6 Hotels For Any Type of Family Getaway

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

More often than not, the notion of a family reunion trip is more appealing than the reality of it. Finding a place that appeals to everyone, is relatively easy to get to, and a destination that offers something for everyone in the group from toddlers to grandparents? It can be tiresome to plan. Throw in being able to enjoy that in a luxurious and sophisticated ambience only adds to the challenge. 

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Casa Del Mar Revived by Celebrity Designer

Feb 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Casa Del Mar has had some work done, recently revealing new penthouse suites decorated by Rooms & Gardens, as well as new lobby lounge reimagined by celebrity designer Michael S. Smith. Offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the refreshed rooms feature Venetian-inspired furnishings and have been designed to resemble stylish Italian seaside villas.

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The New Bungalows at Fairmont Miramar Are a Dazzling Combination of Old Hollywood & Modern Beach Chic

Aug 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has just upped its WOW factor on its iconic bungalow suites, thanks to the sunny Midas touch of LA interior designer Michael Berman. Inspired by the Fairmont’s newly-renovated Bungalow One, a three-bedroom suite and Berman’s first hotel project...

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Santa Monica Grand Tasting Showcases 25 of LA’s Best Chefs During 2-Day Event

Jun 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Meet-and-greets are great, but eat-and-greets are much tastier. Fans of great chefs and great food won’t want to miss the Santa Monica Grand Tasting event at the Santa Monica Pier on June 13-14. During the weekend, foodies can mingle with 25 of Los Angeles’ best chefs, watch them in action, and eat to their hearts content.

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Children's Furniture You'll Want For Yourself | Restoration Hardware

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

You want the best for your children and Restoration Hardware knows that. The luxury home furnishings establishment is opening a store exclusively for baby and child furniture in Santa Monica. The store front will seduce you inside, first with glimmering crystal chandeliers and then with nine foot weathered oak arches. It will probably feel a little like you are entering a forest wonderland with pretty crystal fairies to guide you into the center where the California sun pours in through a 17-foot skylight.... Read More

Casa Del Mar | The Sweet Place Where Ice Cream Meets The Sea

Sep 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

The masterful mix of milky goodness from L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream now finds residency at Santa Monica’s seaside palace and renowned luxury resort, Casa del Mar.... Read More

Vintage Fashion Expo....Making a Fashion Statement

Jun 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Caitlin

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. For all you ladies who are not into the latest fashion designs for one reason or another, and prefer the nostalgic look of vintage attire, Vintage Fashion Expo maybe the perfect place to sho... Read More

Shopping for that Vintage Look

Jun 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Caitlin

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. For all you ladies who are not into the latest fashion designs for one reason or another, and prefer the nostalgic look of vintage attire, Vintage Fashion Expo maybe the perfect place...... Read More

Santa Monica Place Adds Mobile App to Enhance Luxury Shopping Experience

May 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Santa Monica Place recently launched a mobile app that they are hopeful will add value to the luxury shopping experience for consumers and retailers alike. Key features of the new application include an elaborate mall directory, an interactive map, a customizable shopping-list compiler, an information center, a gift card station, and vehicle-location assistance. The app’s mall directory is viewable alphabetically and categorically and provides contact information plus news on special sales and events. The custom-shopping list compiler enables shoppers to plot their own experience on a per-stop basis. The application assists customers in finding the best available parking spots based on where they want to shop as well as... Read More

Sustainability Meets Luxury At The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

Apr 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Luxury hotel reviews need a great lead in, and in this case it takes the form of a golden LEED. Taking the lead in Santa Monica, Shore Hotel revives the dated Ocean Avenue strip in more ways than one.... Read More

Top Chef Masters Lead Free Gourmet Cooking Classes in Santa Monica

Apr 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary   |  1 Comment

We all love walking through Santa Monica’s Wednesday farmer’s market; its span of seasonal and specialty goods stock the best luxury Los Angeles restaurants. Seeing the city’s top executive chefs handpicking their product makes you wish one of those chefs could lead your market shopping... Read More

10 Top Athletes’ Super Luxe Getaways

Oct 7, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Any resort that can turn a highly accomplished, much-praised NFL quarter back into a giggling girl zooming down a waterslide is good enough for us. The El Dorado Golf and Beach Club is a semi-private luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico with casitas and villas that sell for more than $2 million a pop. For that kind of fee, Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele, can golf (on a course designed by Jack Nicklaus), hit the full-service spa, laze by one of the multiple pools or on the private beach, and dine on authentic Mexican cuisine anywhere on the property that they'd like.... Read More

10 Top Athletes’ Super Luxe Getaways

Oct 7, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Athletes are used to spending blood, sweat, and tears just to get a win. When you think about it, they're not all that glamorous on the job — they're covered in mud on the football field, sliding into home base on the dirt, or sweating through a down-to-the-minute game on the basketball court. But being so willing to beat themselves up comes with lofty rewards, not the least of which is more vacation than almost any other job on the planet. And their hefty paychecks afford them as much luxury as possible as they shake off last season on a white sandy beach, cocktail in hand.... Read More

Beatles 1965 Contract Reveals The Band's Activist Side

Sep 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Many websites feature musician contracts. Often contract riders reveal a musician's specific tastes or diva behaviors, but a 1965 Beatles contract being auctioned off by Santa Monica auction house Nate D. Sanders reveals an activist side to a legendary band.... Read More

Sundays at Santa Monica's Basement Tavern

Jun 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

When it comes to drinking dens, Los Angeles has no shortage of throwback speakeasies. It's almost as though Angelenos like to pretend it's Prohibition again, guzzling classic cocktails in hidden watering holes with like-minded drinkers.... Read More

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