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Visit for the beach and that proverbial Californian chilled-out lifestyle. Here you’ll find Venice with its bustling streets and colourful beach scene; Santa Monica with its bicycle boardwalk and oceanfront pier, and dreamy Malibu lined by cliffs and beaches with epic surf.

TO STAY

Shangri-La

Standing proudly on Ocean Avenue is this art-deco jewel. Despite the recent multi-million pound renovation, the seven-story crisp, white building is a beacon to a forgotten era with its distinctive retro signage and bold monochrome colour scheme. Bask in the sunshine on the heated rooftop pool with a margarita in hand, where you’ll be joined by LA’s most attractive and optimistic creatives come sundown.

Shutters On The Beach

Despite the hotel’s size, each room encompasses an intimate beach cottage ambience helped by white wooden shutters that fling open to balcony views of the Pacific Ocean and luxurious whirlpool baths. Don’t fret about airport liquid restrictions as the bathrooms overflow with expensive miniatures. Make sure to hang around for 1 Pico’s weekend brunch as Chef Vittorio Lucariell transforms classics such as eggs benedict and smashed avocado on toast with freshly caught lobster.

Hotel Casa Del Mar

Originally opened as a beach club in the roaring Twenties for a host of Hollywood A-listers, the Hotel Casa Del Mar offers sweeping ocean views and direct beach access. An air of effortless California cool can be found throughout, helped by the striped lobby lounge cocktail cabanas through to the indoor potted palm trees that stand next to sumptuous cool blue armchairs. More than just a beachfront property, it heaves with character from the quick-witted bellboys to the carefully curated personal bookcases through to the yellow rubber ducks in each Italian marble bathroom.

Shangri-La

Shutters On The Beach

Hotel Casa Del Mar

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