|The Peninsula Suite living room offers a swank sanctuary from daily life.|
We consulted with The Peninsula Beverly Hills, which just renovated all of its rooms, to determine the top option for honeymooners at the posh hotel. Their Suggestion: The Peninsula Suite. And, why not? At 2,250 square feet, the one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath hideaway is a virtual luxury playground, with a grand piano, a dining room for 10, double sinks in the main bathroom, walk-in closets, and cozy fireplaces in the living room and bedroom. Ideal spot for newlyweds to hide out in before returning to the real world.
Luxury travel advisors can contact Anna Micic, director of travel industry sales ([email protected]; 310-975-2846), to make specific arrangements for honeymooners or any other VIP clients.
The Peninsula is also a hot spot for actual weddings. Your insider contact here is the private events manager, Jamie Friedman ([email protected]; 310-551-2888). Nuptials are usually hosted in the Verandah Room & Garden Terrace, a friendly indoor/outdoor space with a fountain and trees donned with pin lights to light up the evening. The space can hold 100 guests for a ceremony and sit-down dinner, or 200 guests for a ceremony and cocktail reception. Executive Chef James Overbaugh customizes the wedding dinner according to taste and budget.
|The Living Room is where locals come for tea.|
Consider hosting a bridal shower onsite as well: The hotel’s busy Living Room is the daily venue for afternoon tea, which can be reserved for private events. The Roof Garden is also a great option, where you might spot a celebrity sipping a signature pomegranate mojito on any given day.
Note: The hotel prides itself on being able to arrange activities for bridal parties that range from surf lessons in Malibu to pedicures by a pool cabana. When Luxury Travel Advisor visited the hotel, we took a spin in its stunning Rolls-Royce Phantom and we say there’s no better way to roll around Beverly Hills, especially if you’re shopping on nearby Rodeo Drive or at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
All these activities can be arranged by Chief Concierge James Little ([email protected]
sula.com; 310-551-2888) and his team, who can also provide reservations for the top restaurants in the area or opera tickets in Paris.
|The Peninsula Suite bedroom looks out onto the hotel’s gardens.|
Good to know: The Peninsula has a full-time LAX concierge, who coordinates swift arrivals and departures for guests, who are able to check into their room at any point during a 24-hour period. Those flying in via private jets can land at Santa Monica Airport and Van Nuys Airport, both within a five-mile drive.
For another buyout option, there’s The Peninsula Spa, which has seven treatment rooms. Reserve appointments via the spa director who can provide 45 therapists and attendants who oversee the up-to-70 spa treatments a day. There are plenty of options, but we hear that The Peninsula Signature Custom Massage is the most oft-requested.
The hotel is run by its very hands-on managing director, Offer Nissenbaum (offernissen
[email protected]; 310-551-2888), who welcomes direct contact with luxury travel advisors.
What to wear during your stay? Dress is resort casual-chic throughout the hotel. Jackets are suggested in The Belvedere, the hotel’s AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurant.