Laguna Beach, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Montage’s trio of luxury hotels continues to innovate, wowing elite travelers this season with thoughtful programs and luxurious amenities, whether you’re sun-seeking in Laguna Beach, shopping in Beverly Hills or skiing in Deer Valley.
Montage Laguna Beach launched its 100 percent organic Studio Garden this year, an extension of its celebrated signature restaurant Studio. The 1,000-square-foot outdoor space sports five raised garden beds overflowing with seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs. Book an über-exclusive Chef’s Table for up to 12, and meet Executive Chef Craig Strong in the garden before dinner, where you’ll sample heavenly cocktails inspired and enhanced by the garden’s bounty, and collaborate on the evening’s specially crafted menu. The hotel’s delightful Spa Montage and children’s programs also put the garden to wonderful use.
At Montage Beverly Hills, whiskey connoisseurs will find a secluded enclave like none other in the United States. Partnering with legendary distillery The Macallan, the hotel opened ₤10, an exclusive reservation-only best in class speakeasy, this summer. Surrounded by dark woods, fine art and Lalique crystal sconces, patrons will be able to sample The Macallan’s rarest drops, including a 64-year-old, served over a sphere of ice made with water from the Scottish Highlands. The very best of other libations—whether your predilection is for champagne, tequila or rum—is also on offer. Warm evenings will find guests sipping handcrafted cocktails on ₤10’s outdoor terrace, the beautifully manicured Beverly Canon Gardens lending ambience to intimate private booths.
Those in need of a wardrobe overhaul can turn to the services of fashion guru Joe Katz, the Montage Beverly Hills’ new in-house stylist. Fashion contributor to In Touch, Life & Style, OK! magazine, CBS2, NBC LA and ABC’s OnTheRedCarpet.com, Joe brings more than 15 years of expertise to Rodeo Drive shopping experiences tailored just for you. Go on a VIP shopping excursion with Joe as your guide, or shop from the comfort of your suite with Joe as your personal shopper. Whether you’re looking for a gala gown, a unique gift or to spruce up your look, Joe will help you navigate what is perhaps the most VIP, well-stocked retail paradise on the planet.
And, last but not least, Montage’s newest property at Deer Valley proffers what is the most hassle-free ski vacation you’ll ever experience. At the ski shop, right out on the mountain with ski-out access to three high-speed chairlifts, you’ll be greeted by a host who will seat you and introduce you to your ski valet. Equipped with an iPad to facilitate the equipment rental process, your ski valet will ensure you get just the right fit, and that your skis are waiting for you outside, all lined up and ready to be snapped into, so there’s not need to haul anything yourself.
Taking the frustration out of the ski experience is only the beginning. Visitors to Montage Deer Valley this winter will find nine new trails, a delectable sushi restaurant opening mid-December and Utah’s largest spa. An on-property ice skating rink, complete with complimentary skate sessions and rentals, will also make a debut this winter.