There are still a few things in life that you cannot buy your way out of. One of them is a hangover. Even some of the wealthiest among us are likely to drink just a wee bit too much on New Year’s Eve, triggering a search for hangover cures the next day. Hey, it happens. The French call it gueule de bois (“wooden mouth”), but we think the Scottish poet laureate Robert Burns described the dilemma most eloquently: he apparently reported feeling “ramfeezled and forswense.”
It’s been an interesting year, and now it’s almost time to say goodbye. We’ve asked around to find out where the glitterati will be donning their party hats on December 31, and as always, we’ve found an eclectic mix of destinations and tempos amongst the jet set. Whether your idea of the perfect New Year’s Eve is a raucous party with fireworks and a big crowd, or a more subdued, reflective celebration, here are some ideas that we hope will inspire you to make it a truly luxurious night as you transition from the past and into whatever the future may bring.
Luxury Legends is an occasional series here at Dandelion Chandelier that assesses whether an old-school luxury establishment or destination is still maintaining its traditional high standards. Or whether its resting on its laurels. In which case you can skip it. Because being a legend means keeping it fresh. So does Aspen, Colorado, fabled ski destination for celebrities, business moguls, and those who hope to hang around with them or become them, still measure up? We have friends who swear by Vail, Telluride and Park City, but there’s just something about Aspen that seems to epitomize the glamour of skiing Out West. After the first snowfall and before the start of the high season, we took a trip to investigate.
Selfie sticks are SO last year. For your next vacation, you should bring along the next cool thing in luxury tech: a drone that will follow you down the mountain, or through the waves, or hover beside you at poolside, all in the service of documenting you at your holiday best, even if you’re vacationing solo. What happens when you combine a drone, a GPS and a small digital camera? The selfie drone! Just in time for holiday vacations, there’s a new way to document and share every moment of your life. Drones are getting smaller and smarter, and the next generation of them have “follow me” capability. Meaning that if you have a GPS on your person, the drone can tag along behind you (actually, above and behind you), with no additional input or steering from you, and it can capture all of your exploits for posting (from only your best angles, of course). Mind. Blown.
One of life’s greatest luxuries is curling up in a quiet cozy place with a really good novel. E-reader or old school, it’s all good as long as the tale is well told. We also recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal promoting the value of reading fiction as a way to more deeply understand the world. So whether for relaxation or enlightenment, reading a novel or two while you’re on your year-end vacation is a sound idea (bonus points if you’re willing to get inside the head of a character who is very different from you).