If you’ve followed us for a while you’ll know that we love travel, hanging about the pool in a hotel but we also like a little adventure (nothing too extreme!) to try and see the place we’re at. Because Santa Monica has the most beautiful sunsets and gorgeous coastline (not sure if anyone remembers that game California Games where you can play hacki-sack or roller skate along the shores of Cali?) but riding along the coastline on a two-wheeled adventure is such a good way to see it. The spot we love is what is known to locals as “The Strand” and the path stretches from Pacific Palisades to Torrance, which is 22 miles of beautiful scenery including the amazingly fun Santa Monica Pier.
The Santa Monica Pier is a staple of this picturesque seaside community, jutting into the inviting waters of the Pacific Ocean. We love taking our kids here for fun games and rides as well as the restaurants and shops, with stunning views and over a century’s worth of history. It feels like being in all of the movies we watched growing up! The most beautiful wooden carousel and the world’s only solar-powered Ferris Wheel (hello, #walkalittlelighter!), Pacific Park, or just simply admiring the gorgeous surrounding ocean panorama, this is undoubtedly our favourite place to go, which is why we shot our Flower Child campaign here last year!
Nestled within the luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, we love to unwind at Exhale Santa Monica Studio and Spa offers an inner city retreat for hotel guests and Los Angeles residents alike. The fully appointed spa boasts a full menu of massage, facials, healing including poolside spa experiences, as well as a packed schedule of fitness classes that make us feel at home such as Barre and Yoga.
Another incredible activity one can do to really experience Santa Monica’s relaxed way of living is beach yoga on the water’s edge, cooling down with a gentle sea breeze in the mild temperatures. This is a great chance to connect with your inner self in a phenomenal surrounding, feel one with nature and discover more about yourself.