It’s not often that we discover an incredible gem in our own backyard, but such is the case with the Four Seasons Westlake Village and the adjoining California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI)… just 40 minutes from my home in L.A.
- NAME Stacy Small
- BIO The launch editorial director of Elite Traveler Magazine and founder of Elite Travel International, Small (aka @elitetravelgal) has spent the past 19 years traveling worldwide on assignment visiting hotels, reviewing airlines and cruises, previewing new spas, interviewing travel industry executives and uncovering the latest, greatest trends in luxury travel. In 2005, Small launched Elite Travel International, a luxury boutique travel firm based in Brentwood, CA, specializing in high-end travel experiences for both leisure and business travelers. Small has written about luxury travel for TheStreet.com, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times Magazine, and has been quoted as a luxury travel expert in Smart Money, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. When not jet setting around the world, Small enjoys yoga, spending time with her three rescued dogs, and working with charitable organizations including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise funds for cancer research.
Artcles By Stacy Small
How is it that I’ve traveled all over the world, yet had never experienced a self-drive trip up and down the stunning California coast until this weekend? All I can say is better late than never. It’s a trip I’ll be doing many times again. Breaking up the drive from LA by booking stays at fab hotels in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Sonoma County was the smartest idea I’ve had in a while, and I’m already planning my next visit in my head.
What do Four Seasons Los Angeles, Beverly Wilshire, the Fairmont Miramar, Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons Westlake, The London West Hollywood, and the Peninsula Beverly Hills have in common? Other than being hotels in LA, each has an amazing restaurant—so good you might even forget you’re dining in a hotel! Gone are the days when hotel dining was nothing more than a necessary evil, as these properties offer up seriously great eats. In fact, the meals I’ve had at these hotels rival some of the best I’ve had anywhere in LA.
Mexico’s always been top of my list of places to go when I totally need to chill, and want to do so in a luxury hotel on a gorgeous beach. A recent journey south gave me the chance to do so, as I checked into the newish (opened fall ‘o8) St. Regis Punta Mita for sheer R&R then headed to old town Puerto Vallarta, the region Richard Burton & Liz Taylor put on the map with their longtime love affair.
Leave it to Aman Resorts to put a small town like Page, Arizona on the map. Seriously, unless you like house-boating with throngs of tourists on Lake Powell, there’s little chance you’d choose Page as your destination of choice. That is, until now, with the recent opening of Amangiri.