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The Best Kept Secret Boutique Hotels In California

Are you dreaming of a visit to the Golden State? From beautiful beaches to pony trekking and wine tasting adventures and from national parks to vibrant cityscapes, a break in California can be anything you want it to be. Break away from the usual boring hotel options, opt for deep relaxation  and explore some of the prettiest boutique destinations that the state has to offer…

Auberge De Soleil, Rutherford

Is a fine-dining experience top of your vacation wishlist? Then this 50 room luxury destination is one to bookmark. It’s Michelin-star restaurant is renowned for gastronomic classics with a modern twist, and although the number of rooms may be small, the amenities certainly aren’t, with a 7,000 square foot spa, rolling green countryside views and spacious terraces to relax on. The perfect place to forget your worries for a while and concentrate on pure sensory pleasure!

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara

If romance is the name of the game, then there aren’t many better places for a weekend for two than this stunning, low-key haven. The venue has a history of attracting celebrities, from John F. Kennedy and Jackie O on their honeymoon to Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, who recently gatecrashed a wedding here. The stars – and you – are drawn by the relaxed but top quality vibe, from open stone fireplaces and Persian rugs to canopy beds and private whirlpool tubs. With stunning private cottages set among winding organic herb gardens and hiking trails, you may not want to leave your room. But if you do, the local vineyard tours and two on-site restaurants serving the best of contemporary Californian cuisine will more than make up for it.

Hotel Royal, Long Beach

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a sultry, film noir heroine, play out those fantasies at Hotel Royal, a super-chic Art Deco beachfront hideaway. Built in 1923, the venue combines historic glamour with ultra-modern comforts to winning effect. A family run venue with a communal kitchen where you can socialise and cook up your own dinner parties, the hotel also offers a free bike hire service for you to explore the coast. Located in the East Village Arts District, pedal around to discover quirky coffee shops, little galleries, independent eateries and boutiques galore. With each room decorated differently, your stay will be as unique as you are.

Bardessono, Yountville

Looking for the very latest in eco-friendly tourism? This beautiful LEED-certified resort puts the planet first without compromising on luxury for you. From the sole power to the geothermal well water and the organic cleaning products and toiletries used, every detail has been thought of to make the hotel as green as possible – with the jaw-dropping mountain views surrounding the hotel providing a timely reminder of the power of Mother Nature. But if the term eco-hotel makes you think of back to basics, think again. Each accommodation is a spacious suite complete with a pullout massage table, private balcony and luxury bathtub. The popular onsite Lucy’s Restaurant combines a field-to-fork cuisine with fine dining and at the spa there’s a huge range of treatments from vinotherapy to hot tubs and Thai massage. Be kind to the planet and yourself and book a long weekend stay.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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