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Millions of tourists take California vacations visiting the Los Angeles area every year.

California Vacations

The Latest Getaways in Southern California

If you want to be one of them but don't fancy the crowds, you might want to pack your things and head out to the areas just outside the city to enjoy one of many great California vacations. Four new resorts have recently opened offering you a stylish getaway just outside of the main touristy areas.

California Vacations #1 – Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs

riviera resort and spaLocated 120 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport this is a beautiful resort for an LA vacation. Room rates start at $249 and you can find the resort at: 1600 North Indian Canyon Drive Palm Springs 92262 760-327-8311

Do you remember the Rat Pack? You know the infamous party group of the 60's that included Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.?

Well, they all performed at the Riviera Resort back in the day. The on-site recording studio was even used by Elvis. From 2006 to 2008 The Riviera underwent a major $70 million renovation. Its reopening in October 2008 was part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary.

The Riviera is located on the edge of the effervescent Palm Springs downtown area. As part of the renovation, the lobby was redesigned and now features many Warhol-inspired prints of some of its most famous guests like Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope and Debbie Reynolds. Several low buildings house 406 guest rooms with the smallest being a spacious 680 square feet! The interiors are a blend of mid-century combined with Hollywood regency.

When you visit the Riviera, you will be wowed by a swimming pool shaped like a starfish giving you a dramatic view of the San Jacinto Mountains. And when the sun goes down the best cocktail bar in town comes alive at the poolside. The deck is adorned with playful fire pits and a Bikini Bar. And if all this activity wears you down, you can rejuvenate at the Asian-influenced Spa Terre. The feature offering is a Javanese Royal Treatment – you'll enjoy a massage, a natural, herbal exfoliation and a relaxing soak in lovely, rose petal-filled water.

California Vacations # 2 – The Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Beach

resort at pelican hillLocated just 48 miles away from Los Angeles airport, this is a resort that is sure to be enjoyed during a vacation in Los Angeles. Room rates start at $695 for ocean view bungalows and you can find the resort at:
22701 Pelican Hill Road South Newport Coast 92657 800-315-8214

Along Newport Coast, just above the Crystal Cove State Park, you will find The Resort on Pelican Hill.

You won't find a finer place to be pampered than this resort that covers 504-acres. With soaring rotundas, linings of arched porticos, and 750 olive trees, the resort takes on the flavor of an Italian seaside village.

The Resort at Pelican Hill was constructed as a reminiscence of Andrea Palladio's vision, a renowned Renaissance architect. You will not feel the least bit cramped during your stay at Pelican Hill. Nestled into the hillside, providing a splendid ocean view, the 204 bungalows with tile roofs each occupy an area of 847 square feet… and these are the smallest on the resort! If you choose one of the villas, you can enjoy your own private space of between 2,200 and 3,600 square feet.

A unique feature of Pelican Hill is The Coliseum Pool. It is 136 feet in diameter, making it one of the largest circular pools you will ever see. And it is not your typical pool either as it is adorned with a blue-mosaic bottom lining counting 1.1 million hand-cut tiles. It is truly a sight to behold. The pampering continues in the 23,000 square-foot spa. There you will find soaking tubs for both him and her, 22 rooms dedicated for treatment sessions and many luxurious beauty treats that include exceptional pomegranate body wraps and lovely oxygen facials.

California Vacations # 3 – Hotel Maya, Long Beach

hotel mayaLocated even closer to Los Angeles Airport (22 miles away), Hotel Maya is one of the cheaper options for a Los Angeles vacation with room rates starting at $139.

You can find the hotel at:
700 Queensway Drive Long Beach 90802 562-453-3669

Don't let the reasonable price fool you! If you choose to stay at the Hotel Maya, you can enjoy all the features of Mexico whilst looking out across Long Beach bay. The hotel's Latin flair will provide you with all the Mexican ambiance you need without having to cross the border. And you will also find it has many luxury features without the hefty price tag. The spacious pool area has a floating cabana for your relaxation. If you wish to visit Long Beach, a water taxi makes for the perfect means of transportation.

Do you have a favorite pet dog you don't want to leave behind? Well, bring your pet to the Hotel Maya. The place is very pet-friendly and does not require a doggy deposit. Your canine companion can also enjoy their own canine bed!

California Vacations # 4 – Terranea Resort

Located just 30 minutes away from LAX, this is a conveniently remote resort and the perfect place to get away from the crowds. Room rates start at $270 and you can find the resort at:
6610 Palos Verdes Drive South Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 800-802-8000

Set in absolutely stunning grounds, this resort is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides. 582 rooms are ready to home you and your family which vary from luxurious villas to residential bungalows. The resort is also home to a number of top class restaurants, swimming pools and even a golf course! Special offers are available on rooms from time to time, so treat yourself and take a luxurious LA vacation – you deserve it!

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Updated November 3, 2011

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