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The Editors | Photo: Courtesy of the Resorts | April 29, 2014
Take an indulgent excursion this season without ever leaving town with our curated guide to the ultimate L.A. staycations.
THE LAP OF LUXURY
Renowned for world-class hospitality and lavish accommodations, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air offer four packages sure to please even the most discerning guests:
The sprawling Montage Beverly Hills, a quintessential B.H. hotel, is celebrated for its restaurant, Scarpetta; mammoth spa; scenic rooftop pool; and proximity to Rodeo Drive. Drawing upon the designer haven is a Shopping Spree package with in-house fashion stylist Joe Katz. Along with your accommodations and daily breakfast, you’ll get a customized consultation and outing with Katz in a house car to your retailer of choice. There, you’ll exclusively preview a fashion collection for an hour and receive a special gift from a Beverly Hills retailer afterward. “I started the service to maximize the time spent by our busy clients,” says Katz, who’s built relationships with top designers. “[They] get access to one-of-a-kind pieces that make shopping in Beverly Hills a special, VIP experience.” From $695, 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.499.4199
The picturesque Peninsula Beverly Hills wants to plan your perfect proposal: an overnight suite for two, a Rolls-Royce-driven trip to La Perla (with a $500 gift card), a couples massage and a private three-course dinner with a guitar player. Pop the question, and the moment will be captured—and prolonged with Champagne, chocolate and breakfast. From $5,000, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.551.2888
In tribute to its glamorous former resident Grace Kelly—subject of the upcoming film Grace of Monaco—the whimsical Hotel Bel-Air created a Graceful Living package. Stay in the hotel’s Grace Kelly Suite, a whitewashed bungalow fit for a princess, with vaulted ceilings, a wall of windows and a garden patio with a Jacuzzi. Enjoy a Princess Facial by La Prairie, Kelly-themed cocktails at Wolfgang Puck and embroidered bathrobes. From $3,250, 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., 800.648.4097
As part of the city’s centennial bash, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel devised the chic Norma Jean Experience, complete with Dom Pérignon, Chanel No. 5 and myriad Marilyn Monroe memorabilia (some straight from the icon’s estate). Enjoy two diamond-themed spa treatments, Marilyn-inspired dinner and cocktails, a Champagne bubble bath menu and souvenir books. From $5,709, 9641 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.276.2251
Great news: The elegant extended-stay hotel AKA Beverly Hills now offers a weeklong minimum option in lieu of its former 30-day stay requirement, which gives you just enough time to enjoy all the luxe amenities and offerings (like private access to Spago next door). Another amazing update? The brand has teamed up with Airstream 2 Go and Trina Turk to create a luxury mobile suite exclusively for its guests. It’s an AKA suite on wheels with all the comforts of an AKA residence, featuring Trina Turk’s California-cool style and space for up to six people. Bikes and a gas grill on hand allow for alfresco fun as you trek up the coast from Santa Barbara’s Sunstone Vineyards to Ocean Mesa Campground, with a whole lot of activities in between (dinner at an organic winery, yoga and whale-watching, to name a few). AKA has taken glamping to a whole new level. Rooms from $3,045 per week, mobile suite from $6,000 for a five-day trip, 155 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.278.6013
Onefinestay, the rental service that makes it possible to test out new neighborhoods while living like a local (lavishly) in stunning Paris, London, NYC and Los Angeles homes, now has Million Dollar Decorator designer Kathryn M. Ireland’s Spanish-style Santa Monica house available to book. The five-bedroom, four-bath property exudes Ireland’s signature sunny warmth, and is dotted with her colorful fabrics, antiques and one-of-a-kind travel treasures. The service provides many of the perks of a five-star hotel: a personal welcome, fluffy towels and top-notch linens, an iPhone for maps and local calls, local recommendations and a 24/7 phone service, so you can feel at ease and properly taken care of. From $1,634 per night
HISTORY REBORN IN K-TOWN
Following a multimillion-dollar face-lift, boutique Hotel Normandie—known for its bold neon rooftop sign—is newly revamped and imparting Old World charm to up-and-coming Koreatown. The landmark hotel built in the 1920s by renowned architects Walker & Eisen (also behind aesthetic triumphs like the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and the United Artists Theatre) now features a grand lobby with a winding staircase, high-beam ceilings, a fountain, a piano and a private library. Each floor of the opulent estate boasts vintage 1920s decor and local historian Jody Hiller’s L.A. photography. The 94 rooms (kings, doubles and suites), feature antique hardwood floors, art deco bathrooms and flat-screen televisions. Notes Hotel Normandie owner and partner Jingbo Lou, “We were fortunate to have found such an architecturally renowned building in Los Angeles that we could restore to its earlier grandeur, while also recreating it for a modern traveler.” Rooms from $164, 605 S. Normandie Ave., L.A., 213.388.8138
The Thompson Beverly Hills recently re-emerged as a Sixty, a boutique line of hotels with three existing Manhattan properties. Expect chic, urban hospitality and a new summertime fete at the rooftop pool, seen here, dubbed the Sixty Swim Club. The first-ever West Coast Waldorf Astoria is breaking ground in Beverly Hills this summer, adjacent to the beloved Beverly Hilton (both under the Hilton Worldwide umbrella). Look for lavish guest suites and interiors courtesy of Pierre-Yves Rochon. The James brand is adding L.A. to its roster too, with a ground-up project slated to transform the corner of La Cienega and Sunset. Check-in begins in 2016.
For many, the hallmark of a true staycation is a luxurious visit to a spa, and this season, there are great new offerings both within the city and beyond. In the heart of downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles (rooms from $369) offers a serene refuge in the midst of the urban sprawl. The plush spa has just unveiled a new menu focused on Southern California’s abundant natural resources. For something truly over-the-top, ask for the Champagne & Shimmer treatment, which combines organic products using locally harvested grapes with a dusting of 24-karat gold powder. Nearby, in Rancho Palos Verdes, the gorgeous oceanfront resort Terranea (rooms from $365) is debuting new treatments as well, like the Spring Awakening brightening facial and Aloe-Vera Me, a perfect massage following a day spent in the warm California sun. But the biggest news is perhaps at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena (rooms from $259), which is opening the elaborate Chuan Spa in June. The 11,000-square-foot facility will feature 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio for classes like yoga and Pilates, and a robust menu based on traditional Chinese medicine. Get ready to indulge!
Look no further than The Polo Lounge and The Bazaar to understand that hotel restaurants in L.A. are not simply for guests looking for a bite after a red-eye. Due in part to daring chefs and unlikely collaborations, L.A.’s perpetual culinary revolution often emerges out of hotel kitchens. Take the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where Windows Lounge is now purveying vegan street food like jicama tostadas and corn quesadillas. Poolside, the Four Seasons will debut a wholly vegan concept come June. Across B.H., The Montage Beverly Hills and Scott Conant are gearing up for Paninoteca, Scarpetta’s new grab-and-go lunch concept. Executive Chef Freddy Vargas will oversee everything from sandwiches and salads to desserts and fresh juices. Or head to the Mondrian L.A., where Skybar will channel the Mexican surf town of Sayulita for an alluring new summer program. The festive pop-up, appropriately named Sayulita, will feature acoustic music, Baja street-style tacos and more than 40 different tequilas. Of course, Roy Choi’s Pot restaurant is buzzing in Koreatown at The Line Hotel, and L.A. Chapter at the Ace Hotel has brought a bit of Brooklyn cool to downtown.
Oceana Beach Club Hotel—a boutique hideout right on Ocean Avenue—is attracting a new generation of guests with cozy-chic confines and clever packages. The From Sand to Stand option features a trip to the Santa Monica Farmers Market with Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin, an oceanfront suite and breakfast at Tower 8, Citrin’s in-house eatery. And if that isn’t enough, all stays come with weekend surf lessons, iPads and beach cruisers. Package from $795, 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.393.0486