First stop on this exciting California beach adventure is the stunning boutique style Hotel Shangri-La, located close to the Santa Monica Pier in downtown Santa Monica. Just steps from the beach, Hotel Shangri-La is ideally placed to enjoy this vibrant beach resort with world-famous attractions, activities, shopping and dining as well as miles of soft sandy beach on the doorstep.
There’s so much to see in Santa Monica, check out the 24-hour concierge for tips on the best attractions and where to go during your stay. Third Street Promenade hosts pedestrian-only shopping, dining and entertainments lined with trees, fountains and twinkling lights, a favourite hangout. Santa Monica Beach itself is the place to stroll miles of soft sand, take a dip, enjoy a walk, run or bike in the California sun. Other world- famous attractions nearby are Getty Villa, Getty Center, Universal Studios, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park and so much more.
Back at your hotel it’s time to relax by the heated outdoor pool, lounge on elegantly striped chaise lounges under luxury cabanas and enjoy the tiered teakwood decks and tropical landscaping, reminiscent of the historic Queen Mary’s pool deck. Enjoy a workout complete with Life Fitness cardio and strength training equipment for every fitness level with the latest technology, iPod music and videos and HD personal viewing screens. Drop by the weekly guest reception and enjoy complimentary beer, wine and cheese between 5-7pm on Wednesdays.
Exquisite luxurious rooms and suites emulate a luxury ocean liner’s first-class staterooms, you’re in for a real treat, each room lavishing styled. It’s time to step into a world of opulence with luxury beds, L’Occitane bath products, deep soaking tubs and Frette robes. Choose from a variety of elegant guest rooms from a standard room to a two-bedroom terrace suite. Selected suites feature gourmet kitchens for added convenience. Rejuvenate and feel inspired in a penthouse-level suite with uninterrupted ocean views, large shower, verandah and romantic evenings on your very own rooftop. For the extra room choose a one bedroom or two bedroom suite with marble bathroom and a sleeper sofa. Complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, 42-inch flat-screen TV and iHome will make you feel like a pampered traveller. The Shangri-La Hotel, Santa Monica is certainly an iconic start to your trip and provides an unforgettable stay.
Next stop in San Diego and a two night stay at the tropical Bahia Resort. Located on the stunning west coast of San Diego’s Mission Bay it’s a wonderful choice of San Diego stopping off point. The resort’s spacious guest rooms and friendly service combined with modern facilities including onsite dining, tennis courts, a swimming pool and fitness centre along with easy access to Mission Bay’s fantastic Watersports all go together to make the Bahia Resort San Diego a great value for money destination.
Enjoy a complimentary trip aboard the Bahia Belle, the resort’s vintage sternwheeler boat, travelling between the Bahia Resort and its sister property the Catamaran Resort Hotel, these seasonal boat rides offer fantastic views of Mission Bay. One of the best ways to explore San Diego without getting lost, is aboard the Old Town Trolley, discover how San Diego became the birthplace of California on this two hour, eight stop, narrated tour.
Other popular San Diego attractions include USS Midway aircraft carrier museum, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Belmont Park, SeaWorld, Aquatica Waterpark and Balboa Park.
Last stop Greater Palm Springs and two nights at the upscale Renaissance Indian Wells Resort, a real life desert oasis set against a backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the iconic Coachella Valley. Luxurious, oversized guestrooms with private balconies, super on site dining and a fantastic range of activities and amenities means there really is something for everyone at this amazing, family friendly resort.
An outdoor heated swimming pool with whirlpool and a kids sandy beach pool provides plenty of opportunity for poolside fun and games. And as if that wasn’t enough to keep the kids busy there’s also Camp Oasis, an enjoyable kid’s day camp packed with thoughtful activities that’s sure to entertain. Other popular activities include bike rentals, a jogging / fitness trail, tennis, aerobics and of course golf at the resort’s 36 hole golf facility with pro shop, driving range, putting green and much more. A pampering trip to Spa Esmeralda is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day. Beyond the resort itself the surrounding valley offers an amazing array of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and desert ATV jeep tours – try an evening ATV jeep tour for amazing views of the desert sky.
Palm Canyon Drive is one of the areas main shopping districts filled with shops, galleries, restaurants and other attractions – great for a souvenir or two.
Don’t miss a trip on the Greater Palm Spring’s Arial Tramway. It’s the world’s largest rotating tramway rising to a height of 8516 feet on a breath-taking two and a half mile journey along the cliffs of Chino Canyon before finally arriving at the pristine wilderness of Mount San Jacinto State Park. Call one of our travelplanners 020 3542 8888 to book today.