Luxury Holidays to Los Angeles

Few cities prompt more preconceptions than the City of Angels, for which the city can really only blame itself, given the sheer number of times Los Angeles stars in the movies made by Hollywood, the city's primary industry.

Many of the preconceptions are on the money - the sun really does shine pretty much every day; nobody walks anywhere, and this is one of the most polarised cities on the planet, with extreme wealth and poverty in close proximity; but just as many are wide of the mark. LA is not a cultural vacuum - witness the booming contemporary art scene; LA is not a concrete jungle - take a hike in vast Griffith Park or swim off Venice Beach to dispel that one; nor is it just a fame flame to which wannabe moths are inevitably drawn, only to get burnt - the creative scene and the talented types busy fuelling it really do produce a stimulating atmosphere of positivity and possibility that soon rubs off.

So, how to navigate these possibilities in this huge, sprawling city of cities, encircled by the Pacific, mountains and desert? Our advice - choose the LA for you, and stick to it. Beach bums should decamp to Santa Monica and South Bay for some of the best city beaches and surfing anywhere in the world, with excellent hotels and restaurants in close attendance. Movie-goers will find themselves gravitating to the Hollywood Hills and the iconic studios that churn out the blockbusters. Meanwhile, art-lovers should head to edgier Inglewood for contemporary art collectives and street art. Get LA right, and it's one of the greats, and you will leave with your conceptions truly altered.

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Griffith Observatory
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Visit the Griffith Observatory

This iconic Los Angeles sight is a great spot both at night and during the day; in the evening admire the cosmos through the telescopes and enjoy guided star shows, while during the day you can hike in the park around the observatory and enjoy views across the city, including the Hollywood sign. You could even try and recreate that iconic La La Land scene…

Santa Monica pier
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Explore Santa Monica

Spend time exploring Santa Monica and discovering all that this downtown Los Angeles neighbourhood has to offer. Visit the famous pier with its amusement park and Ferris wheel, and of course the beach, where you can join in some classic Californian pastimes like surfing and beach volleyball.

Universal Studios clapper board
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Visit Universal Studios

You can't go to Los Angeles and miss out on the chance to get a little taste of Hollywood. Visit Universal Studios, where more movies and television shows have been filmed than anywhere else, to explore world famous movie sets and enjoy the themed rides and attractions. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a must for avid fans, as you can explore Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, and even sample Butterbeer.

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Venice boulevard, LA
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Explore Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Spend an afternoon exploring the achingly cool Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. The plethora of carefully curated clothing and homeware concept stores will leave you needing an extra suitcase for the trip home. The food in this area is some of the best and most innovative the city has to offer, a highlight being local favourite The Tasting Kitchen, with its focus on fresh and seasonal produce.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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