Simply Sunday. The gal spends at least 300 nights a year in luxury hotels and it would be difficult to remember one from t’other if there were not distinguishing factors. Now this photo was not taken by me, but by a dear friend who opted to spend his birthday at the Serena in Kabul (WHY, in Afghanistan, beats me but he is one of those all-time adventurers – he would have been competition for Lord Byron or even George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman in earlier times). As he left the hotel, the entire management staff lined up to wave him goodbye. What a lovely thought. What a lifetime memory.
I had that recently, too, at the splendid new Ritz-Carlton Bangalore. I shall always remember GM Shane Krige and his colleagues and their big smiles. A great farewell makes luxury stand out from the commoditised rest-of-the-pack. We need memories to make the most of investing in luxury.