Take the stress out of planning your honeymoon (or a trip to rekindle the romance with your husband or wife) by selecting from the very best honeymoon suites that Los Angeles and its environs have to offer. This exotic collection of fairy-tale suites not only includes a saintly Channel Island hideaway and a boutique hotel a stone’s throw from the limpid waters of the Pacific but also features nuptial packages that focus on a range of amorous activities, from star gazing at an iconic Hollywood hotel to sunset strolls on sun-dappled beaches.
1221 N Valley Dr.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Situated just 15 minutes south of LAX, the Shade Hotel’s Napa Suite – with its signature west-facing private balcony – Shade Hotel provides the perfect Pacific Ocean retreat for newlyweds. The suite offers an array of amenities including a colossal California King bed, 42″ plasma television, espresso machine and a cocktail shaker, just in case you fancy mixing your own Singapore Sling. The lavish bathroom features a shoji-screened spa tub along with a steam shower to help keep you primped and pampered. Add a little extra sparkle to your arrival by asking for fresh rose petals throughout the room, complimentary sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries.
205 Crescent Ave.
Avalon, CA 90704
Celebrate your nuptials with an unforgettable honeymoon experience in a VIP Oceanfront Suite at the Hotel Metropole on California’s idyllic Santa Catalina Island. Relax with your amore on a bed topped with sumptuous Italian linens and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, watch the world go by while soaking in the ocean-view jacuzzi tub or head to the hotel’s day spa for a makeover. If you forgot your toothbrush, the Metropole also has its very own French Quarter, which includes an eclectic collection of boutiques set in an Acadian New Orleans-style cobblestone marketplace.
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Shutters On The Beach
1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
An architectural masterpiece overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, Shutters on the Beach provides 12 ocean-view suites with private balconies perfect for honeymooners. The romantic backdrop supplied by sun, sea, surf and sand is beautifully complemented by the interior room décor which includes a spacious marble bathroom with whirlpool tub and a quaint peek-a-boo window that opens into the bedroom. A pool, fitness center and spa, along with the One Pico restaurant and Coast Beach Café and Bar, ensure that lovebirds have everything necessary to make the stay complete.
8221 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Add a little Gallic inspiration to your honeymoon with a stay at the iconic Château Marmont Hotel. Modeled on the castles and country houses of the French Loire Valley, yet located right in the heart of Hollywood, the hotel’s eclectic architecture, lush gardens and variety of accommodation – from bedrooms and suites to garden cottages and hillside bungalows – will add a fairytale ending to that special day. The slightly faded, old-world charm of this chic chateau will make those courtyard breakfasts and intimate dinners even more memorable.
6610 Palos Verdes Drive S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
The Terranea is an elegant 102-acre oceanfront hotel and resort complex perched atop the bluffs of the Rancho Palos Verdes Peninsula that provides a mix of accommodations and a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of the standard hotel rooms and suites – as well the more expensive villas, casitas and bungalows – offer sweeping vistas across the Pacific to Santa Catalina Island whilst the clifftop trails provide a perfect venue for romantic sunset and moonlit strolls as pelicans glide overhead and dolphins and whales pass by in the channel below. Pamper mind and body in the luxury spa, titillate your taste buds with epicurean offerings from award-winning Chef Michael Fiorelli at mar’ sel or bike, hike and scuba dive in this beautiful section of the Los Angeles South Bay.
Julian Gothard is an internationally published freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. You can check out his popular RVing and travel column at Examiner.com.