and the John Cu­sack hor­ror flick 1408 . Hell­tels, both.

FIND of the week: Lead­ing Ho­tels of The World has re­leased its 2009 di­rec­tory; there are 19 new mem­bers in the main cat­e­gory and an ad­di­tional 20 un­der the Lead­ing Small Ho­tels of the World brand­ing. www.lhw.com.

LOUNGE loves: Alexan­der McCall Smith’s lady de­tec­tive Pre­cious Ramotswe in TeaTime­forthe Tra­di­tion­ally­Built (Lit­tle, Brown; $34.99). It’s the 10th in the se­ries and Lounge feels all is right with the world when bush tea-drink­ing Ramotswe is on the case.

LOUNGE loathes: Spa menus that prom­ise mes­meris­ing treat­ments; if Lounge wants to fall asleep and speak Swahili, she’ll see a hyp­nother­a­pist.

DEALS OF THE WEEK

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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