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The Royal Hawaiian | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

This iconic hotel opened in 1927 and has a rich history that is deeply connected to Hawaiian culture. Located along the shores of famous Waikiki Beach, the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” is the epitome of classic glamour and a highly sought-after wedding venue. It was also a favorite of author Joan Didion, who wrote about the Royal Hawaiian in her essay “In the Islands.”


Luxury amenities include cultural activities like luaus and flower lei making classes, the upscale Azure Restaurant, a Japanese concierge, multilingual staff, and the Abhasa Spa—located in a serene tropical garden setting and previously ranked 4th on the exclusive Spas of American Top 100 list.


Photo by: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

This pink jewel is tucked away in the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood amidst 12 acres of landscaped gardens that includes a swan lake. The pink Spanish mission-style boutique hotel opened in 1946 and has become a favorite amongst celebrities, who often retreat there for private getaways.


The property has 58 guestrooms and 45 unique suites that each come with their own set of special perks. The Grace Kelly Suite, which is one of their most sought-after suites, specifically features 1950s-style décor, a private patio, complimentary LAX return transfers, and a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival. Guests also enjoy additional amenities such as free car service, a heated outdoor pool, a luxury day spa, and Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air – an upscale restaurant that serves California cuisine and afternoon tea. 


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 Hotel Bel-Air | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

Also known as “The Pink Lady,” La Valencia Hotel is located along the beautiful coastline in La Jolla— the jewel of San Diego, California. The Mediterranean-style resort recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, having first opened its doors to the public in 1926.


The elegant 114-room, Spanish-style retreat has a charming outdoor swimming pool with ocean views, and guests can choose from four types of rooms: Vintage, Classic, Villas, and ICON—a new luxury room category. The hotel was named one of the 10 best boutique hotels in Southern California by USA Today Travel, has two on-site restaurants, and offers in-room spa treatments, with La Jolla Cove Beach, world-class shopping, restaurants and museums just steps away.


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La Valencia Hotel | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

Tucked away at the base of the stunning San Gabriel Mountains in an upscale neighborhood, this landmark hotel is surrounded by 23 acres of manicured gardens and features 380 elegantly furnished rooms, classic suites, private cottages, and a two-story penthouse suite— all of which reflect the beauty and grace of Southern California charm accompanied by landscape and mountain views.


Guests enjoy relaxing treatments at the award-winning Chuan Spa, while indulging their appetite at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, enjoying a bistro-style menu at The Terrace, afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, or a round of cocktails in the elegantly-appointed Tap Room. The Royce also recently revealed its new Spring brunch menu, which launches in June and features an impressive menu of seasonal selections that include duck rilette, maple-glazed pork belly, brioche French toast, and crab cake benedict.


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The Langham Hotel Pasadena | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

Just a mile away from Rodeo Drive, this historic luxury 5-star hotel is also known as the “Pink Palace” and is known for its pink, white and green color scheme, not to mention its signature tropical-inspired wallpaper and branded merchandise. Celebs and guests alike enjoy lounging in private cabanas next to the palm tree-lined pool, receiving spa treatments at their world-class Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie, and dining at the Cabana Café, Polo Lounge Restaurant, then ending the evening with a nightcap at at Nineteen 12.


In addition to 208 rooms and hotel suites, The Beverly Hills Hotel also is home to 23 one-of-a-kind bungalows. The hotel recently unveiled Bungalow 5 – an exclusive bungalow with a private pool where Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor spent six of her eight honeymoons. Other luxury amenities that guests at the hotel enjoy include complimentary transportation, underwater music in the swimming pool featuring famous movie soundtracks, and 24-hour in-room dining service.


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Beverly Hills Hotel | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

Escape to one of these charming, pink luxury hotels.

By Kamala Kirk

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