If nothing else, 2020 will go down as being memorable. The life we knew has been at times altered, shut down, modified and put on pause since March, and it’s forced us to adjust. That’s the homogenized way of putting it. You might have a more colorful description, but while we’ve all had so much of what we enjoy and are comfortable with removed from our lives, one positive to be taken from a year like none other is the satisfaction and joy we get from experiencing things we cherished from how life used to be.
There is a calm elegance about the Miramar that emanates throughout the five-acre property
Glimpses or small doses of things we used to enjoy so much are a major cause for celebration. This is what made a recent visit I took to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California so special. Things felt…normal. And not the altered universe version of 2020 normal. Normal in the way 5-star resort service feels. Normal in the way an iconic property nestled on one of the most breathtaking coastal backdrops should be experienced.
The Miramar is a self-contained urban resort that sits stoically at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Wilshire. There is a calm elegance about the Miramar that emanates throughout the five-acre property. It finds a way of seamlessly combining old school charm and historic splendor with a modern, inviting and fresh vibe.
The 5-star resort has 297 guest rooms which include 62 suites and 31 private bungalows. There are more ocean view rooms in this hotel than any other in Santa Monica, and there is no value you can place on the therapeutic healing powers of looking out over the Pacific Ocean on a typical sun kissed So Cal morning. Especially now.
While the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is a world-class hotel with the amenities to match, what I found so inviting and welcome were the extra touches provided during these unique times. Upon entry, a digital thermometer easily reads guests’ temperature, and aromatic hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout, allowing for extra comfort many people look for.
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You’ll also receive a complimentary mini burlap bag with extra masks if needed during your stay. Once inside the grounds of the magnificent property, you’ll understand why the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows annually receives AAA Four Diamond Awards and is regarded as one of the top hotels in Southern California.
Luxury travel connoisseurs are less concerned about Conde Nast ratings than they are safety and experiencing something they don’t have in their life right now, and that’s where the Miramar really shines. For California residents who endured months of takeout-only dining options, we are incredibly appreciative when there is an opportunity to sit down and enjoy a meal at a restaurant that scores as high in service, ambiance and vibe as it does with its dynamic menu.
Fig Restaurant at the 5-star resort serves a seasonal and locally sourced ingredient-driven menu and has ample outdoor seating so guests can enjoy a real dining experience.
Fig Restaurant at the 5-star resort serves a seasonal and locally sourced ingredient-driven menu and has ample outdoor seating so guests can enjoy a real dining experience. The weekend brunch at Fig is known throughout Santa Monica, a must-do during a stay, and the Fig at Five happy hour that runs from 5 to 6 p.m. all week is one of the best happy hours in LA. Every menu item is half off, and they offer their entire menu for you to enjoy.
The Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows overlooking a Koi fishpond and waterfall is a soothing and relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail or light lunch before shopping or heading to the beach, and Dogtown Coffee offers healthy breakfast and lunch fare options along with their locally micro-roasted coffee and loose-leaf teas.
On Saturday nights, the pool area morphs into an el fresco, star-kissed, home theater experience, as a family-friendly movie is shown, popcorn is served, and the calming sea breeze in the background provides the perfect backdrop to movie night.
With a location that only be described as ideal, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows offers other memorable amenities that most luxury hotels simply can’t compete with. LAX is just 9 miles south, and the property literally sits steps from the best shopping and nightlife in Santa Monica. It is also a short and scenic walk over the California Incline to a private spot under an umbrella at the beach. Relaxing on a lounge chair and basking in all the natural splendor of a Southern California beach is yet another reminder that you can enjoy a slice of normalcy even in these bizarre times.
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows offers full beach service, so you don’t have to carry a single thing to the sand. It will all be waiting for you. Another amenity that might appear minute, but further illustrates how the hotel is focused on their guest’s experience is the fact they moved a great selection of workout equipment onto the outdoor deck of their fitness center. So, as gyms and health clubs were ordered to be closed throughout California, there will be nothing stopping you from a session on a Peloton or a great full-body workout at your convenience at this 5-star resort.
If the four walls of your home are crowding in on you after months of converting your house into an office/school/daycare center, there’s a perfect remedy for what you and your family need; a stay in one of the private, standalone bungalows nestled discreetly on the properties gardens. Consider this your private, amenity-laden beach house.
Equal parts luxurious, elegant and cozy California chic, you’ll find it to be the perfect way to re-charge, relax, and remember how life not only was like but still is at this 5-star resort. The décor and furnishings are of the highest level, and there is no way to overstate the comfort, privacy and opulence you will fee during a stay in a private Bungalow.
Let’s face it, there’s no official handbook that details how to bring back a slice of normalcy and provide luxury 5-star resort service while the world is figuring out where it’s headed. It doesn’t happen by chance or by luck. It only happens when an iconic property has a foundation of luxury service, settings and amenities engrained in their DNA. It comes from a safety-conscious leadership group that has risen to the challenge in trying times. And it can be experienced and savored now when you probably need it more than ever.
The welcome mat is out at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. Take the next step and experience it for yourself.