Honeymoon guide to Los Angeles
Savour a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Los Angeles – the movie capital of the world – a glamorous feast where fantasy and reality happily co-exist.
Often a tricky city to navigate, the USA's second largest city after New York sprawls across several diverse neighbourhoods and offers countless playful opportunities for honeymoon couples.
Los Angeles offers a choice of must-see attractions from world-famous Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive to The Getty Centre and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Head downtown to see the Museum of Contemporary Art, the architecturally impressive Walt Disney Concert Hall (photo), historic Olvera Street (celebrated as the birthplace of Los Angeles) and Little Tokyo – ideal for an authentic Japanese massage.
To the west lies Hollywood, the wealthy suburb of Beverly Hills, stunning city views from winding Mulholland Drive and the ‘stars’ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame between La Brea Boulevard and Vie Street.
Follow the locals to the beach communities spread along Santa Monica Bay, including the quintessential trendy Santa Monica and upmarket Malibu.
For classy free entertainment, check out morning rehearsals at the Hollywood Bowl or Friday night jazz at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Los Angeles boasts some of the most famous beaches in the world along a sandy ribbon of white sand that stretches for more than 100km from Malibu in the north to Long Beach in south Los Angeles.
Choose from more than 20 great beaches, including Venice Beach (photo) – surely, one of the world’s most famous beaches – and Santa Monica Beach, home to the the picture-perfect Santa Monica Pier with it's great views over Santa Monica Bay.
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Los Angeles offers newlyweds an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget, including the following 5-star hotels…
Location: 701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles
Ave nightly price: AUD1,193 per room
Description: This historic 1950s hotel is in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles and features rooms with flat-screen TVs. The hotel has a large garden and the La Prairie Spa is a full-service spa on site. Hotel Bel-Air rooms include large windows and views of the garden. The rooms come with white bedding and modern furnishings. Bathrobes are available in adult or children’s sizes for the spa-style bathrooms. The property features an outdoor pool. The hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel also hosts 3 resident swans in the garden pond. Guests can have a drink in the Bar & Lounge which features 2 fireplaces, grand piano and views of the gardens. The Hotel Bel-Air restaurant features Mediterranean fusion and is managed by Wolfgang Puck. Shopping on North Rodeo Drive is 5.8 km from the property.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Location: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Ave nightly price: AUD1,040 per room
Description: Known as “The Pink Palace,” this luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard features the full-service La Prairie Spa and a beautiful outdoor pool. Downtown Beverly Hills is just 1.6 km away. The bright and elegant rooms of The Beverly Hills Hotel feature marble bathrooms and 2 TVs. A minibar, coffee maker and ironing facilities are included. The Polo Lounge at the hotel is a popular dining place for celebrities. The poolside Cabana Café, the 1950s-style Fountain Coffee Room and the Bar Nineteen 12 are also open. The Beverly Hills’ pool features underwater music, private cabanas and personal staff service. The fitness center provides free fruit, juices and water while guests work out. The Beverly Hills Hotel is across from Will Rogers Memorial Park. Greystone Mansion is 6 minutes away.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Location: 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Ave nightly price: AUD932 per room
Description: In Beverly Hills, this hotel is a 12 minute walk from shopping on Rodeo Drive. It features gourmet on-site dining options, a full-service spa and spacious guest rooms with flat-screen TVs. Cream colored rooms boast an iPod docking station at Beverly Hills The Peninsula. A microwave, refrigerator and minibar are available in all rooms. World-class dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner is available at the Belvedere restaurant. The Belvedere is a lively seafood-centric Mediterranean restaurant showcasing award-winning cuisine in a warm and inviting environment. The adjacent outdoor terrace space is a destination for al fresco dining under the glittering Beverly Hills evening sky. A large rooftop outdoor pool and a modern gym with personal coaches are available. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Upon check-in guests can enjoy free fresh fruit and a welcome beverage. Shoe shining services are available. The University of California Los Angeles is 4 km from The Peninsula. Universal Studios is 13.4 km away.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Location: 300 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills
Ave nightly price: AUD855 per room
Description: Located in the center of Los Angeles this luxurious, full-service hotel provides rooms with French doors opening to private balconies. This 5-star hotel features a full-service spa and outdoor pool. These air conditioned rooms at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offer views of the gardens, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles or Beverly Hills. They are furnished with a living area and cable TV, a DVD player and iPod docking station. On-site dining provides guests with indoor or outdoor seating options and specializes in Italian cuisine. Cocktails are available at Windows Lounge located in the Four Seasons Los Angeles. Los Angeles Four Seasons at Beverly Hills boasts a library and gym. Guests can relax in the sauna or use the business center. Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue are within walking distance from the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills. Downtown Los Angeles is 17 km away.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Location: 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Downtown LA
Ave nightly price: AUD695 per room
Description: In downtown Los Angeles, just a block from the Staples Center, the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles offers luxurious rooms with marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks. The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles has a rooftop heated swimming pool & hot tub with panoramic city and mountain views. Guest can also rejuvenate in the Ritz-Carlton Spa which has 9 luxurious treatment rooms. The Ritz Carlton LA’s WP24 Restaurant and Lounge offers chef Wolfgang Puck’s modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine and provides spectacular panoramic views of Los Angeles. There are also a number of cafes and bars for guests to enjoy on site. Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles offers easy access to the business, financial, legal, cultural and fashion districts of Los Angeles. The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles is less than 3.2 km from Disney Concert Hall and 3.2 km from Dodger Stadium.
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Anytime. Los Angeles averages 263 sunny days a year with just 35 days of rain. The average daily temperature is 19°C (66°F), rising to a high of 28°C (82°F) in summer (July to September).
Average inland and coastal temperatures may vary by 10°C (50°F) from winter to summer, while average beach temperatures vary by less than 3°C (37°F) from winter to summer.
For more climate info: Los Angeles Weather Guide…
Los Angeles – the USA's second largest city after New York – faces the Pacific Ocean in Southern California on the west coast of America.
Los Angeles International Airport receives direct flights from the major cities of north America, South America, the Pacific and Europe.
Latest update Los Angeles honeymoon: 5 August, 2018