Your luxury holiday in California, the sunny ‘Golden State’, can be as fast-paced as the nightlife in the star-studded city of Los Angeles, or as laid-back as the quintessential golden beaches of the coastline. The cities are perfect for long weekends whereas at the beach resorts, you can happily stay put for a fortnight. But as this vast state is also great for touring, why not hire a car and head straight to the Pacific Coast Highway for one of the world’s best coastal drives from San Francisco to LA? Sublime scenery, the freshest of cuisine, delicious wines, and lots of outdoor fun await along the way.

    San Francisco is one of those cities where one visit just isn’t enough. People fall in love with the beautiful bay setting and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the vintage trams and fantastic seafood. If you enjoy wine, head to the picturesque Napa Valley where arguably some of the best cabernets, merlots, and chardonnays are produced.

    For glitz and glamour, follow the bright lights to Los Angeles and discover a little of Hollywood’s heritage. Live like a celeb for a day or two and shop along the famous Rodeo Drive, dine at exclusive restaurants, and party the night away at the hottest bars and clubs in town. You may well find yourself rubbing shoulders with one or two A-listers whilst you’re at it.

    You don’t have to look hard to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle; it’s pretty much handed to you on a plate in California. Whatever you’re into, you’re likely to find it. Tanned beach babes and surfers on soft, sandy beaches might spring to mind first, and Santa Monica and Santa Barbara are great places to see all of that. The further south you get towards San Diego, the more laid-back the vibe gets and you’ll notice Spanish heritage and Mexican influences. But if you’re looking for somewhere less manicured, Big Sur’s stunning beaches are more wild and towering cliffs drop down to secluded coves. With a temperate climate in the central and south regions, expect lots of warm sunshine.

    For a wildlife fix, visit the famous Monterey Aquarium, go whale-watching in the Channel Islands or head to Yosemite National Park where you can hike, bike and horse-ride amidst spectacular waterfalls, granite rocks and Giant Sequoias. If you’re very lucky, you may spot one of the park’s black bears. For a theme park thrill, there’s Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. If you’ve already been to Florida’s theme parks — which are hard to beat for scale and variety — you may find it hard to stop comparing, but California’s are nevertheless special.

    Tempted by what you’ve read? Need a few more ideas about where to go, what to see and how to go about it? Contact us – we’re always happy to help you choose your dream stay.