City of Stars: Los Angeles

Discover the best insider tips for a luxury holiday in this glitzy paradise.

Glamour and decadence are words that come to mind when one speaks of Los Angeles. It has been immortalized on film as the hippest place to spot celebrities and live the good life. Los Angeles is blessed with a great climate; it’s good to visit practically any time of year.

Hotel Bel-Air is an iconic luxury hotel, and a popular getaway for the rich and famous. The hotel features lavish mid-century influence rooms and suites with posh amenities like Jacuzzis, heated outdoor pool, gym, and day spa. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated restaurant features modern Californian cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences. It’s a true Hollywood destination. For high-style yet low key luxury, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow turn to Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the luxury hotel features American resort architecture steeped in Southern Californian tradition. Custom furnishings, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and in-room libraries serve to relax guests.

There’s no dearth of fine-dining restaurants in Los Angeles. Spago, Nobu and Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi have been icons in the L.A. food scene for many years. In fact, the latter is Rihanna’s favorite. Providence on Melrose Avenue is an upscale restaurant that serves excellent seafood. The Restaurant at the Chateau Marmont is a perennial celeb haunt, with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, and Mary-Kate Olsen gracing the venue. It features intimate indoor seating, as well as a garden terrace with traditional American meals on the menu. Other star favorites include Gjelina, Patina, and Osteria Mozza among others. For those who prefer late nights, there are quite a few glitzy lounges with views to dazzle. Perch in Downtown L.A. offers a great view and trendy French cuisine. Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles offers a breathtaking view of the city, with the convenience of poolside seating.

Los Angeles has many iconic sights for the adventurous tourist. The most popular places to visit include Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some must-visit sights are the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, the Grammy Museum, the Santa Monica Pier, Beverly Hills, and Sunset Boulevard.

This month, California will be buzzing with the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Scheduled to be held over the weekends of April 15 – 17 and April 22 – 24, 2016 this annual music festival is a haven for music lovers and fashion addicts alike. Guns N’ Roses are set to headline, along with fan favorites like Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Sia, Underworld, and many more. Expect the model posse of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosio, and friends as they always make an appearance at Coachella. There’s no better time than now to be soaking in the sun in Los Angeles!

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