Even well-traveled celebrities, who have sampled the good life, can be impressed by the pampering they get at some of the world's top resorts, hotels and inns. Among their special favorites:
* George Plimpton, author and editor: The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong -- "I once wrote an article on the great hotels of the Orient, and I gauged them on their bathrooms." At the Peninsula, "they offer you bath soap on a wooden tray the way you're offered appetizers or dessert; there must be 20 varieties of them. And there's a temperature gauge in the bathtub to tell you how hot the water is. You can lie in the tub at whatever temperature you want with a view of Hong Kong harbor and an exotic soap you picked off the tray. It's the height of luxury."
* Deborah Szekely, founder of the luxurious Golden Door spa in Escondido, Calif., and currently president of the Washington-based Inter-American Foundation: The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok -- "The Asian hotels have one up on most world hotels, their great abundance of staff. You don't even open or close your own door. If you were going to dream of that ultimate service . . . "
* Nancy Reynolds, president of a Washington lobbying and public affairs consulting firm: The Plaza-Athe'ne'e Hotel in Paris -- "I was always traveling with the Reagans as assistant press secretary when Ronald Reagan was California governor , and the hotel that zonked me out was the Plaza-Athe'ne'e. My room opened out onto a wonderful courtyard full of red geraniums. When I opened the doors to see red awnings and the geraniums and the sunshine and the birds lighting on the balcony, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The service was fantastic, and I had breakfast in bed. It was one of those magic moments."
* Ina Ginsburg, Washington socialite and journalist: Hotel Zurserhof in Zu rs, Austria -- "Zu rs is a ski resort in the Arlberg region, and the hotel is absolutely fabulous. It's the kind of place where the maids wear blue uniforms in the morning, and in the afternoon they change to black with white aprons. The food is truly not to be believed. You want to lose 10 pounds before you go."
* Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America: The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles -- "It has a familial atmosphere where the staff knows you, cares about you, hastens to fill whatever needs you have and breaks all speed records in sustaining and nourishing your visit, no matter when it is. They store my clothes, hold my laundry, keep my messages and always have a place for me whenever I need a sanctuary. And they make me feel as if I were a genuinely charming and thoroughly delightful chap. What more can one ask?"