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A patchwork quilt of neighbourhoods, beaches, highways and cities; as Jack Kerouac once said, LA is ‘a jungle’. As you’ll agree, it’s a jungle most people have traversed and one whose tourist hot spots are heaving all year round. But what if I opened my little black book and took you down the insider’s lane of this tourist highway and further into the surrounding hotspots of Southern California? With the unique lowdown on LA from this travel expert, I’ve created an itinerary that will have us navigating SoCal like a native ‘Angeleno’ as we dip and dive into the best parts of the City of Angels, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs.

  • Departure
    Your City
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable clothing. Dinner wear. Business Sexy.
  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
    Personal Guide
    Private Jet
  • Not Included
    Private Yacht


Flying into LA, we’ll be whisked out of the airport and straight into our classic all-American roadster.  I vote for the 1971 Cadillac Eldorado. Starting our SoCal roadtrip in LA, this city has something for everyone! I’ve carefully picked the brains of the locals to provide us with an all-encompassing itinerary that taps deep into the rhythm of the city and goes beyond the usual tourist traps. We’ll be staying at Viceroy Santa Monica, an iconic hotel on Ocean Avenue. It’s been the hideout for rock legends, supermodels and screen sirens so I’ve decided it’s the perfect place for us to catch some shut eye whilst getting a taste of true Hollywood glamour.
So, we’ve got our glamorous base in the thick of the action, now where to go? With the top down on our classic Mustang OR Cadillac Eldorado, ride the Pacific Coast Highway north to Little Dume Beach, a local haunt not yet on the ‘trail’. Chill out in true LA style and catch some waves before jumping in that ride and heading back to the heart of the city for some tacos at FRIDA, a little place highly recommended by the locals. Whilst we’re in LA, we also can’t miss the opportunity to explore Franklin Canyon. In the true manner of LA contrasts, we’ll see ourselves jumping from the glitz of downtown LA to the ultimate seclusion of this natural beauty in no time as we drive the 5 minutes out of Beverley Hills to the canyon. Here we can set off with one of our guides as we hike the trails or go solo and relax by the mammoth lake; a great way to escape the buzzing atmosphere of the city.
Now, we’ve seen Little Dume and Franklin, some of the most beautiful and relaxing spots LA has to offer; so I’d say it’s time for us to discover LA under the cover of darkness. A favourite watering hole of mine and one not many people know about is The Lock and Key in Koreatown. This 1920’s styled bar exudes a ‘Gatsby-esque’ vibe and we’ll love the personalised cocktails. On another of our nights, I’d point us in the direction of Chez Jay in Santa Monica. I'm on hand throughout to book us in at my favourite haunts and share some of my insider tips.


From LA we’ll head north up the coast of California to Santa Barbara. Check into San Ysidro Ranch in the wine country and settle into this resort that lies nestled in the Montecito foothills.  A popular wedding venue amongst tourists and A-listers alike, we’re sure to enjoy a taste of the celebrity lifestyle here.
Only one hour from LA, Santa Barbara is a perfect mix of chilled out culture and scenery with some great little restaurants, bars and cultural sights. The city itself is small and has a great feel and the area is blessed with some beautiful beaches, including our favourite – East Beach. When we’re feeling hungry, be sure to visit Toma restaurant and bar. It’s a family run place serving delicious Italian food and as it’s a hit with the locals, you know it’s going to be good. Nearby we’ve also got the Ojai Valley which, with its world-class wineries, is definitely worth a visit. Exuding a charming and ‘healthy’ vibe, take a drive up there if we fancy anything from a relaxing spa to leisurely hike or chilled sauvignon. I mean Rose´


Óur last stop on this SoCal trip will be Palm Springs. An unmistakable retro vibe with a buzzing atmosphere – Palm Springs holds strong as a top hotspot for all native Californians. The accommodation I've chosen for us is the iconic Viceroy Palm Springs; the ultimate downtown spa resort. Here we can relax and unwind before heading out to see which way my little black book will have us going on the last leg of our American adventure.
There are a few must-sees and dos in Palm Springs, and one of them has to be checking out Palm Springs Art Museum and the fantastic extrovert art work it houses. I’ll also point us in the direction of the VillageFest, a downtown festival with hundreds of stalls selling mouth-watering food, hand crafted jewellery and beautiful artwork. Finally, to finish our time in Palm Springs, we'll take the Aerial Tramway at sunset. We get spectacular views over the whole of Palm Springs and deep into the Coachella Valley, a fitting way to end our day as we watch the sun set on our iconic trip across the sunshine state.


Opulent furnishings meet Californian beach life at these decadently stylish hotels. I say ‘hotel’, but these hotels hint at a luxurious lifestyle and have the intimate feel of a private members club. Lucky for you - you are...


Opulent furnishings meet Californian beach life at this decadently stylish hotel. I say ‘hotel’, but the Viceroy hints at a luxurious lifestyle and has the intimate feel of a private members club. Lucky you! Eclectic lounge styling plus an attentive yet discreet concierge service makes the Viceroy a favourite amongst those famous faces seeking to keep a low profile. Throw in a 24 hour fitness centre, a library, garden gazebos and a plethora of dining options and we have a few big reasons why it’s hard to tear ourselves away from the hotel.


Nestled beneath some of the oldest palms in Palm Springs (that's funny for so many reasons), Avalon Hotel is Californian glamour at its most luxurious – with a contemporary edge. Since its opening in the 1930’s, it has been saluted as the ultimate downtown Palm Springs spa resort. Retro furniture and a minimal palette decorate the 67 suites and villas and along with the Estrella Spa, it provides us with the ultimate spot to unwind and indulge.


Tucked away in the Montecito foothills of Santa Barbara, San Ysidro Ranch provides the perfect retreat for travellers seeking luxury and peace with a rustic charm. The setting of this resort is truly stunning, so its no wonder this is a popular wedding venue that sees its guests returning time after time. I'm game to crash a few weddings if you are! Standing in stark contrast to the bright lights and buzz of LA, San Ysidro and Santa Barbara will give us a taste of the serenity and natural beauty that California has to offer. There's a whole other tasting menu that is quite private.

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