Escape To Malibu For A Relaxing Weekend Of Wellness

Want to get out of town for the weekend?  Head to Malibu for a unique and memorable break from the Bay.

A Surf Air plane

Photo Credit: Surf Air

Get there: Surf Air, a private member-based air service, operates daily flights throughout California. Grab a plane in Oakland and arrive at Hawthorne Airport in under an hour. A car will meet you on the tarmac and whisk you to Malibu.

A room at the ryokan

Photo Credit: Nobu Ryokan

Stay: For a truly zen getaway, stay at the Nobu Ryokan. A Japanese-style inn, the Ryokan is a 16-room sanctuary of minimalist splendor. Once you step through the wooden doors, it’s impossible not to instantly relax. The massive rooms (that overlook the ocean) feature Japanese books, Indonesian teak soaking tubs, and Jeruselum limestone bathrooms. The resort requires a two-night minimum, but you’ll want to spend more than a couple of days at this otherworldly oasis.

Yellowtail sashimi at Nobu

Photo Credit: Henry Hargreaves

Eat: Experiencing acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese-Peruvian cuisine is a must and Nobu Malibu is a short walk from the hotel. Enjoy the chef’s signature dishes like black cod with miso or try innovations such as wagyu with white truffle butter. Be sure to have breakfast or dinner at Malibu Farm, an iconic restaurant on the pier. The farm has two operations: a counter-service cafe and a full-service restaurant with bar, housemade ice cream, and specialty cocktails. Chef and owner Helene Henderson has a cult following and rightly so: every appetite and dietary need is welcome at the farm, and the options are plentiful—think scrambled egg burritos with chicken sausage and black beans, grilled salmon Nicoise salads, and vegetable paella.

Yoga guru Tom Morley

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Do: Wellness is the name of the game in Malibu, so pack tennis shoes and workout gear. Take a yoga class with Alo ambassador Tom Morley, a sage guru who leads exclusive retreats worldwide. Hike, standup paddleboard, or workout with Peter Deacy, the handsome founder of Malibu Fit Concierge, a training and diet service that is customizable.