LA: Wellness Staycations

From a Malibu beachside escape to the swanky 90210, here’s where to check in—and stay for dinner—now.
Peacefulness at the oceanfront Nobu Ryokan

By Katherine Kims


This oceanside gem features sixteen rooms modeled after a ryokan, a traditional, minimalist Japanese inn with teak soaking tubs, tatami mats and Eastern art. Garden rooms feature a private sitting area in the palm- and fern-dotted courtyard; beachfront and ocean rooms, and outdoor patios with either a fireplace or soaking tub.

Once a 1950s motel, the hotel (post-renovation) opened at the Carbon Beach address in April 2017. It’s the first hotel from the Nobu restaurant group—that means meals come from chef Nobu Matsuhisa at the next-door restaurant. Another perk for hotel guests: Access to nearby Malibu Racquet Club’s tennis courts, clubhouse, sauna and gym.


How luxe is the newly opened Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria? The 12-story, bronze-and-marble hotel features 119 rooms and 51 suites, including a palatial presidential suite—3,000-plus square feet, including a 1,459-square-foot private terrace, kitchen, dining room and media room. In-room dining is on speed dial from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His trio of eateries includes the lobby-level dining room, a bar and a rooftop lounge (and pool, separated by a living green wall).

Need more reasons to visit? Celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham has her salon here, and Spa by La Prairie offers the Swiss beauty brand’s caviar-and-platinum body treatments.


The 182-room hotel—opened in 2014 in the original Spanish-Gothic United Artists building—unveils a new destination restaurant, Best Girl, which launches all-day dining from chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Connie & Ted’s fame. Start the morning with overnight oats with coconut milk, toasted almonds, dried apricots, banana and acai butter; or try avocado “alligator pear” toast on seeded country bread with Aleppo pepper and olive oil.

Also expect seafood from the fish-centric chef, such as oysters on the half shell and daily-changing crudo. Many of the hotel’s rooms come with a turntable and vinyl records, and all feature the exotic Pearl+ soaps.