Renowned by locals as a grandiose destination in its own right, The Langham Huntington has been a treasured fixture of the city of Pasadena ever since it was first built in 1906 - and in a corner of the earth that’s bursting with an abundance of luxurious vacation offerings, its esteemed reputation is one that each and every member of the flawlessly hospitable staff, is understandably proud of.
Located just 10 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in Oak Knoll, one of Pasadena’s most elegant neighbourhoods, the property embodies the style and grace of classic southern California. Upon first glimpse, the uppermost towers indicate the sophisticated, palatial estate that lies beneath - likely one of the many reasons it has been used as a set for Hollywood movies including Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! and the 1998 version of The Parent Trap.
Nestled on 23 acres of impeccably landscaped gardens overlooked by the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, the iconic and undeniably regal hotel boasts 379 guest rooms, 38 suites, eight private cottages and a two-bedroom, two-storey penthouse suite. Each offering is designed to reflect the area’s beauty, all with expansive views of the surrounding landscape and nearby mountains.
A stroll around the palm tree-framed grounds reveals a sparkling swimming pool and deck, where an old-fashioned ice cream trolley is wheeled out every day so the little ones can enjoy a cone between laps. You will also discover a fully equipped fitness centre, a world-class spa, tennis courts, lawn games such as frisbee golf, flag-football and croquet, plus dining options that are as desirable and diverse as the resort itself. The most relaxed - and perfect for a spot of lunch - is The Terrace, with its shaded tables overlooking the pool and gardens, while a formal evening meal can be enjoyed at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, a contemporary dining room with leather-backed armchairs and family friendly booths, serving up the finest selection of Wagyu and Kobe cuts.
Celebrated as the perfect place to take children, the hotel has recently launched a Kids Glamping Package which includes a special in-room tent filled with goodies for exploration and midnight fun. A head lamp, telescope, games, books, pillows, robes, slippers and sweet treats await budding explorers.
Californian dreams really do come true.
Rooms from Dhs900 per night; Langhamhotels.com/pasadena