Beverly Hills is one of the world’s premiere destinations for a luxurious, opulent lifestyle. This Southern California oasis is nestled below the Hollywood hills, set amongst a picture-perfect backdrop of swaying palm trees, pristinely landscaped gardens, and gorgeous architectural designs. Featured in the Inspirations & Celebrations Travel Guide to Beverly Hills are the area’s ultimate hotspots to see and experience when visiting this incredible city.
While it’s true that multi-millionaires can frequently be seen driving their Bugattis and Ferraris down the famed Rodeo Drive, you don’t necessarily have to be wealthy to enjoy the epicurean lifestyle that Beverly Hills offers. When visiting this incredible leisure destination, there are a number of fabulous activities to partake in (that won’t cost a fortune).
Regarded as the playground of the rich and famous, Beverly Hills is home to countless celebrities, Hollywood starlets, and movie industry moguls. But that’s not all it’s known for. This exquisitely beautiful city also boasts numerous fine dining establishments, trendy shopping, relaxing spas, and swanky hotels.
Activities in Beverly Hills
If the idea of lounging in the Southern California sun while taking in a 360-degree view of the tree-lined city (from a sleek rooftop pool) sounds like heaven to you, then the Sixty Beverly Hills hotel is the ultimate place to head on a warm, sunny day. Featuring cushy lounge chairs, private cabanas, and relaxing music, this rooftop pool is not only the place to ‘see and be seen’, it’s also a rejuvenating destination for those who need some R&R.
Or if you need to unwind in the privacy of a relaxing space, then head over to LeSpa at the Sofitel Hotel for a deep tissue massage or pampering facial. This tranquil and inviting location will instantly put your mind at ease and eliminate all unwanted stress. This place truly lives up to their promise that “nirvana is waiting”.
Shopping in Beverly Hills
When you’re in need of some retail therapy, head down to the heart of Beverly Hills – Rodeo Drive. Set amidst the spectacular flower-lined streets, you’ll find the world’s best shopping (including luxury brands, La Perla, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Stuart Weitzman, to name a few). If these stores are above your budget, don’t worry, there are other fabulous (but more affordable) options just around the corner. Contemporary retailers (such as BCBGMaxAzria, Guess, Tory Burch, Intermix, Juicy Couture, and Scoop NYC) are scattered throughout the area.
If you thought you just saw some of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills walk by, you probably did! Kyle Richards is a partner at the popular retail store, Kyle by Alene Too (which carries trendy brands like Clover Canyon), and her friend and fellow reality television star, Lisa Vanderpump owns the nearby Villa Blanca restaurant.
Dining in Beverly Hills
After a day of relaxing by the pool and indulging in some shopping, you’ll probably work up a hearty appetite. Within walking distance, you’ll find several eateries ranging from upscale and sophisticated (like Villa Blanca) to casual and relaxed (The Farm of Beverly Hills). If you’re just looking for a small bite to go with that Cafe Latte, head over to utterly charming Bouchon Bistro to sit in their outdoor patio dining area, overlooking the lush Beverly Canon Gardens. Whether you’re looking for uniquely prepared dishes, an inviting ambiance, or just a glass of bubbly, there’s a taste of something for every palette in Beverly Hills.