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.
The travel industry continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels are experiencing a direct hit with a significant drop in occupancy rates. The American Hotel & Lodging Association estimates 4 million jobs have been eliminated or will be in the coming weeks. It’s projected 44 percent of hotel employees in every state have lost or will lose their jobs.
If you’re headed to St. Barth in the near future, make sure you’re booking accommodations offering something for everyone in the family, whether bringing along just the kids or a whole gaggle of family members. Choosing a villa over a hotel suite or adjoining guestrooms can be a boon when it comes to experiencing your stay in high style. Villas offer room for everyone to stretch out and relax, no overcrowding, and often come with extra amenities you can really appreciate in the moment.
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This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
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