The Luxe List: What We Love Right Now

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DEPARTURES' Editor in Chief, Richard David Story, on his current obsessions—and disappointments—in the worlds of travel, shopping, and luxury.

A Private Club for Modern Royalty
Tom Brady and Gisele are the Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe of the 21st century—it’s no wonder they’re members of Baker’s Bay, Mike Meldman’s brilliant private necklace of beautiful places in the Abaco Islands off the Bahamas. Membership open to real estate owners only;

The Unexpected Must-Read
For children under five and adults over 50, we love The Ant and Bee books. The classic English children’s series, originally published in the ‘50s, was previously only available to serious collectors and aficionados with money; they’ve now just been reissued. From $8;

Diners, Beware
I’m never a fan of prix fixe restaurants where the bill somehow doubles when you leave. A perfect example is the 18-course tasting menu at Atera. We had great hopes for that Danish chef Ronny Emborg, who was most recently at Copenhagen’s Hotel D’Angleterre, but he needs to work on his act. 77 Worth St.; 212-226-1444;

A Home Away From Home in Big Sur
Mark Zuckerberg knew a good thing when he rented out the Post House on California’s northern coast: The one-bedroom, pretty much all glass, free-standing house at the Post Ranch Inn. It really feels like your own private Big Sur. (See our story on the property from the July/August issue.) From $3,950; 47900 CA-1; 831-667-2200;

Flight of Fancy
I’m obsessed with the new American Airlines A321, which I flew recently from L.A. to New York. The business class has almost Mad Men–era glamour—the lighting is incredible! There’s that great line in Catch Me If You Can that goes something like “My Father gave me great advice: even if you have no money, buy the first class ticket; you never know who you’re going to sit next to.” And that plane seems to be an interesting ship of passengers. Operating on transcontinental flights between Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco;

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