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 attractive locales.

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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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Photo: Calamigos Ranch / Kevin Le Vu

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.

 

Photo: Cielo Farms

Photo: Cielo Farms / Lucas Rossi

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.

 

Photo: South Park Center City View Penthouse

Photo: South Park Center City View Penthouse / Sakosan

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.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills

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.

 

Photo: Terranea Resort

Photo: Terranea Resort

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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Photo: Saddlerock Ranch

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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Photo: Hotel Bel-Air

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.

 

Photo: The Houdini Estate / Lin and Jirsa Photography

Photo: The Houdini Estate

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.

 

Photo: Kimpton La Peer Hotel / Lin and Jirsa Photography

Photo: Kimpton La Peer Hotel / Lin and Jirsa Photography

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.

 

Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards / The Knot

Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards / Lin and Jirsa Photography

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.

 

Photo: Paramour Estate / Chris Glenn

Photo: The Paramour Estate / Heather Kincaid

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.

 

Photo: The Alexandria Ballrooms / King Edward Ballroom

Photo: The Alexandria Ballrooms / Rheefined Company

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.

 

Photo: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

Photo: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

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.

 

Photo: The Athenaeum / Rheefined Company

Photo: The Athenaeum / Rheefined Company

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.

 

Photo: The London West Hollywood / Lin & Jirsa Photography

Photo: The London West Hollywood / Andy Seo Photography

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.

 

Photo: Triunfo Creek Vineyards / Rheefined Company

Photo: Triunfo Creek Vineyards / Rheefined Company

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.

 

Photo: Vibiana

Photo: Vibiana / Callaway Gable

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.

 

Photo: Nobu Malibu / Beautiful Day Photography

Photo: Nobu Malibu / Linda Howard Events

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.

 

Photo: Villa Sancti Malibu / Jillian Rose Photographer

Photo: Villa Sancti Malibu / Jillian Rose Photographer

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.

 

Photo: Millwick

Photo: Millwick / Alyssa Armstrong

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Dive into Memorial Day with a Vegas Vacation

As temperatures begin to rise at the edge of Spring, Memorial Day stands as the official kick-off to a summer of excitement. Bathing suit season prompts an influx of travel plans as guests book their stay for hotels and resorts in cities across the country. Las Vegas is a popular destination for travelers to migrate to with its thriving culture of nightlife and entertainment that’s perfect for a weekend of fun in the sun. From pool parties to fine dining, there are a number of ways to spend your time on the Strip as you celebrate the first big holiday of the summer.

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Dining

In a city full of impressive restaurants led by celebrity chefs, your options for dining in Vegas are some of the best in the world. Head to the SLS Hotel for a taste of Jose Andrés’ famous Spanish cuisine at Bazaar Meat. Sushi lovers will appreciate the artistry at Mizumi, a dining experience at The Wynn for Japanese and Korean dishes. It won’t be a trip to Las Vegas without visiting a Wolfgang Puck establishment—Cut serves up a delectable menu that redefines steakhouse dining. The newly reinvented Palms Resort and Casino is home to celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s new restaurant Shark. Mixing seafood with a Latin twist, the selection of flavors provides something for everyone as you dine and people-watch overlooking the Kaos nightclub pool.

 

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Photo: Mizumi

Dayclubs

Vegas is famous for its variety of day clubs that let you party by the pool in front of some of the world’s hottest DJs. If you’re planning to get an early start to your weekend, you can catch a talented DJ take the stage overlooking the Strip at Drai’s Rooftoop Beach Club on Friday afternoon. Audiences will be dancing to the beat at the iconic Encore Beach Club if you stop by on Saturday for an energetic pool party experience. If you’re still powering through by Sunday, close out your weekend by watching a performance at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay.

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Photo: Encore Beach Club

Photo: Drai’s Beachclub

Nightlife

There’s no place like Vegas if you’re a fan of lively nightlife. Crowds are sure to enjoy Intrigue nightclub, featuring EDM DJs at the Wynn on Friday. Popular EDM and hip hop acts draw a crowd on Saturday with performances at the Cosmopolitan’s hot spot Marquee. You’ll also find a DJ on stage that night at Hakkasan keeping up the wild vibe of the weekend. You can catch talented acts at XS Night Swim to round out the weekend on Sunday night, with a unique pool party underneath the stars.

Inquire in the chat box below for updated information on nightclub performance schedules.

 

Photo: XS Las Vegas

Photo: Marquee Vegas

Shows

The party scene isn’t for everyone, and those with an affinity for an exciting show will love witnessing one of the many awe-inspiring acts taking the stage during the weekend. Watch legendary artists like Janet Jackson perform throughout the holiday at theaters up and down the Strip. Cirque Du Soleil productions of Zumanity, O and The Beatles Love will take you away to colorful worlds with mystical performances.

 

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Photo: The Beatles Love

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Escape the City at The Hamptons’ Most Luxurious Hotels

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 havens of relaxation 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.

 

Photo: Topping Rose House

Photo: Topping Rose House

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.

 

Photo: The Baker House 1650

Photo: The Baker House 1650

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.

 

Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Inn at Windmill Lane

Hidden away behind meticulously manicured hedges lies Amagansett’s Inn at Windmill Lane. With all the charm of a bed and breakfast mixed with the luxury of a 5-star hotel, a stay at the Inn 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 Inn also provides guests a fleet of SUVs as a shuttle service to and from the nearby Indian Wells Beach.

 

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Photo: Inn at Windmill Lane

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.

 

Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

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.

 

Photo: The Hedges Inn

Photo: The Hedges Inn

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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Photo: The Maidstone Hotel

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Satisfy Your Cravings at LA’s Finest Mexican Restaurants

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 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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Photo: Gracias Madre

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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Photo: Toca Madera

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.

 

Photo: Broken Spanish

Photo: Broken Spanish

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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Photo: Petite Taqueria

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.

 

Photo: Coni’Seafood

Photo: Coni’Seafood

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.

 

Photo: La Casita Mexicana

Photo: La Casita Mexicana

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.

 

Photo: Red O Santa Monica

Photo: Red O Santa Monica

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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Photo: El Compadre

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The Best Hotel Pools in Los Angeles

In an area with scorching summers and perpetual, year-round sunshine, Los Angeles proves to be the perfect city for relaxation and leisure by the pool. When choosing a hotel to stay in during your time in the City of Angels, it’s important to consider the hotel pool, as it can serve as a fabulous place to spend an afternoon or two getting a tan or swimming some laps. Many of the city’s hotel pools also serve as nightlife hotspots for locals with live DJs and world-class cocktail bars. To help make your next hotel decision a little bit easier, take a dive into this list of the very best hotel pools around the city.

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Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel brings guests and visitors one of the most sought after pool experiences in the city. The rooftop pool and bar provide spectacular panoramic views of the city and serve as a great spot to grab some rays during the day. At night, the rooftop transforms into a vibrant pool party with a craft cocktail menu and the lights of Downtown creating an unforgettable experience.

 

Photo: Ace Hotel pool

Freehand Los Angeles

Located at 8th and Olive in the former Commercial Exchange building, The Freehand Hotel was accepted with instant acclaim for its hotel/hostel combination with modern boho-chic designs. Head upstairs and you’ll find the stunning rooftop pool deck, as well as the award-winning bar Broken Shaker. When you’re done soaking up the sunshine poolside, weekend nights bring a live DJ and crowds of nightlife enthusiasts.

 

Photo: Freehand Los Angeles pool

The London West Hollywood

Located in the heart of the city, this rooftop pool offers sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills. Along with breathtaking views, The London offers guests a wide range of upscale amenities such as handcrafted cocktails and an unparalleled menu of meal options that will leave you with a smile on your face. If you prefer a bit of privacy, consider renting out a cabana for a stylish shade from the LA sunshine.

 

Photo: The London West Hollywood

WET Deck at the W Hollywood

The WET Deck at the W Hollywood sits right above the iconic Hollywood and Vine intersection, offering visitors breathtaking views of the neighborhood as they lounge by the pool in this laid-back experience. If you prefer a bit more privacy, reserve your own luxury cabana with bottle service for an exclusive touch. As the sun sets the WET Deck transforms into a high-energy pool party that you won’t want to miss.

 

Photo: WET Deck at W Hollywood

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

This David Hockney-designed pool is the epitome of Hollywood culture and history. Surrounded by sultry palm trees and the Tropicana Bar, the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel proves to be the ideal place to catch a tan, and maybe even see a celebrity or two. Tasty drinks and choice music are always on the menu at the Roosevelt.

 

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The Standard Downtown LA

Voted as one of the top 10 hotel pools in the world by Travel + Leisure, The Standard’s pool exudes relaxation. Vibrating water beds, a full cocktail lounge, and pristine blue water have taken this swimming masterpiece to the next level. They also host fun nighttime activities, such as bringing in live DJs and playing movies over a projector.

 

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Altitude Pool at SLS Beverly Hills

Enjoy dedicated poolside service as you relax with some of the best views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles when you visit Altitude Pool. Weekend DJs make Altitude an all-out pool party, including delicious drinks and the option to reserve a private cabana. If you’re looking for somewhere to lay out and soak up some sun in peace, don’t worry. Weekdays are all about relaxation and stress-free living.

 

Photo: SLS Beverly Hills Altitude Pool

Veranda at Hotel Figueroa

Downtown’s remodeled Hotel Figueroa brings guests open and spacious terrace dining and a poolside experience that takes relaxation and luxury to new heights. Veranda offers visitors a view of their unique, coffin-shaped pool, a full outdoor dining menu and drinks from world-class cocktail bar Rick’s. If you’re looking for a serene escape during your Downtown LA stay, the Hotel Figueroa pool is the perfect place to unwind.

 

Photo: Hotel Figueroa Pool

Viceroy Santa Monica Poolside Cabanas and Patio

Dive into relaxation at Viceroy Santa Monica. Kick back on the patio, rest up in a private cabana, or take a dip in the pristine waters of this top tier pool. Cabanas are perfect for families or groups of friends looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and the patio is inviting for all who seek a leisurely day in the sun.

 

Photo: Viceroy Santa Monica pool

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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 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.

 

Photo: Cafe La Trova

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.

 

Photo: Astra

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.

 

Photo: Boombox

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.

 

Photo: Kaido Miami

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.

 

Photo: Broken Shaker

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.

 

Photo: Bar Bevy

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.

 

Photo: Jaguar Sun

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.

 

Photo: Lost Boy

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10 LA Estate Rentals for an Escape to Luxury

People visit Los Angeles from all over the world looking to indulge in the creative culture, beautiful weather, and lavish surroundings. Splurging on a luxurious hotel room is one way to dive into the perks of the city, but an estate rental may also take your trip to the next level of extravagance. Your LA vacation will be one to remember when you see what it’s like to live in one of these breathtaking rentals.

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Sunset Hideaway

An acre of land North of Sunset Boulevard will be yours if you rent this modern, Beverly Hills property. The designer kitchen is perfect for cooking up a meal with a view of the swimming pool and jacuzzi out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The gated entry and lush landscaping create an air of privacy for you and your guests to enjoy your luxury hideaway.

 

Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Crest Estate

You’ll have everything you need when you rent this impressive property with an elegant, modern design. Large enough for eight guests, the picturesque pool deck offers a breathtaking view of Los Angeles making this Hollywood Hills space a great place for al fresco group entertainment. With palm trees dotting the property, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the terrace, you’ll have a classic LA getaway at this luxury escape.

 

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Crest Estate – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Crest Estate – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Villa Alexandria

You’ll live in the lap of luxury in this four-bedroom estate overlooking the Los Angeles skyline in the heart of Bel Air. The expansive backyard comes complete with an infinity pool, spa and multiple shaded seating areas that create the perfect setting for an evening under the stars. The modern furnishings, dramatic ceilings and natural sunlight will keep you satisfied in this stylish and welcoming space.

 

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Villa Alexandria – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Villa Alexandria – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa

This Tuscan-inspired villa will be the secret to a relaxing vacation with its crystal clear views of the Pacific. Take in the Malibu sunshine with a private swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor kitchen that creates the perfect entertainment space. Move the party inside to find a wet bar, billiard table and walk-in wine cave in the bright, airy environment.

 

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Oceanside Malibu Villa – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Zen Oasis

Relaxation is inevitable in this artsy, Beverly Hills estate located in the Trousdale community. The décor boasts a mix of modern and traditional with an array of eccentric design elements. Take a dip in the expansive swimming pool or lounge in the spacious, indoor living areas with help from a personal housekeeper to cater to your every need.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Mockingbird Estate

Get lost in paradise at this stunning property with unobstructed views that span from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Located at the top of a bluff in the Hollywood Hills, the Italian-inspired home is full of elaborate details such as a sun deck, poolside cabana, and sculptures by well-established artists. You’ll never want to leave this 67,000 square foot lot that acts as the perfect stay for up to 14 of your closest friends.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Nusa Dua Resort

Escape to an ocean paradise in this Bali-inspired, beachfront estate. The outdoors are just a button away as the glass walls can be opened to bring nature right into your home. The smart home amenities, top-of-the-line kitchen and access to a private beach cove make this five-bedroom rental one of the best on the water.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Laurel Grand

Head to the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to live in this modern work of art with an unparalleled space for entertainment. The bright furnishings and opulent decor create a lavish atmosphere where you’ll spend your time in the private movie theater, eye-catching kitchen, and private backyard space perfect for a gathering. The breathtaking outdoor living space will keep guests entertained as you dive into the pool on a sunny LA day.

 

Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Trousdale

This newly remodeled estate brings elements of warmth and style to the prime, Beverly Hills location. The private, gated entry gives way to a 12,000 square foot property complete with a screening room, state-of-the-art appliances and an elevator to move easily between floors. Head outside to enjoy the customized swimming pool and see stunning views of the hillside as the backdrop to your stay.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Hollywood Vista Estate

You’ll live like a star at this exclusive estate in the Hollywood Hills’ OutPost Estates. You’ll get two homes in one at this property which features lavish furnishings, a game room, and two heated pools. The sweeping views of the city create a serene atmosphere as you settle into your own private oasis.

 

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Savor the Flavor at 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 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.

 

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

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.

 

Photo: The Orient – Restaurant Mosaic

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.

 

Photo: The Camphors at Vergelegen

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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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 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.

 

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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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Beachside Hotels Perfect for a California 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 the best luxury hotels 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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Photo: 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.

 

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Photo: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

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.

 

Photo: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Photo: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

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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Photo: Malibu Beach Inn

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.

 

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Photo: Hotel Del Coronado

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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Photo: Elk Cove Inn

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