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California Style

Bonnie Davidson and Jenn Thornton | November 30, 2016 | Story California Destinations

Forever Young
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, whose dalliance with old Hollywood has given way to a contemporary romance with celeb-infested Coachella Valley, is celebrating its 90th anniversary by aging gracefully—with a little help from a multimillion-dollar overhaul. The desert rose blooms anew in the Palm Springs area with propertywide enhancements, including design-forward upgrades to all of its 620 guest rooms and a renovation of a 21-and-over Plunge pool, an adult-only playground with private cabanas laden with luxuries. Prime recreation—think 41 pools, 23 tennis courts and five championship-level golf courses—meets max relaxation with the massive Spa La Quinta, featuring refreshed interiors, 38 treatment rooms, private garden soaking tubs, new customized Zents treatments and more. Signature restaurant Morgan’s in the desert, which specializes in contemporary American cuisine; serves seasonal, clean-flavored, locally sourced fare; and boasts a Wine Spectator Wine List Award-winning wine program and piano bar. The warm, rustic environs are in keeping with the resort’s original hacienda-inspired design. Some things never go out of style. Rooms from $169 per night, Presidential Suite from $1,499 per nightJenn Thornton

Surfers’ Turf
Affectionately dubbed Surf City USA since 1904, Huntington Beach, is giving sophisticated vacationers new reason to hang loose in this vibrant coastal community. Paséa Hotel & Spa, the latest addition to the Meritage Collection’s portfolio of posh hotels and resorts, is an oasis of laid-back luxury and a hip alternative to the big-box hotels along this stretch of Pacific Coast Highway. Across from iconic Huntington Beach Pier, this is a prime place to experience the best of the West Coast lifestyle, no matter if your idea of relaxation is chasing the perfect wave, lounging around a pool, blissing out in the Bali-inspired Aarna Spa or simply gazing at the watery horizon. An easy-breezy beach vibe sweeps through all large open spaces and cozy nooks on the property. Interior decor features furniture with natural distressed wood finishes, teak accents and striking artwork by Southern Californians. There are stunning aerial beachscape images by photographer Gray Malin and a lobby mural completely made out of Havaianas flip-flops. A total of 250 beautifully appointed guest accommodations offer jaw-dropping views of the coastline, Fresh bath products, Frette linens and comfy hooded sweatshirt robes. In addition, eight luxury one-bedroom suites and a 1,900-square-foot penthouse suite feature handpainted acoustic guitars as accent pieces. Chefs in the on-site restaurant, Tanner’s, prepare quintessentially SoCal cuisine on a 72-inch wood-fired inferno grill, while sunset watchers toast days’ end in the upstairs bar, Treehouse at Tanner’s. Clearly, you don’t have to be a surfer to have a totally rad time. Cowabunga! Rooms from $289 per night, suites from $409 per night —Bonnie Davidson

Vintage Napa
In the rolling, grapevine-covered hills of St. Helena, Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley will be ready to welcome guests by the end of the year. With Beringer Vineyards as its lush backdrop, the boutique property is positioned to offer refined hospitality in 68 Yabu Pushelberg-designed rooms and suites, most with fireplaces on outdoor terraces overlooking the vineyards or winery, and eight boasting soaking tubs on private balconies. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation to the former Grandview Hotel & Spa, expect amenities to be as rich and full-bodied as chardonnay, including Rivolta Carmignani sheets, oversize spa-style bathrooms with handmade soaps and complimentary market bags crafted in Mexico City, home of the brand’s sumptuous flagship hotel. Treatments in the 3,500-square-foot Atrio spa blend ancient healing techniques with a modern emphasis on organic and locally sourced products. The spa, as well as a high-tech fitness center and dedicated studio for yoga, breath work, meditation and ayurvedic therapies, occupies an adaptive reuse of a 1907 private home on the property. So does the hotel’s signature restaurant, Acacia House. With chef Chris Cosentino (of San Francisco’s Cockscomb) at the helm, expect a menu with a contemporary American focus and a wine list featuring varietals from—where else?—Napa Valley. We’ll clink to that! Rooms from $695 per night, suites from $1,025 per night —BD

Originally published in the November issue of Silicon Valley

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