Imagine waking up in Elizabeth Taylor’s pink cottage at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she spent most of her honeymoons (with five of her seven husbands). The historic Bungalow 5 has recently been gloriously restored in iconic pink and green, and comes with a garden and pool that’s so private, you could swim naked – should you want to. For the full Hollywood experience, take breakfast in the Polo Lounge. Ask for a cabana at the back of the garden and order the pancakes with Tahitian vanilla butter – they are legendary, as is the attention to detail; the waiters even give you the choice of white or black napkins, so as not to get lint on your clothes.
Drive out to Topanga State Park and hike through the largest wilderness area in the city, following winding trails that meander between the ocean and the San Fernando Valley. Stop by Topanga Fresh Market for a pressed juice and don’t miss Hidden Treasures, an amazing vintage store in Topanga Canyon, with rows of cowboy boots, racks of fringed suede jackets and slip dresses.
Take away grilled mahi mahi steaks and buttered king crab claws from the Malibu Seafood Shack before heading further up the coast to visit Paradise Cove and live out your own From Here to Eternity moment. Afterwards, head to Malibu Pier and browse Alice Bamford’s perfectly curated lifestyle store, Ranch at the Pier, which sells vintage surfboards, sage-scented candles and cashmere hoodies.
Stop by The Now, a holistic day spa with a no-booking policy – a Signature Massage (a mixture of acupressure, reflexology and Swedish massage) at this West Hollywood outpost is a must.
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