Los Angeles FTW: A Luxury Guide

Experience LA like a VIP

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Fully embrace the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles at world-class hotels, five-star restaurants, luxury spas and high end shopping. Walk the walk of the rich and famous with our guide to some of the finest things that L.A. has to offer.

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The Private Suite at LAX



The Private Suite is a newly-built private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It typically takes 2,200 footsteps from car seat to plane seat. For members of The Private Suite, it’s a mere 70 footsteps. Members of The Private Suite don’t have to wait in crowded lines because private TSA screening is done in the building. The Private Suite team also handles ticketing and luggage. Members spend their pre-flight time in totally private suites, each with its own bathroom, food service pantry, a two-person daybed, and a runway view of aircraft landing and taking off. When it’s time to board, Private Suite members are driven in a BMW 7 Series sedan across the tarmac, Head-of-State style, directly to their aircraft. And best of all, there's no annoying paparazzi around. For more info about membership and to book a trial experience, visit The Private Suite website.

Club Lounge | Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles



The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is one of L.A.’s most visible hotels, located on floors 22-26 of a 54-story tower that soars above L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A. The luxury property features 123 rooms, including 13 suites and the 3,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite. On the 23rd floor, The Ritz-Carlton Club Level offers a “hotel-within-a-hotel” experience, including a Club Lounge with a dedicated concierge and panoramic views to the west of the Hollywood Sign, the Santa Monica Mountains, and coastal sunsets. Spanning 8,000 square feet, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles offers a co-ed Sanctuary, separate lounges with eucalyptus steam rooms and cold-plunge showers, a couple’s suite, hair salon and boutique. 

Located on the 24th floor of the hotel, WP24 features legendary chef Wolfgang Puck's modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine. The Nest at WP24 lounge offers Asian-inspired bites, craft cocktails and city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Gable & Lombard Penthouse | Photo: The Hollywood Roosevelt

Gable & Lombard Penthouse - The Hollywood Roosevelt



Opened on May 15, 1927, The Hollywood Roosevelt has welcomed generations of VIPs, from legends of Hollywood’s Golden Age to today’s hottest stars. You’re surrounded by Hollywood history throughout the hotel. The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner in the Blossom Ballroom; Clark Gable and Carole Lombard carried on their infamous affair in the penthouse; and Marilyn Monroe was staying in one of the vintage 1950s Cabanas at the time of her first professional magazine shoot, which took place at the hotel pool.

 

The 750 square-foot Marilyn Suite features a loft-style open floor plan and wrap-around balcony overlooking the Tropicana Pool. The Gable & Lombard Penthouse is a 3,200 square-foot, three-level suite with a 1,200 square-foot outdoor deck that’s tucked beneath the Roosevelt’s iconic sign and boasts spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills and the iconic Hollywood Sign. 

Upper Pool Deck | Photo: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills



Check into a Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to enjoy exceptional five-star accommodations. The modern suite feels like your very own penthouse apartment, and features eight balconies with panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Downtown L.A. The suite – which has two king beds and two full bathrooms – also has a state-of-the-art kitchen and a walk-in rain shower that doubles as a steam room.

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Pretty Woman for a Day - Beverly Wilshire



Pretty Woman is one of the highest grossing romantic comedies in history, directed by Garry Marshall and starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Numerous scenes take place and were filmed in Beverly Hills, including a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive and the hotel where Roberts stays, the landmark Beverly Wilshire. Inspired by the 1990 blockbuster, Pretty Woman for a Day invites you to star in your own love story with a luxurious two-night stay experience.

 

Enjoy accommodations in a Specialty Suite and indulge in VIP offerings such as a behind-the-scenes tour of Rodeo Drive's most famous fashion houses with your personal wardrobe consultant and stylist; an exclusive dining experience at THE Blvd; and a romantic dinner for two in the privacy of your Suite. Retreat to the award-winning Spa for a couples massage and let the Bath Butler spoil you with a hand-drawn bath using personalized aromatherapy oils. Round-trip transportation in a Mercedes Sedan is included.

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Black & White Car Rental



When it comes to getting around Los Angeles, there's no better way to do it than behind the wheel of a Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini or Rolls Royce. Pick up a fancy set of wheels at Black & White Car Rental, and you can explore Mulholland Drive, cruise the Sunset Strip or drive Pacific Coast Highway in style.

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Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles



Located in Carson, the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) is a 53-acre venue with a four-mile driver development track, state-of-the-art driving simulators, a retail store with exclusive PEC branded merchandise, and fine dining at Restaurant 917. Inside the 50,000 square-foot building, which is also the new home of Porsche Motorsport North America, guests can get an insider’s look at historic Porsche race cars and the workshop team. Drivers can pilot the latest Porsche models through eight different driving modules. Prices range from $235 for the one-hour Cayenne Off-Road experience to $2,500 for the Accelerated GT3 RS Program, a four-hour advanced car driving session that will push you to your limits.

Universal Studios VIP Experience

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VIP Experience - Universal Studios Hollywood



Take your visit to Universal Studios Hollywood the next level with the VIP Experience. Tour the movie industry’s busiest sets in a special trolley and access areas not open to the general public. Visit actual sound stages where blockbuster movies and TV shows are filmed. Explore the Property Department, home to thousands of set pieces and decorative items used for film and television production. Enjoy VIP privileges with escorted priority access to all rides and attractions, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™. Expert VIP guides will immerse you in the past, present and future of Universal’s world-famous Backlot. Your VIP guide will take you straight to the front of the line at all rides and find you the best seats at all shows. Other perks include valet parking and VIP entry to the park, a light breakfast in the exclusive VIP lounge, and a gourmet lunch in the private VIP dining room.

Luxury Liners

Luxury Liners



You'll cruise the Pacific like a mogul when you charter the Luxury Liners Sun Coast, a 145-foot yacht that can hold up to 12 guests and features two main salons, a huge bow that's perfect for partying or sunbathing, four staterooms, two indoor dining areas, three outdoor deck dining areas, multiple flat screen TVs, surround sound system, Jacuzzi, helipad, gym and more. To add to the experience, private chefs and bartenders are available to create custom food and drink menus. From its home harbor in Marina del Rey, the Sun Coast can be chartered to cruise within the bay or just outside the breakwater of Marina del Rey. She is also available to charter north towards Malibu or across to Catalina Island.

IEX Helicopters

IEX Helicopters



Flying out of the oceanfront heliport at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, IEX Helicopters takes passengers on a soaring journey over landmarks from the coast to Downtown L.A. The tour begins with a flyby over the Port of Los Angeles, then turns north along the coastline past LAX for thrilling glimpses of Redondo Beach, King Harbor, Marina del Rey and Venice Beach. From the historic Santa Monica Pier, you'll fly over the Getty Center and down Sunset Boulevard. Get a bird’s eye view of the exclusive homes of the rich and famous in Bel-Air and the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy the excitement of getting up close to the world-famous Hollywood Sign, then fly through the skyscrapers of Downtown L.A., past STAPLES Center, the Coliseum, and USC campus before returning to the heliport. Along with six Southern California and Catalina Island tours, IEX offers Customized Helicopter Tours to fit any special occasion.

Eddie Logan Suite | Photo: Santa Anita Park

EDDIE LOGAN SUITE - SANTA ANITA PARK



With the San Gabriel Mountains as the stunning backdrop, Santa Anita Park is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and iconic racetracks in the country. Not open to the general public during race days, the Eddie Logan Suite provides a perfect setting for cocktail receptions or functions as a Chef’s Table, providing a spectacular location for intimate VIP events after racing hours or on non-live racing days. Boasting a 300-degree view of the San Gabriel Mountains and the famed racetrack, the suite has an exceptional private bar along with indoor and outdoor seating. Accommodating up to 50 guests, the Eddie Logan Suite is Santa Anita’s most restricted venue, and is available by invitation only. Must wager over $5,000 per day.

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Rodeo Drive



Rodeo Drive is perhaps the most luxurious shopping destination in Los Angeles. Nearly every high-end designer has a storefront in this beautiful, walk-able outdoor shopping area that spans three blocks north of Wilshire and south of Santa Monica Boulevard. Whether you’re looking for the latest Chanel bag or Rolex watch, you’ll find it here.

Maxfield Los Angeles

Maxfield Los Angeles



The high-end retailer describes itself as “part museum, part art gallery, part boutique,” and features luxury brands as well as carefully curated vintage finds. In addition to carrying well-established brands, Maxfield also houses many up-and-coming designers for the trendsetting set.

Brentwood Country Mart

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Brentwood Country Mart



Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple were regulars at this outdoor shopping center, and decades later the Brentwood Country Mart is still a favorite among the stars. Located in the elite Brentwood neighborhood, the Country Mart houses a collection of high-end boutiques from around the world all in one charming location.

Hotel Bel-Air Spa

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Hotel Bel-Air Spa



Indulge in a massage at The Enclave at the Hotel Bel-Air Spa. The private suite includes its own shower, bathtub, shaded patio, outdoor seating, and even its own waterfall. There’s no better setting to indulge in a Caviar Luxury Massage, in which Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is applied to the body to firm and revitalize the skin.

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Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills



Designed by Phillippe Starck to evoke a celestial dreamscape, Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills invites guests to relax and feel at ease among the warm white tones and billowing curtains throughout the 5,000 square foot space. Ciel Spa offers a “Soothe Life’s Stresses” package to rid you of any jet lag or fatigue. The signature spa treatment includes an Energy Lift Ritual experience, purifying body soak, a 90-minute deep tissue, energizing massage and a scalp treatment.

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Spa Montage Beverly Hills



Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.RAPHAEL offers the finest in spa, skincare, beauty and wellness. Inspired by the traditional Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture found throughout historic Beverly Hills, this 20,000 square-foot urban oasis is comprehensive, warmly appointed and luxurious. From state-of-the-art diamond facials to holistic wellness therapies, cutting edge fitness classes and world-class salon services, you'll enjoy a memorable spa experience in a serene sanctuary nestled near the exclusive shops and acclaimed dining of Rodeo Drive.

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Patina Restaurant



Located inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina is the flagship restaurant of acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal and is an ideal location for pre-performance dining, a special night, or to impress guests and clients. Helmed by Executive Chef Andreas Roller, the Michelin-starred restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine with international influences, featuring seasonal tasting menus, artisanal cheeses, caviar service, and an award-winning wine list. The private Chef's Table is available for up to nine guests and features an exclusive tasting menu. 

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Sushi Zo - Downtown L.A.



With locations in Downtown L.A. and the Westside, Sushi Zo is renowned for its omakase. Priced at $180 and spanning over two dozen dishes, Sushi Zo's omakase is touted by aficionados as one of their best sushi experiences. The wild sockeye salmon, if you are lucky to get that on your plate, is a resplendent blood orange, almost neon in color. You might have the oyster from Washington, toro from Australia or the abalone from Monterey. Each course, like a global procession, marches into your mouth educating you on what sushi can and should be.

Providence

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Chef's Table - Providence



Chef Michael Cimarusti's Michelin-starred Providence is renowned as one of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Cimarusti offers a Providence Tasting Menu ($120 per person), Signature & Seasonal Tasting Menu ($185), and Chef's Tasting Menu ($240). Reserve the Chef's Table and up to six guests will get an intimate view of the kitchen in action - Cimarusti himself might chat with you. Chef will create a custom menu with advance notice, and you provide the music with your iPod and the private sound system.

Petrossian West Hollywood Restaurant and Boutique

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Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique



A delicacy enjoyed for centuries by royalty and the rich and famous, caviar is at the heart of Petrossian West Hollywood Restaurant and Boutique. Indulge in Petrossian's specialty with 30g presentations (served with blinis, toast points, creme fraiche) like Transmontanus Caviar ($69-360), Tsar Imperial Siberian Caviar ($145), Kaluga Huso Hybrid ($330), and Shassetra or Ossetra Special Reserve (50g, $655). High-end menu items include smoked fish, tsar cut smoked salmon, roe, pate, foie gras and charcuterie. The Signature Brunch ($65) includes Shassetra Caviar, hand-sliced smoked salmon, caviar scrambled eggs, dessert, and a choice of Lillet Spritz, Bellini, Bloody Mary, Sparkling, Lavender Mimosa or Jardesca Sangria.

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Mélisse



At his two Michelin starred French restaurant, Mélisse, Chef Josiah Citrin celebrates each season by using the finest ingredients that he personally selects at the Farmers Market. Citrin features four-, seven- and ten-course tasting menus. Priced at $225 per person, the TEN menu is offered for the entire table. Highlights include egg caviar, bigeye tuna, foie gras terrine, Santa Barbara spot prawn, truffle risotto ($85 supplement), Scottish hare ravioli, seasonal fish, Snake River Farms beef strip loin, and Fourme D’ambert (barhi dates, red walnuts, smoked bacon).

Named for Citrin's son, the Augustin Room can accommodate up to 16 guests for seated dinner. Situated off the main dining room, the Augustin Room features a wood-burning fireplace, original artwork and an intimate, cozy setting. Choose from the private dining menu, or for the ultimate experience Citrin will create a Carte Blanche menu that is sure to inspire you and your guests.

VIP Suite | Photo: STAPLES Center

Private Suite at Staples Center



STAPLES Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue, located at the spectacular L.A. LIVE complex in Downtown L.A. Check out a concert or a Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Sparks or Kings game from a private suite at STAPLES Center. Your group of eight to 18 guests will enter the arena through a private VIP entrance, enjoy premium views, and nosh on catering provided by Levy Restaurants. The private suite also includes access to the exclusive San Manuel Club.

The Polo Lounge

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The Polo Lounge



Enjoy live piano music while dining at The Polo Lounge, a favorite destination for generations of Hollywood stars and power brokers. Sip a cocktail at the classic bar, dine discreetly in an indoor booth, or enjoy the sunshine on the outdoor patio. The restaurant offers an array of menu options, from salads to burgers and truffle pasta, so you’re sure to find a dish to fit your mood.

Ten Pound at Montage Beverly Hills | Photo: MBH Architecture

Ten Pound



For single malt Scotch aficionados, a visit to £10 (aka Ten Pound) at the Montage Beverly Hills is a must. Ascend the hidden staircase to no-holds-barred luxury, with private lounge spaces furnished with fireplace centerpieces overlooking the Beverly Canon Gardens. No matter which expression of The Macallan you select, the aged Hook's cheddar and dried, pressed bacon will be the perfect pairing. $50 minimum per person.

1 Oak Los Angeles



Book a private table at 1 OAK, one of L.A.'s hottest nightlife destinations. 1 OAK offers a New York style club-going experience that is truly “One of A Kind.” You might even rub elbows with a celebrity or two on the dance floor. Table options on standard nights range from a $2,000 Mezzanine table (4 bottles, 8 comps) to a $5,000 VIP booth with a table located on the dance floor and in front of the DJ (10 bottles, 15 comps).