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Wendy Bowman, Amy Finley and Gillian Flynn | Photo: Courtesy Images | December 9, 2013
From the Central Coast to the Southern Border, we dish the deets on SoCal’s most sizzling hotels.
Glamour & Culture
The Beverly Hills Hotel is as lavish as ever, thanks to a meticulous restoration by Tihany Design, part of the storied hotel’s 100th anniversary celebration. As one of the city’s most famous landmarks—The Polo Lounge! The awning stripes!—it’s a study in razzle-dazzle Hollywood history. So what better place to stay while surveying the newly unveiled Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County? The museum’s new Becoming Los Angeles exhibition explores the rich history of L.A., dating back to the missions. From $490 per night, beverlyhillshotel.com, @bevhillshotel
Turn vacation mode on at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, where you’ll take in the sounds of martinis being shaken at the firelit bar and the buzz of happy hour at the new Morada restaurant. But, on the whole, the rambling property—designed by pioneer Lilian J. Rice—is a realm of serenity. Post its $12 million refresher, many of their cottage suites, which boast secluded patios with Jacuzzis and fireplaces, are adorned in casually sophisticated decor in calming neutral hues. Unwind at the sparkling new spa, where organic French treatments are bliss, and the private cabanas are ideal for mimosa sipping. From $189 per night, theinnatrsf.com
Talk about suite success. After three interior designers from the latest HGTV Star redesigned the suites at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas, the desert burg of Rancho Mirage became our No. 1 destination for design-lovers. The trio tapped Palm Springs’ rich Hollywood history for an over-the-top design scheme evident in our fave room, the Valencia suite, where bits of baroque and splashes of color result in a regal, elegant vibe. The sprawling suites (which start at $1,000 a night) are a welcome addition to the family-friendly resort, which also boasts world-class golf. From $349 per night, rancholaspalmas.com, @omnirancholp
Perched between Central Cali’s rugged wilderness and breathtaking coast, it’s no surprise that Big Sur’s Ventana Inn & Spa has become the place where Tinseltown A-listers like Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman go to satisfy their penchant for the great outdoors—in posh five-star environs. Part of the appeal is its duality: It doubles as a retreat for couples seeking romance and relaxation (try their morning yoga classes), and a destination for adventurers craving action-packed activities (think hiking and horseback riding). From $800 per night, ventanainn.com, @ventanainn
It started in 1940 as just a tranquil Tecate resort, a place to recharge a short hop-skip over the San Diego border, but today, Rancho La Puerta is a bold-faced foodie destination. The culinary center, La Cocina Que Canta, offers hands-on cooking classes and tours of the 6-acre organic farm (the cuisine is all lacto-ovo vegetarian), plus regular visits from top toques who are passionate about the farm-to-table movement. From $2,850 per person per week, rancholapuerta.com, @rancholapuerta