From shopping on famed Rodeo Drive (in swanky Beverly Hills) and golfing on the award-winning Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (in the upscale area of Rancho Palos Verdes) to enjoying fine dining at desirable hotspots (such as 208 Rodeo and Bouchon Bistro) and indulging in luxuriating spa services at plush retreats (like the Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa at the iconic Beverly Hilton hotel), featured in the Inspirations & Celebrations’ Ultimate Luxury Travel Guide to Los Angeles are several of the best destinations, leisurely activities, and must-see spots that Los Angeles, California has to offer.
The Ultimate Luxury Travel Guide To Los Angeles
If your vision of the perfect weekend getaway is one filled with outdoor activities, delectable food, elegant settings, and picturesque vistas, then Los Angeles has everything you can possibly dream of. When planning your trip to this Southern California metropolis, there are a few must-visit places (and things to do) that you need to add to your wish list.
Luxury Travel Guide to Los Angeles – Where To Play
Trump National Golf Club
If you and your favorite guy (or gal) love nothing more than spending a few hours on the golf course, then you’ll be awed by the award-winning, renowned Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles located in the upscale community of Rancho Palos Verdes (approximately 45 minutes south of LAX airport).
Featuring a palatial 45,000 square foot clubhouse, a stunning restaurant (complete with a mouth-watering Sunday brunch buffet), conference facilities, and a widely-acclaimed 18-hole golf course (including unobstructed ocean views from nearly every hole), it’s no wonder that this epic location will host the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tournament in 2015.
The luxurious public golf course was ranked one by GolfWorld as one of the Top 50 Public Golf Courses in the World (2010 Readers Choice award), and with good reason. The challenging course, decadent amenities, unparalleled hospitality, and divine ocean-front setting make for a truly memorable experience.
Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa
After a long day on the course, it’s time to turn off your phone, slip into a comfortable robe, and indulge your senses.
Located within the legendary Beverly Hilton hotel (just blocks away from Rodeo Drive), the Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa is the ultimate place to rest, relax, and get red-carpet ready. Offering a plethora of spa services, including deep tissue massages, facials, and skin rejuvenation treatments (that utilize revolutionary new technologies), this posh oasis is one of the top places in Los Angeles to get pampered.
If you’re looking for a divine skin treatment that will refresh you (before a special event), opt for the revitalizing signature Beverly Hilton Red Carpet Ready Facial. After enjoying herbal teas and sweet treats in the soothing spa lounge, an esthetician will escort you to a dimly-lit private treatment room. She will then spend the next 80 minutes helping to clarify, tone, and firm your skin by using a mixture of different skincare treatments, including gentle exfoliation, extractions, steam, and a face mask.
The Beverly Hilton asserts that “The Red Carpet Ready Facial is an 80 minute facial service which begins with a heated stone aromatherapy oil introduction on the back followed by a luxurious lifting experience for the face. This innovative facial features BABOR Beauty Fluids which are penetrated into the skin with the use of micro current technology. This superior treatment will leave the skin looking refreshed and glowing.”
Luxury Travel Guide To Los Angeles – Where To Eat
Known for the best in fine dining establishments, Los Angeles has no shortage of great restaurants. When visiting the Beverly Hills area, head to Thomas Keller’s French restaurant, Bouchon Bistro. Adjacent to the lush Beverly Canon gardens (overlooking a dramatic water fountain), this popular eatery is the perfect place to dine al fresco, see and be seen, and even take your posh pooch (they’re very dog-friendly here). For a light and healthy lunch, opt for the delicious Salmon salad paired with a glass of Riesling. You won’t be disappointed.
When dusk falls, take a stroll through the breathtaking Via Rodeo shopping centre, on your way to the ultra-chic 208 Rodeo restaurant. Boasting an elegant indoor/outdoor setting (overlooking the Beverly-Wilshire hotel), luxury bistro fare (including decadent Lamb Chop, Diver Scallops, Sicilian style cauliflower, and even Kobe burgers), and even live acoustic music on weekends, this contemporary restaurant indulges your senses in the best possible way.
Luxury Travel Guide to Los Angeles – Where To Stay
When planning your vacation in Los Angeles, consider booking your stay at the retro chic Beverly Hilton hotel. Exalted amongst the Hollywood set for its “dazzling red carpet events, celebrity galas, (and) memorable moments etched in history”, since 1955, the legendary Beverly Hilton has long been one of the top places for celebrity sightings, refined luxury accommodations, and the best hospitality that you can experience.
This Forbes 4-star hotel also boasts the famed Aqua Star Pool (which is Beverly Hills’ largest pool and is the setting for numerous recognizable photo and film shoots). In addition to deluxe modern accommodations, the hotel has even served as the venue of choice for numerous star-studded parties and awards shows (including the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards, featuring Kerry Washington, Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum).
After spending your day rubbing elbows with celebs and lounging by the pool, swing by Circa 55 restaurant or the iconic Trader Vic’s Lounge for a bite to eat paired with a classic cocktail.
[Disclosure: Complimentary spa services and deluxe accommodation upgrades provided by The Beverly Hilton. All opinions are my own.]