101 USA Holidays

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Shutters on the Beach

Mike & Donna's verdict:

Santa Monica is one of our favourite spots on the California coast, great for visiting Los Angeles while staying by the ocean. There’s no better hotel than the chic and relaxing Shutters on the Beach, just a stroll from Santa Monica Pier, the terrific Farmers Market and all the attractions downtown.

Recommended tour operator: Abercrombie & Kent

Shutters on the BeachElegant roomsKate Spade bicyclesBeachfront dining

Abercrombie & Kent says

Sunshine, white sand beach and a vibrant city all come together for a seriously glamorous and relaxing break at Shutters on the Beach.

Located bang on the beach in Santa Monica, ‘Shutters’ has the feel of a laid back beach house with levels of comfort and luxury to rival any of the USA’s leading resorts.

Each of the guest rooms and suites faces the Pacific Ocean with a furnished balcony. The sumptuous bathrooms have a whirlpool bath and gorgeous amenities and we especially like the individual decor in each room – designed by Michael Smith, recently appointed by President Obama as the White House’s designer.

Fine dining doesn’t get much finer than in One Pico – the wine list alone in this A-lister restaurant is the envy of many and was awarded Wine Spectator’s 2012 Award of Excellence. Head to Coast for a more casual experience and The Living Room for an elegant cocktail or afternoon tea – and to see and be seen.

Hole up for the day poolside, on the comfy beach loungers or in one of the private beach cabanas – the Shutters staff are on hand to bring your favourite cooling drink and a bite to eat. Enjoy a surfing lesson, head off on one of the hotel’s bicycles, join a free beachfront yoga class and bliss out in One The Spa.

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