Finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones topped with clotted cream and lemon curd, tiers of confections and hand-selected tea blends — these are just a few of the decadent goodies offered at afternoon tea in Los Angeles. At these four luxury hotels around town: Hotel Bel-Air, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Montage Beverly Hills and The Peninsula Beverly Hills, you too can indulge in a tradition that traces back more than 150 years to English nobility.
As a diamond is to the jeweler, so is caviar to the chef. The precious ingredient is both a dining centerpiece and decadent accent, and we can’t get enough of it. From spooning the delicate salt-cured gems onto blini with mother-of-pearl spoons, to pairing it with a juicy burger, to devouring a heap of briny pearls in some egg-on-top-of-egg action, get the details on how you can fully satiate your caviar cravings in Los Angeles at Petrossian West Hollywood, Mélisse, Strand House.
Dining in Los Angeles has never been so good. The scene combines top chef talent utilizing year-round access to farm-fresh produce and expertly sourced meats, making it a perfect recipe for restaurant success. If you want to eat out in L.A., here are five reservations you need to have right now at Redbird, Union Pasadena, Odys and Penelope, CUT Beverly Hills, The Polo Lounge.
Typical spa treatments are comforting and soothing, but there are times when you need something with a little more spark. To find that extra oomph to go with the oohs and aahhs, many upscale properties are looking toward the future. High-tech spa treatments are popping up all over Los Angeles, offering not just relaxation, but also concrete results. From facials that make you look years younger to a soul-restoring deep-tissue massage, here are some fabulously forward-thinking services around the city like the Diamond Youth Facial at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, HydraFacial at The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, Wellness Wave Massage at The Peninsula Spa, Mistral Light Heat Energy at Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.
Many must-visit destinations in Mexico are poised on fine white sands just feet from the ocean. For another type of vacationing, head to the mountains three and a half hours north of Mexico City for a getaway in the village of San Miguel de Allende.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site has welcomed visitors since the end of World War II, when U.S. veterans first began venturing around its cobblestone streets and ochre city walls while studying art on the G.I. Bill. Now, those in the know can discover a blissful retreat rife with upscale restaurants, luxury accommodations and plenty of opportunities for exploring the city’s boutiques, galleries and spas.