The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, has been the Grande Dame of Beverly Hills since its debut in 1928. An exclusive, black wrought-iron-gated entry drive separates The Wilshire Wing — the original 10-story Renaissance Revival building that faces famed Rodeo Drive — from the newer, 14-story Beverly Wing, with its many balconied rooms overlooking the pool complex. The large Mediterranean-styled pool is modeled after Sophia Loren’s 16th-century Roman villa and surrounded by chaise lounges … and, a colorful array of pool toys. There’s also a two-story Cardio Center fitness pavilion (with private trainers) and a casual Pool Bar & Café, which serves salads, wraps and kid-friendly items.
The Forbes Five Star-rated hotel is perfectly located on Wilshire Boulevard within the small, exclusive Golden Triangle, where families can easily walk to its multitude of shops, restaurants, parks and museums. Plus, the doorman can arrange for a complimentary Mercedes S Class vehicle on a first-come, first-serve basis, if it is available; the luxury house car transports guests to venues within a local radius. (Chauffeur services and valet parking are also available for a fee and there are nine charging stations.)
Though better known as the backdrop for the long-loved film Pretty Woman than as a family destination, indeed, it does welcome families in grand style, with packages and special amenities. The Children’s Welcome Program includes age-appropriate, in-room amenities, such as a child-sized robe and slippers; teddy bears for the little ones; and yummy VIP delights, such as S’mores on a Stick (a chocolate-covered marshmallow topped with crushed Rice Krispies) or an ice cream cone topped with sprinkles.
The concierge can arrange suitable, age-appropriate activities; one among them is an exclusive baking class with Angela Tong, executive pastry chef, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Kids of all ages enjoy the all-day restaurant THE Blvd, where they can watch the world go by on Wilshire. And, starting at age 12, tweens and teens can experience the elegant spa, which received the Forbes Five-Star award for three consecutive years. Located near the pool, the spa encompasses a Changing Room — with a star-ceiling-lighted steam room, an experiential shower and personal showers — and an adjacent lounge furnished with six chaise lounges. Services for young people include the 20-minute The Princess Mini-Facial, The Rock Star Massage on neck and shoulders and The Pop Star Polish; there’s also a 45-minute manicure/pedicure that includes a foot massage.
There are 137 suites among the 258 luxe and graciously sized lodgings, and oversized marble bathrooms, fitted with both tub and a stall shower. When the rooms are booked at the same time and in the same category, the Family Affair package offers 50 percent off a second room booked for children under 18 years of age traveling with their parents.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Just because the kids have gone back to school and the days have started getting shorter doesn’t mean summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s left of the dwindling season. You can extend your warm weather adventures with these activities all over the country.
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.
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There is an ever-growing number of options for wellness breaks — but it’s up to you to choose wisely in order to get the most from your experience. First, decide what kind of setting is best for facilitating an environment you find personally soothing or rejuvenating: city, forest, historic, mountain, ocean or lake? Do you want access to a yoga instructor, dance classes, hiking, cooking classes or another specific activity? Are you a solo wellness warrior, or do you prefer to travel with a partner or friends?