Where else can you wake up each morning looking over the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, spend your days relaxing under the sun or venturing to local vineyards on a wine safari, or even discovering some of the most beautiful waterfalls with an in-land hike? Where else can you be a stones throw from some of the best restaurants, the best shopping, and the best of coastal California? Enter Malibu... It’s time to head to the West Coast’s gem and experience a place that evokes those long, golden beach days so iconic to the Californian spirit. Whether you’re in need of a 2-day getaway or are looking for a five-day escape that feels worlds away, there’s no better place to go to than to Malibu. Here's an inside scoop on the two top stays and little takeaway tidbits before you go!
Nobu Ryokan Malibu
Renovated from a historic 1950's era motel and named after traditional Japanese inns, the new Nobu Ryokan is an intimate and romantic retreat with super-luxe accommodations and over-the-top service that's hard to come by. Located on the shores of Malibu's Carbon Beach, Nobu Ryokan offers a truly unique blend of Japanese hospitality and Californian coastline. And it's calling your name come fall when you're in search of the perfect and much-needed weekend getaway!
THE ACCOMMODATIONS: 16 super-luxe guest rooms — 11 suites and 5 oceanfront bungalows — each distinctive and one-of-a-kind in design. The stunning rooms include ensuite fireplaces, sweeping skylights and private decks. The authentic, traditional Japanese-style bathrooms are spectacular to say the least, featuring Jerusalem limestone and Japanese soaking tubs that drain through the wood flooring. Lounging in kimonos never felt more relaxing.
ROOM TO BOOK: Our favorite rooms are the beachfront bungalows, with seamless indoor/outdoor living and an amazing ocean breeze. The private decks come with luxurious loungers so you don’t even have to leave your room to be on the beach or hear the sound of the waves crash.
THE DINING: Sushi is on speed dial with Nobu delivered right to your suite — breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you prefer to have a reservation at Nobu Malibu which is just steps away, guests get a guaranteed reservation. The hotel will also bring in food from local restaurants and deliver it to you!
THE FACILITIES: There’s a beautiful outdoor veranda perfect for relaxing on, lush gardens that will take your breath away, and a well-equipped fitness center with cantilevered glass walls.
THE DETAILS: There’s a house car that will take you everywhere and the attention-to-detail at Nobu Ryokan is superb!
PERFECT FOR: Couples and those who are looking for a 2-night escape from the hustle & bustle of the city.
Malibu Beach Inn
After undergoing a recent renovation and debuting a refresh by Waldo Fernandez, Malibu Beach Inn is a luxury, full-service boutique property located along a strip of coastline nicknamed Billionare’s Beach, perfect for relishing in all of Malibu’s unique offerings. To much surprise, one could call this 47-room gem a Cali-version of the Cote d’Azur — a place that carries the village’s low-glitz ethos, yet lots of luxury. The opulent seaside sanctuary offers breathtaking panoramas and refined design inspired by Malibu’s effortless ambiance.
THE ACCOMMODATIONS: 47 rooms and suites in warm coastal tones with picturesque ocean views from each and can easily accommodate families, couples, or even those traveling alone. Full glass doors lead to private balconies with exceptional ocean views!
ROOM TO BOOK: Definitely worth noting that the Oceanfront King Junior Suite comes with an extra long balcony. For the most spacious and luxe oceanfront accommodations, opt for the One Bedroom Suite that comes with a fireplace.
THE DINING: Situated on the sands of Carbon Beach, Carbon Beach Club Restaurant draws inspiration from the Pacific and Mediterranean coasts, using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create seasonal land and sea menus that are seriously delicious. Even better are the cocktails, made by an award-winning mixologist who serves his renowned spirits made with small batch provisions.
THE FACILITIES: Plans for the pool is already in motion, there’s a beautiful spa on property, and best of all is the beach — the privately owned strip of sand along Carbon Beach offers exclusive beach service complete with full food and bar service.
THE ACTIVITIES: From every water sport under the sun to curated wine safaris and to hikes that will bring you to beautiful canyon caves and waterfalls, at Malibu Beach Inn the world is truly your oyster.
PERFECT FOR: Families, couples or those traveling alone who want a perfect balance of beach and activities over a suggested stay of 5 days
IN THE AREA
With some of the most beautiful beaches and prettiest hiking trails, Malibu is so much more than 27-miles of scenic beauty with tons to discover like delicious restaurants and great shopping. And when you want a break from the beauty, spend a day in the nearby Santa Monica...
Malibu Farm — A casual eatery on the Pier, the Scandinavian-inspired restaurant has a fairly simple, crowd-pleasing farm-to-table menu. Get all the freshest fish made just how you like it with tons of delicious sides to choose from.
Malibu Country Mart — Nestled the heart of the village, Malibu Country Mart is an upscale outdoor mall with great shopping and amazing food!
John’s Garden — When at the Country Mart, be sure to pick up John’s Garden, a Malibu classic. The 40-year-old sandwhich shop/window serves simple and excellent sandwiches — beach picnic, anyone?
Taverna Tony — Also located in Country Mart, but slightly removed from the busy main square, Taverna Tony serves excellent Greek food in a lively atmosphere with a very local vibe.