Your Los Angeles Honeymoon: A Detailed Guide on the City of Angels

Let’s go with the facts: Los Angeles is a magical city which everyone in this world should visit at least once. The combination of hot, tropical weather, all the locations made famous by the Hollywood scene and, in general, what could be simply described as the “California Dream” are colours painted on the canvas known as Los Angeles. LA has recently become a trendy destination for many honeymoons, given the fact that the city could also offer a variety of romantic attractions and sites to visit, topped off by a very bubbly nightlife. Are you looking for some advice for your honeymoon in LA? Then you’re in the right place. These are the places you must visit. 

What to Pack for Your Los Angeles Honeymoon

When staying in Los Angeles, it’s important to pack properly, even if it’s for your honeymoon. There are some things which will save you time and, most importantly, money on your honeymoon.  

  • Comfortable walking shoes: you will walk for miles almost every day.
  • Uber, Lyft and every possible app which lists restaurant deals: because they are life-saving sometimes. 
  • Sunscreen: because the sun hits hard. Everyday. Every time. 

Romantic Accomodations for a Los Angeles Honeymoon

The Andaz

As mentioned above, LA prices for hotels and flats drastically change based on their position. With this being said, the ideal choices for your honeymoon accommodation are definitely in West Hollywood. I know, it says “Hollywood” so you’re probably expecting extremely high prices for a small room but… you’re indeed wrong. Hotels like The Andaz are, in fact, way cheaper than unknown hotels in Venice, and they offer a far more premium service, with suites starting at $230 p/person. In general, hotels in this area are all made for tourists who are looking to experience the “jet set” side of the city, therefore they normally offer pretty competitive prices. The Andaz is just a recommendation, there are plenty more of them. Plus, it’s a great spot for romantic honeymooners looking for a little relaxation.

AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay

Check into the brand new AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay opening this summer, which will soon feature an scenic and romantic rooftop restaurant and bar that allows guests to sip cocktails under the stars while watching aircrafts fly in and out of nearby LAX. The property also provides easy access to just about everything in the bay area like sand dunes, bonfires on the nearby beach, art walks in (the famously filmed) downtown El Segundo, watching for blue butterflies native to the area and more. AC Hotel is the perfect place for honeymooners to soak in the native sleepy beach town vibes before you explore the city.

Elan Hotel

The Elan Hotel is a boutique property that was recently renovated and can be found in the heart of West Hollywood. Their “California Cruisin’” package includes a mid-size car rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which makes it easy to hit the road and explore LA and surrounding Southern California. Once you get to the property, you’ll be met with comfortable rooms, sleek lounges, and welcoming public spaces filled with modern artwork of LA celebrities from across the decades. In case you need a little more to convince you to stay at The Elan, it’s also in close proximity to some of the best shopping on the West Coast and the most famous film studios and art museums in the country, giving honeymooners in search of adventure plenty of entertainment.

Terranea Resort

The Terranea Resort’s luxurious amenities and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean will make honeymooners feel like they’re in another world; one of exotic getaways that are rid of hassle and stressful travel. The resorts romance package is perfect for newlyweds with oceanfront guestrooms, sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival and a romantic rose petal turndown service. The 102-acre estate is also home to countless experiences including the award-winning, par three golf course, nine dining experiences including Solviva, the restorative restaurant created by Terranea’s resident nutritionist and outdoor, adventures such as guided hikes along the California coastline, stand up paddle boarding, archery, falconry and “Nature’s Gym,” the resort’s signature boot camp fitness class; an activity for every kind of couple.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 

Nestled along the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica is the perfect Los Angeles retreat for newlyweds who want to enjoy a romantic honeymoon without the hassle of an international vacation. Located just north of the Santa Monica Pier and spanning across five-acres, Fairmont Miramar is Los Angeles’ is a coastal escape that offers couples their very own beachside getaway with all the impressive amenities and attentive service of a five-star hotel.

For those who are ready to splurge on the ultimate honeymoon retreat, there is Bungalow One, an oasis offering a plush residential feel with contemporary Hollywood seaside glamour. The master bedroom connects to the open marble mosaic-walled wet room, enclosed by switch-activated, dimmable privacy glass. The Lacava tub, a lounge-worthy plunge bath is perfect for honeymooners. The Fairmont Miramar is one of the few spots on the Westside with a private Beach Club on Santa Monica Beach, exclusively for The Miramar’s hotel guests. Plus, the beach comes along with custom Vilebrequin lounge chairs under navy blue parasols, with soft drinks, snacks, and a full beach menu serviced from the Beach Club attendees.

The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

This new luxury lifestyle hotel is located only a block south of Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Los Angeles’ most iconic neighborhood—Hollywood. The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is the first West Coast location and fourth Godfrey hotel from the award-winning, independent lifestyle hotel operator Oxford Hotels & Resorts. This hotel is perfect for honeymooners because it is designed to capture the glamour and sophistication of Old Hollywood and the modern-day architecture with a contemporary art collection and smart, tech-forward amenities. Their four on-site bars, their rooftop and pool lounge and signature restaurant brings a contemporary spin to the classic American property.

Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown

This beautiful property offers a romance package perfect for those enjoying an L.A. honeymoon and a signature restaurant, Metropole Bar + Kitchen, that transports guests back to 1920’s Los Angeles when Prohibition was in full effect. The restaurant’s design portrays this era with three circular tunnel-inspired booths and entrance mimicking the days where underground tunnels transported spirits (among other contraband) to the city’s unmarked watering holes. For an extra special proposal, Valentine’s Day or romantic evening in downtown, couples can book the “Tunnel of Love” romance package at Hotel Indigo where they can create their own “tunnel of love” with an exclusive multi-course chef’s dinner served in the tunnel booth. The couple would then spend the night in the glamorous Presidential Suite with the option of throwing a small party to celebrate the couple in the suite for their family and friends. Perfect for sharing the special evening with those you love!

Palihouse West Hollywood 

This chic, boutique hotel boasts an inviting and modern interior: Decorated in a comforting palette of tans, chocolate, and burnt orange, Palihouse West Hollywood immediately soothes the senses. All accommodations have luxurious amenities: 400-count Egyptian cotton linens, designer bath products, gourmet honor bar, iPod dock, wireless access, and more. Several rooms have private patios. Plus, there’s plenty to do that’s close. Great attractions are just steps away: The Grove, Beverly Center, and The Original Farmers Market are within walking distance of the hotel. Special packages offer unique perks: For example, The Farmers Market Deletable History Package includes a gift certificate to the market, the Original Farmers Market Cookbook, a parking pass, and a shopping tote among other things. Their Shopping Package lets you immerse yourself in the boutique-filled West 3rd Street neighborhood. The spa and heated outdoor pool make relaxation a snap: Take a refreshing dip, and if you’d like some private pampering get a massage or beauty treatment in your room.

What Honeymooners Need to See in LA: Beaches and Attractions

Beaches for an LA Honeymoon

The best part about California beaches? Each one offers a different vibe and view.

  • Venice: In my honest opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than a long walk in Venice’s sunset: walking hand in hand with your loved one whilst the red sky pictures in front of you and the sound of the ocean plays in the distance is the definition of millennial romanticism.
  • Santa Monica: You’ve got to walk the pier and watch the teenagers play arcade games while merchants sell touristy items. The ferris wheel at the end of the pier is romantic when it circles over the water and the restaurants around are amazing.
  • Manhattan: Manhattan is a great beach to hit at nighttime. With scenic lifeguard shacks and a cute dive bars a block away, it’s the perfect beach to grab a drink at, then spend some time in the sand.
  • Malibu: It’s only an hour drive and easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. Vogue hotels populate the beach and attract celebrities and paparazzi on the regular, so you never know who you’ll run into. Plus, point Dume is where all the locals surf. Whether you’re looking to get a board wet, or simply sit and people watch, you can’t go wrong with Malibu.

Must-see LA Attractions

Griffith Observatory

If you’re looking to enjoy the beautiful, clear sky at night with your other half, this is the place to go. Relatively busy almost every day, the Griffith Observatory is still one of the most magical places in the whole Los Angele area. 

Hollywood Bowl

Because nothing in the world can actually beat the music scene which LA offers. Hollywood Bowl is famous worldwide for the vast variety of musicals that are being aired almost every night, with international stars and a setup that highly empowers the show you’re about to watch. Definitely a must-visit, especially during your honeymoon. 

Theme Parks

Take your definition of “theme park” and toss it in the bin. Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knotts berry Farms and 6 Flags all offer dozens of shows, attractions, restaurants and a world-famous hotel. Definitely worth visiting, especially for a “different day” 

The Getty

The Getty isn’t only a museum. The best part of the Getty Center is it’s a perfect place to view some art, attend a free Friday night concert, or find a romantic spot for a honeymoon picnic. Something for everyone is exactly what The Getty strives for. Plus admission is free, you just need to pay for parking.

Nearby Cities to Visit on a Los Angeles Honeymoon

  • Malibu: As previously mentioned, Malibu is a dreamy getaway for LA honeymooners. It’s only an hour drive away and is filled with activities and things to do. Hanging out on the beach and watching the surfers and sunbathers is always a relaxing activity. Plus, booking a romantic dinner in one of the boutique hotel’s restaurants will be sure to leave couples full and smiling.
  • San Diego: San Diego is a great day trip option because it is only two hours away from LA. The city has *almost* perfect weather. It’s never too hot or too cold and the majority of their weather is what the rest of the country craves every day of the year. There’s also plenty of beer to drink and breweries to explore so grabbing a drink is always an adventure.
  • Santa Ynez Valley: Santa Ynez Valley is one of the well known spots in California for delicious wine. The wine country is beautiful and much like San Diego, it’s only a two hour commute from Los Angeles. The Old West facades show off the cowboy charm and explain where the Valley got its name. In town there’s plenty of great eating- especially baked treats and coffee. If you want to explore some history, the town’s historical museum features the region’s history and will leave any honeymooners entertained.  
  • Take a cruise: There are plenty of cruise companies that are ready to cater to honeymooners who set sail on the open waters. With on-ship dining, plenty of sun and a beautiful view of the ocean, it will be impossible for newlyweds not to feel relaxed and romantic.

About the Author

Hi! My name is Vicky, I’m a fashion designer, running enthusiast and occasional model. Fashion and design are and will always be my passions and I also love sports. I run a small, independent fashion and lifestyle blog called Tees And Fears.

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