The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America 2020

When the time comes to begin a new chapter in your personal health, booking a retreat for rest and relaxation is just what the body needs. Every year guests rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while receiving expert care at luxury spa retreats across the country. Dive into the amenities that each has to offer and choose these wellness spa retreats that are the best fit for your needs.

 

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Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The Amangiri Resort is a detox retreat oasis surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rock terrain. Its luxurious treatments utilize the landscape and culture with traditional Navajo healing techniques and Sedona clay to revitalize your body.




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Mii Amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Simplicity is key at the Mii Amo Spa located in the spiritual city of Sedona. A clay wrap will draw out all your toxins while psychic massages and even hypnosis tap into the subconscious of open-minded guests.




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We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California

Spend as many as eight days at this desert oasis detox vacation where lymphatic massages, an infrared sauna and specialized beverages are made to help you sustain your serenity. Mud wraps complement your liquid diet along with yoga, dance classes and meditation to round out your stay.




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Red Mountain Resort – Ivans, Utah

A more adventurous detox vacation at Red Mountain might be for you if activities like hiking and kayaking sound like a peaceful escape. Their trained outdoor guides will deliver their expertise in nature while the resort itself is a picture of Southwestern beauty.

 

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The Ranch – Malibu, California

Well-known for its celebrity clientele, The Ranch is the perfect place to detox and clear your mind of bad habits during an up to ten-day stay. Fitness classes and hikes keep you active while a specialized meal plan and medical testing ensure that the rejuvenation process is unfolding.

 

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Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

This intimate retreat boasts a lakefront locale with lavish detox spa treatments to set your mind free. Their dining options are both healthy and delicious, with cooking classes available to teach you how to live and eat holistically.

 

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Golden Door – San Marcos, California

Mostly a women’s-only destination, this luxurious Southern California detox spa retreat takes its inspiration from Japan with serene gardens and wooden accents throughout the space. Detoxing is key with hikes, fitness classes and fresh, local cuisine to help you de-stress.

 

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Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – Vista, California

You’ll get a customized wellness program from a nutritionist if you decide to visit this elegant spa destination North of San Diego. After just one week, you’ll undergo a number of spa treatments to help you relax you as you enjoy the well-kept European-style hideaway.

 

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa – Catalina, Arizona

Escape to the foothills of the Catalina mountains with your own adobe-style casita at Miraval Arizona, one of the best detox spa retreats in the USA. With hot stone massages, horseback riding and botany tours, there’s something for everyone whether you’re exploring alone or with a group.

 

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Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts & Tucson, Arizona

The Canyon Ranch experience uses cutting edge medical wellness programs to transform your mind, body and spirit. You’ll have exercise therapists, energy healers, and spiritual counselors all at your fingertips to help you unearth your inner peace at this detox retreat.

 

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A detox spa retreat can be just what you need to release your day-to-day stresses. Whether you’re just stopping by for a detox retreat, or planning a full luxury detox vacation, there are destinations around the country dedicated to pampering and rejuvenating your wellness throughout your stay.

Book at some of the best detox and best wellness retreats in the USA for a luxury spa experience you’ll never forget.

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The Most Eye-Catching Spaces for your LA Wedding

Los Angeles is an unrivaled destination to spend your special day with its perfect weather, lavish surroundings, and numerous resources to cater to your every wedding need. There are plenty of breathtaking hotels ready to help you create a picturesque ceremony and countless hospitality venues for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions. Walk down the aisle in style at one of these eye-catching spaces for your LA wedding.

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Calamigos Ranch

Surround yourself with lush landscape in this breathtaking environment. The ceremony and reception can be held in one of their many outdoor garden courtyards for a tranquil event.




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Cielo Farm

Take in expansive views at this highly sought after space featuring a vineyard and greenery to create the perfect backdrop for your special day.




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City View Penthouse & Skydeck

Plan your wedding at the South Park Center’s Penthouse for breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles from a bird’s eye view. Outdoor seating on the SkyDeck will give your guests a breath of fresh air as they take in the city.




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Four Seasons Los Angeles

Indulge in a luxury experience at the Four Seasons’ event space that will create an elegant atmosphere for your dream event. Their terraces, balconies and radiant garden make for an unforgettable wedding experience.




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Terranea Resort

You’ll have unparalleled ocean views if you walk down the aisle at this beautiful destination. With multiple Ballrooms to choose from, this oceanfront resort will make your special day one to remember.

 

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Saddlerock Ranch

Surround yourself with greenery at this 1,000 acre locale that shares its home with exotic safari animals. Your guests will be in for a treat with your event doubling as a one-of-a-kind nature experience.

 

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Hotel Bel-Air

Excitement awaits as you tie the knot at this luxurious destination hidden in the Hollywood Hills. The peaceful setting fit for a celebration of romance creates a classic atmosphere of airy sophistication.

 

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The Houdini Estate

Magic will be in the air when you make the Houdini Mansion your choice for an outdoor event. The private estate formerly home to Harry Houdini lends an element of grandeur to your special day.

 

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Kimpton La Peer

Their sophisticated spaces offer a sleek touch to your soiree with modern décor and views of the Hollywood Hills. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and the big event can all be held with style at this West Hollywood locale.

 

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Malibu Rocky Oaks

This scenic escape gives you breezy, vineyard views as you tie the knot at its spacious Tuscan Villa. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, you’ll feel like royalty perched above the Santa Monica Mountains.

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The Paramour Estate

Book your special day at this eclectic domain in the artsy Silver Lake hills. Shabby chic meets bohemian in the fully furnished estate perfect for colorful photos and a cozy place to get ready.

 

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Alexandria Ballrooms

This historic Downtown event space will put a vintage touch on your wedding with its classic feel and air of sophistication. The spacious ballrooms make for a grand presentation that is sure to ‘wow’ your guests.

 

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SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

This luxury hotel might be perfect for your soiree with floor to ceiling drape details and chic décor. Have a gathering on the patio of The Bazaar by Jose Andres for a private airy environment.

 

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The Athenaeum

This stately property at the California Institute of Technology boasts elegant Mediterranean-style architecture. Romance is sure to be in the air with the breathtaking atmosphere setting a lavish tone for the event.

 

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The London West Hollywood

With a variety of venues featured within the hotel, you’ll have your pick of unforgettable spaces for your special day. From a glamorous ballroom to a private rooftop, your vision will come to life no matter the size or style.

 

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Triunfo Creek Vineyards

Escape to this green landscape surrounded by vineyards for a rustic environment perfect for an unforgettable day. The picturesque scenery will make for elegant photos and an idyllic atmosphere.

 

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Vibiana

This grand, Downtown event space boasts historical relevance as previously being the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, built in 1878. Your 21st Century event will be sure to impress as the opulent design is unlike any other Los Angeles destination.

 

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Nobu Malibu

This beachside location has private rooms for your party to have an intimate experience on the ocean. The world-renowned cuisine will make your experience unforgettable alongside a perfect view of the shore.

 

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Villa Sancti Malibu

Nestled in the heart of Malibu, this Tuscany and France-inspired locale creates a picturesque setting for you to walk down the aisle. The ocean views add a touch of enchantment to the lush, landscaped environment.

 

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The Millwick

Enter through the garden at this grand event venue. With modern accents and plenty of nooks for your guest to explore, tying the knot at the Millwick will provide something for everyone to enjoy.

 

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Finest Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is well known for its sunny skies and breezy afternoons that create the perfect atmosphere for being out and about. If you’re on the hunt for a destination fit for taking advantage of LA’s unparalleled weather, look no further than the many al fresco dining options scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re toasting to Sunday brunch, or enjoying a romantic night under the stars, these outdoor dining restaurants in Los Angeles each have an outdoor space perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.

 

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Avra

With a thriving NYC location, Avra is expected to be a go-to for Greek cuisine in Beverly Hills. Their plentiful outdoor seating is sure to be a favorite as guests dine from their fresh seafood menu.




Perch

Take in unobstructed views of Downtown LA’s skyline at this rooftop favorite. Their French-inspired menu makes use of seasonal ingredients that will satisfy your senses as their fireplaces and landscaping help set the mood.




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Viviane

Cozy up by the pool at this intimate, West Hollywood outdoor space. This eatery inside the Avalon Hotel offers up European and American cuisine with a California twist.




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Gracias Madre

Enjoy a refreshing plant-based meal on Gracias Madre’s outdoor terrace. Umbrellas and greenery provide shade while you feast on delicious plates made with organic ingredients.

 

The Rose Café

This iconic Venice destination poses a refreshing escape into their garden-style, open-air dining. The artsy setting pairs with a menu of Southern California cuisine to complement the atmosphere.

 

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The Henry

Stop by this West Hollywood eatery for a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Sit on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy an American-inspired menu and people watch in the Robertson Boulevard neighborhood.

 

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Salazar

The minimalist patio seating in this artsy, Southwest-inspired taco spot makes it easy to enjoy the little things. Their mouth-watering menu will keep you satisfied as you take in the Silver Lake sun.

 

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The Malibu Café

An ideal Sunday funday destination, The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch surrounds you with nature as you enjoy their “noveau barbeque” dining and take a relaxing walk on the lake.

 

Rays and Stark Bar

Stop by to dine at this Mid-Wilshire lounge space on the LACMA property. Their delectable pizzas and pastas are sure to keep you coming back for more than just the art.

 

Sunny Spot

Pop in to this colorful Venice eatery for a bite on the open-air patio. This lively, neighborhood hot spot will revitalize your mood as you choose from their diverse American menu.

 

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The Highlight Room

With unmatched landscape views of the Hollywood Hills, The Highlight Room is the perfect escape for Californian cuisine atop the rooftop of The Dream Hotel.

 

Alcove

The garden patio setting makes for a delicious, breezy brunch at this Los Feliz favorite. Their menu of quality, American classics will have you feeling right at home.

 

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Idle Hour

This North Hollywood historical building is one-of-a-kind in its architecture, and a go-to for an outdoor meal. The vintage feel will put you in the mood to chow down on the variety of classic, American dishes.

 

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Barbrix

Head to this cozy Silver Lake hideaway for an intimate spot to take in a sunny LA day. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with friends with mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired plates.

 

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Electric Owl

Duck into this Hollywood neighborhood spot for a nostalgic setting that serves up Californian cuisine with global flavors. The vintage, train station décor will take your palate on a journey in their outdoor space.

 

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Escape the City at the Most Luxurious Hotels in The Hamptons

Every summer, New Yorkers trade in one island for another, giving up their natural concrete jungle for the sun-kissed beaches and windswept lawns of the Hamptons. The Hamptons has long served as a warm-weather getaway for the New York elite, and as such has gained a reputation for hosting some iconic hotel and restaurant hotspots that cater to a more sophisticated palette. When hunting down your ideal lodging situation, consider some of these most luxurious hotels for your next journey to the Hamptons.

 

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Topping Rose House

Housed inside a fully restored 1842 Greek revival mansion, Topping Rose House combines the old with the new in a design concept that offers a feast for the senses. Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, the Hampton’s first luxury hotel brings guests 22 pristine rooms along with a selection of freestanding cottages. From the art to the cuisine, everything has been given top tier consideration and care at Topping Rose House.




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The Baker House 1650

For a taste of historic luxury in the Hamptons, consider staying at The Baker House 1650. Built in the 17th century by one of the area’s founders, this bed and breakfast has beautifully preserved many of the original details such as the cast-iron staircase and exposed wood-beam ceilings. There are plenty of ways to relax at The Baker House as well; take a stroll through the gardens or spend an afternoon at the beach.




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Gurneys Montauk Resort

While vacationers searching for a lively stay might enjoy Ruschmeyers or The Surf Lodge, those searching for a quieter escape take shelter at the iconic hotel and beach club Gurney’s Montauk Resort. First opened in 1926 along 2,000 feet of private beach, Gurney’s has undergone some massive renovations and promises everything a modern Hampton vacationer could want. Floor to ceiling windows with great views of the ocean, rain showers, and a full spa are just a few of the features that make Gurney’s such a lovely place to stay.




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The Reform Club

Hidden away behind meticulously manicured hedges lies Amagansett’s The Reform Club. With all the charm of a bed and breakfast mixed with the luxury of a 5-star hotel, a stay at The Reform Club feels like a dream. Choose between any of the seven private rooms, three cottages, and a four-bedroom guest house that all include full room service. The Club also provides guests a fleet of SUVs as a shuttle service to and from the nearby Indian Wells Beach.

 

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The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant

Staying at The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant feels like staying at a dear friend’s home. The owners of the inn have adorned the walls and tables with art and antiques gathered during their travels around the world. At the restaurant, guests can get a taste of the monthly rotating menu that highlights foods at the height of their season, all produced by chef Brian Szostak.

 

The Hedges Inn

If you’re looking to start off your summer season with total relaxation, nothing beats watching the swans glide across the East Hampton village pond from the Hedges Inn’s white clapboard porch. Continuing inside, the 19th-century boarding house overflows with tranquility and historic charm. Guest rooms feature white-washed brick with blue and green accents to create a coastal, chic atmosphere that is sure to put you in the perfect summer mood.

 

The Maidstone Hotel

The Maidstone Hotel offers a splash of color in the traditionally neutral-toned neighborhoods of the Hamptons. The 16 rooms and three private cottages take design inspiration from Scandinavian heritage, bringing a variety of unique designs to the space. With a personal beach parking permit included with every stay, the ocean will always be within your reach at this classic, boutique vacation spot.

 

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Toast to the Good Life at the Best Cocktail Bars in Miami

Every year, millions of people flock to the city of Miami for their perfect weather, beautiful beaches, and unparalleled nightlife. There’s a never-ending list of things to do and places to see in and around Miami, but nothing compares to relaxing after a long day with a drink at one of the city’s many impressive bars and lounges. Before your next trip to the Magic City, check out these picks for some of the best cocktail bars in Miami so you’ll know exactly where to go to unwind.

 

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Los Altos

From the creators of Ball & Chain comes a new hole-in-the-wall destination that you can find up the stairs from Taquerias el Mexicano. Keeping with the South of the Border theme of their downstairs neighbors, Los Altos brings bright decor and a Mexican-influenced cocktail menu.




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Cafe La Trova

Longtime cocktail creators Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein have brought Miami a slice of classic and modern Cuban-inspired drinks and eats. Cafe La Trova pays homage to 1980’s Miami Cuban culture with their design as well as their menu, and even offer a top-tier coffee counter.




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Astra

This rooftop paradise has a wide enough range of Greek-inspired cocktails to make you feel like you’ve traveled to Santorini. The space combines an industrial chic vibe with the ‘ambience of Mykonos’ to truly set it apart from its competition.




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Boombox

Walking into Boombox is just like taking a step back in time to the late ’80s and early ‘90s. With a menu that boasts cocktails like the “Lemon Drop the Mic” and “The Longest Island Iced Tea,” Boombox is a different party every night with new music daily and fun themes for special occasions.

 

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Kaido Miami

Brad Kilgore and award-winning bartender Nico de Soto have teamed up to bring Miami a little piece of Japanese culture in their newest cocktail bar, Kaido. Traditional Japanese drinks and eats with a fun modern twist can be found on the menu at Kaido. Behind the bar is a secret speakeasy dubbed AMA, where guests that are in the know can have a unique drinking experience of their own.

 

Broken Shaker

Vacationers from all over the world flock to Broken Shaker in the Freehand Hotel for their award-winning and world-renowned handcrafted cocktails. Exotic produce and freshly-made, mysterious elixirs are used to create delicious drinks with international flavors that will have you coming back time and time again. If you want to enjoy the beautiful Miami weather, take a seat in their backyard patio that gives guests a secluded outdoor drinking experience.

 

Bar Bevy

Located above Pharrell William’s restaurant Swan, Bar Bevy serves as its exotic and mysterious counterpart. Velvet seating, heavy curtains, dark wood floors, and interesting wall art make for some serious Arabian Nights vibes. To escape the dark interior, they also have airy, outdoor seating with string lights and heaters for chilly evenings.

 

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Jaguar Sun

Recently opened on the ground floor of the luxurious X Miami apartments, Jaguar Sun has been creating quite a bit of buzz in the downtown bar scene. Using a large variety of popular and small batch brands of liquor, the team at Jaguar Sun have created a unique and satisfying selection of cocktails, ranging from all the classics to new tiki drinks.

 

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Lost Boy

Lost Boy is a two-story downtown Miami cocktail bar with quite the unique variety of interior designs. Whether you’re a fan of the American Southwest, traditional English pubs, or even drunken sailor bars, you can find it all at Lost Boy. The menu reflects the designs, in that they offer a straightforward menu of drinks and snacks that have stood the test of time. Along with cocktails, you can expect to see wines, tap-only beers served in pints, and exceptional coffee.

 

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The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

South Africa is a country full of culture that goes back nearly to the beginning of recorded time. If you’re not busy hiking beautiful waterfalls or snorkeling off the coast, you’ll want to taste the variety of dishes served at the historic country’s fine dining locales. Their unique location provides a variety of ingredients that are used to put fresh new spins on classic favorites or create new dishes altogether. Take a bite of some top picks for the best fine dining restaurants in South Africa for the next time you head to Mzansi.

 

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The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Situated on top of Schapenberg mountain, The Restaurant at Waterkloof is an internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning eatery that turns a meal into a whole experience. Revered chef Gregory Czarnecki has gained global recognition for his gift of creating elegance and luxury in simplistic but artistic ways.




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The Test Kitchen

An elaborate and extraordinary menu, along with world-class service, has put The Test Kitchen on the map for fine dining. Owner and head chef Luke Dale-Roberts knows how to surprise and excite diners with some of the most inventive and creative food in the country.




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La Colombe

La Colombe serves as one of South Africa’s most recognizable names in the fine dining circuit and continually ends up near the top of every list of the world’s best restaurants. Located on the grounds of the picturesque Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, La Colombe serves a mix of classical French and Asian cuisine that pairs perfectly with anything off of the wine menu and the breathtaking views.




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Restaurant Mosaic

Restaurant Mosaic, inside the famous Orient hotel, has quickly risen to fame along with its head chef. Chantal Dartnell, who recently won the award for ‘Best Female Chef in the World.’ She crafts an ever-changing but always top-tier menu that leaves guests’ jaws on the floor. From your first arrival to final departure, not a single detail is missed.

 

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Wolfgat

Wolfgat rests inside an unpretentious, white-washed fisherman’s cottage that only seats 20, making it tough to get reservations during peak travel months. Chef Kobus van der Merwe works miracles in the kitchen, creating ethereal dishes from ingredients that can be found right outside the restaurant. Some of the dishes at Wolfgat take months to prepare, which shows the dedication to perfection that comes from van der Merwe and his team.

 

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The Camphors at Vergelegen

This South African signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant Camphor trees planted in 1700 that sit at the front of the property. The restaurant’s seating overlooks these beautiful trees and the rest of the expansive lawn, adding something special to your dining experience. Their seasonal menu is crafted around their signature wine list in order to complement the wine, and not the other way around like you may be used to seeing. Although The Camphors is quite a highly-awarded eatery, the experience is genuine and the staff does a wonderful job at educating their guests about the wines and foods offered.

 

Greenhouse

Discover the complexities of South African cuisine in this modern conservatory that offers breathtaking views of the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Chef Farrel Hirsch serves up high-end but playful dishes that complement the local ingredients of South Africa like none before him.

 

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Satisfy Your Cravings at the Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

Great Mexican food is almost like a birthright for Los Angeles, considering the area used to be part of Mexico. With such a strong cultural influence still present in the city today, Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles are plentiful, including menus of upscale Mexican cuisine. With Cinco de Mayo filling the city with cravings for tacos, quesadillas and the like, what better way is there to celebrate than by grabbing a bite and a margarita at one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

 

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Gracias Madre

In a city known for its availability of vegan food options, Gracias Madre quickly rises above the competition. Their secret is to take traditional Mexican dishes that are already close to being vegan and push them over the edge. Gracias Madre is widely known for its tasty guacamole, mezcal, and cashew-based cheese. They also serve an agave-heavy cocktail menu that won’t have you feeling guilty in the morning.




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Toca Madera

An extensive cocktail menu and expertly-crafted Mexican cuisine classics make Toca Madera an all-in-one package. For a night out, look no further than a drive to West Hollywood where you can lounge at Toca Madera all night and never get bored. Celebrities, locals, and visitors alike flock there each day for high-quality dishes and one of the most lively dining atmospheres in Los Angeles.




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Broken Spanish

Located a few blocks from the Staples Center, Broken Spanish should be your go-to spot for a night out before or after the big game. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or a place for drinks and dancing, Broken Spanish has it all. Crowds from all over the city congregate here for some of the best modern Mexican food in the city.




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Petite Taqueria

Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood boasts a menu of Mexican classics with a twist. The prime La Cienega location in the heart of the neighborhood’s bustling nightlife scene makes it the perfect pre-party destination for enjoying a mouth-watering dinner. Fans of savory Mexican dishes and flavorful cocktails are sure to enjoy the Petite Taqueria experience.

 

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Coni Seafood

If seafood is what you seek, Coni’Seafood has what you’ve been looking for. Beginning in the owner’s backyard in 1987, the restaurant has been fueling the larger LA community with Nayarit-style seafood for decades. Widely considered one of, if not the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, everything from ceviche to tacos de Marlin is served up with care and precision at both of their LA locations.

 

La Casita Mexicana

Heading south of Downtown lies La Casita Mexicana, a colorful Dia de Los Muertos themed restaurant that has been serving up some of the area’s best Chile En Nogada for years. The two head chefs of La Casita Mexicana are absolute rockstars when it comes to cooking up Mexican food, and they have quickly turned their restaurant into a Southern California institution.

 

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Red O Taste of Mexico

The Red O culinary team prides themselves on using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients in their classic Mexican dishes, as well as their steaks and seafood dishes. The restaurant, located in Santa Monica, houses a friendly and inviting interior that makes guests want to sit and have just one more glass of wine.

 

El Compadre

If there’s one thing that can get you ready for the weekend, it should be margaritas and dinner at El Compadre in Hollywood. Flaming drinks, an all-night mariachi band, and authentic Mexican food come together to create the perfect atmosphere to have a party. Experience this Los Angeles outpost for a menu of delicious dishes made from family recipes that won’t disappoint.

 

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Taste the Perfect Brew at the Best Breweries in LA

Craft beer breweries, as well as home breweries and microbreweries, have gained immense popularity in the last few decades and have turned the once-small community into a $26M per year industry. At the heart of all the commotion is Los Angeles, a city where craft beer is appreciated almost as much as its beaches and sunshine. In the spirit of celebrating National Beer Day on April 7th, consider stopping by to visit some of the best breweries in LA and taprooms all around the city.

 

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Arts District Brewing Co.

Arts District Brewing Co. is changing the landscape of the Downtown Los Angeles drinking community. An exposed industrial chic interior and large community spaces make it the perfect spot to host events, or just stop in for a drink. If you’re feeling peckish, they also offer a chef-driven pub menu that pairs well with any of their craft brews.




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The Stalking Horse Brewery and Freehouse

This European-style brewhouse and pub may look edgy with its black walls and dark leather barstools, but don’t let the look fool you. The Stalking Horse is a pleasant and exciting place to grab a drink with some friends, or order from their vegan-friendly bar menu. A future-forward drink program puts a unique spin on classic cocktails, and their craft beer selection is second to none.




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Highland Park Brewery

The award-winning beer crafters from northeast Los Angeles have a new location on the edge of Chinatown that offers even more space for brewing and mingling. You can enjoy excellent beer made inhouse and exceptional bites out of their full kitchen. The team will often bring in guest chefs and beer crafters to show off their work in this Highland Park destination.




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Boomtown Brewery

Within the heart of the Arts District lies Boomtown Brewery, a space with an onsite taproom where the masses can come and relax with a crisp craft beer. Wooden communal tables, an extra large bar, and shuffleboard tables do a great job of creating a feeling of community within the warehouse brewery.

 

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Mikkeller Bar

The internationally-renowned beer brewing experts of Mikkeller opened their first Los Angeles location on the edge of South Park back in 2017, and have been changing the game ever since. Their massive and beautiful space serves as a place where beer novices and aficionados alike can come together and enjoy marvelous flavors. They also offer a full menu with a large selection of smoked meats made in-house.

 

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Dry River Brewing

Dry River Brewing, situated on the edge of Downtown LA, has a mission of focusing on community development through introducing exceptional craft beers to the neighborhood. Their taproom is an eclectic space that utilizes a large number of reclaimed and recycled elements to create a cozy and warm interior feel. They offer an ever-changing menu of around 10 drafts that are sure to impress even the most experienced beer connoisseur.

 

Sunset Beer Company

Reminiscent of a study or a library, this dimly lit brewhouse and bottle shop has trinkets to distract for hours. Along with a small but well-crafted tap lineup, they also serve as a premier provider of hard-to-come-by bottles and cans from all throughout history. The Sunset Beer Company is charming and magical enough to keep you entertained all evening.

 

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California Hotels by the Beach Perfect for a Surfing Vacation

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.




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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.




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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.




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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.

 

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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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Best Restaurants in LA to Order Delivery and Takeout

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.




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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.




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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.




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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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