If California were an independent country, it would qualify as the fourth-largest wine producer on earth. Photo: Getty.
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While the first three quarters of 2020 may not have played out the way we expected, there are some great new developments to look forward to on the horizon - namely, a sizable collection of luxurious hotels and resorts opening all throughout the state of California. Whether you’re hoping to sip cocktails by the rooftop pool, sunbathe on the edge of the Pacific, or immerse yourself in the world of wine, these stunning properties will provide an unforgettable experience that can be found nowhere else on earth.
Fairmont Century Plaza
This property was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, a world-famous architect best known for creating the original World Trade Center. Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza
First launched back in 1966, the opulent Fairmont Century Plaza is set to reopen its doors in winter 2020, allowing guests to walk the storied halls that have hosted the country’s most esteemed celebrities and political figures over the years. Guests are free to take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool, de-stress in the property’s 14,000 square-foot spa, or dine on refined French cuisine at Lumière Brasserie. While it may be tempting to spend the entire stay in the palatial suite, be sure to check out the surrounding neighborhood - Century City is packed with a wealth of gourmet restaurants and boutiques to suit even the most finicky of travelers.
While Healdsburg is home to just over 11,000 people, this small town is one of the most celebrated areas in the country when it comes to wine production. Photo: Claire Marshall (C&RC)
Wine connoisseurs take note - this stunning 258-acre resort is set to open in late 2020, allowing guests to experience the idyllic rural beauty of Sonoma County. The Montage Healdsburg offers a wide array of activities centered around wine, ranging from tours of local vineyards to a tasting with Jesse Katz, the resort’s own winemaker and owner of nearby Aperture Cellars. If wine tasting isn’t quite your thing, have no fear - the property’s 11,500 square-foot spa, 130 luxurious bungalows, and vineyard yoga garden all come together to form the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway, whether it’s full of Cabernet Sauvignon or completely alcohol-free.
The Sunset Strip spans 1.5 miles along Sunset Boulevard, one of the most prominent thoroughfares in Los Angeles. Photo: Pendry West Hollywood
Perched on the eastern edge of the glamorous Sunset Strip, this elegant property is set to arrive in early 2021, offering guests a wealth of amenities including a rooftop pool, bowling alley, and a members-only social club. In addition to the 149 rooms and 40 luxury condos, the Pendry West Hollywood will be home to a particularly exciting dining program, featuring food and drink menus carefully crafted by esteemed chef Wolfgang Puck. Be sure to set some time aside to explore the surrounding neighborhood, but try not to stay out too late - the rooftop pool comes equipped with its own bar, making it the perfect place to grab a cocktail and catch a brilliant sunset.
Desert Hot Springs first gained nationwide recognition as a tourist destination in the 1950s thanks to its wealth of soothing mineral springs. Photo: Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa
For those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, idyllic Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort is arriving at the perfect time. Slated to open in January 2021, the property offers a plethora of wellness treatments involving the unique natural resources found in abundance throughout Desert Hot Springs. Guests are free to take a soothing soak in the hot springs pool before heading to the spa for a rejuvenating treatment, then cool off at the property’s mineral spring pool. For a perfect way to end the day, grab a glass of wine and head back to your Santa Rosa Spa Suite for a stunning sunset over the western mountains.
Visitors to this hotel are treated to an incredible view of the Transamerica Pyramid - this 48-story building was completed in 1972. Photo: Meg Paynor
Hot off the heels of an extensive renovation, this elevated property comes equipped with 155 newly-refurbished rooms and suites, each one gracing the eleven highest floors of San Francisco’s 48-story California Center skyscraper. Set to open on October 1st, the property is perfectly suited for those wishing to explore the city’s charming Embarcadero district, with the hotel offering a guided tasting tour of the nearby Ferry Building Marketplace. For a truly opulent experience, consider staying in the Presidential Bay View Suite - this sprawling space includes an 800-square-foot furnished terrace, providing guests with one of the best available views of the San Francisco skyline.
Officially opened in 1955, Disneyland was the first Disney theme park to open, followed by Disney World in 1971. Photo: Westin Anaheim Resort