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...

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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.


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 mon­tage­bev­er­ly­

Emi­rates flies di­rect to Los An­ge­les from AED4,905/US$1,335; visit emi­

The Mon­tage Bev­erly Hills lures not just vis­i­tors, but lo­cal celebri­ties who ap­pre­ci­ate its dis­cre­tion, spec­tac­u­lar ser­vice and su­perb lo­ca­tion

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