Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica
Located on one of California's best beaches, the luxurious Fairmont Miramar mixes traditional hotel accommodation with a selection of well-appointed, individual bungalows. From the moment you enter the decorative, wrought-iron gates and up the sweeping driveway, you are met by an army of busy lobby staff handing out water bottles, assisting with luggage and accompanying you to the reception desk.
There are a variety of room types available, ranging from garden view through to ocean view on the higher floors. Even the entry-level rooms are impressive, all offering Frette linens, Le labo Rose 31 products and a nightly turndown service. The bungalows are larger and each have their own private garden.
FIG Restaurant provides on-site dining, serving 90 percent organic and sustainable dishes with many of the ingredients being sourced locally. It specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and features dishes from an Italian wood burning oven and grill. The Lobby Lounge offers a more casual setting, better for quick bites, bar snacks and a touch of 'celeb spotting'. The Bungalow is one of the hottest nightspots in Santa Monica. Chic, Ratty Retro in all the right ways and looks like an old California beach spot should.
The fitness centre has an indoor and outdoor section, with the latter boasting views of the ocean and pool. Other facilities include the decadent Exhale Spa, jewellers, barbershop and a blow-dry bar.
The Miramar is ideally located to explore Santa Monica on foot. Pop over the road to the beach or take a stroll on the famous pier. Retail therapy and restaurants are all minutes away and Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a short Uber ride away.
Mosman Nomad Tip: Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary house-car that will take in-house guests anywhere within a 4.8km radius of the hotel.