Literature and having the time to read are one of the greatest joys for the Sybaritic Single. Every morning, he spends an hour in bed reading and on some evenings he escapes to a luxury hotel that is thoughtful enough to invest in a collection of good books. The library is the new infinity pool and more hotels begin to offer vast libraries, reading rooms and “book butlers” that are tailor-made for bibliophiles.
The Sybaritic Single’s favourite libraries are almost always at Aman hotels where there is everything from Dior couture albums to books on local arts, culture and local poetry. Yet the most stunning collection he has ever discovered was at The Betsy South Beach, home to more than 10,000 books. The hotel is owned by Jonathan Plutzik, son of a Pulitzer Prize finalist, who is behind the serious approach to literature which ranges from offering writers complimentary stays to presenting poems to guests after spa treatments.
In our perilous times, private aviation is no longer luxury but a necessity and a way to leave it all behind. VistaJet commissioned Heywood Hills, a Royal Warrant bookshop in Mayfair, to curate a library for all tastes and time frames for each of its aircraft. Today, it flies the largest library in the air, a collection of literature from authors of the past and present.
A petite library at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai is the Sybaritic Single’s latest discovery and delight. Hidden in a quiet corner of the lobby, it is the place where he enjoys Singapore Slings (which remind him of the Writers’ Bar at Raffles Hotel Singapore) as he leafs through each of the 133 books – not too many for a voracious reader but good enough for a “tsundoku” – from some classical literature to whimsical travel stories and serious albums on art of the Far East – all picked personally by Werner Anzinger, the hotel’s general manager. Indeed, books and luxury hotels are hard-bound drugs on which one can never overdose.