Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 115
San Diego's Hip
Malibu's MillionDollar Baby
With its February opening, the Pendry
San Diego brought a whole new level
of gloss to the trendy Gaslamp Quarter. The sleek hotel is hard to miss - just
keep an eye out for the Ferraris lined up
at the valet station. Inside, guests find
317 sunny rooms furnished with Pendleton plaid sofas (a nod to the hotel's
surf-inspired theme) and wood-paneled
headboards. Its six bars and restaurants
help amplify San Diego's booming culinary scene: Local star chef Jose "JoJo"
Ruiz's Lionfish is already earning accolades as the city's hottest new restaurant, and Nason's Beer Hall is an
essential pit stop for a locally brewed
pint and a pillowy pretzel before heading to a Padres game at Petco Park down
the street. Doubles from $325, including
breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
Northern California's most bucolic new
hideaway awaits at Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley, overlooking the Beringer Vineyards in the
charming town of Saint Helena. At this
sister property of Las Alcobas in Mexico
City, fans of the original will feel right at
home while taking a time-out from wine
to sip a Las Alcobas margarita, complete
with its signature layer of salty foam.
The Yabu Pushelberg-designed property has 68 rooms - many with private
terraces and alfresco bathtubs - and
is also home to the Acacia House restaurant, where chef Chris Cosentino's
plates of Napa Valley-sourced cuisine
are as pretty as the farmhouse-inspired
setting. Doubles from $495, including a
welcome bottle of wine, breakfast daily,
and a $100 hotel credit.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's global domination continues on a seaside stretch of
Malibu. Along with an all-star team of
investors - including actor Robert De
Niro and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison - the
restaurateur unveiled a new hotel concept in April: 17-room Nobu Ryokan
Malibu, a minimalist, Japanese-style
hideaway on Carbon Beach. The inn's
easy-to-miss gates barely offer a hint of
the understated opulence that lies behind: Each room cost more than $1 million to outfit, with teak soaking tubs,
Jerusalem limestone, shoji-screen walls,
and cashmere robes. The setting is ideal
for yoga, meditation, and surfing, but its
location next door to Nobu Malibu invites guests to indulge - at least a little
bit. Doubles from $2,000, including breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
(LAS ALCOBAS) JASON DEWEY
Pendry San Diego's
A guest-room terrace at
Napa Valley's Las Alcobas.
Pacific Ocean views
at Nobu Ryokan Malibu.
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