They say you can spend a whole day in any one spot in Malibu and never get bored, whether you’re on top of any of the Santa Monica mountain peaks from sunup to sundown, watching the city and the coast, whether you’re under your cabana at the beach admiring the waves and watching surfers work their magic, or whether you’re in the jacuzzi of your Tuscan villa, enjoying some peace and quiet with only the people you choose.
A Malibu vacation is unlike any other on the West Coast, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. The small, welcoming city is home to many celebrities who came for a holiday and decided never to leave—and who would want to? Malibu’s Mediterranean climate combined with its exquisite beaches make it a prime location for fun and relaxation. At Malibu, you’ll be the envy of those wishing they could be you right now.
But before you get ahead of yourself, you still have a very important decision to make: which fabulous villa will you spend your time in?
Villa Rentals in Malibu
Hotels are great for quick trips into the city, where minimal time is expected to be spent, with no intention of hosting a party. But, if you want to unwind, be pampered, and be spoiled the way you deserve, then a villa is just what you need. With so many to choose from, you’ll find the one that meets your stringent requirements.
When deciding on the type of villa you want, there is one important question you need to answer: do you want a villa by the beach or do you want one in the mountains? Do you want a combination of the two, a villa on a cliff overlooking the ocean?
As you would expect, most of the villas in this coastal city are, well, by the coast. You will find larger and sometimes even more luxurious accommodations in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and other hillside locations. Up in the mountains, there is more acreage to fit in a full-sized pool, a mini theatre, beautiful gardens, and large grounds for throwing lavish parties.
If you are travelling to Malibu for the serenity, and you would like to wake up to the sound of rushing waves, then a beachfront villa would be perfect for you. Point Dume is a popular choice for oceanfront villas, offering the added advantage of elevation, giving you sweeping views of the Pacific and enough distance from the surfers on the beach below.
Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will come with all the comforts you are accustomed to. You can even have your own private chef if you would rather eat indoors than go into the city or the pier for a bite. But just in case you do decide to leave the comfort of your villa for dinner, some restaurants come highly recommended.
Fine Dining in Malibu
The most famous restaurant in Malibu is, of course, the king of all sushi restaurants, Nobu. The restaurant is exactly where you would expect it to be: by the ocean, off Pacific Coast Highway.
If you like your Mediterranean experience to come with Mediterranean cuisine, then Taverna Tony is your best bet. The Greek restaurant will make you feel at home with its warm hospitality, live music, and unique menu. It is also hard to miss, right on Civic Centre Way, in the middle of the city.
When it comes to the most important meal of the day, nothing beats the fresh, organic food served at Malibu Farm Pier Café. Get a big boost from scrambled eggs and smoked salmon to give you the strength you need ahead of a long day of fishing, surfing, or signing autographs.
Before you leave Malibu, make sure you have at least one meal at Geoffrey’s Restaurant. Voted the Diner’s Choice 2018, Geoffrey’s has a sublime view of the ocean and a terrific traditional menu. It is also an ideal spot for private events away from your villa.
Top Attractions in Malibu
When people think Malibu, they think of beaches. The most popular of those is Zuma Beach, right off the Pacific Coast Highway. It is the most developed beach in the city, containing everything you need, including restaurants such as Spruzzo and Neptune’s Net.
But the most important feature of Zuma Beach is surfing. Don’t know how to surf? No problem. Malibu Makos surf camp is one of the oldest and most trusted camps in the city. The camp instructors teach children and adults of different skill levels. Afraid of the water? Don’t worry, the camp has lifeguards who will keep you safe.
If you are looking for a quieter beach, El Matador is another great spot. It is not as developed as Zuma, but it offers sea caves, fewer people, and a nicer view of the ocean.
On the opposite side of the sea are the Santa Monica mountains. The highest point and the best place to watch the sunset is Sandstone Peak. It is 3,111 feet high, and on a clear day, you can see as far as Long Beach to the South and Santa Barbara to the North. Oh, and don’t forget to sign the Sandstone journal at the top of the mountain.
Another experience you must have in Malibu is a drive down Pacific Coast Highway. The winding roads by the mountains and the coast are best enjoyed in a convertible. If you didn’t bring your own car, you can always rent a sports car for the duration of your Malibu vacation.
While on your cruise, stop at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum. The historic museum was once the home of the Rindge family, who once owned most of Malibu. Learn about the history of the city and appreciate the décor of the building nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Tile.
What to Do First?
Besides being a great place to live, the location is also ideal for weddings, galas, and other special events. The locals are friendly and charming (apart from the occasional paparazzi), and you can get regular updates of whatever is going on in the city from Malibu’s official website.
Of the many great things to do in Malibu, the most important is selecting the right villa for your escape to paradise. If you are not sure what to look for, contact us for more detailed information about the many villas awaiting your verdict.