Angelenos looking for a luxurious getaway need to look no further than a 20-minute drive away. (It takes 20 minutes to get anywhere in L.A., right?!) Beverly Hills is one of the most sought-after luxury destinations in the world and offers the perfect escape from the everyday for international travelers, as well as for locals. Offering the best of both worlds – relaxation and leisure, excitement and entertainment – Beverly Hills is an ideal weekend getaway for those of us who cannot get away. From world-class shopping to restaurants by celebrity chefs, the City of Beverly Hills has everything you would want in a weekend escape within walking distance.
Nestled at the crossroads of the iconic Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, The Beverly Hilton provides a great home-base for a Beverly Hills “staycation.” This iconic hotel’s star studded history and timeless elegance offers guests the perfect way to indulge in the luxuries of Beverly Hills. Unwind using the amenities available at the hotel, including soaking up the Southern California sunshine at pool, or enjoying a massage at the spa.
The Beverly Hilton’s convenient location makes it easy to experience the best of Beverly Hills without ever getting into your car. Many of the of the city’s hot spots are walking distance away from the hotel. Or, if you do not want to wear out your Jimmy Choos, hop in a taxi and arrive in minutes to nearly anywhere in Beverly Hills. Start your morning right with breakfast at every coffee lover’s heaven, the Nespresso Boutique. Upon entering, your nostrils will be filled with soothing, delicious aromas. Indulge in a cup of coffee and breakfast in this new, stylish boutique. Located within Beverly Hills’ famous shopping neighborhood, the Nespresso Boutique offers a great place to leisurely wake up before heading out for some retail therapy.
Beverly Hills and especially the famed Rodeo Drive are synonymous with shopping. With hundreds of luxury retailers, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops, Beverly Hills has something for every personal style – and yes, for every budget. For some incredible finds from young, up-and-coming designers as well as some of the most recognizable names in fashion; check out Kyle by Alene Too. Owned by actress, writer and “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills,” Kyle Richards, this beautifully appointed boutique features the best new fashions handpicked for shoppers by Kyle’s team of outgoing and knowledgeable personal stylists.
All this shopping will surely build up an appetite. Luckily, in Beverly Hills, lunch is an institution. Sit in one of the city’s famed Italian sidewalk cafés or opt for the noted Bouchon Bistro, overlooking the exquisite Cannon Gardens and sip a glass of white wine and people watch. Just don’t turn your head too fast when Hollywood celebrities, Sofia Vergara or Liev Schreiber happen to sit down next to you. For a little culinary adventure, visit the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Known as the “Valhalla for cheese lovers,” this Los Angeles treasure is definitely worth experiencing.The shop offers a cheese concierge service, with carefully selected varieties of traditional and artisanal cheeses, a boutique selection of food friendly wines and gourmet foodstuffs, many from local purveyors.
After spending the day wandering down the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hill’s wealthiest neighborhoods, basking in the Southern California sunshine, watching beautiful people roll by in exotic cars and relaxing at The Beverly Hilton, you will be ready for a night out. Put on your new outfit and head out to enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Beverly Hill’s posh restaurants. The newest addition to the Beverly Hills culinary scene is Hakkasan, offering delicious Cantonese cuisine in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon’s menu features classics such as Roasted Silver Cod with Champagne and Honey and Crispy Duck Salad in addition to a lighter menu and exotic, hand-crafted cocktails. Or choose a classic, Mastro’s Steakhouse, serving mouth watering steak, seafood, and other specialties. The dining experience includes live entertainment and a stylish, energetic ambiance. These restaurants and many other dining and nightlife options are conveniently located within one mile of The Beverly Hilton – so take the house car, or enjoy a leisurely evening stroll.
The bottom line – your Beverly Hills getaway can be anything you want. Whether you are looking for the excitement of a metropolitan city, or want to escape from the world and lounge by the pool with a drink in your hand, a weekend in Beverly Hills will leave you feeling satisfied and revitalized, basking in the royal treatment this city has to offer, Hollywood royalty that is.
By Leigh Grant