Home to Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Napa Valley’s wines and ancient Redwood and Sequoia forests and countless other attractions, California makes for a perfect retreat for your next family holiday. And with half-term break in schools and colleges approaching, now is the best time to plan in idyllic getaway to the Golden State of the US. If you are still perplexed about the kind of holiday you want to have, our guide of top pamper-perfect getaways in California is just what you need to get started:
If you thought a desert stay can only be about ‘roughing it up’, you might need to reconsider your opinion. Marked by swaying palms, tile walkways and spring-fed pools amongst other opulent offerings, luxury is the norm at the resplendent desert getaways of California. From the dramatic northern parklands in Palm Springs to the lush Coachella Valleys, there are a plenty of stunning desert stays that will ensure a memorable holiday in California.
Known world-over for its lavish estates, the popular Rodeo-drive, luxurious hotels and palm-lined streets, a Beverly Hills stay is an unforgettable experience. From artsy cafes and art galleries of downtown’s Golden Triangle to the plush resorts of the Sunset Boulevard, you can discover it all on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour. While you are there, don’t miss checking out Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen, the iconic hangout of popular stars as well as Beverly Gardens Park boasting beautiful roses and vintage fountains.
If pristine beaches, sweeping views of the ocean and long-hours of sunshine are on your mind, it makes sense for you to book your next escape at the Catalina Island. The Avalon Hotel with its rooftop deck offers breathtaking vistas of the ocean as does the Snug Harbour Inn with its stunning jetty. Wrap yourself up in a bubble of luxury as you sip your exquisite champagne while overlooking the turquoise-blue waters and enjoying a warm hospitality that is so typical of all resorts at the Catalina Island.
Sign up for laid-back luxury in a breathtaking setting at Santa Barbara where you can find varying accommodation options – hilltop retreats, secret bungalows as well as sea-side escapes. Belmond El Encanto is perched on a hill, away from all the crowds and offers a sweeping view of the splendid Pacific. Perfect for honeymooners as well as anyone seeking isolation, it is here that you can find the sought-after peace of mind and serenity amidst a natural setting.