This unusually warm spring weather has us dreaming about the beach. So this week we take a trip down to sunny Santa Monica and explore a new hotel to hit Ocean Avenue.
This recent property redux debuts with a fresh, new modern vibe that takes a cue from the hip California hot spots of the 60s. Washed in white with cool blue hues, striped cabana curtains and ample mid-century décor, you’ll be instantly transported to another era of poolside glamour, where James Bond might drop in at any moment wearing a tiny swim suit.
Recommended Resort: Oceana Beach Club Hotel. Once you’ve checked in to the handsomely appointed lobby, you’ll discover the pool, the centerpiece for the three-story structure that wraps around the sunbathing and splashing. Balconies facing inside are framed with grey and whites striped curtains and offer a chair for lounging with your favorite magazine.
Rooms are spacious, with a bright separate living room, many with views of Ocean Avenue and the Pacific, and a separate bedroom with balcony and bathroom. The décor is beach chic, taking inspiration from colorful Palm Beach living, but with a Santa Monica sensibility. There’s so much room to be had you may want to throw your own little cocktail hour and toast the amazing California sunset.
Check In: 849 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. 310-393-0486, hoteloceanasantamonica.com
Check Out: Santa Monica! The hotel is walking distance to all of Santa Monica’s wonderful attractions, including the Third Street Promenade, new outdoor Santa Monica Mall, Santa Monica Pier and, of course, the beach. If your feet are tired from a day on the town, plan to relax at the private pool and order a cocktail, or schedule an in-room spa treatment of your choice.
Don’t Miss: Tower 8. Dining at Oceana is a destination in itself. Poolside, Tower 8 is a dining experience by Michelin star award winning chef, Josiah Citrin. Locally sourced ingredients are paired with distinctive cocktails for an amazing culinary experience. With Ocean Avenue views, incredible food and warm service, this one is NOT to be missed.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Oceana Beach Club Hotel.
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