Enjoy a Santa Monica Dining Experience at FIG Restaurant

 

Experience Fig Restaurant

People travel from all over the world to experience Santa Monica’s sunny weather and waterfront attractions. FIG Restaurant is a beachside restaurant that encapsulates the Santa Monica lifestyle with outdoor, poolside seating and a menu of indulgent dishes. During your stay in Los Angeles, book a reservation at this inviting venue to wine and dine in style on the Westside.




Location

FIG Restaurant is located in the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in the heart of Santa Monica’s Downtown area. Just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier, and steps away from the bustling 3rd Street Promenade, FIG offers a prime location for beginning a day of exploring or starting off a night on the town. Popular neighborhood bar The Bungalow is right next door, giving FIG guests an ideal destination to mix and mingle after dinner. FIG is a favorite for those looking to enjoy a fine dining experience with a California coastal ambiance.




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Atmosphere

Walk through the lobby of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows to check in for your reservation at FIG Restaurant. Enter to find a welcoming atmosphere of rustic furnishings with modern touches. Greenery hangs from above as you dine in the inviting bright and airy dining room. An indoor-outdoor feel is created through floor-to-ceiling windows that open into an unparalleled patio space. Take in the ocean breeze with a seat on the terrace overlooking The Fairmont Miramar’s sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by the classic California backdrop of palm trees and sunny skies.




Menu

The star of FIG Restaurant is a menu of thoughtfully crafted, seasonal cuisine guests can enjoy during breakfast, brunch or dinner. Ingredients come from locally-sourced farmer’s markets and handpicked speciality foragers throughout Southern California. This means FIG dishes may change depending on ingredient availability, placing the quality of the final product as a top priority. The modern style of cooking comes from French-trained Executive Chef Jason Prendergast, who champions his relationships with local farmers to maintain access to the best harvests.

Start your morning with an enticing Smoked Salmon Benedict or Mexican-style Chilaquiles Rojo, or try out more traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes and waffles. Get in the Santa Monica brunch spirit by visiting midday to enjoy their fresh Market Oysters, signature Maine Lobster, or delicious Foraged Mushroom pizza. Dinner will be unforgettable when you feast upon their selection of appetizers like Wagyu Beef Tartare, pastas like the Cacio e Pepe or Maine Lobster Rigatoni, and entrees like the California Halibut or Mary’s Half Roasted Chicken. Top your night off with a scoop of Housemade Sorbet or Ice Cream for a sweet and satisfying dessert.




Poolside Cinema

During the summer, FIG Restaurant adds to the already impressive dining experience to include a Poolside Cinema program. Buy tickets to watch classic, family movie favorites screened around the Fairmont Miramar’s swimming pool. Your ticket is credited towards your meal at FIG and includes complimentary popcorn, with guests of the hotel receiving the extra perk of a complimentary cinema ticket. Enjoy dinner and a movie in a unique way by reserving your spot for this fun, summer experience.

 

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    Guide to the Best Hotels & Restaurants in Tulum

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    Tulum Hotel & Restaurant Guide

    Tourism to Tulum has boomed over the past decade due to its peaceful, bohemian atmosphere that stands out in contrast to Mexico’s party towns of Cabo and Cancun. Tulum travelers experience laid back city and beach living through enjoying fresh seafood restaurants, rustic luxury hotels and a bevy of activities fit for rest and relaxation. Book your flight for a rich, cultural trip and experience some of the best hotels and restaurants in Tulum.




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    Casa Malca

    Take in views of the white, sandy beach at this luxury hotel made to focus on design and contemporary art. Mixed materials like velvet and concrete depart from typical Tulum styling with three onsite restaurants and a bar featuring walls covered in a Keith Haring print. Art pieces from owner Lio Malca’s private collection adorn the walls throughout the property offering an eye-catching backdrop to your stay.




    Azulik Tulum

    Get in touch with nature at Azulik Tulum, a luxury eco-resort for those willing to experience a distraction-free vacation. The experimental property places sustainability as its top priority, skipping the inclusion of air conditioning, lights and showers to opt for candle lit rooms, bathtubs and the ocean breeze. Each villa comes with a private jacuzzi or pool to relax with a view of the cozy beach in the distance.




    Ahau Tulum

    One of the best hotels in Tulum, Ahau offers a luxury experience along with the classic bohemian ambiance of the town. Palapas with high ceilings surround guests in a relaxing sanctuary with easy access to delicious restaurants nearby. Take a yoga class or go scuba diving before retreating to their serene beach cabanas.

    Mi Amor

    This romantic destination offers tropical sophistication fit for a sumptuous getaway. Mi Amor is just a short walk to dazzling restaurants, soft, sandy beaches or to Tulum’s historic ruins. Embrace a lavish stay with a private terrace in each suite of this trendy, boutique hotel, offering a breathtaking landscape no matter your view.

    Nest Tulum

    One of the best hotels in Tulum, the exclusive property of twelve rooms has a beautifully-designed interior surrounding guests in a cozy space. Breakfast is all-inclusive and impeccable service elevates your experience as you enjoy the stunning beach by day and pamper yourself with an evening of fine dining at their onsite restaurant.

    Gitano

    Dinner and drinks at Gitano are a must as this highly-rated destination creates an ambiance you’ll never forget. Contemporary plates are served beneath lush greenery and sparkling lights while a DJ plays music to set the mood. The mezcal bar serves up inventive, fruity drinks while guests dance the night away on the dance floor.

    Posada Margherita

    Head to Posada Marhgherita to experience the best Italian restaurant in Tulum. The rustic, al fresco dining overlooks a breathtaking ocean view made perfect by a dreamy sunset. The mostly-Italian staff create an authentic setting where fresh, housemade pasta pleases your palate at this essential beachfront venue.

    Arca

    Enjoy a wood-fired dining experience at Arca, an intimate destination surrounded by greenery. The farm-to-table menu means you’ll experience a delicious meal made from locally-sourced ingredients. Innovative cocktails will add a buzz to your evening at one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

    Hartwood

    Possibly Tulum’s most well-known eatery, Hartwood mixes the best of American and Mexican with fresh-caught seafood dishes, drawing in long lines of guests each night. Secure your reservation a month in advance to ensure you get a seat at this open-air restaurant with a daily rotating menu.

    Casa Jaguar

    Whether you’re stopping by for drinks before dinner, after dinner, or for a full dining experience, Casa Jaguar is sure to impress in their jungle-inspired atmosphere of rustic charm. Their menu of fresh seafood and flavorful, wood-fired plates makes for an unforgettable experience, or choose your own drink ingredients to have the bartender concoct a refreshing, custom cocktail.

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      Most Extravagant Luxury Suites in Las Vegas

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      Our Favorite Luxury Suites in Las Vegas

      Las Vegas is a world-renowned travel destination known for its incredible array of nightlife and attractions. You will never run out of things to do when visiting Sin City. Vegas oozes a lavish lifestyle starting with the multitude of luxury hotel suites and private villas available. Some of the world’s most extravagant rooms can be found in Las Vegas, giving visitors a wide-ranging choice of where they would like to stay. Whether you’re searching for a penthouse overlooking the Strip, or a quiet and tucked-away villa, Las Vegas has the most luxury suites just for you.




      The Mansion at the MGM Grand

      Larger than most, the Mansion at the MGM Grand consists of 29 villas and a climate controlled atrium and garden pool, all adding up to a whopping 290,000 square feet. The Mansion features a hidden driveway up to the collection of private villas, and each villa comes equipped with a unique collection of art, antiquities, and other luxurious decors. If you’re searching for a place to host your next Las Vegas weekend, the Mansion is an impressive destination.




      Sky Villa at The Palms

      The previously named “Hefner Suite” at the Palms features two floors and 9,000 total square feet of prime Las Vegas reality. Amenities include a full workout center, a massage parlor, and a 24-hour butler service, among many others. Also included in the room is a full glass elevator and an infinity pool overlooking the Strip.




      Palazzo Suites at Rio Las Vegas

      Tucked on the backend of The Rio’s campus, the Palazzo Suites are one of Vegas’ best kept secrets, as in the suites are mostly on a need-to-know basis to maintain their enchanting qualities. When staying at the Palazzo Suites, you can choose from a number of rooms that include anywhere from one to six bedrooms and range from 3,900 to 13,950 square feet. Along with Bulgari bath products and 24-hour butler service, guests can also expect a complimentary limousine airport shuttle service and a whirlpool tub on each balcony that overlooks the Strip.

      Marcus Aurelius Villa at Caesars Palace

      This 9,500 square foot masterpiece may have been built for the likes of Caesar himself. A private elevator brings you to a Roman design-inspired mega-suite that features an aquarium filled with exotic fish, a double-sided fireplace, and even a grand piano. After a day walking around the Strip, kick back in the Villa’s personal movie theater or take a dip in the jacuzzi on the private balcony.

      Presidential Suite at the Bellagio

      If ultimate relaxation is what you’re searching for, then the Presidential Suite at the Bellagio is exactly what you need. The headlining features of the suite are the in-room solarium, private garden and custom fountain which keeps to the style of the famous Bellagio fountain. Among the other 4,000 some square-feet, you can find a large fireplace, a six-seat bar, and a whirlpool tub that overlooks the whole of Las Vegas.

      Chairman Suite at The Venetian

      The Chairman Suite at the Venetian takes heavy design influence from Asian cultures, featuring a collection of art by Asian creators and multiple fountains to bring the zen of the suite together. Along with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, the suite includes a private massage parlor, sauna, salon, and a private workout center.

      Encore Three Bedroom Duplex

      While staying at the 5,829 square feet of the Three Bedroom Duplex at the Wynn Las Vegas, guests can expect a full wet bar and buffet, 24-hour room service, expedited entry into multiple nightclubs, a dedicated billiards room, and a wall of two-story windows to give visitors a dazzling view of the city. The modern contemporary room includes a small collection of art from around the world, gilded moldings and railings, and marble countertops and sinks. The only true way to describe the Encore Three Bedroom Duplex is luxurious.

      Three Bedroom Villa at The Mirage

      Proceeding past the gated driveway, guests staying at the Three Bedroom Villa at the Mirage are treated to a wide array of amenities including a 24-hour on-call staff of maids and butlers, a fully stocked wet bar, and a private backyard with a pool and lounging section. You will experience a level of tailor-made luxury and comfort that cannot be found anywhere else in the city.

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        The Best Wineries to Visit in California

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        Best Wineries in California

        California is globally known for its exceptional wine, and for good reason–some of the best wines in the world come out of the Golden State. When deciding where you should spend your Sunday afternoon wine tasting session, it can be overwhelming to choose with such a massive number of wineries throughout California. To help in your decision-making process, take a look at some of the best wineries to visit in California that will be the perfect spot for you to toast glasses.




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        Sterling Vineyards – Napa Valley

        Sterling Vineyards is known to be a Napa Valley legend. They started producing wine in 1969 and has been internationally known and award winning since 1981. Offering breathtaking views of the Valley, art galleries, wine production viewing areas, and classic Greek architecture along with incredible wine, Sterling Vineyards is sure to end up with another visit.




        Malibu Wines – Malibu

        When thinking of winemaking areas in California, people are quick to think of Napa Valley and Sonoma rather than Los Angeles. However, Malibu Wines may change that perspective for you. If you ever need a break from the hustle and bustle of LA life, just take a quick trip north for stunning views of the countryside and some excellent wines.




        Melville Vineyards & Winery – Santa Ynez Valley

        This Mediterranean-style villa is the perfect weekend escape for anyone who loves great wine and a picnic with a view. With an expertly styled tasting room and an expansive patio along with a large lawn right next to the vineyard, you can truly enjoy your tasting any way you would like.

        Heitz Cellar – St. Helena

        Heitz Cellar is truly a cornerstone of American winemaking. This 375-acre estate is a large part of the reason Martha’s Vineyard became internationally known for great wine. If you appreciate learning about the history of the wine you’re drinking, you will love this iconic destination.

        Tablas Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles

        If you’re interested in the conservation and preservation of the planet, Tablas Creek Vineyard is a place you simply must check out. Along with their award-winning wines of all varieties, they are the global leader in earth-conscious practices while growing and harvesting their grapes.

        Au Bon Climat Winery – Santa Barbara

        Ranked as one of the top wineries in all of America, Au Bon Climat Winery has been producing some of the country’s best wines for more than 30 years. If you’re ever fortunate enough to taste some of Jim Clendenen’s fabled wine, it’s a taste you won’t soon forget. This incredible reputation along with stunning views of the estate’s countryside vineyards has earned Au Bon Climat Winery global recognition.

        Round Pond Estate – Rutherford

        If you’re looking for more of an experience than just a simple wine tasting, you’ll need to check out Round Pond Estate, known for their great wine as well as exceptional wine-related activities. During your outing, you can expect to create their own custom blend of wine alongside winemaker and owner Jaime Dowell. If you visit during the fall season, you can participate in the grape picking process and watch as the winemaking takes place. This immersive experience is a must for anybody with a taste for quality wine.

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          Best Restaurants in LA to Order Delivery and Takeout

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          Best Takeout and Delivery

          In response to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and Mayor Garcetti’s ruling to shut down all in-house dining, Los Angeles restaurants have stepped up to offer delivery and takeout options to satisfy their guests’ cravings. You can now dine at home while enjoying some of LA’s finest restaurants along with neighborhood favorites. Have a five-star feast in your own kitchen when you order delivery and takeout from these delicious restaurants in LA.




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          Katsuya

          This Japanese favorite is offering an appetizing curbside pickup menu with items like Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Guests can order by phone to save 20% from any of their Hollywood, Brentwood and Downtown LA locations.




          Spago

          Order dinner from Spago’s to-go menu in Beverly Hills to enjoy Wolfgang Puck cuisine right in your own home. Choose from a curated selection of appetizers and entrees along with a limited wine list as well as “Bake at Home” desserts.




          Cassia

          Order from Cassia in Santa Monica to enjoy Asian dishes like Organic Chickpea Curry, Spicy Vietnamese Cajun Crawfish Noodles and Smoked Beef Short Ribs. Request takeout, curbside pickup or delivery to dig into their delicious fare.

          The Nice Guy

          If you’re hungry in West Hollywood, The Nice Guy is the place to go with favorites like Rigatoni Bolognese and Chicken Parm available to satisfy your craving. Pizzas are currently 30% off along with free delivery at this go-to hot spot.

          Employees Only

          This lounge in West Hollywood is getting creative with their services and offering both dining options and Cocktail Kits for guests to make their own DIY Employees Only drinks. Just mix their ingredients with the suggested spirit to enjoy a craft cocktail with an Employees Only flair.

          Gwen

          Order delivery or takeout from this in-house butcher shop and restaurant in Hollywood. Serving up delicious items from 10am-7pm, you can enjoy quality meats and flavorful vegetables right in your own home.

          Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

          You’ll have breakfast in Santa Monica all figured out when you order from Huckleberry’s menu of coffee, pastries, muffins and more. The expanding menu of dishes is available for delivery or takeout for your convenience.

          Tocaya Organica

          Tocaya Organica has been a Los Angeles delivery favorite for years and is the perfect choice for a healthy lunch. Whether you’re in West Hollywood, Venice or Downtown LA, their bowls, burritos and salads will hit the spot, along with meal prep options to keep you full all week long.

          Delilah

          This buzzworthy lounge in West Hollywood is offering free delivery for guests to chow down on their elevated American fare. Get 30% of their popular item “The Burger” or opt for Mac n Cheese or the Cauliflower Steak to satisfy your taste buds. 

          Republique

          This Downtown LA hot spot is offering a limited delivery and takeout menu for you to order some of your favorite dishes. They’re offering items from their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from 8am-7pm and guests can order via phone or in person.

          Crossroads Kitchen

          You can’t go wrong ordering delivery or takeout from West Hollywood’s Crossroads Kitchen. Their dishes serve a table for two, with pastas like Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna packed up as a Meal Kit for you to enjoy right in your own home.

          Sqirl

          Sqirl isn’t just for brunch anymore–you can now order from 8am-8pm from this Silver Lake favorite. Not only can you dine from their classic restaurant selections, but you can also order things like jam and marmalade from their online store.

          Tacos 1986

          Try out the buzzworthy Tacos 1986 for takeout tacos in Westwood Village. Their delicious selection of tacos started as a food truck and are gradually expanding to brick and mortar locations across Los Angeles. Try out their Tijuana-style Mexican cuisine yourself to add some flavor to your night in.

          Milo & Olive

          This Santa Monica favorite is offering up Pasta Meal Kits to keep you filled with delicious Italian cuisine. Stop by for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery of delicious dishes like Spaghetti with Organic Chicken Meatballs. Their selection of mouth-watering pizzas also make for the perfect staying-in dinner.

          Bar Restaurant

          Order from Silver Lake’s Bar Restaurant for a creative selection of dishes and produce boxes to stock your fridge. Produce, meats, spices, pastas and wines can be delivered right to your door for you to make your own Bar Restaurant-style meal.

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            California Hotels by the Beach Perfect for a Surfing Vacation

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            California Beachside Hotels

            Beautiful beaches are one of California’s biggest attractions, and with those come great opportunities to catch some waves. Surfing has been a popular activity for Californians since the early sixties, and for good reason. If you’re interested in catching some of these world-famous waves, take a look at these California hotels by the beach to stay in while you search for your next monster wave on some of the most picturesque private beaches in the world.




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            Post Ranch Inn

            Even though Big Sur’s biggest attraction is the beautiful nature, you don’t need to rough it camping to enjoy the inviting landscape. Post Ranch Inn offers guests ultra-luxurious rooms and private houses carved into the cliffs, a top tier spa, and world-class dining within walking distance. After a full day of ripping waves, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed and at home in the Post Ranch Inn.




            Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

            If you drive an hour south of San Francisco, you’ll be met with immense luxury and privacy in the form of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Private, gated beaches and constant waves create the perfect spot to bring the board out and experience the ocean in a unique way. When you’re finished on the water, swim inland to try out one of the hotel restaurant’s many same-day catch dishes like roasted local black cod.




            The Lodge at Pebble Beach

            Stately and elegant, The Lodge at Pebble Beach greets guests with views overlooking some of California’s most pristine private beaches. It also has a view of and one of golf’s most famous landmarks, the oceanfront 18th green on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Head inside and get ready to be truly pampered. Fireplaces in every room along with huge picture windows overlooking the ocean, a private spa, and restaurants serving up the day’s catch are just a few perks guests can take advantage of.

            Malibu Beach Inn

            Located on a stretch of oceanfront property known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” the Malibu Beach Inn is situated alongside a bevy of high rent real estate. Take a quick walk to Carbon Beach or Surfrider Beach to catch some unforgettable waves. Malibu and Santa Monica sit just 20 minutes away if you feel like hanging up your wetsuit and experiencing some of California’s coolest beachside cities.

            Hotel Del Coronado

            If you’re looking to get away for an oceanside escape, check out the small island paradise known as Coronado, that’s just a stone’s throw off the coast of San Diego. Sitting atop it all is the island’s crown jewel, the Hotel Del Coronado. You might think you’ve walked into an old war fort, but you’ll soon find yourself being treated in one of the most luxurious hotels in California. Check out the beaches that surround the whole landmass, or rent a bike and explore the charming community.

            Elk Cove Inn & Spa

            Drive a bit north of San Francisco and you’ll stumble upon a tucked away bed-and-breakfast in the small community of Elk. Known for its privacy and luxury, Elk Cove Inn & Spa sits just above some beautiful stretches of beaches that give surfers great opportunities to catch the perfect wave. If you look carefully enough, you might even catch a group of migrating whales or sunbathing sea otters.

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              Experience a Proper Getaway at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

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              A Proper Experience

              Anyone in need of a stylish, beachside stay will thrive at Santa Monica’s Proper Hotel. This luxury destination on Wilshire Boulevard mixes organic textures and a thoughtful design to create a modern, coastal escape. Restaurants run by award-winning chefs and the only rooftop pool deck on the Westside means you’ll have a unique stay filled with exclusive experiences. A standout from their properties in San Francisco, Downtown LA and Austin, you can take in the ocean breeze right from your private balcony when you book a stay at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel.




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              Rooms & Suites

              Enter a world of California cool in one of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel’s 271 stylishly-designed rooms and suites. A view of the ocean will create an atmosphere of serenity with textured linens, marble surfaces and patterned walls crafted by award-winning designer Kelly Wearstler. Choose between two room styles–some with more modern accents and midcentury furnishings, and another type of space with a nostalgic, Spanish flair. Luxury amenities like walk-in showers and sumptuous bath products create a dreamlike setting you’ll enjoy throughout your stay.




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              Dining & Cocktails

              Situated within walking distance of the beach, the coastal inspiration for the Santa Monica Proper’s three dining outlets complement the breezy, ocean nearby. The onsite restaurant Onda, run in part by James Beard-award winning chef Jessica Koslow of Silver Lake’s Sqirl, delivers fresh seafood plates made up of locally-sourced ingredients. The lobby lounge Palma finds ingredients right in their backyard from the nearby Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. You can also visit the rooftop restaurant Calabra for a mix of California and Mediterranean fare.




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              Amenities & Experiences

              You’ll never run out of things to do during your stay, with the Santa Monica Proper offering countless forms of entertainment. Focus on wellness by visiting the fitness center and Surya Spa, which offers treatments like therapeutic massage, meditation sessions and even wellness-focused cooking classes. Guests can also get to know Santa Monica through the Proper’s curated guided experiences. Surf lessons, a beach bike tour, and even a local market shopping trip with Calabra’s Executive Chef will get you up close and personal with Santa Monica living. Monthly events also provide plenty to look forward to with things like sound bath sessions and live DJ performances adding a touch of excitement to your stay.

               

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              Location

              While the Santa Monica Proper has plenty to offer on its own, you can also explore the city to truly experience a California, beachside getaway. Dine at Katsuya Brentwood for delectable Japanese cuisine and a connected, sultry lounge S Bar. Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to experience the world-renowned Nobu Malibu, and enjoy coastal fare right on the ocean. Mix and mingle while you watch the sunset at famed bar The Bungalow, and end your night at trendy hot spot Shorebar to dance the night away.

               

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                The Most Stylish Coffee Shops in Los Angeles

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                Drink your Coffee in Style

                Grabbing coffee is an essential part of the morning routine for many LA residents aiming to make the most of their busy day. Why not take the time to indulge in a quality coffee experience? Los Angeles is filled with coffee novices and experts alike, with the city offering up great selections to start your morning right. It’s impossible to visit them all, but consider taking a trip to these stylish coffee shops in Los Angeles where you can drink your brew in style.




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                Coffee Dose Cafe

                This coffee shop on Melrose Avenue has a bright and airy atmosphere for you to sip on their “serums” of delicious brew. Modern art deco furnishings with neon signs and cheeky wallpaper make this trendy locale worth visiting. Specialty lattes and vegan pastries keep health-conscious customers coming back in the heart of West Hollywood.

                Verve Coffee

                Verve Coffee’s three locations each offer great brews along with a welcoming work area for the community to enjoy. With in-house roasted beans and lots of interior foliage and industrial vibes, it’s easy to spend hours in this fantastical coffee bar. If you’re on a cleanse, don’t worry–they have an awesome selection of organic juices as well.




                Alfred Coffee

                With a classic neon sign saying “But First, Coffee,” as well as wonderfully tasty concoctions, this popular local chain is an Instagram-addict’s dream. Whether you get a cold brew or a double shot of espresso in a waffle cone cup, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied at Alfred Coffee.




                Intelligentsia Venice Coffeebar

                One of Los Angeles’ favorite coffee chains, Intelligentsia offers up a unique style in its Venice location on the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The spacious layout is filled with plenty of seating, outlets and of course delicious coffee concoctions for a morning pick-me-up. The beachfront location gives a quintessential California feel to go along with the modern design.

                The Cafe at Conservatory

                Take a seat at this open-air cafe that’s a part of the larger Conservatory restaurant space. Enjoy West Hollywood people-watching while enjoying their menu of offerings supplied by Verve Coffee. Sip your favorite brew in bistro-style seats while taking a bite from their food menu for a unique, al fresco coffee experience.

                The Assembly

                The Assembly’s interior of coastal modernity ushers in a bright and airy atmosphere to go along with your morning cup of Joe. Sleek lines built into the wooden furnishings make for an eye-catching ambiance to match the equally attractive beverages and pastries. Enjoy minimalism at its best at this refined, West Hollywood coffee outpost.

                Coffee Commissary

                Coffee Commissary brings an industrial chic style to their Burbank locale. Bright and dark walls, low lighting, and lots of funky lines create an atmosphere of originality perfect for getting work done while you sip. The indoor plants also bring in a fresh element that goes great with their quirky wall art and quality coffee.

                Carrera Cafe

                This picturesque European-style cafe serves great coffee as well as sandwiches and salads. With a cute, black and white interior and plenty of natural light, it’s the perfect place to bring a book and escape for a couple hours. You can also stop in and grab your drink to-go and bring their delicious tastes along with you.

                Eightfold Coffee

                This light and airy coffee house is a sophisticated destination to try for a cup of coffee or tea. Their delicate but delicious pastries are also sure to make even the worst days better. The European bistro-style seating and and friendly service make for an inviting space to spend your morning.

                Dinosaur Coffee

                If you need a spot to work on your laptop, or just to hang out with friends, Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake is a definite must-try coffee shop. A welcoming staff, warm interior, and delicious coffee make it the perfect place to spend a few hours. Their dinosaur skeleton wooden sculpture that hangs from the ceiling also helps to make for a unique environment for your coffee needs.

                Copa Vida

                Copa Vida in Pasadena is a wonderful community coffee shop that aims to help bring value to the surrounding community. Getting their beans from a farm in Costa Rica, the shop seeks to be completely transparent in the coffee-making process. Weekdays are great for bringing in work to get done, but on weekends Copa Vida turns their Wifi off for part of the day vowing to bring customers closer together.

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                  Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels in the World

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                  Most Romantic Hotels in the World

                  Whether it’s for a honeymoon, anniversary or a spontaneous retreat, there are romantic destinations around the world to visit for an intimate stay with your loved one. Parisian views of the Eiffel Tower and tropical Balinese resorts whisk couples away to a getaway filled with beauty. Explore some of the most romantic hotels in the world to cozy up with a partner at these extravagant escapes.




                  Hotel Wailea – Hawaii, US

                  Escape from the everyday at Hawaii’s only adults-only resort, with 15 acres of space and a stunning view of the neighboring islands. Spend your days getting cozy in a poolside cabana or enjoy a massage treatment by the impeccable staff. Take an onsite shuttle to the beach to enjoy an unforgettable evening picnic with a view of the sunset.




                  Hotel Esencia – Riviera Maya, Mexico

                  Located an hour south of Cancun and in close proximity to nearby Tulum, Hotel Esencia paints the picture of a romantic getaway thanks to its natural landscape of palm trees and a secluded beach. An onsite restaurant, bar and spa, along with pristine white rooms dotted with color will create a well-rounded stay at one of the most romantic hotels in the world.




                  Lanis Suites Deluxe – Puerto del Carmen, Mexico

                  Book one of the 25 suites at Lani’s to share a beautiful experience with your loved one. Enjoy dazzling views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean from your room perched above a private beach. Have a picnic on the beach, swim in the heated pool or book a couples massage to take in the serenity of Puerto del Carmen at this adults-only destination.

                  The Lowell – New York City, US

                  You’ll be transported to 1920s New York City at The Lowell, one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Take in views of the skyline from your pristine room filled with art deco furnishings and cozy up to the elegant, wood-burning fireplace.

                  Nayara Springs – La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

                  Experience the ultimate seclusion at Nayara Springs, located in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park. Adventurous couples will enjoy watersports, yoga classes and horseback riding before retreating to their villa to soak in the private plunge pool. A host dedicated to your stay will also fulfill your every need during your romantic getaway.

                  Villa Cora – Florence, Italy

                  Book your stay in this historic, 19th Century building to be surrounded by a garden escape. The opulent design with antique furnishings and silk accents will whisk you away into Italian elegance, while a beautiful pool creates a serene retreat in spring and summer months.

                  Amandari Bali – Bali, Indonesia

                  Surround yourself in the luxury of Bali at Amandari, one of the most romantic hotels in the world. The unparalleled landscape of lush greenery creates an air of seclusion with views of the stunning, natural valley below. Villas are made with a traditional Balinese design and come with a private infinity pool for a peaceful stay. 

                  The Shangri-La Hotel – Paris, France

                  With a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, there’s no more romantic destination than Paris’ Shangri-La Hotel. This exclusive hotel is decorated with grand, ornate accents and is home to 81 rooms filled with luxury. Wake up to an al fresco breakfast on your private balcony to experience unparalleled romance.

                  The Royal Mansour – Marrakech, Morocco

                  Get lost in the beauty of Marrakech at The Royal Mansour, a palatial Moroccan hotel with 53 riads that dazzle guests with romance and extravagance. Everything you can dream of is right at your fingertips, with a private plunge pool, rooftop terrace, bar, library and even a dedicated butler to ensure your stay is excellent.

                  Anastasis Apartments – Imerovigli, Greece

                  Couples are surrounded by the beauty of the Aegean Sea at this boutique Santorini resort. Choose from 10 suites and an exclusive villa to experience the stark, white elegance of Greece. Your home away from home comes with a jacuzzi and infinity pool to watch the sunset along the horizon in one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

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                    L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

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                    Experience L Horizon

                    Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.




                    Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs Bungalows

                    The Horizon

                    Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.




                    In the Heart of the Desert

                    Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.




                    The Bungalows

                    The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

                    The Residence

                    One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

                    Peaceful Ambiance

                    Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

                    The Location

                    Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

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