A passenger preferring the window seat, I find looking at a destination from above the most rewarding experience. Frequent fliers know that the best view of the City of Angels is not from the Hollywood sign, but from the air. Landing at LAX yields an unparalleled vista of the city spread before mountains and desert land, which makes my heart sing every time.
Everything started with a road trip. Los Angeles is world-famous for its car culture. Angelenos spend a good portion of their time driving around L.A., whether it’s for work or pleasure. Many visitors enjoy exploring the 500-square-mile city in a car, so did we.
After taking an early morning ride, it was the high time to enjoy a breakfast at the world-famous Blvd at Beverly Wilshire. The Four Seasons Hotel resides at the base of the world-class shopping destination, Rodeo Drive.
Though it has an interior dining room, we stayed out on the patio in front of the hotel as it offers one of the best views in town of the iconic street.
This sophisticated restaurant features exceptional selections, including Falafel Croquettes and a pop-up bakery. That time, however, I decided to go for a healthy breakfast in a four-seasons-style.
Once on Rodeo Drive, not to miss is a step inside the flagship stores for brands such as Chanel, Hermes, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston, which carry their full collections, including items exclusive to the Rodeo Drive stores. One of my favourite shopping centres is Neiman Marcus. Come in, sit down and, well, hang out for a while – that’s what they would like shoppers to do when they enter the place.
If you are to shop on Rodeo Drive, make sure you pass by Sprinkles ATM. For some, it may be so novel to get a masterly crafted delicious cupcake out of a vending machine. Totally worth trying!
In the course of my trip to L.A., I visited several hotels; one of my favorite was undoubtedly
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. With a serious injection of creativity and fun, SLS will provide you with exactly what you paid for, probably a bit more.
Surrounded by views spanning downtown L.A., the ocean and the Hollywood sign, the rooftop pool offers an environment of glamour and comfort. Plus, round the clock party atmosphere is exactly what many would want whilst on vacation.
So spare some time, cash and energy, grab a couple of friends, leave all your clothes at home (as you will definitely not be able to resist the amazing shopping), forget all your problems – and here we go, you are ready for a trip to L.A.
I look forward to coming back.