When Kelly Wearstler designed the Santa Monica Proper Hotel in Los Angeles, she had an eye on reviving the neighbourhood. The visionary designer has designed over 200 mood-boosting vintage-inspired rooms, suites, public spaces, a spa, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, a pool deck and bistro—all of which optimise the city’s sights and sounds—and ocean breeze. The deep yet muted tones and the attention to detail lend the design an Art-deco feel and boho-vibe all at once.
While exciting things await at its doorstep, you can spend a fun and fruitful day without leaving this pacific oasis and have enough to flood your Instagram feed with. Start your day with a meal at rooftop restaurant and bar Calabra that serves vibrant Mediterranean and Californian cuisine as well as signature cocktails. Stop for coffee at Olea Garden, a lush terrace garden, or head to Palma lobby lounge in the evening for an impressive collection of tequilas, mezcals and local natural wines. Relax at Surya Spa, which taps into 10,000 years of Indian wellness principles and techniques. If detox is part of your vacation agenda, we recommend scheduling a custom-designed treatment here.
What to do in the city:
Malibu Country Mart
Nestled against the majestic mountains in the heart of Malibu Civic Center and just a stone’s throw from the beach lies Malibu Country Mart, California’s premier seaside destination for shopping, dining and relaxing. Take the day to walk around and enjoy local shopping with spectacular
Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA 90265.
Cha Cha Matcha
A photogenic tropical oasis (above) serving colourful healthy matcha drinks, this is a great place for people watching. Try the purple drink, it is super sweet, but you’ll be a sucker for the green lavender after one sip.
Cha Cha Matcha, 510 N Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90048.
This Morocco-inspired bar, club and restaurant will transport you to Marrakech with its vibrant decor, vibe, upbeat music and fabulous food.
Members, 7627 Sunset boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90046
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Relive the glamour of Hollywood at this seven-storey museum dedicated to the history of the Academy Awards. In this impressive round glass building you will find highlights from Hollywood’s history from the ’20s to the present day.
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
A newly opened concept store just off Sunset Plaza, Attic Koncept houses an exclusive range by Eastern European and Middle Eastern high-end designers. Carefully curated by fashion insiders Maria Golomb and Max Gor, this is a must-stop for any fashion lover.
Attic Koncept, 8750 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069.