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A lux weekend in Los Angeles, California


I love LA. I love LA. I love LA. I know it is a love or hate city (and a very large city at that), but I am a fan. I am even a bigger fan of a little nice ‘mini-city’ (in true American style, of course) called Beverly Hills. You *may* have heard about it.

Ahhh Beverly Hills!

Ahhh Beverly Hills!

After a delightful 6 days in Palm Desert, we stopped over in LA for 2 nights, intending to make the most of three full days. We have found that some time in LA at the end of our usual California summer trip, prepares us for returning back to the UK. More about that later.

On our previous trip we absolutely adored the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, so we decided to come back – some hotels are truly special (and in LA you are spoiled for choice, for the record), and this one is one of the O’Reilly favourites. It has a very interesting location, a couple of blocks from everything you would want – and I like the peace and quiet it gets you.

Coolest welcome amenities ever at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills? Gin cocktails and chocolate, please!

Coolest welcome amenities ever at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills? Gin cocktails and chocolate, please!

This time, we were not disappointed either. At all. We had a beautiful suite, very similar to the one we had before, and the most thoughtful welcome amenity ever – Gin cocktails (hum hum) and, well…, chocolate. Mr. O could not resist a bite of the ‘Holly’ bit, bless him.

Our plan in town was simple – meet friends, no shopping as no further luggage space available (it will become clearer later, bear with me), go to the spa and catch some rays at the pool. This was supposed to be a preparation for the return to real life in England. Baby steps, as they say.

So our first stop was… drum roll… the pool.

The lovely pool at the Four Seasons LA

The lovely pool at the Four Seasons LA

Quiet and private – in other words, perfect for me. Really perfect. At the end of the afternoon, Mr. O went to the spa, whereas I got myself a hair appointment at the nearby The Dry Bar in West Hollywood (which is an invention which desperately needs to come to the UK – someone please open one!) When in LA, one needs truly fab hair – and I love my LA hair.

We stayed in at the hotel in the evening. Why? Because I now have a little (well, it is in its 2nd year) tradition, whereby I organise a little drinks party with my LA friends that happen to be in town, and it is always so nice. The bar and restaurant at the Four Seasons, called Culina, is really nice and you just don’t want to leave. And you may even spot some very interesting people, take note. I cannot divulge any further information.

See? I told you! Photo by Four Seasons

See? I told you! Photo by Four Seasons

We went to bed quite early, as we were still on holiday and it would be our last chance for a full 10-hour sleep – no judging, please. And when we woke up, in our stunning suite, We did something we very rarely do – order breakfast in bed. I cannot explain why, but it was just what we wanted.

Simple, tasteful decor and a lot of Old Hollywood charm. Made me very happy!

Simple, tasteful decor and a lot of Old Hollywood charm. Made me very happy!

The next day, we were very lazy and spent most of it by the pool. Because it was so lovely – and we knew the moment we got on that plane, Summer would be over forever. And ever.

I think we did not move for hours, stayed in for lunch (which was delicious, by the way) and at around 4pm, finally decided to explore the city a bit more, just so we would say we did nothing but stay by the pool.

The food was phenomenal. And the cocktails.. well...

The food was phenomenal. And the cocktails.. well…

We went for a little drive around Beverly Hills and after we realised where the restaurant we were due to go was located, we decided to go to the Beverly Center, which is a huge mall, for one last-minute bit of shopping (you never know what you might find. For others, of course). We were meeting my instagram and twitter friend Molly and her husband for a great casual seafood dinner at Son of a Gun, on West Third Street, not far at all from the hotel. I had never been to that street before, and was really pleasantly surprised with the variety of bars, restaurants and boutiques, and promise to go back in day light next time we are in town.

We went back to the hotel for a final round of drinks and the next morning, had to cut our sleep short as we had to be ready to go at 10am. That meant a single-digit- sleep (the horror!), which was totally worth it as we had something very cool planned for the morning: a private 2-hour guided tour of LA with Glitterati, and a photo shoot with Flytographer.

If you are going to do it, do it properly... Top and right photo by Flytographer.

If you are going to do it, do it properly… Top and right photo by Kate Doherty for Flytographer.

Bryan, our guide and driver (see? Men can multitask), picked us up from the hotel and I knew I had nothing to worry about for the next 2 hours and a bit. We had plenty of refreshments and cupcakes (ha ha!). I have been to LA a good 10 times and know the area (Greater is LA is really large) reasonably well, but it was really nice to have someone who knew what they were doing show you around and actually take us a) to places where we had never been to before and b) places we had been ages ago and never managed to go back to.

On our tour, we picked the whirlwind version, of around 2 hours, depending on LA traffic, of course. We started with a drive through Melrose Avenue, then made our way into Hollywood to see the last of the major studios still in the area. I also got to stop outside the Scientology Celebrity Centre and Katie managed to take some good photos which no one will never know about, of course.

It was nice to get out of the city for a bit too! photo by Kate Doherty for Flytographer.

It was nice to get out of the city for a bit too! Photo by Kate Doherty for Flytographer.

Needless to say, a photo-op of the Hollywood sign was a must, so we zigzagged our way into the hills for a close up. Or three.  We then headed to Hollywood Boulevard with its Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese and Dolby Theatres and made our way west through the Sunset Strip to view the some interesting homes of relatively known people of Beverly Hills.

More moments from our Glitterati tour. It was fab having the car stop so close to where we needed to go and just hop in and out. Photo by Kate Doherty for Flytographer.

More moments from our Glitterati tour. It was fab having the car stop so close to where we needed to go and just hop in and out. Photos by Kate Doherty for Flytographer.

Bryan was really funny and entertaining and I have to say, we had a great time – it went so quickly, I cannot tell you. Kate, our Flytographer, ended up staying with us for the whole tour, as she also found it interesting, despite being an ‘Angelena’ (is that what the inhabitants of LA are called?).

Before we knew it, we were back at the hotel, where we had to finish packing and then slowly make our way to London, via New York (just so I could finally have lunch with Luxury Travel Mom for the first time ever). Mad, I know, but totally worth it.

A decent amount of luggage for 2 weeks, non??

A decent amount of luggage for 2 weeks, non??

But needless to say, we had a really good time in LA – no late nights this time, but of course, there is always next summer, right?

LA has always been kind to us (except with the traffic some times). But we shall be coming back for more, for sure.

LA has always been kind to us (except with the traffic some times). And we shall be coming back for more, for sure.  Photo by Kate Doherty for Flytographer.

xo

Mrs O

 

Disclaimer and Fact Box: a huge thank you to those who made this trip extra special, namely the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills,  Glitterati and Flytographer.

SLEEP: At the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills from $500 per night, with suites starting from $900.

SEE: A private 2-hour tour with Glitterati costs $139 per hour, with a minimum of two hours (not per person).

REMEMBER: A 30-minute photo shoot with Flytographer costs $250, and $350 for an hour.

 


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21 Comments

  1. michelle

    April 30, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Wow You sound like my kind of lady. Im just beginning to plan a trip for the first time to California and cannot write down your tips quick enough. Giddy and excited now. Any recommendations for Yosemite? Great page thanks for all the info.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Never I am afraid! But hope other tips are helpful 🙂

  2. Qin Xie

    March 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Love that last photo. So adorable.

  3. Katie

    February 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I spent two days in LA and it rained the whole time I was there. Can you even begin to imagine how disappointed I was?! Only one thing for it — I’m going to have to go back!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      February 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      OMG, that is SO unfair!!! Need to make that right for sure!

  4. the lazy travelers

    February 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

    between following you along on this trip and the wino’s honeymoon, we’re officially on a cali kick!!
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  5. Becky Padmore

    February 17, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I love LA too! This makes me want to go back very soon!
    Becky Padmore recently posted..10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri LankaMy Profile

  6. Mary Anne

    February 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I <3 LA too… well most of the time. Glad you love the city I live in. It's pretty great. 🙂 see you soon.

  7. MissLilly

    February 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    wow one day, maybe one day I’ll have the chance to visit as well 🙂
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  8. Cindy Fang

    February 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    You got to try one of my favorite LA restaurants! Next time you are in town try to make it out to the Getty Museum in Malibu. It was mogul John Getty’s Roman villa converted into a museum. Mostly focuses on Roman art and the view of the ocean from the gardens is amazing. Restaurant wise the same founders of Son of a Gun has another great restaurant called Animal which is a fantastic ode to meat.

  9. Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

    February 14, 2015 at 2:37 am

    The Glitterati tour sounds like the way to go!
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  10. Suze The Luxury Columnist

    February 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I’m curious as to who you met in the bar! Sounds like a wonderful trip and I love the photo shoot idea
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  11. Janice Stringer

    February 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hi Mrs O,
    Looks completely amazing. I feel very jealous!
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