As seen in the Los Angeles May issue of Locale Magazine.
California is known for its beaches, but those are just half the fun. LA’s pools are trendy, stylish, and thee place to see and be seen. You already know the infamous ones… Chateau Marmont, The Roosevelt, The Standard… if pools could talk you’d drown in the history of these beloved LA staples. But there are always more waters to part, more stories to chronicle, and much, much more mischief to be made. So when the tide comes up, we’ll see you at the pool.
1221 N Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Going for a swim just got swankier. The Skydeck at Shade, Manhattan Beaches’ upscale boutique hotel, screams ritzy. The 38-room hotspot is already a local-favorite and a perfect beachside getaway for folks near and far. The intimate “relaxation pool” is more “steamy Jacuzzi” than anything. Perfect for adults who want to loaf around all day on plush cushions, dangling their feet in warm water with a stiff cocktail glued to their lips; not so perfect for screaming, belly-flopping kidlets—unless of course they’re trained in assisting the bartender while he adds yet another shot of 10-year-old bourbon to your Manhattan. The pool bar has a vast array of specialty drinks including Moscow Mules and pitchers of Shade Sangria. Or if you’re really feelin’ fancy, have them pull a bottle of Cristal or Dom Perignon from the Vault. That’ll get ya on point for the evening’s poolside festivities…because when the sun goes down it’s a whole new party.
Since you plan on lazing the day away go with the most comfortable option. Ladies, you’re on a Californian rooftop so go with the bright colors of a Melissa Odabash bikini. The purple and yellow of the Greece suit compliments the sky’s blue and the colors will pop against the concrete background of the roofs’ walls. A bandeau top makes sure there’s absolutely nothing between you and the perfect tan, and a ruffle completes the look by adding a cute and playful feel. For the dudes, throw on the Mercy Blue boardshorts by Tavik Swimwear and your golden—the modern, classic look will have you feeling laid back and will keep the attention on your lady, cause you know she likes it. For the night-time fun, trade in the pool garb for some snazz. A long, sexy cocktail dress and sandals for the gals, and a casual button-up shirt, a little unbuttoned, with a slim pair of rolled-up slacks for the boy. Prepare for strong drinks, and a pretty crowd.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
If options are what you want, Terranea is the place for you. The location of many Hollywood films and TV shows, (The Bachelor, I Love Lucy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, etc.) the estate boasts 102 acres of secluded paradise, complete with an award-winning golf course, a state-of-the-art spa, and three ocean-view pools.
The Resort Pool is a gigantic 5,000 square-foot fun zone for the whole family. The 140-foot Peninsula Plunge waterslide will have you screaming the whole way down only to be met with a mountain of activities like poolside crafts, s’mores roasts, and family fun nights. Poolside cabanas are available for purchase and come with a 22-inch flat screen TV just in case you need a quick reality show fix. The Spa Pool is located in the 50,000 square-foot area of the resort dedicated to all things tranquil. Follow a lap in the 25-meter pool with a rejuvenating massage. Visit the steam room, take a yoga class, or work out in the expansive gym. At the adults-only Cielo Point Pool, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the atmosphere is chic. The water temperature is set to a perfect wading degree. Order a Strawberry Shag and Crispy Tuna Tacos at the full service bar. Take in the view and breath in the ocean air, then down it with a glass of Veuve Clicquot, because the bar is stocked with that too.
You’re going to want to keep it classy while you hobnob at one of California’s classiest resorts, and there’s no better way than in a Klein blue Brena Maillot, Vitamin A one-piece. The low cutouts and tied-together cinched sides make it an extremely sexy suit that makes a statement. A gold wrap is a perfect finishing piece and will add so much elegance your champagne will be jealous. For the boo, a vibrant, striped pair of boardshorts like the Mojave by Tavik Swimwear should do the trick. Simple and hassle-free is key on this pristine getaway.
W Los Angeles—Westwood, www.wlosangeles.com
930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Why Vegas when you can party at the WET pool deck at the W Los Angeles—Westwood? Designed by celebrity designer, Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, WET is known for its artsy, fun style and its summertime Sunday pool parties. DJ’s, dancing, mingling with the cool kids, and drinks, drinks, and did I mention, drinks?! Order a Cucumber Cooler at Hook Up, the pool bar inside a converted, refashioned Airstream, or snack on a Backyard Burger delivered right to you by your favorite pool boy. The private cabanas are available to reserve and look like uber-hip-mini-huts, complete with chandeliers and giant funky mirrors on the walls. The pool is lined with chaise lounge chairs, gas fire pits, and plenty of oversized beds, perfect for curling up with a bright pillow, and doing what you do best—chill. Events like outdoor movie screenings, poolside Pilates, or winter wonderland chateaus are seasonal, so depending on the month you are in for a completely different poolside experience.
As soon as you waltz into the W, you’re younger, sexier, and much more badass. A snakeskin bikini by Vitamin A is clutch. An underwire Sophia Bustier top in python will earn you the attention you deserve. An Ava Corset Hipster bottom gives you the California Cut coverage you want for an afternoon of dancing. Pair it with a bright kimono and you’ll be set into the evening hours. For the men, a light green pair of Nightswim trunks by Tavik Swimwear will have you feeling sporty whether you decide to bust a move or two in front of the DJ setup, or cannonball into the pool, mid-party, because you know you want to.
1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028
Located at the famed intersection of Hollywood and Highland, right smack dab in the heart of the Entertainment Capital of the World, Lowes—Hollywood really is in the midst of it all. Adjacent to the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards, you’re afforded easy access to everything Tinseltown, so don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or two. The rooftop pool has panorama views of the city, and takes full advantage of them with glass walls so as not to obstruct any famed sight or star-spotting. Cabanas are free, and first come first serve, so get there early; the pool opens with the sunrise at 6am. When you’re feeling thirsty head to the Wolfgang Puck-catered pool bar where cocktails are made any way you like them. A relaxing haven right above the nuttiness of the streets below, the hotel is popular with both locals and awestruck out-of-towners. It’s also very kid and pet-friendly, so grab the pups, and head to the pool!
It’s Hollywood, and in Hollywood it’s imperative that you stick out. The hot pink Triple Threat Push-Up Top and Slasher Cinch bottoms with orange detail by B Swim will give you that pop. A white cover-up will show off your sun-kissed dark tan and can even serve as a makeshift dress for a trip down the boulevard. You can be assured there will be women dressed in much, much less. For the men get funky with Tavik Swimwear’s Prowler shorts. A jungle-type print in an array of blues, black, and yellow will have you fitting right in with the maze that is Hollywood. Side pockets are perfect for carrying that room key you always seem to lose, or, of course, the business card of that big shot executive you just fraternized with.
MEN’S APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Tavik Swimwear, www.tavik.com
WOMEN’S APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Canyon Beachwear, www.canyonbeachwear.com