FAM­ILY TRAVEL

A Lo­cal’s Guide to Bev­erly Hills

LuxeGetaways - - Editor’s Note - By Katie Dil­lon

Where to Stay

While there is no short­age of lux­ury ho­tels in Bev­erly Hills, th­ese prop­er­ties go the ex­tra mile when it comes to cre­at­ing truly unique fam­ily of­fer­ings that keep all ages happy.

The Bev­erly Wil­shire, Bev­erly Hills (A Four Sea­sons Ho­tel) has wel­comed a long ros­ter of stars and dig­ni­taries since 1928, but this lo­cal icon also rolls out the red car­pet for fam­i­lies (in­clud­ing pets) too. El­e­gant, yet com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude a wide range of suite op­tions, which can of­ten in­clude kid-friendly ameni­ties such as sweet S’mores Rice Krispie Treats, or even a Red Car­pet Kit (ar­ranged with guest ser­vices in ad­vance) mod­eled af­ter a fa­vorite tele­vi­sion show. Splash­ing around the Mediter­ranean-style pool pro­vides a per­fect break from sight­see­ing, as do the ro­bust spa menus. Yes, even kids spa here (think mini fa­cials, mas­sages and nail treat­ments). Bev­erly Wil­shire an­chors Rodeo Drive, so plan to shop on your own, or through VIP ap­point­ments ar­ranged via the concierge (Pretty Woman was filmed here, af­ter all).

Although not im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous to many trav­el­ers, the glitz and glam­our of Bev­erly Hills can be eas­ily en­joyed with kids in tow. Lo­cated be­tween down­town Los An­ge­les and the beach, it is ac­tu­ally an ex­traor­di­nar­ily con­ve­nient base for a sun-filled South­ern Cal­i­for­nia fam­ily hol­i­day with the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, world-class restau­rants, and shop­ping all within a short ra­dius. White glove ser­vice — if de­sired — ex­tends to all ages, so keep in mind that the sky can ac­tu­ally be the limit when it comes to pos­si­bil­i­ties in the 90210 zip code.

Re­treat to the old Hol­ly­wood el­e­gance of Mon­tage Bev­erly Hills, lo­cated in the heart of the city’s best shop­ping and din­ing known as the Golden Tri­an­gle, for an­other unique Bev­erly Hills ex­pe­ri­ence. This ho­tel has lovely ur­ban gar­dens and a rooftop pool with pri­vate ca­banas for soak­ing up year-round sun­shine. The big­gest draw for fam­i­lies is no doubt the ex­clu­sive, ac­tiv­i­ties-based kid’s club called Paint­box, which en­ter­tains ages 5 to 12 with arts and crafts, games and other fun ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the prop­erty, en­abling par­ents to en­joy a ro­man­tic night out, or a bliss­ful treat­ment in Bev­erly Hills’ only Forbes Five-Star spa. The tra­di­tional week­end af­ter­noon tea also de­lights with sweet and sa­vory treats, in ad­di­tion to a Ruinart Cham­pagne add-on for ex­tra parental bliss.

Nes­tled on the bor­der of Bev­erly Hills and West Hol­ly­wood, The Or­lando Ho­tel is only a short walk to The Grove, Bev­erly Cen­ter and Mu­seum Row. Fam­i­lies love the re­cently ren­o­vated bou­tique ho­tel’s salt­wa­ter rooftop pool, mak­ing this ho­tel a fan­tas­tic value for lux­ury. The West 3rd Street Suites have a sep­a­rate bed­room and liv­ing area, but larger fam­i­lies can ex­tend the space by re­serv­ing ad­join­ing rooms too. It is well known for an Amer­i­can Girl pack­age cater­ing to doll enthusiasts who might be va­ca­tion­ing in the area specif­i­cally to visit South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s most glo­ri­ous Amer­i­can Girl store and café nearby at The Grove shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex.

Things to Do

When it comes to ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ences, leave the work to di­aled-in concierges who can ar­range any­thing from VIP back­lot tours at Warner Broth­ers or Univer­sal Stu­dios, to meet-and­greets with to­day’s hottest pop stars and fa­mous ac­tors. To give you an idea, Bev­erly Wil­shire’s Chef Concierge, Jeanne Mills, re­cently ar­ranged for a young fan to meet Ed Sheeran af­ter his show. For nearly ev­ery vis­i­tor to Los An­ge­les, the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art (LACMA) is a must-see, and is only a few short min­utes from Bev­erly Hills. Let kids burn off steam in the sculp­ture gar­den, fea­tur­ing some of the area’s most pho­tographed spots in­clud­ing Ur­ban Light, a series of re­stored street lanterns and Le­vi­tated Mass, a gi­ant mono­lith sus­pended over an out­door walk­way. In­side, ad­mire over 120,000 works of art, but take a cre­ativ­ity break by freestyle paint­ing in the Boone’s Chil­dren Gallery. Stop by the La Brea Tar Pits & Mu­seum next door to view the re­main­ing tar pits -- still work­ing ex­ca­va­tion sites -sprin­kled through­out the gar­den and learn what life was like dur­ing the Ice Age. The Petersen Car Mu­seum and Craft & Folk Art Mu­seum are other great Mu­seum Row op­tions.

Beach­go­ers head to Santa Mon­ica, which is about nine miles from Bev­erly Hills, though this ad­ven­ture re­quires a bit of care­ful plan­ning to avoid rush hour traf­fic. The beach can be a bit crowded at times, but the sooth­ing sand be­neath your feet along with the sounds of the surf here con­vey the quin­tes­sen­tial SoCal ex­pe­ri­ence. The Santa Mon­ica Pier is an en­ter­tain­ment area in its own right with a clas­sic carousel, aquar­ium, ar­cade and even a trapeze school.

Fur­ther afield, it is not un­com­mon for Bev­erly Hills vis­i­tors to take day trips to theme parks like Magic Moun­tain, Dis­ney­land and LEGOLAND. Fam­i­lies with chil­dren ages 10 and older can even he­li­copter out to Catalina Is­land for a change of pace, beach time and scenic zip lin­ing. Re­mem­ber, noth­ing is off-lim­its in Bev­erly Hills!

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Bev­erly Wil­shire / Four Sea­sons Ho­tels Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy The Or­lando Ho­tel

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