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66 | THE RADAR | STAYCATION | The Suite Life From fabulous new spa treatments to out-of-this-world packages, the most luxurious resorts on the SoCal Riviera have it all—so why leave? | By Gillian Flynn, Amy Finley, Kristen Schott and Carrie Storke Williams | Artful Lodger Downtown’s granddaddy hotel, US Grant , spends the summer hooking up with another S.D. treasure, Balboa Park. A cuisine and culture package includes tickets to premier museums, plus Chef de Cuisine Chris Kurth packs a tote with a gourmet picnic lunch from the Grant Grill. Prices start at $249 per night, usgrant.net The Inn Crowd The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is embarking on a serious refresher course with plans to open a new spa and update the restaurant under the (twinkly) eyes of chef Todd Allison. The $12 million remodel, set to be unveiled this summer, is capitalizing on the property’s casual sophistication. Rooms are being remodeled under two design themes: country elegance and starlet nostalgia. The spa will boast six treatment rooms, along with indoor-outdoor relaxation spaces. Our fave: A new equestrian program offers a Ride and Dine event, where al fresco dining takes place in the Tie-up Grove. Prices start at $199 per night, theinnatranchosantafe.com Inland Empire Rancho Bernardo Inn utilizes its inland location for two different outings, luring guests off the lush property to—what else?—drink! Pick your poison: Craft brew afi cionados score tasting tickets to the region’s award-winning breweries with a bonus behind-the-scenes tour at Ballast Point. Or wine lovers get a peek at some of S.D.’s best-kept secret boutique wineries. Prices start at $199 per night, ranchobernardoinn. com Relax, Just Do It! Indulge in a yogi’s dream: lodging in a luxurious Rancho Valencia casita, with days spent sun-saluting on the in nity-pool-perched yoga pavilion under the tutelage of on-site practice pro Katie Brauer. e resort’s meditation on well-being is rounded out with hikes, spa experiences, fresh-pressed juices to energize and revitalize, and private nutritional consultations designed to make you feel as good as the recently refreshed Rancho Santa Fe resort looks. Prices start at $699 per night, ranchovalencia.com … May 2013

The Radar Staycation

Gillian Flynn, Amy Finley, Kristen SchottAand Carrie Storke Williams

The Suite Life<br /> <br /> From fabulous new spa treatments to out-of-this-world packages, the most luxurious resorts on the SoCal Riviera have it all—so why leave?<br /> <br /> The Inn Crowd <br /> <br /> The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is embarking on a serious refresher course with plans to open a new spa and update the restaurant under the (twinkly) eyes of chef Todd Allison. The $12 million remodel, set to be unveiled this summer, is capitalizing on the property’s casual Sophistication. Rooms are being remodeled under two design themes: country elegance and starlet nostalgia. The spa will boast six treatment rooms, along with indoor-outdoor relaxation spaces. Our fave: A new equestrian program offers a Ride and Dine event, where al fresco dining takes place in the Tie-up Grove. Prices start at $199 per night, theinnatranchosantafe.com<br /> <br /> Relax, Just Do It!<br /> <br /> Indulge in a yogi’s dream: lodging in a luxurious Rancho Valencia casita, with days spent sun-saluting on the in nity-pool-perched yoga pavilion under the tutelage of on-site practice pro Katie Brauer.he resort’s meditation on well-being is rounded out with hikes, spa experiences, fresh-pressed juices to energize and revitalize, and private nutritional consultations designed to make you feel as good as the recently refreshed Rancho Santa Fe resort looks. Prices start at $699 per night, ranchovalencia.com<br /> <br /> Artful Lodger <br /> <br /> Downtown’s granddaddy hotel, US Grant, spends the summer hooking up with another S.D. treasure, Balboa Park. A cuisine and culture package includes tickets to premier museums, plus Chef de Cuisine Chris Kurth packs a tote with a gourmet picnic lunch from the Grant Grill. Prices start at $249 per night, usgrant.net<br /> <br /> Inland Empire <br /> <br /> Rancho Bernardo Inn utilizes its inland location for two different outings, luring guests off the lush property to—what else?—drink! Pick your poison: Craft brew aficionados score tasting tickets to the region’s award-winning breweries with a bonus behind-the-scenes tour at Ballast Point. Or wine lovers get a peek at some of S.D.’s best-kept secret boutique wineries. Prices start at $199 per night, ranchobernardoinn.Com<br /> <br /> Putting on the Ritz <br /> <br /> The ultimate in destination dining? Book an exclusive Club Level room (with your own dedicated concierge!) At The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. You’ll be plied with culinary offerings throughout the day, but save room for new executive chef Pedro Contreras’s cooking at enoSTEAK. The pasture-raised, grass-fed beef arrives with signature butters like black summer truffle. Oh, and the amuse-bouche of duck pâté and grilled bread is served on a fl attened wine bottle created by SoCal artist Elizabeth Gurklys. Prices start at $745 per night, ritzcarlton.com/lagunaniguel<br /> <br /> Hail Mary <br /> <br /> Our must for Memorial Day weekend? Hitting the pool at Laguna Beach’s hippest resort, the Surf and Sand, for its Swim and Sip Bloody Mary Bar. Mix your potion on the pool deck— you get a choice of vodka and a range of accoutrements (think hot sauces, olives, pickles, celery and bacon).Then, soak up the sun. Prices start at $445 per night, surfandsandresort.com<br /> <br /> Ready, Set, Glow<br /> <br /> \The Spa at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach’s only Forbes Five-Star spa) dazzles with an array of Diamond treatments. You’ll be particularly drawn to the new Indulgence Spa package, featuring a Magnetic Ritual body treatment, a mani-pedi and a facial. Those first two use a shimmering mud exfoliation made with diamond dust. Yes, diamonds are everyone’s best friend. Prices start at $495 per night, pelicanhill.com<br /> <br /> The Lobbyist<br /> <br /> The good life gets even better at this majestic destination, which recently nabbed its seventh Forbes Five-Star Award.Step inside The St. Regis Monarch Beach’s lobby lounge, and you’ll notice a sophisticated new look and feel that call to mind a Tuscan villa—the result of a revamp by famed L.A. design firm Wimberly Interiors. It now welcomes guests with a more commodious environment that transitions easily between spaces, and the view has reached a new level of grandiosity. Other appointments include communal tables with oxford gold granite in the bar, a group of curved tête-àtête sofas in the solarium and a Torreon travertine fireplace in the library. But it doesn’t stop at design; the lounge has a new menu of culinary delights and handcrafted cocktails, and live entertainment takes place Thursday through Saturday nights. So sit back, sip a Smoking Pistola, and see and be seen. Prices start at $425 per night, stregismb.com<br /> <br /> State of the Art <br /> <br /> Transport yourself to Paris—no passport necessary—with works by the likes of Toulouse- Lautrec or Renoir, currently on display at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.The waterfront hotel on a yacht-dotted marina—an artful locale in itself—welcomes the public to catch a glimpse of masterpieces that would typically hang in world-class museums. On the heels of its celebrated Chagall exhibit, the lobby lounge’s latest is Lautrec, Renoir, Dufy: The Vogue of Printmaking in Paris, part of its Salon D’ Art Program. Lithographs, etchings, drawings and watercolor pieces can be viewed in the lounge all day, but the real draws are Friday and Saturday nights, when a Linearis Art curator is on-site to tell stories about the art, answer questions and introduce new pieces available through silent auction. Afterward, discuss reactions over small plates, a bottle of rosé and plenty of joie de vivre at Jer-Ne, the hotel’s Spanish-informed restaurant, with paintingworthy views of the harbor. Prices start at $409 per night, ritzcarlton.Com<br /> <br /> Happy Glampers<br /> <br /> Love the great outdoors but hate getting your hands dirty? The Hotel at The Los Angeles Athletic Club presents the perfect compromise. Upon request, any of the nine bespoke suites can be transformed into a stylish Urban Camping experience, complete with a designer tented bed, charming tepee, kitschy treats like gourmet s’mores and survival essentials, including L.A. city maps and city bird guides. Wildlife not included.Prices start at $429 per night, laac.Com<br /> <br /> Making Waves<br /> <br /> The WET pool deck at W Los Angeles- Westwood boasts some pretty fabulous new cabanas for summer frolicking. Book a party of up to ve and revel in the mod garden party aesthetic, specialty summer cocktails and splashy DJ sets. Prices start at $299 per night, wlosangeles.Com

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