You’re Looking Swell, Dalai…

 

An old friend invited me to an intimate audience with the Dalai Lama at 8:30 on a Tuesday morning. Of course, I accepted, although, as it turned out, I had two conflicting funerals, a dentist’s appointment and a board meeting on the same day. But what better way to improve your karma than to start your day off with the ultimate rock star of Buddhist monks?

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What’s Good…

1. This view, from the living room of my father’s house, which I’ve been privileged enough to call home for 35 years.
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A Few of My Favorite Hotels…

Note that I didn’t say “the best,” although some of them are. At the same time, some of them are down-at-the-heels and far from fashionable, but I offer my rationale for each.

The Bangkok Oriental, Bangkok…

…because in one of the world’s most exotic cities, it sets the gold standard for luxury and service

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Farms, Barnard, VT…

…because there actually is a world-class, ultra-luxurious inn (complete with its own ski mountain) in Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Villa La Massa, Florence, Italy…

because this Medici Villa on the banks of the Arno (where David Bowie and Iman got married) is the sister hotel of the Villa d’Este in Lake Como, and it feels like the Tuscan countryside but it’s only 10 minutes from the Ponte Vecchio

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania…

…because it overlooks one of the most extraordinarily wild places on the planet but remains so civilized that the gin martini’s are chilled to 28 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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