California, United States
We've hand-picked the very best boutique and luxury hotels in California to bring you our collection of stylish romantic retreats. Find your perfect hotel and get the low-down on holidays in California – just choose your destination from the list below…
Destinations in California
Big SurThis rugged edge of California’s coast is a preserved piece of pioneer fantasy, where nature rules over man…
California Wine CountryBetween the twin wine-growing regions of Napa and Sonoma, Northern California attracts oenophiles and gourmands from around the world to its picture-perfect patchwork of verdant hills, majestic mountains, lake vistas and hundreds of wineries.
Los AngelesLA – a city of silver-screen dreams, where movie moguls, stars and starlets party in the California sunshine.
Palm SpringsSurrounded by the stark beauty of the desert and the snow-capped peak of San Jacinto, the lush green golf courses and tree-lined boulevards of Palm Springs make it the perfect urban oasis.
San DiegoA major California city that's really a sleepy beach town at heart, San Diego is best around sunrise, when the locals grab their boards and head to the coast. As the day progresses, the city comes to life with laidback style and a buoyant youthful edge...
San FranciscoThat bridge, the scenic Bay, those cable cars… San Francisco is a dream location for film-makers – and tourists. Its compact districts, worldly outlook and cultured population give it a cosmopolitan vibe.
Santa BarbaraLong known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is more than simply soul-stirring beaches. The city is also home to Spanish mission architecture and top-flight museums that keep it a top stop-off en route from Los Angeles to San Francisco...
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There are few places better for luxurious lounging than Petit Ermitage: its paradisiacal outdoor restaurant is aflutter with butterflies and hummingbirds and the Hollywood-Hills-view rooftop pool is usually surrounded by a host of mojito-sipping beautiful people, especially around sunset, when they gather by the flickering flames of the outdoor fireplace. Room 323, a Junior Suite, is particularly quiet – located in the middle of the floor away from the elevator – leave the balcony door open and let in the night breeze while you sleep (check the minibar first for some, ahem, adults-only treats).
For many of us, travel is what we eat: new flavours, local delicacies and relaxing al fresco feasts. Grade-A gourmands tend to love things Gallic and, when it comes to getaways, Provence’s Alain Ducasse-owned Hostellerie de l’Abbaye is the cerise on France’s rich gâteau. Nearby Baumanière is a Michelin-star-spangled stay hugged by abundant vineyards. Cross the Med to Castiglion del Bosco and you can learn the secrets of the Tuscan cucina at its renowned cookery school. Thirsty? California’s cinematic wine country – valleys Napa and Sonoma – will sate you in style.
Your own convertible, an ocean-side highway and some unironic blasting of The Beach Boys – a California road trip is driving as it's meant to be. Farmhouse Inn, a romantic ranch in wine country, is a great starting point for your adventure, once you've sampled the Michelin-starred food and some local blends (and slept it off, of course). Make a stop at Big Sur for some intimate isolation and dramatic Pacific views at Post Ranch Inn. Alternatively, follow in the tyreprints of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and take your own feast-fuelled trip around Tuscany (Michael Caine impressions optional). Or, hire a car in Naples, and put Monastero Santa Rosa's address into the sat nav – you'll follow the jaw-dropping Amalfi coastline before tackling a death-defying uphill road to the hotel.