Even if you don’t have a wealthy uncle with a rambling oceanfront house, Shutters on the Beach lets you live like you do. Combining a Cape Cod–inspired design with an impeccable Santa Monica setting, Shutters has a casual vibe, even while delivering luxuries that draw Hollywood stars.
The sun pours through the big windows, washing over homey yet elegant rooms created by star designer Michael S. Smith. Stuffy it’s not: There’s a peek-a-boo window between the bedroom and the bathroom, with its jetted tub complete with one of the hotel’s signature rubber whale toys. That last touch may be for the hotel’s littler guests, but no matter your age, a rejuvenating soak will be in order after a day of taking advantage of all the outdoor experiences that Shutters offers guests: Ride a bike along the Malibu-to-Manhattan Beach path, play a set of paddle tennis, a game of beach volleyball, or join in on a yoga class on the sand. For a romantic interlude or a picture-perfect get-together with friends or family, consider one of their upscale Beachside Bliss catered picnic offerings, with a spread featuring such delectable treats as Thai chicken lettuce wraps and mini lobster rolls. And of course, world-class shopping is right outside your door along at Santa Monica Place, along Main Street and Montana Avenue, and at the Third Street Promenade.
At some point during your stay in Santa Monica, you’ll want to head to One the Spa for an ocean-inspired healing treatment that includes a sea-salt exfoliation and a hydrating sea algae masque. After that, there’s always room service. But the pairing of sunset views and such favorites as the Skuna Bay salmon at the hotel’s 1 Pico restaurant or a wine tasting at Coast just might lure you out again.