The Weekend Luxury Getaway: Beautiful Beverly Hills (California)

For incredible sights, North America is queen of the beauty pageant; a contestant blessed with an abundance of variety and plenty of pure “K.O.” wow appeals.  From the California beaches and the redwood forests to Nevada’s canyons and mountains; from Arizona’s expansive deserts to palm trees and clear waters of Florida Keys. It would take a lifetime to see and appreciate all of the USA’s natural wonders. Then you add a smattering of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the World- shopping, night-life, amazing restaurants, museums, galleries, and more iconic sights than your camera has memory to fit in – and you have just scarped the barrel of what lies ahead for your US adventure. On our next leg of our journey, we arrive at the City of Beverly Hills. A city that needs no introduction. Prosperous and glamorous, its a defining symbol of power, wealth and prestige that is appreciated and revered. Past or Present.  

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A luxurious tropical oasis set against the backdrop of Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills.
A luxurious tropical oasis set against the backdrop of Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Anyone who’s anyone will be captivated by the lush green garden setting of the Beverly Hills Hotel and if you’re wishing for A-star treatment within one of the most glamorous postcodes on the planet  then welcome home.

Pretty much the whole of LA is at your service and even though the Polo Lounge, Bar Nineteen 12 and palm-fringed swimming pool will try to tempt you from exploring further afield you’ll be given complimentary access to some of the city’s most exclusive locations. By the palm-tree lined pool, complete with newly refurbished private cabanas, enjoy refreshing complimentary poolside mini ice-cream sundae and mojito pop treats, or dine at the acclaimed Cabana Café. For the ultimate in relaxation, experience a revitalizing spa treatment at The Beverly Hill Hotel Spa by La Prairie.

This is a real star hangout and when you leave the sanctity of your luxurious room, suite or bungalow you’ll never know who you’ll bump into on a stroll around the incredibly well-maintained tropical gardens. The hotel invites you in with this message “…affectionately known as the ‘Pink Palace’, The Beverly Hills Hotel is famous for legendary service and legendary guests.”  You will find out what that statement means after your stay has come to an end.

[divider]Mr. C Beverly Hills [/divider]

Ever since the 1930s the Cipriani name has been associated with quality.
Ever since the 1930s the Cipriani name has been associated with quality.

From the legendary Harry’s Bar, just off the Piazza San Marco in Venice to Mr. C’s Beverly Hills boutique, a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive, style and service like this never go out of fashion. This brand-new signature hotel and restaurant is the Cipriani’s first forray into the world of Los Angeles.

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With indoor, outdoor and lounge dinning available you’ll find plenty of time to enjoy the hotel’s homage to the old world charm of yesteryear and from the extensive landscaped gardens to the unique glass pool table in the lobby, Mr. C’s blend of vintage style and mordern va va voom is just what you’ve been waiting for.  Why not try the baked tagliolini and Carpaccio at Mr. C’s authentic Italian or Pamper yourself with a refreshing massage at the Espa Spa. If golf is more you thing a great course is just a mere mile away from your lodgings. Thanks to each and every living space having its own private balcony, views of Beverly Hills and LA have never looked so terrific.

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By Hollywood standards the Avalon has history.
By Hollywood standards the Avalon has history.

When it was still the Beverly Carlton, Marilyn Monroe lived here for two years and the hotel’s reception are regularly featured I Love Lucy.

The Avalon consists of three buildings: the Olympic Building of 1949, the Beverly Building of 1953, and the Canon built in 1962. Design-wise, the greatest achievement of Avalon Hotel today is that it feels like a well-preserved gem, a 1950s building that has been beautifully maintained in that golden age of history. When you enter the hotel you are confronted by a sweeping view of the original-hour glass shaped pool and the row of cabana spaces that open onto it.

You can enjoy the award-winning cuisine of the Avalon’s Oliverio restaraunt featuring modern Italian cuisine in a relaxed California patio atmosphere, created with poolside stone veneer tables, private cabanas set with Cippolino blue-geree marble, custom Italian ceramic columns and geometric wall graphics, all encased within bamboo trees and floor-to-ceiling glass windows for chic Beverly Hills dining.

For those who want to go out, Avalon is in the heart of Beverly Hills with all the attractions of LA’s most glamourous district within easy reach. A few suggestions that come in mind if you wish to dine outside are: The Ivy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Maple Drive, Mako or the Maestro. Check out the contemporary art scene at priceless galleries such as Pace, Gagosian or Wildenstein.

[divider]The Peninsula Beverly Hills [/divider]

The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers the perfect, luxurious oasis, set in one of the most prestigious areas in the City of the Angels, in the heart of Beverly Hills.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers the perfect, luxurious oasis, set in one of the most prestigious areas in the City of the Angels, in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Located at the intersection of Wiltshire and South Santa Monica Boulevards, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the financial and shopping areas of Century City and Beverly Hills, including the famous Rodeo Drive, and only 20 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.

In the past 20 years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills has garnered an impressive array of international awards and accolades, including the distinction of being the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel in Southern California for 19 consecutive years. The hotel is built in the classic Renaissance style designed to resemble a gracious private residence, offering 193 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 36 suites and 16 private villas – all elegantly refurbished in 2011. Unique to The Peninsula Beverly Hills is the 24-hour check-in / check-out experience, allowing guests to arrive and depart at their leisure.

The Belvedere restaurant at The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers modern American cuisine in an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. Home to the sumptuous Belvedere, the only AAA Five Diamond rated restaurant in Los Angles for 17 consecutive years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills also features The Living Room, where the legendary Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served daily, and casual alfresco dining is available at The Roof Garden. The hotel’s Club Bar features nightly live entertainment in a distinguished, club-style environment.


The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers a full array of health and fitness facilities at The Peninsula Spa, a rooftop garden oasis that offers an array of innovative treatments to relax the body and soothe the soul. Adjacent to the spa is a 60-foot lap pool, bordered by twelve private cabanas. The Fitness Center offers the latest in high-tech exercise equipment and personal training services, and hair services are available at The Peninsula Salon.

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From every angle the Montage Beverly Hills embodies the essence of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Those who experience it will come to know a life well-lived.

At the Montage Beverley Hills one will find rooms and suites that celebrate refined comfort. A garden that embodies devotion to grace and grandeur. Fashionable restaurants that encourage conversation. And a spa that combines intimacy and spaciousness into a holistic respite.All of this is ensconced in Beverly Hills’ legendary Golden Triangle. Just steps from Rodeo Drive’s world-class boutiques and famed addresses. At the heart of splendor.

The exterior, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, couples terra-cotta roofs with authentic tile detailing to complement the rich history and tradition of Southern California’s most celebrated neighborhood.

The interior of the eight-story hotel features fruitwood floors and decorative copper ceilings. Well-appointed guestrooms pay homage to both vintage Hollywood and modern-day luxury. Each spacious room is steeped in romance and glamour. Richly appointed to reflect the romance of a classic Hollywood estate, guests are invited to feel at home. Over one quarter of the hotel’s 201 well-appointed guestrooms are suites. Among the 55 suites there are two 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suites, Garden Suites, Corner Suites, and a Governor’s Suite, which can be combined with one of the Presidential Suites to create a four-bedroom residence.

[divider]Beverly Wilshire – A Four Seasons Hotel[/divider]

A history-rich luxury hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, just steps from Rodeo Drive.
A history-rich luxury hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, just steps from Rodeo Drive.

Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel – formerly named ‘The Regent Beverly Wilshire’ is an oasis of elegance, warmth and impeccable service at one of the world’s most famous intersections – Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Its splendour is further enhanced by an impressive renovation – perfectly blending tradition and trend with a dignity that only comes with experience. The hotel features spacious guest rooms with luxurious appointments, award winning restaurants, lively entertainment, unparalleled meeting facilities, and a complete health spa. With its European charm, 21st-century technologies and the Four Seasons ethic of attentive care, The Beverly Wilshire is this enchanted destination’s preferred address.


In-House Editor

To say Hamyar has traveled would be something of an understatement. His passion for travelling has taken him from Tanzania to Dubai and an enviable number of places between, and the memories he captures always make for interesting reading. As well as travel, other subjects which fall into his expert remit include culture, design, fashion and cars - in other words, a born globetrotting who is destined for great things if his aspirations so far are anything to go by.

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