The Best Places to Kiss in Los Angeles


Is there anywhere romantic in a city with treacherous
traffic, consistent smog and a population of almost 10 million?  Where can you take your significant
other in the City of Angels this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few magical places
to share with your special someone on February 14th.


Staycation Spots


Beverly Hills Hotel


Countless Hollywood luminaries have stayed at this Pink
Palace, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.  The 233 rooms, suites and bungalows are
lavishly adorned in an art-deco style and offer the perfect romantic
hideaway.   Many rooms also
offer terraces, wood-burning fireplaces and separate entrances.  The 12-acre grounds which include the
infamous pool and cabanas are lush and overgrown.  The Polo Lounge is a Beverly Hills dining institution where
Hollywood deals are made, lovers cuddle in large comfy booths and star chasers
get a glimpse at celebrities dining on the terrace.  The understated traditional elegance of the historic lounge
is lush with dark green and cream striped walls, huge comfortable velvet booths
and soft live piano music.


Hotel Bel Air


Make a reservation, stroll through the twelve acres of
gardens and fountain courtyards and retreat into one of the best places to kiss
in Beverly Hills.  All 58 rooms and
45 suites have been transformed and feature sleek custom furnishings mixed with
retro Hollywood-glam accessories. 
Some still house private patios and fireplaces but have been
electronically upgraded offering an iPad to control temperature, room service
requests, checkout and lighting. 
Opt for a couples massage at the ultra modern spa, where you can choose
from a variety of music as a backdrop or head to Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
and dine on modern California cuisine from LA’s biggest celebrity chef.


Montage Beverly Hills


Nestled steps from Rodeo Drive, the Montage Beverly Hills
houses 201 rooms in Spanish Colonial revival design in gold, salmon and
cream.  The rooftop pool and
conservatory is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of Beverly Hills
while watching the sunset or lounge in one of the private cabanas before
heading to Scarpetta to enjoy comforting classic Italian food from Chef Alex
Stratta.  Relax with a couples
massage or soak in the mineral water pool in one of LA’s biggest resort spas
spanning two stories or get the star treatment with a makeover at the Kim Vo
salon and Beauty Bar.  Book a
superior suite and drive around the 90210 like a celebrity in a complimentary
Mercedes Benz.


Terranea Resort


Set above the ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the
Terranea Resort includes 582 guestrooms and suites with bungalows, casitas and
villas, most with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort sits on 102
well manicured lush acres and houses a nine hole golf course, two miles of hiking
trails, three swimming pools and a 25, 000 square foot spa.  There are over 200 fire pits and
fireplaces scattered around the property offering plenty of opportunities to
snuggle up and enjoy the view. Contemporary rooms feature rich linens, gigantic
bathrooms, stone baths and amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking
stations.  Head to the
50,000-square-foot spa set amid sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and
Catalina Island for a couples massage and dip in the private spa pool before a
romantic dinner by the fire at mar’sel.


Fairmont Santa Monica


Located literally across the street form the Pacific Ocean,
The Fairmont Hotel has been the spot for celebrities who desire shelter from
the paparazzi.  Since the hotel
opened in 1921, famous guests have included Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Mark
Twain, and Betty Grable.  Check
into an ocean view room or cozy bungalow then explore the nearby Santa Monica
Pier or Third Street Promenade. 
Share a couple’s massage at the adjacent Exhale Spa before heading to
FIG for exceptional seasonal cuisine.


Romantic Dinners




Named after the particular style of café that existed in the
provence of Lyon for centuries, top chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon features
classic bistro favorites and seasonal offerings along with a signature raw bar
featuring a wide array of oysters from both coasts.  This stunning bistro is the third Bouchon (others in Vegas
and Napa) and features antique lighting with a French country design.  Menu standouts include mussels, the
croque madame, glazed pork belly and their legendary fries.


Il Cielo

Modeled after owner Pasquale Vericell'as country house in Sorrento, this charming Beverly Hills Italian eatery is all about amore.   From the vine cloaked patio in front, the side patio afresco seating near the fountain to the inside tables by the fire, this elegant hideaway provides lovers with an ideal locale to savor robust Southern Italian cuisine from house made ravioli to whole striped sea bass.



A local LA fixture for over four decades, Valentino is
divided into four fancy dining rooms in earth tones of rust and brown with
travertine floors and glass chandeliers.   Serious oenophiles will savor the extensive 130 page
wine list of over 140,000 bottles. 
Settle into an intimate table or booth and enjoy several courses of the
best Northern Italian cuisine in Los Angeles.  Choose from osso bucco, risotto with farmer’s market
vegetables or pan-roasted quail.


Café Santorini


Café Santorini defines what a romantic restaurant should be
with twinkling lights, soft music and cozy patio tables overlooking a square in
Old Town Pasadena.   Choose
from a variety of Mediterranean dishes including baba ghanoush, hummus, a
variety of chicken, meat, and seafood kebobs, roasted lamb and beef
brochette.  After dinner, take in a

next door at the state of the art iPic theater where you can
snuggle under a blanket, recline in an oversized lounger and sip cocktails
while enjoying the show.









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