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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 movie
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.