TRAVEL Beverly Hills 90210
This sunshine-filled creative metropolis, where an A-list encounter is practically guaranteed, has distinctive neighbourhoods with unique personalities. We check-into lux 90210...
Middle Eastern travellers
might venture for new-style salmon sashimi at Nobu Malibu, take their children to the pier at Santa Monica, and even indulge their tourist-tastic tendencies in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, but when it comes to picking a locale to call your home away from home, Beverly Hills -- where Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence have splashed out on mansions -- always trumps.
The draw? Aside from a plethora of designer stores flanking Rodeo Drive -- Rachel Zoe’s goto destination for red carpet styling -- and the ‘golden triangle’ of upmarket avenues, this is where the locals come to see-and-be-seen, perching al fresco outside cafés and chic eateries -- and star-spotting with tourists wanting a taste of life in the sunshine state.
Situated in the upmarket heart of the area – with a discreet side door should you wish to eschew the grand entrance – the Montage Beverly Hills, fashioned in sophisticated Spanish colonialrevival splendour, is the ultimate star secret.
Everyone from A-list athletes and supermodels to reality TV leads like Scott Disick, Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio use this upscale eightstorey hotel, that seems to ooze European style and is celebrating its tenth birthday, as a central bolthole.
Whether heading to its rooftop grill for an industry power-breakfast -- date caramel and
banana farro porridge, coconut-topped acai bowls, and Green Vitality juices providing very Cali-centric sustenance -- or checking in for serious pampering at its ornate two-floor Moorish-inspired spa, complete with intricate mosaics and a sky-lit therapy pool that takes over a 20,000 sq ft space, the unobtrusive staff ensure five-star service whether you’re instantly recognisable or just checking-in for the night.
Starlets make sure they get pre-awards night pampering with L.Raphael Geneve anti-aging facials and detoxifying therapies that are considered the best in the city.
Palatial, classically-kitted out rooms in neutral tones -- we strongly suggest you upgrade to one of the 55 sprawling suites -- satisfy every creature comfort. Expect 500-thread-count cotton sheets you’ll be loath to leave, sunken baths in the marble bathrooms furnished with pomegranatescented Antica Farmacista products and with balconies and terraces (standard in every room), giving you beautiful vistas.
Ask to overlook the garden out back, and you’ll also be rewarded with views of the most exclusive part of the city, backing onto the Hollywood hills.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Tear yourself away from the always popular pool area -- where the decadent six-person cabanas (from AED2,186/US$595) are the most sought after place to pose -- as set-priced sushi hotspot Sugarfish is across the road for a quick bite.
A short walk away is Greystone Mansion -which will look familiar as a multitude of films including The Bodyguard, The Social Network and Spider-Man were all shot here -- and its perfectly manicured gardens deserve exploring. Plus, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Sephora, all the best shopping is just outside.
Then get one of the team of super-efficient concierges to book you the Cadillac house car to whisk you for a cultural tour of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles County Museum of Art or check out contemporary master Ed Ruscha’s pieces at the Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed Broad Museum.
Rooms at the Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Drive, Los Angeles, start at AED2,186/ US$595; visit montagebeverlyhills.com.
Emirates flies direct to Los Angeles from AED4,905/US$1,335; visit emirates.com
The Montage Beverly Hills lures not just visitors, but local celebrities who appreciate its discretion, spectacular service and superb location