If destinations could be film stars; we know that Beverly Hills would be the sassy socialite and the Hollywood golden girl all rolled into one. While LA may scream of smog, thick traffic, and endless theme parks pulsating with children, Beverly Hills is a breath of fresh air. Tree lined boulevards, the fashion clad windows of Rodeo Drive, movie executives meeting over coffee at the chic euro style cafes, and sprawling estates that once housed the likes of Marilyn Monroe. Here’s how to slip right in, to America’s favorite five-star haunt…
Where to Stay
The seashell pink Beverly Hills Hotel perches right on Sunset Boulevard, whipping up a vivid image of paradise with its palm fringes and impressive guest book. From Elizabeth Taylor to Faye Dunaway, everyone who is anyone has sprawled on the sun-loungers here. Famed banana leaf wallpaper, a La Prairie Spa and the beloved Polo Lounge are just a few reasons this five-star pink palace has made waves around the world.
The ornate Beverly Wilshire is as ornate and Oscar worthy as you would expect from a Four Seasons star. Located a mere slip from the sophisticated boutiques of Rodeo Drive, you couldn’t dream up a better location. Grand old staircases, elaborate floral displays, and long lingering brunches mark out the Wilshire as a first-class choice.
In Little Santa Monica, the Peninsula brings an echo of French finesse to the LA hotel scene. Tranquil, beautiful and with exceptionally dedicated service, the whole place is a poetic vision of lemon trees, rooftop swimming pool with skyline views, romantic courtyards and villa suites.
Where to Dine
The dining scene in Beverly Hills is nothing short of spectacular, and with this many important business deals being made over brunch – you would expect so. Whether you want to buy bottles of beautiful plonk and nibble elaborate cheeseboards at trendy casual food market Wally’s, or whether you want to dine at the extravagant flagship Italian from Wolfgang Puck – Beverly Hills is where foodies get their fix.
When a Phillip Starck designed space meets the culinary imagination of Jose Andres, you know you have a fun and fabulous restaurant that will be a challenge to get a table at. The Bazaar is just as playful, bright and intriguing as it sounds – from the salt air margaritas to the heady cigar section, and the seared wagyu, its all games and glory here.
Diners seeking a more Zen scene can head to Tempura Endo, where the menu explores the grace of gorgeous Kyoto. Ingredients imported from Japan sees a divine array of dishes, gently dipping delicate sea foods into light as angel wings tempura batter. The $280 a head set menu is well worth exploring, especially as it ends with an elegant matcha tea ceremony.
Where to Play
Play comes with ease in a destination built on wealth, wonder and world class networking. One of the most exhilarating ways of spending the day is to rent a Bond worthy supercar like the Lamborghini Aventador or the Porsche 918 Spyder and cruise along Rodeo Drive, head into the Hollywood Hills and even brave downtown LA.
Splurge-worthy wonders are found along Rodeo Drive, a place that needs little introduction. If you are in the business of buying diamonds, then may be suggest XIV Karat for their sparkling array of drool worthy bracelets. The House of Bijan is by appointment only, but the exclusive men’s shop has dressed presidents, princes and billionaires.
For afternoon tea with a twist, head to The Garden Bar at Montage, where caviar and expensive tea match perfectly with the top shelf Hennessey cocktails and white gloved bartenders.