“This hotel has not yet been inspected and reviewed by the Hotel Guru but has been recommended by other guides that we respect.”
Hidden among immaculate horse ranches and polo fields just a short drive from LA, California's only Relais & Châteaux property is a quiet, romantic, solidly slick operator. A recent makeover includes two stunning destination restaurants and a gigantic spa-as-sanctuary with a Balinese-style yoga pavilion. While most of the interiors are pure Southern California, you'll be wowed by the treatment rooms which are glowy and Moroccan-inspired, with flower-filled terraces, rain showers and deep outdoor tubs. The exotic and good-enough-to-eat treatments use limes, lemons and other fruit from the gardens in original, nurturing treatments such as dessert-fig facials (they smell divine and really pep up tired skin), avocado body wraps and Valencia-orange massages. The two-hour couples' treatments use custom-blended essential oils, a clay body mask, bath soak and massage followed by a private poolside lunch. There's also a gentlemen's menu of facials, body scrubs and deep-tissue massages. It's the essence of the West Coast in big, soul-nourishing doses, and pretty much unfaultable in execution.
Originally published by Conde Nast Traveller (view article)