Category: Travel

24 HOURS IN LOS ANGELES

May 23, 2014 in: A Day in the Life Of, Coast Moments, In the Know, Travel

Have you heard? We have a fantastic competition running onsite for a chance to win a trip to LA! To inspire you, our lovely friends over at World Travel Guide have given us a great run-down of the perfect way of spending the day in the gorgeous city of Los Angeles…

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From its laid-back Pacific Ocean beaches, to Hollywood’s red carpet glamour, to its dramatic mountain backdrop; Los Angeles is a seductive, sometimes maddening, but always fascinating city.

Early rise: THE CLIMB

Featured in almost every movie set in LA, the Hollywood sign is a symbol of TinselTown that’s well worth seeing. Rise up early and hike through the mountains to see the sign up close as well as fantastic views of the city.

Morning: SHOP TIL YOU DROP

For affordable, trendy or vintage clothing finds, visit Melrose Avenue where the Melrose Trading Post flea market runs every Sunday from 9am to 5pm; you’ll find quirky treasures like old typewriters and 1920s rings. If you’re looking to splurge, venture to Beverly Hills and walk down Rodeo Drive, home to luxury stalwarts such as Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Gucci.

Noon: FILL UP

Fancy a juicy burger? Check out UMAMIcatessen on South Broadway Street, a hip offshoot to popular chain Umami Burger – Umami burgers, truffle burgers and fried doughnuts are the highlights. For a fancier feast, go to Beverly Hills for Il Pastaio (400 North Canon Drive), a popular Sicilian that almost always has a queue.

Afternoon: BREATHTAKING VIEWS

Ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and marvel at the view of the California coastline. If you’re in LA over the summer, the Pier features free concerts on Thursday evenings as part of the Twilight Dance Series. Otherwise, be sure to visit the small but cute Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, just below the merry-go-round.

Evening: STAY TUNED

Nobu in West Hollywood (903 North La Cienega Boulevard) is a notorious celeb hangout – come for the scene, stay for the black cod miso. If celeb-spotting isn’t your thing, try the original Matsuhisa branch and its low-key vibe instead. After dark, catch a show at The Roxy (9009 West Sunset Boulevard) or head to Create Nightclub (6021 Hollywood Boulevard) and dance the night away.

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Sold? Plan your trip with World Travel Guide’s LA guide.

>>Don’t forget to count the hummingbirds on our site to win<<

 GOOD LUCK!

 

Living a Life of Luxury in Los Angeles

May 1, 2014 in: Competitions, Travel

You may have seen we’ve recently launched a competition where you have a chance to WIN a super glamorous trip to L.A… Whether you’ve entered yet (good luck!) or not (enter here), we thought we’d get you excited about L.A delights! Our friends at eDreams who have generously provided the prize are here to give you a taste of Tinseltown… 

Los Angeles – the land of sunshine and dreamers. A city full of aspiring stars, surfers and rock n’ rollers. Some say fabulous, some say excessive, whichever way you look at it, there’s something for everyone. Here are eDreams’ top tips for a life of lux in LA…

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1.  For a taste of the high life, stay at the Four Seasons Hotel  in Beverly Hills, the most exclusive zip code in town. It’s a favourite amongst the crème-de-la-crème of Hollywood stars, with opulence and pampering served on tap. Alternatively, The London West Hollywood offers iconic glamour and a rooftop pool where you can while away the days in a private cabana.

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2.  A trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without some retail therapy. If you’re looking for glamorous with an edge, Melrose Avenue is full of hipster boutiques and vintage stores. For something a bit swankier, Robertson Boulevard is the new fashion mecca of LA and is now even dubbed the ‘cooler Rodeo Drive’. Get that credit card ready…

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3.  Sip Bellinis with a star-studded crowd over Sunday brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge. If you’re looking for a taste of old Hollywood glamour then look no further than this iconic hotspot.

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4.  Hire a Ford Mustang convertible and cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Malibu and back. Finish the day by soaking up a spectacular California sunset with a plate of the freshest seafood at The Lobster on Santa Monica Pier.

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5.  Find time to rejuvenate by indulging in a variety of luxury treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel. Perfect for taking in some sea air, it’s perched 150ft above Salt Creek Beach and the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean is stunning.

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6.  Languish the day away at one of the pool parties at The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA. The chic 1960’s décor comes complete with waterbeds, sculptured topiary and a red AstroTurf deck. Stay for the DJs at night and you’ll find yourself sipping cocktails under the stars with one of the best views in town.

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7. Round off your trip in style. See the estates of the glitterati, the Hollywood sign and Beverly Hills all from the air with a helicopter flight featuring the most famous celebrity homes and landmarks.

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Don’t forget, for your chance to win a trip to L.A. enter our competition here.

Feeling lucky & inspired to get glamorous? Pick out something gorgeous for your suitcase from our newest collections here. 

 

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