Best Luxurious Property in California
Whether it's beach houses, vineyards or palatial city retreats, the Golden State encapsulates laid-back luxury to a T. T+L readers can't seem to get enough of the opulent destinations here.
Located between Napa and Sonoma, this resort's rooms (in cottages and private homes) merge farmhouse architecture with contemporary design for an organic feel. Enjoy clifftop pools, spa services and even stargazing.
1. The Landing Resort & Spa
Across from a beach on Lake Tahoe and near Heavenly Village and Stateline casinos, this quiet luxury resort has elegant chalet decor and an outdoor terrace with fire pits. It also has a full-service spa, a rooftop terrace, and lake views in guest rooms.
Rooms feature 55-inch wall-mounted LCD TVs, plush terry bathrobes, and balconies or patios (some with Lake Tahoe views). Marble bathrooms offer heated floors and free toiletries. Some include tubs with waterfall shower heads and a separate shower head, while others have over-sized jetted spa tubs and heated toilet seats.
Jimmy’s Restaurant serves Greek and Californian cuisine, with a lake view dining area and tufted booth seating. There’s also an onyx bar with 250 wine labels, though some guests complain of slow service.
2. Carneros Resort & Spa
With 94 charming cottages and suites and six luxurious private homes clustered throughout the property footprint, Carneros Resort delivers a genuine sense of relaxation in Napa Valley. A departure from the Tuscan-Provencal style that dominates most Napa luxury hotels, this resort has a farmhouse chic vibe to it. Hillside Adirondack chairs overlook the vineyards, crackling fireplaces warm the rooms, and outdoor soaking tubs are available in some cottages.
Accommodations are more like individual, free-standing cottages that result in a true residential feel. Guests can choose from a range of room options with king or two queen beds, as well as an Harvest upgrade that adds an outdoor soaking tub.
The property also offers three on-site dining destinations including FARM, Boon Fly Cafe and the guest-exclusive Hilltop Dining Room. A newly-renovated Spa at Carneros, a high-end exclusive boutique and two pools round out the offerings.
3. San Ysidro Ranch
A private oasis in Montecito, San Ysidro Ranch is a hotel for those looking to indulge in secluded luxury. The 41 cottages are all uniquely designed and are complemented by an impeccable level of service. From daily hiking to sunset cruises horseback riding and more the property offers endless options for those seeking tranquility.
The staff are incredibly passionate about the resort and it shows. There is a true sense of hospitality from the moment guests are greeted with champagne and strawberries in their cottages. The Plow & Angel restaurant serves refined twists on comfort food favorites in a cozy wine cellar-like setting while the Old Adobe is available for private dining.
This bungalow-style property has hosted some of the most well-known personalities over the years from JFK and Jackie Kennedy to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. The unique location and romantic heritage makes it one of the most sought after luxury retreats in California.
4. Rosewood Sand Hill
Rosewood Sand Hill melds the rich heritage of relaxed California Ranch architecture with fragrant gardens and stunning Bay Area views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The hotel appeals to a broad spectrum of guests with resort-like amenities and local charm. Whether relaxing in the largest guestrooms on the peninsula, enjoying the serene sanctuary of Sense, A Rosewood Spa or indulging in seasonal dishes and cocktails at Michelin-starred Madera, guests experience the highest levels of attention to detail and impeccable service.
Splayed across 16 pristine acres, Rosewood Sand Hill offers a plush and secluded retreat from the high-tech hub of Silicon Valley. Past guests rave about the property's lush grounds, luscious rooms and opulent amenities like the outdoor venues and the Michelin-starred restaurant. The one drawback is the proximity to the 280 motorway, but many guests are quick to forget it once they settle in.
5. Post Ranch Inn
Surrounded by a stunning cliff-side wilderness along California’s most scenic drive (which is occasionally closed by mudslides), Post Ranch Inn hugs the edge of Big Sur’s rocky coastline. Its 39 cabin-like rooms—some of them treehouses suspended ten feet up in the air, others cylindrical structures that echo the surrounding redwoods—reflect the raw, rugged natural beauty of this dramatic stretch of coast.
The organic architecture and earth tones of the hotel’s buildings seem to fuse with its surroundings, offering an unplugged (no TVs or alarm clocks) respite from hectic life. The property is committed to eco-sensitive amenities and uses solar panels for energy. Free morning yoga, nature hikes and stargazing are offered. And the spa, which offers treatments using ingredients made from flowers and herbs harvested on the property, is spectacular.