The Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats in the World

The Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats in the World

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Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats

Enter into a dreamlike oasis of relaxation when you indulge in a luxury spa and wellness getaway. Properties around the globe showcase awe-inspiring architecture and unparalleled views to surround guests in a habitat of serenity. Explore some of the most beautiful health and wellness retreats in the world to learn how to pamper yourself in an environment of extravagance.




Como Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

This award-winning estate is known as one of the best health and wellness retreats in the world. Reach all your personal goals on this 23-acre property surrounded by tropical forest, with custom activities like hydrotherapy, stress management and reflexology available depending on your needs.




SHA Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain

With short-term suites and long-term residences available, you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at SHA Wellness Clinic. Their focus on a combination of Western and Eastern medical treatments set guests on the right path to health with detox, fitness and overall lifestyle improvement in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Mediterranean.




Amanpuri – Phuket, Thailand

Whether you’re aiming to shed some pounds or seeking a mindfulness reset, Amanpuri surrounds guests in a beautiful scene of palm trees, a sparkling swimming pool and an unmatched view of Phuket’s west coastline. Disappear into luxury while embracing calming treatments like private therapy and meditation sessions.

Kinkara – Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Succumb to the natural beauty of Costa Rica at this luxury camping and wellness destination. The stunning layout of the property includes a Mandala Garden with sustainable food grown onsite. Trained healers perform traditional wellness ceremonies along with hikes, tours and culinary experiences creating a one-of-a-kind stay.

AmanZoe – Kranidi, Greece

The Greek Hippocratic view of holistic health is what makes AmanZoe one of the best wellness retreats in the world. The beautiful and exclusive setting overlooking the Aegean Sea sweeps you away into a fantasy destination complete with fitness sessions, spa treatments and natural baths in the glimmering waters.

Belmond Cap Juluca – Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Situated along one of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean, Belmond Cap Juluca is a resort with an awe-inspiring design to complement the sand and sun that surrounds. Take in a breath of fresh air with self-care retreats held on the property ensuring an education on wellness amidst the airy landscape of serenity.

Mii Amo – Arizona, United States

One of the best health and wellness retreats in the United States, Mii Amo Spa is renowned for its location among the red rock of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. The stone structure of Mii Amo makes it a natural escape during your wellness journey led by experts who guide you through your revitalizing stay.

Rosewood – Phuket, Thailand

Head to one of the most remarkable sites for lush landscapes and experience Rosewood–71 villas situated on 2,0000 ft. of beachfront property. The surrounding banyan trees and blue skies will make your stay blissful, along with their Asaya wellness program consisting of activities like volcanic clay wraps, sound therapy and mindful movement workshops.

LUX* Grand Gaube – Mauritius

The East African island nation of Mauritius draws visitors from around the world to experience the exclusive, five-star property LUX* Grand Gaube. This hidden gem boasts everything guests can imagine in a spa retreat, including three swimming pools, two beaches and 11 spa treatment rooms for the ultimate luxury experience.

7132 Hotel – Vals, Switzerland

This beautiful health and wellness resort in Switzerland will get your life back on track with their signature thermal baths that have helped it become an award-winning property, along with its sensational architecture that complements the green, mountainous landscape.

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Take the Scenic Route at these California Road Trip Destinations

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Experience California

California has always been the pinnacle of United States travel with its sandy beaches, expansive deserts, snowy mountains and lush forests. People flock from all over the world to experience the diversity of landscapes available for exploring during every season. For those that live in California and want to escape for a long weekend, or travelers looking to take the scenic route through The Golden State, these California road trip destinations are one of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful variety of surroundings that California has to offer.




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Santa Barbara

Just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara makes for an effortless weekend escape. The fresh air is easy to get used to as you picnic at Arroyo Burro Beach or take a walk through Stearns Wharf, a historical pier with calming ocean views. You’ll also get a dose of California history by visiting Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission built with colonial architecture. Spend the night at the Belmond El Encanto Resort for a private, luxury experience with picturesque views of the city. Stop in to Yoichi’s for a Japanese, seafood dinner or The Lark if you’re craving artisanal, American eats.




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Big Sur

Make your way up to this Central Coast destination to get in touch with Mother Earth. Go for a hike at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which has plenty of trails and local wildlife to see along the way. Stop off at McWay Falls to witness the 80-foot waterfall that’s sure to make for an iconic photo op. You can also head to the Carmel River Sate Beach to soak up the sun and scuba dive in the natural lagoon. As for your stay, you’ll feel on top of the world if you book at the Post Ranch Inn, which features dramatic views of the endless ocean horizon. Dine at their award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, or reserve a table at Nepenthe for relaxing, oceanside cuisine.




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San Francisco

A bustling tech hub in Northern California, San Francisco is a destination worth visiting for its food, activities, and culture as one of the state’s biggest landmarks. Head to the Conservatory of Flowers to see the thousands of blossoms in the museum-like greenhouse. Haight-Ashbury is the perfect shopping destination for vintage finds, while Mission Dolores Park gives you a destination to enjoy the breezy weather with the locals. Retreat to Nob Hill and try the Scarlet Huntington hotel for an eclectic stay, or the Fairmont for an elegant experience. If Italian food is on your mind, SPQR will hit the spot with handmade pastas that will astound your senses.

 

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Napa

Just over six hours from Los Angeles, and one hour North of San Francisco, Napa is world-renowned for its wine country as hundreds of vineyards populate the city’s rolling hills. Since the 1970s, countless wineries have sprouted up throughout the area with the region providing the perfect soil and climate for rich, quality flavors. Wineries all over the city offer tours and tastings for you to sip from your new favorite label. You won’t be able to leave Napa Valley without experiencing the tasting menu at legendary restaurant The French Laundry. But if you have a taste for classic Japanese dishes, Miminashi might be a hot spot worth trying.

 

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The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America 2020

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Experience a Wellness Retreat

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.




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.




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.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Safe Social Distancing Activities in Los Angeles During Coronavirus

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Safe Social Distancing

As Californians begin to adjust to new rules and regulations on where they can and can’t go due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are seeking options for getting out of their house in a safe way. Places like restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys and salons have now been ordered to shut down by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Gavin Newsom. However, there are still a number of safe ways Angelenos can participate in social distancing activities in Los Angeles.

 

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At Home Workouts

With gyms and hiking trails now closed, you can always get in shape right in your own home with a home workout. Fitness gurus and online publications offer plenty of advice on how you can continue staying active during this unprecedented time.




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Virtual Happy Hour

Just because bars and restaurants are closed doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy happy hour, with apps like Zoom and Houseparty gaining popularity for uniting groups of friends for a video celebration. Pour yourself a drink and toast the camera for a fun way to stay social during social distancing.




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Cook a New Recipe

With so much indoor time on your hands, now may be the perfect time to become an expert in the kitchen. Cooking is a great stress-reliever and can boost your creativity by trying out something new. Crack open an old cookbook or look up recipes online for an endless amount of dishes to keep you busy.




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Live Streaming Music Sets

Many musicians have taken to Instagram Live to continue performing for massive crowds, each in their own home. DJs like Diplo and DJ D-Nice have made waves through the quarantine by spinning playlists for fans. Check out your favorite artist’s Instagram to see if they’ll be going live for an intimate performance during self-isolation.

 

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Low-Contact Sports

While the NBA, NFL and MLB have all ceased operations, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own sporting events with select low-contact activities. Sports like tennis and volleyball are great for staying active, with the proper precautions in place to minimize spreading germs. Even more casual sports like frisbee or badminton are great for a quarantine break.

 

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Biking

Take your bike out for a ride to enjoy Los Angeles’ springtime weather. Places like Santa Monica, the Venice Beach boardwalk or Echo Park are perfect for enjoying the fresh air at a safe social distance.

 

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Dog Park

Plenty of LA citizens have their pets to worry about during the statewide Stay at Home order. For those with dogs, a visit to the dog park might be just what you and your pup need to clear your mind. Dogs are not known to contract or carry COVID-19, so them playing with other dogs is perfectly safe as a social distancing activity.

 

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Road Trip

Why not take the extra time on your hands and go for a drive? If you’re road tripping with a friend, wearing face masks helps keep your germs to yourself along with making use of the backseat and cracking the windows for proper ventilation.

 

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Swimming & Jacuzzi

Anyone with swimming pool or jacuzzi access is in luck, as the CDC confirms that the heat, humidity and chlorine will inactivate the COVID-19 virus. A properly-maintained pool or jacuzzi is perfectly safe to lounge in during the statewide quarantine.

 

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Jogging & Walking

One of the easiest ways to get some fresh air during quarantine is to go for a walk or jog in your neighborhood. This social distancing activity gives you just enough exercise and allows you to take in the Los Angeles weather safely.

 

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Note: Suggestions by Zocha Group are not to be taken as medical advice. Participating in these activities should be done at your own risk, and the best judgement for your personal situation should be taken into account before leaving your home. Official information on COVID-19 safety can be found through the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

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The 9 Best Farmers Markets Around Los Angeles

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Experience a Farmers Market in Los Angeles

Farmers’ markets are a great place to go for locally-sourced, organic produce, handmade products, and other great commodities. With the vast number of markets in Los Angeles, it’s easier here than anywhere else to buy groceries that support the city’s variety of local businesses. Consider taking your next shopping trip to these options for the best farmers markets around Los Angeles.




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South Pasadena Farmers Market

There are quite a few farmers’ markets to choose from in Pasadena, but out of all of them, the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market rises to the top. Held every Thursday from 4-8 pm, this market offers a large selection of vendors no matter what your diet, ranging from vegan wheatgrass to locally raised beef. Located right next to the Gold Line’s South Pasadena station, it’s an easy destination for anyone to get to for a quality shopping trip.




Silver Lake Farmers Market

If you’re looking for a great farmers’ market that offers more than just produce, this is the place for you. The neighborhood farmers’ market in Silver Lake offers locally-grown produce as well as vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, books, crystals, and a variety of other lifestyle products.




Mar Vista Farmers Market

Along with produce, this market offers tables and tables of prepared food, with many vendors offering free samples. Brands such as Decadently Raw, Homeboy Bakery and Aris Natural Foods make this a great stop for anybody who needs an excuse to leave the house. After you pick up some groceries, go listen to the live music playing in the dining area and grab a freshly made meal.

Atwater Village Farmers Market

This longtime Sunday morning market is a staple for Los Angeles Eastsiders. Locals continue to come back every week for this market’s great selection of grade A produce, friendly employees, and unique and tasty treats that are offered by a variety of vendors. Along with produce, you can expect to find gardening tools, flowers, and freshly-brewed coffee to help get your day started.

Hollywood Farmers Market

There are California-grown fruits and vegetables abound at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. Here you can find a variety of locally-sourced foods such as freshly-grown avocados, seafood, free-range poultry and beef, fresh honey, and much more. Along with food vendors offering produce, the market also hosts book signings, music performances, and live professional chef demonstrations.

Altadena Farmers Market

Every Wednesday afternoon you can expect to find dozens of booths offering a variety of artisanal foods and wares that are all locally-made. Started by the head of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a center for culinary arts and technologies, the Altadena Farmers’ Market is a great place for a family outing, a date, or just somewhere to spend some time with friends.

Brentwood Farmers Market

Known for having a surplus of free samples, the Brentwood Farmers’ Market draws huge crowds every Sunday where locals (and local celebrities) grab their groceries, fresh pastries, and other organic goods. Make sure to arrive early and come hungry, as the free parking fills up fast but the free samples last all day!

Santa Monica Farmers Market

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is where LA’s elite chefs go to grab their astonishingly fresh produce and get ideas for new dishes. As such, the market is more catered to dealing with large orders, so if you ever find yourself needing 10 lbs of fresh carrots or 20 jars of organic hummus, this is the place to go.

Beverly Hills Farmers Market

With over 60 farmers and vendors contributing to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, there is a large selection of options for you to choose from. Fresh fruit, crepes, live music, and even a petting zoo for your kids are all things you can expect to see on an average Sunday at the Beverly Hills market.

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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.




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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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Spend Your Summer Beachside at The Bungalow

 

Experience Summer at The Bungalow

The Bungalow has a reputation for being one of Santa Monica’s most buzzed about hot spots. With intricate, cozy décor and views overlooking the Pacific shoreline, this beachside bar has captured the essence of the city along with the fondness of its citizens. After launching The Bungalow Huntington Beach in 2016, the brand has been solidified as a Southern California go-to. Summertime will bring plenty of opportunities to sip drinks and celebrate with friends at either of The Bungalow’s inviting beach locations. Spend your summer beachside at The Bungalow.




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The Bungalow Santa Monica

As guests enter The Bungalow Santa Monica, they are immediately transported into what could be a sophisticated house party, complete with a ping pong and pool table. It’s easy to mistake the bar itself for the home of a close friend, as guests are free to roam in and out of the property’s numerous rooms and lounge locations. The charming, kitsch table arrangements and vintage accessories round out the look, giving the space the feel of a venue that’s been around for decades. Between the indoor bar, complete with a flat screen during game time, and the front patio deck decorated with twinkling lanterns and often featuring live music performances, there’s something for everyone as guests mingle about the space with drinks in hand.

The Bungalow was conceived by nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse as a neighborhood bar with a luxurious flair that fits in perfectly with the city’s culture of casual refinement. Attached to Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel, their impressive Exhale Spa, fitness center, and Lloyd’s Barbershop stand alongside The Bungalow in providing hotel guests with whatever they may need during their travels, especially if it’s a refreshing cocktail. Whether they’re visiting for business or pleasure, guests have the ideal hotel amenity of being just a short walk away from one of the most popular bars on the Westside.




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The Bungalow Huntington Beach

With the resounding success of The Bungalow Santa Monica, Bolthouse expanded the brand into its newest Huntington Beach location. Huntington’s bustling Pacific City retail hub acts as the perfect environment for the new locale as it complements The Bungalow Santa Monica’s signature beachside positioning. The two properties are similar in style, but still uniquely different. The Bungalow Huntington Beach location united with the nearby Bear Flag Fish Co. for their culinary needs, offering patrons an appetizing menu of exclusive bites. People-watching and beautiful sunsets come standard at both spots however, with Orange County and Santa Monica surf culture permeating the vintage scenery.

From out-of-town visitors to local Santa Monica natives, the Bungalow brand has been cultivated as a welcoming yet trendy venue guaranteed to entertain guests with their variety and charm. Pop in on a Tuesday night for a live folk music performance or stop by on a Sunday afternoon for sangria and mimosas after brunch. No matter the day or night, The Bungalow brand never fails to impress while rising over and above to differentiate itself from the typical LA bar scene.




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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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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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Photo: Calabra Rooftop – Proper Santa Monica

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.




Santa Monica Proper Hotel deluxe suite

Photo: Santa Monica Proper Hotel – Deluxe Suite

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Photo: Santa Monica Proper Hotel – Deluxe King

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.




Santa Monica Proper palma lobby lounge

Photo: Santa Monica Proper Hotel – Palma

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.

 

Venice Beach surfers

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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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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.




california hotels by the beach for a surfing vacation

Photo: Zocha Group – California Hotels by the Beach Perfect for a Surfing Vacation

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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