Need To Know
63, including 23 suites and 4 bungalows.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability; late check-outs are charged at half-day rates until 5pm; full room rates apply thereafter. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $450.00, excluding tax at 15.75 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast, from US$19.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas. Pets can be accommodated for a $150 non-refundable deposit. Parking is $28 a night.
At the hotel
Gardens and courtyard, pool, gym, music and movie library, free WiFi throughout, laundry, valet parking, concierge. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, iPod dock, minibar with free bottled water, fluffy bathrobes and cashemere throws, Kiehl’s baths products.
Our favourite rooms
Standard Rooms have garden views; go for one of the Suites – even the modest Junior Suites feel like mini-apartments with fitted kitchens but the Premier and Two-Bedroom Suites have large balconies or patios overlooking the pool. Hillside Bungalows offer the coolest mid-century decor, kitchens, working fireplaces, private street entrances and carports, and direct access to the pool from a private walled garden; Poolside Bungalows have more classical decor and are a shade larger (no private parking spot, though). Go totally A-list in Room 64, the two-bed Penthouse with wraparound terrace and polished marble hallway.
The chic oval outdoor swimming pool is heated and flanked by hide-me palm fronds and a perfect-for-posing patio.
Red-framed Ray-Bans; iPhone chock-full of LA contacts; Liza Bruce bikini.
In-room beauty treatments and spa therapies can be arranged at the drop of a face-shielding sunhat – this is the land of the beautiful people, so you can expect your treatments to be top of the range. They’ll even arrange a personal trainer, should you so wish. If you’re bringing a stupendously large wardrobe of red-carpet dresses, supersized rolling racks (that’s a garment rail, if you’ve more Baftas than Oscars) can be added to your suite for US$30 a day.
Extra beds or cribs – dressed in Frette baby linens, no less – can be added to rooms on request for US$30 a night. Nannies can be drafted in with 24 hours’ notice.
Food and wine is seasonal, organic and locally sourced wherever possible; and the hotel tries to conserve water, recycle and reduce waste.