Private Club Report: Hot Spots for Staying Cool or Adventuring

Take in beachside relaxation at a Santa Monica club or adrenaline-pumping thrills in Manhattan


It’s out with the old and in with the new for the exclusive, invite-only Jonathan Club. The elite private club has gone through a renovation, revamping its stuffy, antiquated digs to boast a more modern, sophisticated yet comfortable redesign. Studio Collective, the masterminds behind the renovations of downtown LA’s trendy Hotel Figueroa and the ever-popular Bungalow at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar, took the reins for the club’s redesign with their signature flair. Following in the footsteps of their prior renovations, Studio Collective went with a residential, lived-in feel, which is accentuated by a lovely Spanish-style villa vibe. The studio  enlivened the tired interior with contemporary materials such as matte brass accents, a milled walnut bar, white oak floors, and custom upholstered leather wall panels. In the private dining room, guests can enjoy unobstructed, sweeping views of the glimmering Pacific Ocean. On the terrace, the  overall look is mirrored once again with a Spanish open courtyard style, enriched with lush landscaping, a custom “green” wall, and an eye-catching fireplace. Guests can indulge in all of the club’s  previous amenities, like the private beach, indoor pool, full-service spa, tennis courts, and gym, but in a new, stylish environment. The inviting redesign comes almost a century after the initial founding of the Beach Club in 1927.

Membership: Inquire for details.

A warm, rustic atmosphere can be felt throughout the newly redesigned club

Fig trees line the staircase up to the restaurant’s patio

Ocean views can be seen from almost any vantage point in the club



If lounging by the beach all summer sounds like a bore then the Classic Car Club may accelerate your pulse, with a rare and exhilarating adventure. The club allows members to take out the car of their dreams for a joy ride, slow cruise through the city, or just a stylish errand run. Members are able to choose from a range of 40 vehicles, all originating from the most luxurious, genuinely classic, and sophisticated brands, such as Porsche, Range Rover, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Ferrari. To keep things exciting, the fleet changes every season to match the surrounding climate and allow drivers to be best suited for maneuvering in the weather. Outside of the vehicle, members have 24/7 access to the SoHo Clubhouse and entry to happy hour cocktails once a week that grant great networking, casual mingling, and free drinks. CCC also organizes multiple trips throughout the year to allow members to enjoy unforgettable experiences to incredible destinations. Joining is relatively easy; all you need is a driver’s license and the means to pay for it. There are a few levels of membership; the higher the pricepoint, the more privileges. Whichever membership you decide on, the cars, the experience, and the benefits will be well worth it.

Membership: Starting at $5,000

You can choose automobiles from the ultimate classics, to the fast and the furious

Perched along the Hudson, members can enjoy waterfront views while admiring elegant automobiles

Sip spirits while you ponder which automobile you’d like to take out for the day