Since flights from Asia-Pacific tend to arrive in Los Angeles around breakfast time – at destination, that is – get in good shape as quickly as possible. Immerse in luxury and glamour, at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
But first, a post-flight hiccup. A rail link is being installed at Los Angeles International Airport. For the immediate future, Arrivals landside is a zoo. Stand in line for the occasional courtesy shuttle to the off-site stands for both taxi cabs and Uber. Then, at that time of day, allow at least 35 minutes to get to Beverly Hills.
At Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (recently-arrived GM David Wilkie), spirits immediately rise. Outside the main door, on Doheny, there’s a lifesize J. Seward Johnson sculpture of Marilyn, that famous pose with her circular skirt blowing up in the wind.
Go inside, to a walkway lined with flowers, or seasonal decorations as appropriate. World-famous floral creator Jeff Leatham performs here, at his home base.
The entire fourth floor of this 285-room hotel says ‘wellness’. All fourth floor rooms are neutral, taupe spaces, with hardwood floors and wall-set Rabbit Air HEPA/UB units (New York-based Delos Living’s advanced air purification removes particles down to 0.007 microns, smaller than those of Covid-19). Bryte beds are monitored, separately either side, by fixed tablets, to show sleep patterns. Add light-emitting things, and Siri-like balls that play soft or loud waves on command. There are 10-kg weighted balls, yoga mats and yoga ‘tubes’. Suites, say #406, have Peloton bikes.
Across from #406, #405 is a one-person Fitness suite, with another Peloton, latest Technogym bike and jogger, and an aesthetically-beautiful banana-shaped Hydrow with electromagnetic drag mechanism. Similarly, #420 is Well Work. A high table with six right-height stools, a wall-set desk with remote keyboard and device holders, and a Coco Chanel biography, urge creativity (yes, you can ‘switch off’ if you must but connectivity is up to Hollywood mogul standard, everywhere).
Venture to the real world. At the end of the fourth floor corridor, the spa awaits. Take ten steps down to the bright nasturtium sunshades and five cabanas of the outside pool, where those moguls broker deals. See a whole world of decision-makers, too, at breakfast down on the ground floor, inside or outside at Culina, Ristorante or Caffè. Servers, impeccably discreet after years of performing with celebs, may suggest a CA Tonic and Elixir, perhaps Muscle Power, almond butter, banana, almond milk, cocoa nibs, honey. Stay local with an LA Omelet, egg white, baby kale, quinoa, avocado, and dairy-free mozzarella.
After all this, have a selfie with Marilyn while waiting for the hotel’s courtesy car to glide you along to Rodeo Drive, just over a mile away. Feel better?
Mary Gostelow publishes the daily girlahead.com, a weekly newswire Mary Gostelow’s Inner Circle, and a unique weekly 15-minute industry Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast, all part of Almont Global.