L.A. is the perfect vacation spot for couples, spoiling you for bucket list antics of all kinds, from visiting the iconic Santa Monica Pier, to exploring the Venice Canals.
While we could write a novel on the many experiences to immerse yourself in here, we’ve instead curated some of the best, ritziest accommodation options on offer, putting the cherry on top of your love-filled getaway to stunning Los Angeles.
9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA. From $278 USD.
How about this for Hollywood history? Urban legends say that Charlie Chaplin once sold this hotel to John Wayne for a single dollar in a poker game.
We have explored the rock and roll life, the opulence of Bel-Air and the salty crispness of the Pacific Ocean. Many couples, however, long for the glory days of Hollywood. Those that want more than the gold stars of the Sunset Strip will love the Culver Hotel, where the glory of the silver screen beckons you.
The likes of Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Buster Keaton all called the Culver home at some point. The very facade of this elegant marvel looks more like a theatre from the golden age of cinema, not a luxury hotel.
The Culver is where you come to experience Hollywood and the rich history of film. Guided tours and curated experiences are available and at the end of the day, you can rest your head where the stars of the screen did many years before you.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. From $424 USD.
What if we told you paradise is only 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)? This picturesque resort is set in posh Rancho Palos Verdes on an oceanfront bluff that blends into a gorgeous promontory. If there’s anything you could possibly desire in a couple’s vacation, it’s this hotspot.
Terranea consists of 582 rooms situated across 102 acres, a 9 -hole golf course, spa, 4 swimming pools (including one for adults only), and 8 farm-to-Terranean restaurants. Rooms, suites, bungalows, casitas and villas are available in addition to the usual suites.
In addition to all of that, there are paddleboarding, snorkelling, and horseback riding opportunities to keep you busy.
Several Hollywood movies were filmed here, including the 2012 comedy This Is 40 and the action crime drama Savages. Keep your eyes peeled, you never know which celebrity you might spot poolside, while the onsite chapel gives you the chance to pop the big question and tie the knot in rockstar style.
1200 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood, CA. From $569 USD.
Every couple that wants to live out their rockstar fantasies should vacation at this Spanish-styled luxury villa at least once in their lives. The likes of The Who and The Doors called Sunset Marquis their sanctuary, and this sprawling oasis is located mere streets away from the famed Sunset Strip, giving you instant access to the wild side of L.A. after dark.
If name-dropping is your thing, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Aretha Franklin, Avril Lavigne, the Backstreet Boys and the great Elton John (among others) have all recorded material at the in-house Nightbird Recording Studios. There are also regular exhibitions paying tribute to musicians of the past and present who have called Sunset Marquis their second home at some point in time.
All of the resort trappings are present, but this villa is perfect for the couple who wants to entrench themselves in L.A. music culture.
1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA. From $810 USD.
It is time to step through the doors and soak up those coastal views.
If you are a couple craving the real beachside California experience, this is your jam. If you have visited (or come from) L.A., you would recognise this architectural marvel on the Santa Monica foreshore as a local landmark.
In the heart of Silicon Beach, this majestic oceanfront hotel, originally built in 1926, is one of the most sought-after accommodation options on the West Coast. In addition to exquisitely styled guest rooms and suites, many of the newer spaces provide spectacular views of the coastline from Palos Verdes to Malibu. This beachside hotel is also inspired by the Mediterranean villas and the beachy vibes of Santa Monica, with almost every room boasting a seaside outlook.
701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA. From $1058 USD.
Let’s be honest: Bel-Air has been a bucket list holiday destination for all of us who once binged Will Smith strut strutting his stuff as the Fresh Prince back in the day.
The luxurious home of the rich and the famous was founded in the 1920s in westside LA at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains. If you want to take a walk back in time to the art deco glamour of the 1920s, the recently refurbished Hotel Bel-Air delivers in spades.
Los Angeles is known for its fast pace and chaos. That all stops when you pass the gates of Bel-Air. This five-star palace screams serenity and sophistication. If it wasn't for the smartphone buzzing in your pocket, you could be forgiven if you had found an untouched oasis in the hills that has remained unchanged since the Roaring Twenties when the region was built.
If you are seeking fanfare, look elsewhere. A gentle calm will rush over you as you gaze across the lush grounds, pools and wildlife at this sanctuary. Focus on your wellbeing and soak up every inch of each other, with every whim met at this glorious resort. It’s old-school opulence at its finest, allowing couples to escape all of the stress and troubles and just simply enjoy life.
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