The 5 Best SoCal Resorts For Post-Awards Season Relaxation

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Montage Laguna Beach
Montage Laguna Beach

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Awards season is a taxing time for Hollywood locales. Sure, it might seem like all fun and games—an endless string of red carpets, glamorous gowns and ever-flowing champagne—but, despite, its allure, for many this is work. Here are where every elite entertainment industry member—be it a celebrity, a studio exec, a publicist or a costumer—should go to relax for an ultimate weekend getaway in southern California.

1 Montage Laguna Beach

The Montage Laguna Beach has it all in terms of a romantic, secluded getaway. Rent an elegant Villa, decorated with beach-friendly, light touches, fine appliances and elegant interior finishes, and plan on relaxing on your balcony to watch the sun set in epic pinks and purples over the Pacific. Here you'll also enjoy the finest of dining in Studio, a restaurant set on a cliff overlooking the ocean with amazing French fare with California influences, the gorgeous Mosaic pool and the breathtaking Spa Montage. For the ultimate indulgence, request the signature Elements of Wellness service, a customized body balancing experience where a master therapist selects from a spectrum of spa therapies including massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, homeopathy, dermatome therapy, hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy, or manual lymphatic drainage. A customized treatment is then developed to address your specific concerns and wellness goals to set you on a path of ultimate well-being and vitality. What more can you ask for?
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach (949) 715-6000

2 Malibu Beach Inn

The Malibu Beach Inn is a retreat for the rich and famous who don't live on Billionaire's Beach (better known as Carbon Beach) but where you can still enjoy that billionaire lifestyle. The Malibu Beach Inn is beach chic at its best thanks to its airy, wooden and white interiors. Whether you're sitting on your balcony with a glass of wine in hand during the day or watching the night sky through your in-room telescope, know that the view will soothe you. The housemade chocolate chip cookies available for all guests at reception don't hurt, either. If you'd like your relaxation weekend with a wee bit of fun on the side, Nobu Malibu is right down the street, and if you'd like to stay on premises, the brunch menu here is exquisite (as are their homemade smoothies and fresh-pressed juices).
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (310) 456-6444

3 Beach Village at The Del

Beach Village at The Del is the newer, more modern answer to Coronado's infamous luxury hotel, The Del. Here you'll still enjoy all the amenities offered to those at Hotel Del Coronado, while simultaneously luxuriating in your own gated community, VIP restaurant, spa and salon reservations, services like kitchen pre-provisioning/grocery shopping services, luggage unpacking upon arrival, private chef services, personal shopping, a beach & pool valet, private yachts & sailboats and in-room/suite spa & salon services. You can relax by your own private pool and enjoy a haute breakfast and afternoon wine gratis courtesy of the resort. Keep in mind that this is one of the most beautiful locales in Southern California, meaning that not only will your stay be private, but it will also be one of the most memorable travel experiences you're likely to have.
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado (619) 522-8809

4 The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

There are very few views we've seen that are more awe-inspiring than the first glimpse of the Pacific lapping gently upon the shore of Laguna Niguel at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Take a moment (or an hour) when you arrive, grab a drink and sit at the lobby lounge restaurant Raya to fully soak in the views. Sure, you can create your own itinerary here, and book a Swedish massage and reservations at the haute meat-ery enoSTEAK, but if you want to make the most of your trip we highly suggest requesting the The Epic Bucket List Experience, which includes three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite; dinner for two catered by your personal butler on the patio of your suite; your personal butler, creating your experience to include private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon; surf lessons with a pro; and a shopping extravaganza (they WILL carry your bags).
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point (949) 240-2000

5 The Grand Del Mar

A stay at the Grand Del Mar is the ultimate relaxing experience. From the moment you travel up the wooded, tree-lined path to a private security gate and beyond, you know you'll be able to be as private as you like. Here you'll enjoy some sublime golf at the only Tom Fazio-designed course in San Diego (where, by the way, you can play year round thanks to the balmy climate); award winning cuisine from chef William Bradley at the stunning, upscale Addison; treatments from wraps and facials to touch therapies to Triad treatments at the opulent, amazing spa (one of 27 five-star spas in the country); and more hikes than you'll have time to take on the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.
5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego (866) 305-1528
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