Wide Open Beaches: Malibu Beach Inn
March 31, 2020 by Hidden Doorways
For those who love to daydream about destinations, now is a perfect time to research and let the imagination run wild. It’s hard to know how long the lockdown will last, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan ahead – it means we should plan to be flexible.
For some peace of mind, try a chic, beachy getaway you might not need to hop on a plane for: Malibu Beach Inn. This seaside inn is set on one of the country’s most coveted beaches, a haven of wide-open spaces that’s an easy drive from all of Southern California. Here’s what makes Malibu Beach Inn so special, particularly in springtime.
Malibu is home to 21 miles of coast lined with 30 beaches. Among them, Carbon Beach – often called “Billionaire’s Beach” – is special. Known for its high real estate prices and celebrity residents, it’s one of the most coveted beaches in the country. Carbon Beach isn’t a private beach, but it certainly feels like one. There are few crowds, wide open spaces and sweeping vistas. Need some convincing? Take a virtual trip on their live beach cam.
Guests at Malibu Beach Inn have prime access to this enticing swath of sand. There are sunny chaise lounges, beach service and plenty of space for kids to run, play and search for sea creatures. The hotel offers complimentary yoga classes on the beach each morning. While the water is a touch cold for swimming in the springtime, the warm sun and cool breeze make for idyllic beach days.
It must be said: a highlight of a stay at Malibu Beach Inn is enjoying beachfront meals at Carbon Beach Club. Whether you choose to dine on the oceanfront terrace, in the sleek, sunny dining room or order lunch to your lounge chair, the experience will impress. CBC serves fresh, locally sourced ingredients from One Gun Ranch and local farmers’ markets. What’s to drink? There are cocktails crafted by an award-winning mixologist and a wine list was designed by the in-house sommelier. The epic kids’ menu will please even the pickiest children.
While it can be hard to tear yourself away from the beach, the Malibu scene has powers of temptation. The iconic Nobu Malibu is a five-minute walk. Lunchtime hotspot Malibu Farm, just off the Malibu Pier, is also steps away. Celebrity hotspot Geoffrey’s is a short drive. Your problem isn’t options – it’s choosing where to go first.
While Malibu has its share of glitzy residents, it has the feel of a charming small town. Head to Malibu Country Mart to peruse the excellent blend of big-name shops and indie boutiques. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll be pleased to find playgrounds, green spaces and ice cream shops.
By night, Malibu Beach Inn is a plush place to unwind. The 47 rooms and suites were recently redesigned by Waldo Fernandez, an acclaimed Los Angeles-based decorator with a long list of celebrity clients. Rooms are modern but cozy, with a color palette inspired by the coast. There are modern white oak furnishings – designed Fernandez himself – warm, sandy tones and blue and grey details. All rooms and suites come with a balcony, and many also have a fireplace. Cozying up by the fire with the balcony doors flung open, the sound of the sea rolling in, is nothing short of dreamy.
The Great Outdoors:
Malibu is a wonderland for outdoorsy types. Hikers can head to Temescal Canyon, a kid-friendly hike with sweeping vistas, or Sandstone Peak, a six-mile hike that’s one of the most beautiful in the region. As spring is wildflower season, you might catch a glimpse of some colorful blooms along the trails.
Surfers (and spectators) should head to the aptly named Surfrider Beach to catch the waves. To get in on the action, Malibu Surf Shack offers surfing lessons and gear rentals. Zuma Beach is another hub for active types, with three miles of open sand peppered with volleyball courts, lifeguard stands and hopping food stalls. Little ones in tow? Head to the tidepools at Leo Carrillo State Beach. At low tide, they can search for starfish, sea urchins, crabs and more.
Nature lovers: Spring is prime whale-watching time. Pack your binoculars and climb up to Point Dume for a chance at spotting gray whales near the shore. A pro tip? Bring a picnic to relax and soak up the scenery while you wait. All that fresh air will do you good.
Would you like to learn more? Contact us at Hidden Doorways at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a stay at Malibu Beach Inn.
The Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265