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4 Fabulous Resorts in Los Angeles County

4 Fabulous Resorts in Los Angeles County
Enjoy lavish spas, world-class golf, over-the-top dining, and unparalleled style at these high-end hideaways

Need an indulgent escape? Luxury resorts in Los Angeles County offer the high-end pampering you want in a Southern California vacation. Each of these destinations offers a different take on L.A. style and scenery, plus posh accommodations, attentive service, and grand views. For your next “I-deserve-this” vacation, try one of these over-the-top sanctuaries.

The Langham Huntington

Make a date with opulence at Pasadena’s historic country-club-style hotel, where Spanish Revival bungalows and a glorious Italianate main building anchor a 23-acre property of manicured rose gardens and lush citrus trees. This is Southern California’s version of old-world luxury, with public areas and grand ballrooms marked by glittering chandeliers and luster-polished marble floors. Tradition is honored at The Langham, but not in a stuffy way. Railroad magnate Henry Huntington opened the original hotel in 1914, and ever since a bell is rung every evening precisely at 7:05 pm to salute the dinner hour. But you can dine almost any time you like at The Terrace (California bistro cuisine and indoor-outdoor seating) or The Royce (chic wood-fired steakhouse serving wagyu and kobe beef).

This timeless resort has plenty of new-school mixed in with the old, include a thoroughly modern health club and live music at The Tap Room bar on weekends. Even The Langham’s afternoon tea service (served on Wedgwood china, of course) leans more toward fun than prim-and-proper. There’s plenty to do here: Wander the palm-tree-framed grounds, play a little croquet or badminton in the Horseshoe Garden, swim in the elongated pool, get a stone therapy massage at best-in-class Chuan Spa, or just stroll the zen-like Japanese garden and let the outside world disappear.

Terranea

Endless Pacific waves provide the backdrop for this sprawling 582-room hotel surrounded by a pristine nature preserve in Rancho Palos Verdes. Walk along clifftop paths for jaw-dropping vistas of the ocean and Catalina Island. Or just pick a seat at one of 200-plus outdoor fire pits and fireplaces dotted around the property and soak in the coastal scenery.

Terranea’s lavishness doesn’t end with its cinematic vistas. The resort has four pools, including an adults-only infinity pool and a splashy kids’ pool with a 140-foot waterslide; tennis courts; a links-style oceanfront golf course; and the world-class Spa at Terranea, a 50,000-square-foot sanctuary offering every type of treatment you can dream up. Eight eateries range from upscale beachfront shack to artisan coffee shop, plus fine dining at Mar’Sel and contemporary Asian cuisine at Bashi. Guests are lodged in ocean-view rooms, two-bedroom villas, and spacious casitas. Choose from an array of workshops and programs from nature walks to photography classes to culinary programs led by the resort’s chefs.

Mr. C Hotel

Cater to your inner jet-setter with a stay at this swanky high-rise straddling the border between Beverly Hills and West L.A. Combining modern L.A. style with Italian glamour, this 12-story hotel features 138 rooms with private balconies overlooking the hubbub of Los Angeles. The higher the floor, the more mind-boggling the view, but there’s plenty to see even on the ground floor. Designer Michael Smith masterminded the hotel’s chic lobby, furnishing it with custom-made Italian leather couches, lavish chandeliers, and a clear glass pool table. When you walk in, you don’t see a check-in desk—it’s discreetly hidden behind a sunken bar. A book-filled library and lush courtyard garden create nooks where guests can find private spaces. Sleek cabanas lend mystique to the buzzy outdoor pool scene. Even if you’re not a celebrity, you’ll feel like one as you lounge with a cocktail in hand.

The food alone is reason to visit. Owned by restaurant and hospitality entrepreneurs Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, Mr. C hosts the world-class Italian eatery Cipriani, which consistently garners rave reviews. This location is one of a dozen worldwide that serves Cipriani’s signature grilled meats, innovative artisan pizzas, and perfectly poured Bellini cocktails.

Hotel Casa del Mar

Located right on the beach in Santa Monica, this elegant A-list retreat can’t be topped for blue-water ocean views and the Santa Monica Pier’s colorful Ferris wheel twirling in the distance. Constructed in 1926 as an exclusive beach club, Casa del Mar retains its Jazz Age sophistication with a vibrant Spanish-Moorish lobby and impeccable décor. Seventeen suites cater to guests seeking the posh life, but all 140 rooms are gussied up in luxurious Mediterranean style. Guests sprawl in chaise lounges and gaze at the Pacific Ocean from the expansive deck that surrounds the Palm Terrace Pool, or immerse themselves in pampering treatments at the eco-minded Sea Wellness Spa. The resort somehow manages to separate itself from the buzzy throng of Santa Monica, and yet the boardwalk, the Strand walking path, and Third Street Promenade are close by. The Catch seafood restaurant offers ocean-view dining, a sushi bar, and cabana-style seating in the adjacent Terrazza Lounge.

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Need an indulgent escape? Luxury resorts in Los Angeles County offer the high-end pampering you want in a Southern California vacation.
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Discover Los Angeles County

See a movie star. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Slip on a pair of designer shoes in an ultra-luxurious boutique in Beverly Hills. Play at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, explore world-class museums, or dance the night away in a starlet-filled club. Welcome to California’s liveliest city, entertainment capital of America, with megastar wattage and nonstop activities.

“You know, you’re really a nobody in L.A. unless you have a really big door.”  –comedian Steve Martin

The main hub is the City of Los Angeles, with legendary Hollywood northwest of downtown, the San Fernando Valley to the east, and the inviting beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu to the west.

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Hotel Bel-Air

A perennial favorite of the Hollywood elite, this residential-style resort enchants with tropical gardens and breezy bungalows

Once part of the original Spanish land grants in 1843,...

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California Questionnaire: Matt Walsh

The sitcom and improv star loves his San Fernando Valley home, from the sushi to Bob’s Big Boy

When Matt Walsh settled in Los Angeles 15 years ago, he set his sights on making it onstage, not on the big screen. As a co-founder (with Amy...

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Where to Shop Now in Los Angeles

From Venice Beach to Beverly Hills and beyond, L.A. boasts some supremely shoppable neighborhoods

For discerning travelers interested in fashion and style, Los Angeles offers unparalleled shopping opportunities. From established luxury brands...

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Koreatown

This small neighborhood with 24-hour energy packs in some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Los Angeles

Just south of Hollywood and west of Downtown Los Angeles lies...

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Spotlight: West Hollywood

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See L.A.’s creative side in WeHo’s design shops, architecture, and edgy nightlife

West Hollywood has been dubbed “The Creative City,” and for good reason. Bordering ...

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California Questionnaire: Curtis Stone

The Australia native has planted his roots in Los Angeles, where he runs two acclaimed restaurants and lives the California dream

Award-winning chef Curtis Stone was born in Melbourne, established his culinary chops in London, and rose to fame on TV, appearing on multiple...

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Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Fire-based cooking techniques fuel the culinary innovation at Curtis Stone’s Hollywood hotspot

Curtis Stone and his brother Luke both began their culinary careers in an Australian butcher shop, so it makes sense that their joint venture,...

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California Questionnaire: Zoey Deutch

The up-and-coming actress loves life in the Valley, road trips up the coast, and old-school deli food

For Zoey Deutch, movies are the family business. Her mom, Lea Thompson, starred in Back to the Future, and her dad, Howard Deutch,...

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Spotlight: Los Angeles

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Bright lights, A-list celebrities & diverse culture

Welcome to the bright lights and big-city allure of California’s largest metropolis. Here, A-list celebrities really do walk the sidewalks, triple...

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California Questionnaire: Giovani dos Santos

The LA Galaxy forward talks about living in West Hollywood, In-N-Out Burger, and enjoying the chill vibe in Malibu

When Giovani dos Santos joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer of 2015 he immediately became one of the biggest Mexican stars in Major League...

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Angeles National Forest

Discover the wilder side of Los Angeles, just minutes from the city in the San Gabriel Mountains

Barely 30 minutes from the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, and just north of Pasadena, the urban jungle gives way to the forests, rugged...

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California Questionnaire: Margaret Cho

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The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comic, actress, and singer clues us into her love of Los Angeles and California culture

Margaret Cho has been doing stand-up since high school, and her ability to make audiences LOL has afforded her opportunities in all genres—from...

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Burbank

The entertainment industry’s home base offers a microcosm of stars, shopping, and cool tours

If you come to Los Angeles wishing to see where movie magic gets made, look on the other side of Hollywood—literally.

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Watch celebrity chefs in action at this annual event in downtown Los Angeles

If you’re a foodie, your definition of “celebrity sighting” in Los Angeles has little to do with movie stars. Instead, the annual All-...

A delicious snack prepared at the All-Star Chef Classic in Los Angeles
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La Brea Tar Pits

Find fossils and family-friendly fun at this prehistoric excavation site

Your idea of old may be 100, but that will undoubtedly change after you spend several hours at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. You will learn...

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California Questionnaire: Gabrielle Reece

The former volleyball champion and model—now an author and fitness guru—shares her California favorites

After retiring from a successful beach volleyball career, Gabrielle Reece didn’t slow down—instead, she kept adding to her résumé: mother,...

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"The Squaw Man" was filmed in 1913, and was the first feature-length film made in Hollywood.
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Spotlight: Hollywood

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Showbiz, celebrities, & endless possibilities

Tinseltown, where starlets are discovered on every street corner (or at least we like to think they are), and the tinted windows of that stretch...

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Sunset Strip Nightlife

Welcome to L.A.’s home of rock ‘n’ roll

Few roads have as much history as this 2-mile-/3.2-km-long section of Sunset Boulevard, bounded by Havenhurst Drive and Doheny Drive. In the 1960s...

For me, returning to Los Angeles annihilates the memories of where I have just been with an astonishing speed.
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L.A. Museums

See masterpieces and innovative contemporary works

With its diverse collection of museums, Los Angeles has grown into one of the world’s great cities for art lovers. From the dramatically modern...

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Malibu

Explore a fabled beachfront town with real star power

Stretching for more than 30 miles along the Pacific and Highway One, Malibu has achieved...

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Los Angeles County Shopping

Go boutique to bargain in one of the world’s fashion (and shopping) capitals

You’ll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase for L.A. shopping.

If you’re ready to whip out the platinum card, head to Rodeo Drive...

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Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for intrepid...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, golden-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers markets are...

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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks and attractions. Here’s a roundup of worth-the-...

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World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot spots in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California’s...

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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you're in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you'll find it here. Want to sample fresh produce? Try our farmers...

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Discover quintessential sun and fun at these coastal charmers

Take one part water, one part sand, one part sun-soaked coastal charm, and you’ve got the recipe for some of the Golden State’s most appealing destinations....

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Taste the delicious dishes from these amazing California chefs

From a candy-colored pastry shop to Michelin-starred dining rooms, top restaurants run by celebrity chefs dot the Golden State. And even if you don’t know these chefs from the TV...

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Spotlight: Santa Catalina Island

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An island retreat off the Southern California coast

Swaying palms, white-sand beaches, warmest water in summer, and melt-your-heart sunsets—that’s what you’ll find at pretty-much-perfect island...

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Venice

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Surfers, skateboarders, and stars

Venice is the ultimate L.A. neighborhood where the surf meets the human circus. Spend a day along Venice’s palm-lined, beachfront boardwalk and...

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L.A. Architecture

See eye-catching icons and stately landmarks

While Los Angeles is still a young city when compared to places like, say, Rome, it still boasts a unique architectural tradition that spans a...

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Lancaster's Civic Musical Road is the only "musical" or "singing" road in the United States.
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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

From almonds and olives up north to avocados, oranges, and dates in the south, the Golden State has a crop (or 10) for nearly every stretch of terrain. After all,...

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Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate playgrounds

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone. Take a tram ride to tour movie back lots at Universal Studios...

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February or March

You certainly won’t be the only one celebrating the Lunar New Year at this colorful event in L.A.’s Chinatown. Join thousands of revelers lining the parade route as lion dancers and giant dragons...

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San Pedro

L.A.’s busiest port town is a haven for maritime enthusiasts and seafood lovers

Located at the southern point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, between Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, is...