HAUTE DUBAI Magazine / Travel /
The City of Angels:
Words by Victoria Baker
Los Angeles, the City of Angels, has long bewildered and fascinated its visitors. A mirage or an oasis, depending on your point of view, it is the place to see and be seen, to find oneself, to lose oneself. Discerning travellers the world over are drawn to the celebrity lifestyle, all hoping in their own way to claim their share of Hollywood make-believe. The Los Angeles experience can be whatever you make of it...a haven of bespoke luxury, unparalleled opulence and glamour bounded only by the limits of your imagination. From the glitter of Hollywood to the iconic Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles is a city where dreams are made... the question is: how big do you dream?
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WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Bel Air
Pure Hollywood glamour in its most unadulterated form... the famed Hotel Bel Air, now part of the Dorchester Collection, is where celebrities go to hide away in Bel Air’s most beautifully manicured gardens. Its hallowed gardens and now renovated bungalows once housed Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. The Bel-Air estates were purchased by Alphonso Bell in 1922 and transformed into a hotel in 1946. Almost immediately it became a spot favoured by the rich and famous and well...in that respect it hasn’t changed. Even the air one breathes feels a little more rarefied at the Hotel Bel Air: it’s pure glamour...she’s like a rare Madeira wine in a sleek new bottle. Highly recommended.
Modelled after an infamous royal residence in France’s Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont is Hollywood’s most intriguing property. Indeed, so steeped is it in history it defies the mere description of hotel. Its hallowed walls resonate with the voices of Hollywood icons of yesteryear: Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe all passed through here. Today it continues to host the crème de la crème of Hollywood society as well as a highly discerning international clientele desiring only the very best in luxury. Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are a home of their own. The majority have full kitchens, dining rooms and private terraces: the stuff dreams are made of. The Chateau Marmont is simply a masterpiece of glamour, luxury, privacy and pageantry. Like the Mona Lisa, it is inimitable and indefinable.
Restaurant at Chateau Marmont
The premier place for a distinctly glamorous and uniquely Hollywood dining experience. Soak in the rarefied ambiance in this haven for celebrities and discerning travelers alike: both in pursuit of luxury.
Bazaar by Jose Andres
Located in the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel, Bazaar is Celebrity Chef Jose Andres’ exclusive dining experience on the West Coast. Dine in an opulent Philippe Starck decor whilst enjoying Chef Andres’ unique Spanish inspired molecular gastronomy. This is a Tapas deluxe experience not to be missed.
Reputed as the most expensive restaurant in Los Angeles, Master Hiro Urasawa himself is to sushi what a maestro is to the finest symphony. Without question one of the most celebrated dining establishments in LA. A haven of culinary excellence and opulence.
House of Bijan
Rodeo Drive has always been the ultimate address for the discerning shopper. House of Bijan maintains its pride of place on that street as one of the most exclusive and expensive boutiques. An appointment must be made in advance in order to shop. Menswear, Fragrance, Jewelry and Timepieces as well as accessories all make House of Bijan a luxury oasis.
Tod’s J.P. Club
Tod’s J.P. Club on the third floor of Tod’s Rodeo Drive boutique is the new men’s club that offers a shopping experience sans pareil. The one-on-one personal shopping experience necessitates an appointment to explore their Sartorial Collection (from $1,700) in leather trunks in a gentleman’s club atmosphere. The Rodeo Drive store is one of only five in the world to carry the new Sartorial Collection. All pieces can be customized with a choice of Tod’s exclusive Nuvolati leathers that go through multiple rounds of hand-buffing, five colours of English leathers or 11 shades of alligator and an optional embossed or silver monogram.
Hilton & Hyland Luxury Real Estate
Should you wish to prolong your stay with a secondary home in the glamorous City of Angels, once again your possibilities will be bounded only by your imagination. Hilton & Hyland, the premier Real Estate brokerage firm has properties that will satisfy even the most lavish of real estate wishes.
Whether you are traveling to Los Angeles for pleasure, business or as an investor, the pursuit of luxury is what makes the city tick. It is the place to see and be seen, a place where luxury knows no bounds...just like in the movies, anything is possible. After all, one comes to expect nothing less from the city where dreams are real and reality is but a dream.