I’ve put together a few true California luxury hotels and resorts for your next Intensive, Retreat or Collaboration. Choose from hotels that are a little off the beaten path or one in the middle of town.
All are unique and whichever one you choose you will not be disappointed!
Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, Ca
One of the most luxurious retreats in the region with 50 individual lodges that offer the ultimate privacy for your guests and breathtaking views of wine country.
When you can simply borrow a Mercedes-Benz for an afternoon drive through wine country at no extra cost, you know you're experiencing the height of luxury. With a private lake, a private wine cave, ready-to-go picnic baskets and more.
Ready for a little R&R? Then head to Calistoga's spa for outdoor lakeside treatments, spring-fed pools or a Cabernet wine bath.
Luxury travelers say they delight in the privacy and comfort offered in this resort's free-standing lodges, which feature fireplaces, private cedar decks and outdoor rain showers, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows, original artwork and warm, wooden decor.
Bonus Tip: Book your stay here between November-January and get great rates and fewer crowds but all the beauty. April-May are nice times to visit and offer good rates.
August-October is Harvest time and that is the busiest and most costly time to book.
Rancho Valencia Resort &Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, Ca
Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that's why people love it.
Guest rooms at this luxury hotel radiate a Mediterranean ambiance with hacienda-style architecture, hardwood furnishings and colorful design accents, as well as deep soaking tubs and private balconies or patios.
When you are ready to be pampered after a long day, Rancho Valencia's spa offers indulgences such as herb-infused body wraps and a variety of massage therapies.
The delicious cuisine served at the on-site Veladora restaurant compliments the serene environment.
Your day begins with fresh squeezed orange juice (from those Valencia oranges!) delivered to your door. Breakfast is also included in the daily rate and is a great spread of fruit, yogurt, oatmeal and pastries. For $5 you can supplement with eggs.
Bonus Tip: Complimentary yoga class in the “Movement Studio.”, wifi, valet, all included in your room rate. FREE snacks! Every kind of drink and snack you could imagine. Waters, popcorn, soda, all complimentary!
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, Ca
With only 118 rooms guests of all ages (and pets, too) can expect star treatment at this luxury hotel.
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, L'Ermitage pulls out all the stops, featuring spacious, chic rooms starting at 650 square feet, complete with walk-in closets, platform beds, complimentary Internet access and private bars. (And for those traveling with pets, the hotel is happy to provide everything from beds to welcome treats.)
If you're here on business, the hotel's in-room business centers (with copiers, printers, faxes and scanners) will ensure your 9-to-5 doesn't suffer from the change of scenery. And for those looking to relax, L'Ermitage boasts a full-service spa and a stunning rooftop pool
No matter your reasons for staying here, recent guests insist that you grab a bite to eat at Livello, which earns high praise for its Italian cuisine.Within walking distance of Rodeo Drive. The hotel offers a rooftop pool, spa services and spacious guest rooms.”
Bonus Tip: Complimentary chauffeured local trips in the hotel's Mercedes,
Flexible arrival and departure policy allows guests to check in or out at any time within a 24-hour period and no room service charge
Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley, Ca
Bernardus Lodge is situated away from the beach in the rugged hills and vineyards of Carmel Valley, California. With only 57 rooms complete with feather beds, Italian linens and fireplaces.
The spacious guest rooms maintain an air of exclusive luxury with vaulted ceilings, patios, and bathtubs for two.
Before you even check in, the valet hands you a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
The lodge offers complimentary deluxe snacks and wine. What a pleasure to sit on the patio outside the room and enjoy crackers with a lovely local goat cheese.
Bonus Tip: Only 20 minutes to Carmel. All 57 rooms boast private pools and private plunge pools, while also providing free WiFi
Bacara Resort &Spa Resort, Santa Barbara, Ca
Bacara Resort & Spa is a jetsetter's “fantasy.” All the essentials of a luxury seaside resort — a spa, numerous infinity pools, five fine dining venues and dramatic Pacific Ocean views. Start your day with one of their daily Yoga classes or take an Aerial Photo and Wine Tasting Tour where you get to fly the plane! There is so much to choose from that no matter what you are looking for you are sure to find it here.
Bacara's 358 luxurious guest rooms feature gas or wood-burning fireplaces, marble showers and private patios or balconies.
Bonus Tip: Room 4313 has a fire place and patio with an amazing view. The bath is separate from the shower stall and has open shutters to the room & view.
Third floor rooms in villas 8, 9, or 10 have great views and easy beach access
The St. Regis, San Francisco, Ca
The St. Regis San Francisco hotel enjoys an artful address, with the Museum of the African Diaspora located within the hotel
This is luxury, 21st-century style! The St. Regis San Francisco has been refining the concept of luxury, retaining the detail-oriented service focus, but without a hint of stuffiness or superiority.
Even in the standard rooms, the bathrooms feel monumental, each has a separate tub and shower stall with bench.
Bonus Tip: If you want a great breakfast in a place with a cool vibe, walk around the corner to Market Street and hit up the Grove.
Book a suite and get 24-hour butler service