Every once in a while I find myself in the mood for a day of relaxation at Hotel Bel-Air -- one of the most beautiful and romantic hideaways in LA. The hotel also holds a special place in my heart because my husband proposed to me there, on Valentine's Day, many moons ago. I like to indulge in a long, leisurely (cocktail-filled) lunch on the beautiful patio of WOLFGANG PUCK, and a massage at the Spa by La Prairie. It's kind of a mini vacation without having to leave town, but at the end I feel like I have really lived it up and I'm refreshed.
Driving through the gates of Bel-Air and up to the hotel is relaxing in itself.
Walking the lush grounds of the hotel.
A breathtaking view of the famous swans and pond.
An orange tree, surrounded by hydrangea greets you at the reception area.
The lobby, decorated in creams, brown leather and black accents, is cozy and perfect for conversation, next to the glass and stone-encased fireplace.
Just outside of the lobby, a walkway lined with greenery and terra-cotta, leads you to the restaurant.
Quick shot of the ladies room, covered in black flowers.
WOLFGANG PUCK at Hotel Bel-Air serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. And some seriously delicious cocktails.
The outdoor terrace of the restaurant has the perfect luxurious, but relaxed, California vibe.
A tip from me to you: request one of the back circular booths in its own private cove. You will feel completely away from it all as you are seated just next to the beautiful gardens.
Warm, house-made breads.
Ladies and Gentlemen, behold: Pepino's Revenge. I may not love another drink more. It's special. Really REALLY special. A signature Wolfgang Puck cocktail, made with Japanese cucumber, basil, silver tequila and fresh lime. It is TO DIE FOR and I dream about it on an almost daily basis. I will be honest with you, this is the reason I come here. 'Nuff said.
Clockwise from top left: A Bun-less Burger and Fries (no bun = more cocktails), The Hotel Bel-Air Original "Nancy Reagan" Chopped Salad, a Falafel Pita Sandwhich and a Club Sandwich.
An array of decadent and delicious desserts.
Enjoying more of the hotel's beauty on a peaceful post-lunch stroll.
Vine-covered walls and more lovely landscaping surrounds the stone path to the spa.
The minimalist decor and blonde floors set a tranquil tone as you enter the spa's facilities.
A luxurious, modern look inside the newly renovated spa.
Couldn't be happier to be in this soft and cozy robe, ready to embark on my massage. I may just need one more Pepino's Revenge before I go home...