Los Angeles is where big-screen dreams come true, and dreaming is a serious business here in La La Land; home to Hollywood in all its star-spangled glory, this is a city where fantastical thoughts are encouraged.
As one of the most luxurious cities in the world, Los Angeles offers all kind of top experiences, from world-class shopping to luxury hotels, excellent dining and VIP treatments. Here our top picks for High Life Experiences in Los Angeles:
BEVERLY WILSHIRE, A FOUR SEASONS HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS
A landmark since opening in 1928, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel combines history and glamour in the heart of Beverly Hills, California – just steps from Rodeo Drive shopping and dining.
For decades Beverly Wilshire has been a preferred address for Hollywood celebrities and the international elite – from Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Warren Beatty to the Aga Khan, Dalai Lama and the British royal family.
The Beverly Wilshire was the primary filming location for the 1990 movie Pretty Woman. If you are a fan of the classic Julia Roberts film, you can even arrange to have the “Pretty Woman for a Day” experience!
DRIVE A CAR FROM EXOTIC CAR RENTAL
Drive your dream car at Exotic Car Rental, the most prestigious exotic car rental company in Los Angeles, for unforgettable driving experience.
Choose from a wide selection of the finest automobiles from the world’s most prestigious brands, including Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Porsche, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Range Rover and more.
If you would rather leave the driving for someone else, you can also contact Exotic Car Rental to book chauffeur service.
One of the most coveted table in L.A. is at chef Michael Cimarusti’s seafood restaurant Providence, which for four years held the top spot on Los Angeles Times food writer Jonathan Gold’s list of the county’s top 101 restaurants.
Here, the four-seat chef’s table is situated in a private room with a floor-to-ceiling window looking into the kitchen, allowing diners to watch this culinary master and his team at work.
Cimarusti and his chef de cuisine, Tristan Aitchison, will even say hello and personally deliver dishes throughout the evening.
NIGHT LIFE AT THE NICE GUY
The Nice Guy is a swanky new lounge, complete with gourmet food and mixology menu, whose aesthetic is meant to evoke the decadent era of Mafia bars and restaurants, where the owners and their friends can enjoy an evening together.
With a background in bars and nightlife, Co-owner John Terzian and his partner Brian Toll set out to foster the type of atmosphere members of New York and London’s private clubs have come to cherish–but in Los Angeles.
Reservations at The Nice Guy are hard to come by, but a night at this chic club will be one to remember. Frequented by celebrities, the lounge serves delicious food from small bites to full entrees. Of course, The Nice Guy also serves unique, gourmet cocktails and top-notch whiskey.
Rodeo Drive is a mecca of luxury shopping: Nearly every high-end fashion and jewelry house boasts a boutique here. To serve clients who demand both privacy and personal service, many of the boutiques along the drive like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Goyard, Tod’s, Tiffany & Co., have installed private VIP salons, usually on upper floors with discreet back entrances so that high-profile clients can slip in past paparazzi. Once ensconced in sumptuous surroundings, high-spenders enjoy perks like hors d’oeuvres and Champagne while trying on pieces pulled just for them.
LaLaLuxe provides fashion styling and personal shopping for everyone from well-heeled tourists to royal families and the biggest names in entertainment. It also offers personalized shopping tours that are your golden ticket inside VIP salons. Customized to your specifications, each tour begins with a consultation with one of LaLaLuxe’s celebrity stylists who draws on industry connections to get you the very best service and selection, whether you’re shopping for a red-carpet dress or the most fashion-forward streetwear.
FIVE STARS LAX AT THE PRIVATE SUITE
The Private Suite LAX is a newly-built private terminal, a new gate into LAX that’s far from the traffic surrounding the airport.
When you arrive at a hidden, private, top-security terminal at the airport, a member of your eight-person team ushers you into one of 13 suites equipped with a lounge, restroom, daybed, TV and kitchenette stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks (you can also call ahead for a full meal, or a lunchbox to bring aboard your flight).
Your team takes care of your bags and monitors your flight status while you relax in your suite or a private outdoor area. You can even call ahead to schedule a complimentary massage, haircut or manicure. Finally, you’ll pass through private TSA screening—no wait, no paparazzi—and board a BMW 7 Series sedan or luxury van, which drives you onto the tarmac to the stairs to your aircraft. Note: You’ve taken only 70 steps from your car to your plane seat.
Some of Hollywood’s most bankable stars like Eva Mendes, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Dakota Johnson, entrust their complexions to Joanna Vargas.
During awards season, Vargas recommends “the works”: a full-body microdermabrasion and Coconut Compress Infusion, as well as a Forever facial and a Triple Crown facial, which together costs about $1,200. Rest assured that a private entrance is available, and photographers are barred from the property.
The Triple Crown facial is Joanna’s signature treatment that started it all. A unique combination of microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and oxygen-infused therapy to refine, lift, and tone your skin. The immediately visible results are smooth, firm, youthful-looking skin with a radiant glow.