Think of the lifestyles of the rich and famous and chances are that Beverly Hills will come to mind. But you don't need to be a movie star to live like one in this fabled celebrity haunt. Just splurge a little and try these five ways to experience Beverly Hills at its most fabulous.
Stay at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
A hub for awards season, the low-key and luxe Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a favourite celeb retreat. Take in city views from the fourth-floor swimming pool, where you can also relax with a deep-tissue massage in a private cabana. In the evening, see-and-be-seen while sipping a handcrafted cocktail on the patio at the Windows Lounge.
Shop on Rodeo Drive
It doesn’t get more glam than Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills’ world-famous shopping destination. Even if you don’t plan on picking up that special little something at the flagship stores for such brands as Hermès, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, a stroll along Rodeo Drive is an absolute must. Just off the drive, dine alfresco at 208 Rodeo overlooking the cobblestone streets of Two Rodeo, a European-style shopping lane.
Get pampered at the Tomoko Spa
Bliss out at the Japanese-style Tomoko Spa, a haven for A-listers looking to rejuvenate both mind and spirit. The soothing Zen interior and such treatments as the Iro Iro Massage, which combines Japanese, Thai and Chinese traditions, led Forbes.com to conclude, “There are some spa experiences so unforgettable, it’s hard to imagine having a better experience elsewhere”.
Savour an unforgettable meal at Spago Beverly Hills
For the ultimate in upscale dining, make a reservation at Spago Beverly Hills, the flagship of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant empire. Indulge in the multicourse California Tasting Menu and let the sommelier guide you through a remarkable collection of top wines from around the state, as well as selections curated from the world’s leading wine regions.
Catch a show at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
In an extraordinary contemporary facility that seamlessly combines the landmark 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office and state-of-the-art performance spaces, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts hosts a diverse line-up of music, dance and plays. Performers here have included the likes of Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone. And on a beautiful Southern California night, nothing beats spending intermission out in the Jamie Tisch Sculpture Garden.
See a film 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. 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, America’s entertainment capital, with mega star wattage and non-stop things to do.
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