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CALIFORNIA ACCOMMODATION

Below are a selection of hotels that we recommend in California, grouped by region. Our dedicated team have hand picked the best hotels for your California holiday, each one of them has been visited and we are available to answer any questions you may have.

    Big Sur

    • Post Ranch Inn

      A jewel in the Pacific Coast Highway’s rugged crown is Post Ranch Inn. Perched atop a Californian cliff edge, the 100-acre Post family estate was formerly a working cattle farm. Now home to an exclusive, eco minded luxury retreat, Post Ranch Inn boasts what can be simply described as one of the best ocean views in the world. Every wall and window has been placed with the view and the environment in mind. Once inside your recycled redwood cabin or tree house, if it weren’t for the fine dining restaurant or award winning spa just a few steps away, you might find it hard to leave the comfort of your room.

    • Ventana Big Sur

      The iconic stretch of Big Sur coastline which separates the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Lucia Mountains in western California, has long been known for its artistic influencers, forward thinkers and diverse communities. Having opened its doors in 1975 when the area was thick with free spirited hippies, Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, has grown and matured with the region whilst maintaining elements of its rich history of cultural diversity. This 160 acre adults-only retreat is a hidden gem along this infamous and iconic coastline.  

    LA - Beverly Hills and Hollywood

    • Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles

      Since its grand opening in 1928, this legendary Four Seasons hotel, of ‘Pretty Woman’ fame, has attracted the rich and famous with its blend of romance, elegance and glamour and an unrivalled location in the heart of Beverly Hills.

    • The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

      Hollywood glamour blends seamlessly with luxurious modern style in this all-suite hotel located just off Sunset Boulevard. The London West Hollywood is perfectly positioned to take in views of the sprawling city below and the infamous Hollywood Hills behind, and sits within easy reach of a variety of bars, restaurants and world-famous shops.

    LA - Santa Monica

    • Le Meridien Delfina, Santa Monica

      From its elevated setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Santa Monica, Le Meridien Delfina redefines the modern beach hotel. Blending sophisticated urban chic with a relaxed beach attitude, this hotel is a great choice for a stylish yet affordable stay in LA. Located just four blocks from Santa Monica's famous beach, Le Meridien Delfina is a fun and stylish hotel within easy reach of the bars, restaurants and shops along Santa Monica's buzzing Third Street Promenade, the local cafe culture on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the city's renowned pier. 

    • Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Santa Monica

      This cool Californian boutique sanctuary sits just a few blocks from the heart of Santa Monica, yet promises instant escapism and chic beachside living. With views over the Pacific Ocean framed by swaying palms, Oceana Beach Club brings its mid-century architecture into the 21st century with fabulously sunny hues and enticing beachhouse vibe.

    • Viceroy, Santa Monica

      City sleek meets seaside chic at the cool and contemporary Viceroy, located just a short stroll from Santa Monica’s breathtaking stretch of golden beachfront. Renowned for its cutting-edge style and intimate atmosphere, this 162 room retreat has emerged as the place ‘to see and be seen’ in Santa Monica – its restaurant, bar and poolside cabanas are popular celebrity hangouts.

    Lake Tahoe

    • The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

      The sweeping 180-degree arc of North Lake Tahoe extends from Incline Village in Nevada all the way south along the California lakeside shoreline to sparkling Emerald Bay. This magical mountain region is home to 11 ski resorts, each with its own unique character. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is the only five star, ski-in ski-out, mid mountain resort in North Lake and boasts an unrivalled location within Northstar, well known as the most exclusive and luxurious resort in the area. The Ritz (as it’s known to the locals) provides a year round family friendly, adventure packed, luxurious lodge experience for snow capped winter or sun soaked summer mountain escapes.

    Mammoth Lakes

    • The Westin Monache Mammoth Lakes

      In the heart of Mammoth Lakes village, The Westin Monache Resort reigns supreme. It is a brilliant hub from which to explore the Sierra Nevada mountain range in all its glory, whatever time of year you visit.

    Napa and Sonoma

    • Carneros Resort & Spa

      Just across the Sonoma border in Napa Valley, Carneros Resort & Spa is a picturesque haven of tranquillity and sublime style with rolling vineyard views and impeccable service. Reminiscent of the surrounding Wine Country ranches and barns, the cottages, restaurants and bars hark back to days of old, with a fresh, light and contemporary style revealed within.

    • Farmhouse Inn

      Brother and sister duo, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, are the vision and passion behind the idyllic and highly claimed Farmhouse Inn, a family run, super stylish, boutique retreat in the heart of Sonoma. Like a comforting hug, the attention to detail and soft subtle luxuries of the Farmhouse Inn experience instantly relax you into the Sonoma pace of life. The effortless style and class of both the architecture and interior design that runs throughout the hotel make it a truly special place you may find hard to leave!

    • Hotel Healdsburg

      The charming town of Healdsburg, less than two hours from San Francisco city, is a true hidden gem and the rising star of Sonoma County. The town itself is picture perfect with stylish bars, coffee shops and 12 Michelin star restaurants. Hotel Healdsburg sits just the main square…a cool and calm oasis from which to explore the surrounding vineyards, national parks and dramatic coastline of Sonoma.

    Palm Springs

    • Ace Hotel & Swim Club

      In its former life this hipster hangout was a Westward Ho Motel and much loved Denny’s diner. Today the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a party paradise. The large central pool populated with inflatable pink flamingos and the poolside Amigo Bar, which boasts an eclectic mix of entertainment every night of the week, have put this Palm Springs member of the Ace Hotel family firmly on the map.

    • La Quinta Resort & Club

      In the early 1920’s Mr Walter Morgan, a businessman from San Francisco, travelled to the Mojave Desert in search of a place the local Cahuilla Indians called the ‘Land of the Eternal Sun’. Almost a century later in the very same spot that Morgan visited and built his desert home, you will find La Quinta Resort & Spa, the Coachella Valley’s oldest and most established hotel. The resort has grown from a small one-villa plot of land to a 45 acre estate with 41 pools, 23 tennis courts, 5 golf courses, 680 guestrooms and 98 villas. For those looking for an abundance of activities, space and freedom to explore, it’s the number one choice in the valley.

    • L'Horizon Hotel and Spa

      A former residential retreat built and designed by William. F. Cody in the 50’s for Hollywood producer Jack Wrather to bring his family and friends (including Marilyn Monroe), in spring 2016 L’Horizon re opened its doors as the most exclusive boutique hotel in the valley. Its location, just moments from downtown Palm Springs, with 360-degree mountain views, is unrivalled. Designer to the Hollywood stars, Steve Hermann, has been responsible for bringing this hidden gem back to its former glory and his fresh take on combining mid century design with a more contemporary twist has kept the hotel in keeping with the new art deco era of Palm Springs.

    • Parker Palm Springs

      It’s no wonder the Hollywood elite still escape to Palm Springs for some sunshine and a party at the weekend with hotels like the Parker in town. Originally a Holiday Inn, this mid century mansion has been transformed by the famously eccentric designer Jonathan Adler. Adler’s tongue and cheek approach to design blends perfectly with the overall concept and experience of this extraordinary hotel. Although not for everyone, if you have a penchant for the quirkier things in life, a stay at the Parker is likely to be a highlight of your journey through California.

    San Diego

    • Hotel del Coronado

      The grande dame of San Diego, this iconic red-tiled beachfront hotel has been wowing its guests for almost 130 years. Known affectionately as ‘The Del’, this timeless classic has entertained many of Hollywood’s elite over the years as well as a number of US presidents, and shot to even higher fame when the movie ‘Some Like It Hot’ was filmed here. Located on the peaceful residential island of Coronado, just a stone’s throw from downtown San Diego, The Del blends relaxed SoCal lifestyle with sophisticated charm.

    San Francisco

    • Cavallo Point Lodge

      On the northern shore of San Francisco bay, hidden just beyond the red iron arches of the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find Cavallo Point. A former army fort and the only luxury accommodation within the carefully protected 11,000 acres of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, this is a truly special and unique retreat. Sister property to the incredible Post Ranch Inn along the west coast’s Big Sur, Cavallo Point is steeped in history with a story behind every door, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, whilst being just a stone’s throw away.

    • Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

      Exposed brick walls, cosy fireplaces, fresh sea air and contemporary independent living encapsulate the concept of the fabulous Fairmont Ghirardelli. Located on the waterfront just west of Fisherman’s Wharf, with amazing views over the Golden Gate Bridge and harbour, it is a unique property that combines self catered accommodation with a luxury hotel experience.

    • Fairmont San Francisco

      The grand dame of San Francisco’s hotel scene, the Fairmont reigns supreme high on Nob Hill, boasting 360 degree views of the city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge harbour and the rolling Californian hills beyond. Built in the early 20th century as the first hotel in the Fairmont group, the hotel structure survived the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires, but with considerable damage and so its opening was delayed until 1907, and the hotel has remained a focal point of the city’s community and heritage ever since.

    • Hotel Zetta

      Just moments away from bustling Market Street and Union Square in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown SoMa district, the Viceroy’s cool kid on the block, Hotel Zetta, is the perfect boutique bolt hole. Hotel Zetta’s bar in the main lobby area attracts a sophisticated local crowd every night of the week, creating a ‘cosmopolitan cool’ atmosphere as soon as you step through the door.

    Santa Barbara

    • Belmond El Encanto

      Belmond El Encanto is a hilltop retreat in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, with panoramic views overlooking the city of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean beyond. This beautiful boutique bolthole has recently undergone a tasteful, considerate and exceptionally well delivered 7-year renovation programme, reopening its doors in 2016 as one of the finest properties in the Belmond portfolio. It always has been and always will be a secret escape for the discerning traveller and Hollywood elite.

    • The Kimpton Canary Hotel

      On the corner of West Carrillo and Chapala, just one block from bustling State Street and a mile from the beach, The Kimpton Canary Hotel is a perfectly positioned oasis amidst the charming city surroundings of downtown Santa Barbara. The Kimpton Canary concept is to combine the right amount of luxury with the right amount of character, ensuring that all guests feel part of the family as soon as you step through the front door. With the terracotta topped American Riviera right on its doorstep, this unique and engaging hotel is a breath of fresh air.

    Yosemite National Park

    • Rush Creek Lodge

      Located just half a mile from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, the newest kid on the Yosemite block, Rush Creek Lodge, offers a contemporary eco-resort surrounded by fragrant pines and mountain views. Named after the creek that runs through the heart of the property, this is first new lodge to open in the area for over 25 years and blends sustainability with sophisticated mountain style.

    • Tenaya Lodge

      Nestled in 75 forest-filled acres in the California High Sierra, Tenaya Lodge is an ideal base to explore Yosemite National Park and the Southern Sierra. Located just a couple of miles from the park's south entrance and about an hour's scenic drive from Yosemite Valley.

    • The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

      This historic and imposing grande dame of Yosemite, formerly The Ahwahnee, sits in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by sheer walls of granite, tall black oaks and fragrant pines. Built in the 1920s to attract visitors to this now world famous National Park, the hotel occupies one of most impressive footprints in California with incredible views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Housed within the impressive stone exterior, the grand red carpet entrance, cathedral-like beamed ceilings, vast stone fireplaces and vibrant Native American art set the scene for a fascinating step back in time.

    • Yosemite Valley Lodge

      Just moments from the base of iconic El Capitan and surrounded on all sides by scenery to take your breath away, Yosemite Valley Lodge is located in a truly spectacular setting. For those looking to be at the centre of the action in this legendary National Park, this simple yet comfortable lodge is ideal.

Wambaa-Beach
TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: FUNDU LAGOON, PEMBA ISLAND

This secluded island hideaway is the epitome of a barefoot paradise. Set on a beautiful beach on little known Pemba Island, just a short hop north of Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon defines twenty-first century Robinson Crusoe shabby-chic! There’s simply nowhere better for an idyllic, laid-back island escape.

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TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: FUNDU LAGOON, PEMBA ISLAND

This secluded island hideaway is the epitome of a barefoot paradise. Set on a beautiful beach on little known Pemba Island, just a short hop north of Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon defines twenty-first century Robinson Crusoe shabby-chic! There’s simply nowhere better for an idyllic, laid-back island escape.