Suite Starting at $3,500
It’s easy to miss the Nobu Ryokan, as the property’s sign blends into the teak exterior, making it barely legible. This is by design, for there is no public access and the intimate 16-room property is meant to be private and exclusive. Once you do find the hidden oasis tucked just off PCH, a staff member meets you at the gate and greets you by name.
Mastermind partners—Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, and producer Meir Teper—have created an extraordinary beachfront getaway steps from Nobu restaurant in Malibu. This is the first Nobu Ryokan property in a collection of retreats set for exotic destinations, where discerning guests can rest and relax.
The property was designed by Studio PCH, Montalba Architects, and TAL Studios in classic minimalist ryokan (Japanese inn) style, yet to the utmost luxury. Handcrafted teak soaking tubs are sun-kissed from skylights in the bathroom, while silk-soft Italian bed linens by ANCHINI and expansive views of the Pacific make it hard to leave your room. A fireplace activates with the touch of a button, and mini-bars are stocked with treats from Dean & DeLuca. Linen yukata robes give an extra-luxe touch. Natural hues, wood floors, and art are authentically Japanese. The rooms are equipped with iPads that allow you to change the temperature, order room service, or learn more about the property and the surrounding area.
When you do decide to explore, a peaceful ocean-facing courtyard and lush garden act as the main grounds with an ipe deck for lounging.
Beach access is as easy as taking a few steps down to one of the most coveted stretches of sand in California, Carbon Beach, otherwise known as Billionaire’s Beach. Or stroll to the Malibu Pier, just a short walk from the property.
Be forewarned, the hardest part of your stay will be saying goodbye. However, since the Ryokan is only 45 minutes from LA, it’s easy to come back again and again. – Brittany Fuiz
Starting at $28,000
If you desire an accommodation that shines with opulence and classic sophistication, look no further than the premier Peninsula Suite at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The suite offers views of Fifth Avenue and beyond, allowing guests to embrace the bustling metropolis while sipping tea or coffee in the grand living room. The expansive suite, an enormous 3,300 sq. ft., boasts two bedrooms, including an ample master suite and bathroom, as well as a guest suite. All rooms feature hand-stitched Savoir mattresses and your personal choice of luxury linens. If you are in need of more space for guests, a door opens to an adjoining Deluxe Suite. For some privacy or a relaxing read, enjoy the refined study. At night, gather around an elegant eight-person dining room table for a delectable meal. And for a midday treat, a full kitchen is at the ready, stocked with premium liquors, beverages, and snacks.