Indulge in an idyllic beach day beginning with a private yoga lesson at the water’s edge. Then, enjoy a curated beach picnic which includes professionally designed furnishings and chef-curated cheese and charcuterie boards, along with optional add-ons such as sounds baths and custom floral arrangements. Next, unwind with one of several luxurious ‘spa journeys’ at Tikkun Spa or have a personalized spa retreat at the natural and organic Alchemie Spa. Tikkun’s lavish Royal Gold Treatment includes a 24-karat gold body wrap that will make you feel like royalty. Or, satisfy your appetite for pampering with Alchemie’s HydraFacial performed by an expert esthetician that will leave your skin glowing for the rest of your trip. After feeling fully relaxed, enjoy a front-row sunset view of the Pacific at Calabra, the rooftop restaurant and bar at Santa Monica Proper Hotel, one of the newest luxury hotels to debut in the city. Whether from the sundeck, circular bar or indoor lounge, the views are best enjoyed with Californiam wines or seasonal cocktails. To finish the evening, head to Fia for dinner. Hidden inside a lush, secret garden, Fia offers a menu highlighting fresh seasonal ingredients, inspired by California and Italian coastal cuisine.
There’s no better way to start your day than by waking up in one of Santa Monica’s beautiful luxury hotel properties, offering a range of elegant, first-class hotels to classic California bungalows. Enjoy an exclusive sunrise breakfast at Sandpiper at Oceana which features a picturesque seaside backdrop and an illustrious onyx-clad bar. Then, tone up with a Speir Pilates or SoulCycle class followed by a healthy cold pressed juice. In the afternoon, hop on a bike and cycle along The Strand, the world’s longest oceanfront bike path. Stop by Original Muscle Beach where famous bodybuilders, gymnasts, and acrobats have trained. Stroll back up to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, experience the energy of the local street artists and vendors, people watch and relax with an unforgettable sunset dinner at The Lobster, recently named one of the most scenic restaurants in the United States by OpenTable. While The Lobster will always be known for its beautifully prepared Maine and California spiny lobsters, you’ll find a menu filled to the brim with a tantalizing variety of raw and exceptionally cooked seafood dishes. End the night at your choice of Santa Monica’s amazing hotel lounges for creative cocktails in a high-class setting: The Bungalow at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Sugar Palm at Viceroy Santa Monica, or Blue Streak at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, or Terrazza at Hotel Casa Del Mar
For an early breakfast, a popular among Santa Monica residents is Huckleberry Café, run by renowned culinary husband and wife duo, Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan. Be sure to save room for a treat from the pastry counter; the seasonally-filled crostatas and legendary cinnamon roll never fail to please. After a delicious breakfast, venture to one of Santa Monica’s four weekly farmers markets, which take place throughout the city on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays. Experience a slice of Southern California life and maybe even catch a glimpse of local celebrities or chefs picking their produce for the day! Afterwards, take the “Art of Making Chocolate” class, master the revered French macarons, or treat yourself with some “Pie Therapy” at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories. Or, enjoy an enchanting tour encompassing world-class art and local wines in the nearby Santa Monica mountains. Explore Greek and Roman antiquities at The Getty Villa, and then discover the acclaimed coastal wine country while indulging in the variety of wines that nearby Malibu has to offer.
Start your last day with the extravagant Lobster Brunch at 1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica’s premier beachfront dining destination. Afterwards, shop ‘til you drop at Santa Monica Place, a hub for designer brands and premier shops including including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Rolex. Take advantage of the superior customer service at the Concierge Lounge, which offers same-day delivery service to Santa Monica hotels. For a more personalized experience, check out LaLaLuxe and have the shopping done for you. Meet with a LaLaLuxe stylist to begin your wardrobe overhaul, find a new look, shop for gifts, or style you for an important event. Then, make your way to Ester’s Wine Shop & Bar, and sip on the extensive wine collection on their outdoor patio. Round off the day with an Italian feast at Via Veneto and then, catch your last Santa Monica sunset with a drink in hand and the ocean in sight at The Penthouse, located on the 18th floor of the Huntley Santa Monica Beach; ONYX, Hotel Shangri-La’s indoor-outdoor rooftop bar; or, Élephante, a Southern Mediterranean-inspired lounge with scenic views and impeccable interior design.
Then, if you can escape head up the PCH to Santa Barbara……