Dream Luxury Vacation in Santa Monica
They say if you work hard, you should play hard. If so, the people who vacation in Santa Monica must be the hardest working people on the planet! The beautiful coastal city is rich in every sense of the word, and it doesn’t hurt that it is one of the most expensive places to live in the country.
Santa Monica luxury vacations have been highly sought after for years by the hard-working folk in the greater California area and beyond. It is a perfect escape from the rigours of Hollywood and a breath of fresh air from the rat race of the East Coast.
But what exactly can you expect from a luxury vacation in Santa Monica, and is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Surprised you even had to ask.
Villa Rental in Santa Monica
After months of high-pressure meetings, performances, and impossible deadlines, you deserve to unwind in a luscious pad in Santa Monica. Don’t even think about a hotel with a modest suite and regulated dining times. No way. You need more. You deserve more.
An expansive villa with a view of the ocean, a swimming pool (maybe a Jacuzzi), an indoor cinema, and a wine cellar is the right place to hang up your feet for a few days. You might also opt for a large garden, just in case you decide to throw a party or ten. Then of course, you can’t forget the private concierge service, private chef, and masseuse.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing your own villa. You can also decide whether you want to live by the sea or further inland where the villas can accommodate more people and amenities. For example, you can rent this luxury three bed, three bath townhouse at Santa Monica Pier. This beachfront home has views of the beach below, and you can even see the Pacific Park from your rooftop swimming pool.
If you want something more grandiose, you might be interested in a luxury villa in Brentwood. This 6,300-square-foot Mediterranean dream home comes equipped with an outdoor pool, a game room, and a full fitness studio. The villa overlooks the canyon and the coast below.
Before you think all Santa Monica villas look alike, there are more options than you can imagine. For example, you can also rent an English country estate with a certain vintage appeal. The bungalow is discrete to provide anonymity, but it also has the space to accommodate more guests. And yes, it also has a view of the ocean.
Before you get lost in the comforts of your villa, there are a few exciting things you must experience out in the town.
Top Attractions in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park
No trip to Santa Monica would be complete without a visit to the pier. This iconic sight is one of the most photographed and most featured spots in California. What makes the pier special is Pacific Park, the hundred-year-old amusement park that is constantly featured in movies, TV shows, and music videos.
The pier is a lovely place to enjoy a romantic stroll, grab a bite, and get on a roller coaster. There are restaurants, a video arcade (for those young at heart), and an aquarium. And oh, right next to the pier is the beach, just in case you fancy a dip in the Pacific. If you take a short trip east from the pier, you will come to the city’s shopping haven.
Third Street Promenade
Third Street Promenade, the envy of other shopping areas across the state, is the central shopping district in Santa Monica. It has everything from boutique stores to farmer’s markets and even upscale designer stores.
As you begin your travel around the shopping mall, you can stop for a one-of-a-kind cheeseburger at HiHo Cheeseburger, which only uses 100 percent grass-fed Wagyu beef. But that is just to whet your appetite before you get to…
Santa Monica Place
Right in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, you will find designer stores and upscale brands. You can spend a whole day shopping at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co, then have the Santa Monica Place concierge deliver your items to your villa on the same day.
You can also find other famous brands such as Forever 21, Vans, Sephora, and Gap. If you want to buy irregular items such as vintage guitars or skateboards, you can buy those, too.
New West Symphony at Barnum Hall
Change from your trunks to your tux and head down to Barnum Hall to watch the New West Symphony orchestra live. The LA-based orchestra, which was the travelling orchestra for Andrea Bocelli, is one of the most well-known.
You will be spoiled for choice when it comes time to pick a good place to eat in Santa Monica. We have already mentioned the street food stalls at the pier and the best burger joint in the city, but there is so much more on offer.
Dialogue restaurant in the Promenade boasts a 21-course tasting menu, which you can enjoy while chatting with the chef. It might sound like a once in a lifetime experience, except that the menu changes every season.
For more ‘regular’ meals, Uovo serves handmade, fresh pasta from their kitchen in Bologna, Italy! Milo and Olive serves the best pizzas; Belcampo Meat Co is a meat-lovers dream, and you won’t find better Indian food than at Tumbi Indian.
Michael’s offers fine dining and private dining, so you can host intimate gatherings or sneak into a private room to have a more romantic evening. The Penthouse in The Huntley Hotel offers exquisite meals all day long and arguably the best view of any restaurant in the city.
Getting ‘Round to It
Santa Monica is a perfect place to let your hair down, kick your shoes off, and enjoy nature at its finest. The city is welcoming, the tempo is mellow, and the experiences are grand. You can take it fast or slow. Enjoy long walks through Palisades Park or cruise through the city in your exotic car.
Before you can enjoy your luxury vacation in Santa Monica, decide which villa you want to spend time in. If you find it too difficult to narrow the list down, contact our villa rental experts, and we’ll help you select the best villa for you.