LOS AN­GE­LES

The WAL­DORF AS­TO­RIA in Bev­erly Hills brings a sense of Mid­dle East­ern hos­pi­tal­ity to the glam­our of Hol­ly­wood. Cen­tral to where the ac­tion is, the ho­tel em­bod­ies that Cal­i­for­nia good life

Esquire Middle East - - IN THIS ISSUE THE FEATURES - BY DANIEL HIG­GINS

Hol­ly­wood hos­pi­tal­ity that makes you feel right at home

WITH THE UP­MAR­KET SUR­ROUND­INGS, lux­ury fin­ishes and gen­eral LA vibes, you could be mis­taken for for­get­ting you have left the Mid­dle at all. These traits makes the prop­erty lean to­wards ac­com­mo­dat­ing more of a lux­ury busi­ness trip or a cou­ple’s ro­man­tic week away, than a fam­ily hol­i­day spot.

Its 12 storeys ac­com­mo­date 119 Deluxe Rooms and 51 Suites, in­clud­ing 3 Villa Suites and a grand Pres­i­den­tial Suite. Con­ceived by in­te­rior de­sign leg­end Pierre-yves Ro­chon, the large guest rooms fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and pri­vate bal­conies. The bath­rooms are pretty im­pres­sive, too… like we needed an ex­cuse to lounge around in the huge bath for a few hours while on hol­i­day. Luck­ily, the ho­tel re­alised they need to make the ef­fort to get us out of these com­fort­able rooms, so they cre­ated the rooftop pool deck. The largest rooftop des­ti­na­tion of its kind in the area, it boasts im­pres­sive 360-de­gree views of Bev­erly Hills and spe­cial lit­tle pool­side VIP ca­banas that of­fer ser­vice at your beck and call. You are guar­an­teed to re­turn on your next trip, even if you’re stay­ing at a dif­fer­ent ho­tel.

The lo­ca­tion is great for shop­ping, with Rodeo Drive within walk­ing dis­tance. It’s also a good base from which to ex­plore the tourist hot spots you think you’re too cool for un­til you land and Hol­ly­wood fever takes over. A short taxi ride from the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame, the J. Paul Getty Mu­seum and Hol­ly­wood sign, you could eas­ily spend the day tick­ing these off the bucket list be­fore re­turn­ing to your pool­side ca­bana.

The high­light of the ho­tel has to be the food. The Jean-georges restau­rant from renowned Chef Jean-georges Von­gerichten is the ho­tel’s fine din­ing restau­rant, un­der the watch­ful eye of Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Steve Ben­jamin. The menu cen­tres around Jean-georges’ famed French-amer­i­can cui­sine, with a soup­con of South Amer­i­can and Euro­pean flavours thrown in to the or­ganic, and sea­sonal farm-totable fare. Break­fast of­fers up­dates on tra­di­tional Amer­i­can sta­ples, fea­tur­ing but­ter­milk pan­cakes, fluffy omelettes, co­conut and chia seed pudding, and acai bowls. En­joy lunch and din­ner in a sun­lit space sur­rounded by a sprawl­ing pas­sion­fruit-vine-cov­ered ter­race. The seven-course tast­ing menu is a must try. Dishes in­clude the Golden Os­se­tra caviar, with chives panna cotta and tangy tomato coulis and the ahi tuna tartare let­tuce cups

with avo­cado and crack­ing rice each teamed with a care­fully cu­rated grape se­lec­tion, re­sult­ing in the ul­ti­mate fine-din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ser­vice, lo­ca­tion, pool deck and food of­fer­ing, con­spire to give the Wal­dorf As­to­ria a rather glam­orous edge over its com­peti­tors — when the hills come call­ing, where else is there to stay when so far from home than some­where that is just as suave?

Wal­dorf As­to­ria Bev­erly Hills, 9850 Wil­shire Boule­vard, Bev­erly Hills CA 90210, 1 800 774 1500 wal­dor­fas­to­ri­abev­er­ly­hills.com Emi­rates now flies di­rect to LA, with a 16-hour flight de­part­ing every day at 8.55am

Cal­i­for­nia love: the ideal base for a gen­tle­man to un­wind in, or from which to ex­plore Tin­sel­town.

Chef Jean-georges Von­gerichten’s dishes are suf­fi­cient en­tice­ment alone.

Above: the pool deck. Be­low: the Pres­i­den­tial Suite’s bed­room

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