Nowhere maybe more encapsulates the American Dream than California. But dig beyond the sun, surf and Hollywood stars, and you'll find an extraordinary wealth of reasons to visit. Explore the neighbourhood communities of San Francisco, ride a Harley Davidson down Big Sur, savour Californian cuisine in the Spanish mission town of Santa Barbara, and shop with Tinseltown’s finest on Rodeo Drive.
California may well conjure up visions of Hollywood stars and tanned surfers, dotcom millionaires and tree-hugging communities, but that’s just the surface. We’ll help you dig a little deeper to uncover the secret jewels and amazing contrasts of America’s Golden State. Away from the coast, search out fantastic biodynamic wines among the sun-honeyed wineries of Napa and Sonoma, go trekking from waterfall to waterfall in the High Sierra, feel small among groves of giant redwoods and sequoias, and relax by hot springs in fabulous desert resorts. California truly has something for everyone.
Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley, Monterey and Carmel, California, United States of America
Carmel Valley Ranch is nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the leafy vineyards of Carmel. An ideal base to explore the Carmel and Monterey region, the resort offers both a superb chance to relax and explore.
The Redwoods in Yosemite
Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park
Nestled among the giant redwood trees, stay in your own log cabin in Yosemite's Wawona area. Peaceful, private and authentic, the self-catered homes are located on private property within the National Park.
Belmond El Encanto
Santa Barbara Hills, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Overlooking idyllic Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto is a restored landmark hotel with luxurious bungalows and suites nestled in seven acres of lush gardens with hilltop views of the Pacific Ocean, complete with infinity-edged swimming pool.
Post Ranch Inn
CA-1, Big Sur, California, United States of America
Perched 1200 feet up on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Post Ranch Inn is an architectural gem, and seamlessly blends understated rustic luxury, immaculate cuisine and astounding service.
Shutters on the Beach
Ocean Front, Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica, perfectly blends a laid back beach house feel with all the little touches that make you feel pampered and privileged to be relaxing in such an idyllic location.
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Understated, elegant and radiating Hollywood glamour, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills is a luxurious hotel which sits on a tree-lined avenue in Beverly Hills, a short distance from the designer boutiques of Rodeo Drive and the highlights of Hollywood.
Montage Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California, United States of America
The Montage at Laguna Beach is one of those places where you feel as if you have arrived - the service is immaculate, the ocean views to die for, and the artistic community of Laguna Beach just the place for boutique, gallery browsing and fine dining.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California, United States of America
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is an award-winning resort and spa located in the picturesque Rancho Santa Fe, within easy reach of Del Mar, La Jolla and San Diego's coastline.
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California, United States of America
With panoramic views, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is an elegant desert retreat nestled in the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains, and perfectly positioned for accessing post-modern Palm's Springs best shopping, dining, golf, art and desert adventures.
Carneros Resort and Spa
Napa, Napa Valley, California, United States of America
In the midst of the Carneros winegrowing region is Carneros Resort & Spa. Nestled amongst 28 acres of endless vineyards, farmland and apple orchards, Carneros cottages and homes take on a modern agricultural aesthetic to create a unique Napa retreat.