Snapshots of West Coast Living

West Coast living for East Coast dwellers… the best of what to do the next time you’re in California.

Summer Paradise at Four Seasons Oahu

Since it’s just a five-hour flight from LAX, Hawaii is a destination favorite with many Angelenos. And now with new routes from Virgin America to Maui and Oahu, it’s easier than ever to travel to paradise.

The luxurious Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina is the premiere place to stay on theisland and the perfect five-star sanctuary to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy Hawaiian hospitality at its finest.

With more than 371 rooms and suites, many with amazing views of the ocean, accommodations at Four Seasons Oahu include breathtaking sunsets, beautiful airy rooms and a large, modern luxury bathroom with all the amenities.

The resort also offers a handful of custom Oahu experiences, including chartering a private yacht, an incredible night dreaming under the stars in a specialty Sky Terrace suite, and amazing helicopter tours.

Honolulu and the famous Waikiki Beach are just short drives away, and the Lanikuhonua nature preserve sits north of the resort. Take a visit and you’re sure to agree that its meaning—where heaven meets the earth—is rather apt.

One of the highlights of Four Season Oahu is the incredible Naupaka Spa. If traveling with a partner, indulge in the couples massage, No Ka ‘Oi (The Best), which is performed in an outdoor cabana where you can hear the soothing sounds of the ocean and be kissed by the warm Hawaii breeze as you enjoy your experience. The treatment starts with a phenomenal body scrub, which you rinse off together in the outdoor shower. Return back to the table for a relaxing massage that will lift you away from all of your woes.

If you’re traveling with family, the phenomenal children’s club, called Kids For All Seasons, provides complimentary full days of activities for kids ages 5-12. There’s even a young adult center for guests 12+. These services—fun for the kids—are also perfect for adults who want some alone time or to go off on their own adventures.

Another fun experience to include in your itinerary is a luau at Paradise Cove, which is just a short walk away from Four Seasons Oahu. It’s a magical treat of entertainment, amazing food, and activities for the whole family, all set against a spectacular beach backdrop and the most beautiful sunset.

Four Seasons Oahu truly has something for every traveler, combining quintessential luxury with Hawaii tradition and charm. Aloha!

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

Park Hyatt Aviara is one of the best hotels in the thriving seaside town of Carlsbad and the perfect place to plan your next weekend getaway.

This Forbes Five-Star resort, located on 200 acres of rolling valleys, is filled with sophisticated guest rooms, bustling restaurants, a delightful spa, and a world-class golf course, all within a Spanish colonial-style property.

Perched on the shore of Batiquitos Lagoon and just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Coast, Park Hyatt Aviara is the perfect setting for a relaxing escape or business retreat.

And they certainly know how to feed you well at The Argyle Steakhouse, one of many dining options at the hotel. Close to the golf course with views of the 18th green, the restaurant shows off SoCal’s quality local and organic ingredients with an exquisite preparation of the finest cuts of meat.

The effortless style and charm of the eatery, combined with first-class food and on-the-money cocktails is heaven. They are also accommodating with a healthy variety of gluten-free and vegan options. The Baja Striped Sea Bass and Japanese Wagyu are just a few of the highlights of this scrumptious

Peltzer Farm & Winery

We’re spoiled for choice with wineries in Southern California, but do not pass up the wonderful option of Temecula as a place to visit for wine tasting, a girls’ trip, or a romantic weekend away.

Peltzer Family Cellars may be new to the mix of established haunts in the serene and beautiful town, but it’s doing everything right. Set on an amazing farm with gorgeous views, Peltzer boasts an interesting history. The original Peltzer citrus grove was sold to Walt Disney in the early 1950s, and that land is now the entrance to and parking lot at Disneyland!

While at Peltzer, try out The Crush House, a unique tasting room where you can sample delicious wines paired with gourmet breads. (No dry crackers here). Peltzer is also a working pumpkin farm so be sure to return around the holidays too!

Ocean Pearl Spa

Ocean Pearl Spa is an environmentally mindful sanctuary nestled in Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The spa draws inspiration from the healing powers of the sea using many organic and naturally sourced products.

A guest favorite is the Hibiscus Scrub and Massage treatment, which exfoliates and moisturizes your skin leaving it feeling brand new. Using a mixture of ingredients pulled from the hibiscus plant, essential oils, organic raw sugar, and dead sea salt are added to this magical blend that draws out impurities and removes dead skin cells. A hydrating massage follows, leaving you with noticeably healthier-feeling skin.

Ocean Pearl Spa has a catalogue of alluring body and facial therapies, performed by knowledgeable and skillful therapists with great amenities, making for a memorable spa experience.

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