The Best Hotels in Malibu, California

To best enjoy Malibu's laid-back vibe and all it has to offer, stay at one of the best hotels in the area
To best enjoy Malibu's laid-back vibe and all it has to offer, stay at one of the best hotels in the area | Courtesy of Calamigos Ranch / Expedia
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3 November 2020

Aside from its shoreside appeal, Malibu is a hotbed of nature-based activities. The area boasts amazing hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, rugged canyons and spectacular wine tourism, not to mention convenient lodging options for every kind of traveler. For those wishing to visit this coastal enclave of Los Angeles, these five hotels are the best of the best.

Calamigos Ranch

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Since 1937, Calamigos has provided luxury ranch lodging in the Santa Monica Mountains, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and forests. Each of the chic cottages and bungalows is unique, and all feature fireplaces, private courtyards, wooden decks and maple ceilings. Guests can roam the 250-acre (100ha) ranch, past the multiple swimming pools with cabanas and the jacuzzi, fire pit, fitness center and full-service spa, or take the shuttle to the Calamigos Beach Club, where there are exclusive dining options and complimentary SUP boards, snorkeling equipment and beach chairs.

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Malibu Beach Inn

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Malibu Beach Inn is perched on the rocks above a strip known as Billionaire’s Beach and offers al fresco oceanfront dining and private beach access. Guests can watch the sun set over the Pacific from the balcony or be lulled to sleep by the rumbling waves right outside the window. There’s also complimentary yoga each morning held right on the sand and a spa providing hot stone massages and facials – all with an ocean view.
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  • Malibu Country Inn

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    Sure, Malibu is known as one of the flashiest zip codes on California’s Pacific Coast Highway – home to Billionaire’s Beach, after all – but it’s also one of the Golden State’s most discreet addresses. Why do you think all those stars flocked here in the first place? Malibu Country Inn is a case in point: a hush-hush homage to all things understated, with homespun hospitality, snug lounges for sequestering yourself away and a pool-topped terrace tucked out to the back. Natural drama is what’s it’s all about in Malibu, and this hotel puts you center stage to take in “the Bu,” as local surfers call it, and its string of sandy stretches, including rip-heavy Zuma Beach.

    Nobu Ryokan

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    Nobu Ryokan Malibu, Malibu
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    This private 16-room ryokan-style hotel, located next to the extravagant oceanfront Nobu restaurant, offers guests impressive views. Traditional tatami mats, teak bathtubs, fireplaces and private decks overlooking Carbon Beach are a few highlights of the spacious guest rooms. In addition to ocean activities, guests have access to the Malibu Racquet Club’s fitness room, outdoor courts, steam room and sauna.

    The Surfrider Malibu

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    Even though the Surfrider Malibu is on the mountain side (as opposed to the beach side) of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), there are still magical ocean views to be enjoyed. The breezy rooms are designed with California’s beach culture in mind and feature panoramic vistas, spa rain shower heads, picture windows, teak furnishings and private patios, perfectly outfitted for a surf holiday. After a sesh at First Point, guests can grab a quick bite of organic, locally sourced food on the roof deck and bar, which looks out over Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach.

    These recommendations were updated on November 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.