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What We Love

  • The linen yukata robes and bamboo towels in guest rooms
  • Lounging on the ipe wood deck, with its up-close views of Carbon Beach
  • Curling up in front of the in-room fireplace after the sun sets

What To Know

  • There's no gym, but guests can use the nearby Malibu Racquet Club
  • In-room dining comes from the Nobu restaurant next door
  • There's a two-night minimum stay
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Luxury meets minimalism at this Japanese-inspired 16-room hotel on Malibu's exclusive "Billionaires' Beach"

The Lowdown

The first in a planned series of ryokan-style hotels from the Nobu chain, this mid-century marvel occupies a peaceful, elegant spot tucked behind a wall on the Pacific Coast Highway. Eye-wateringly high prices are a given, but the rooms (kitted out with tatami mats, fireplaces, and decks or private gardens) are enormous and service is a priority. The bathrooms, with custom teak soaking tubs positioned under skylights and walls of Jerusalem limestone, are particularly gorgeous, and both simple and soothing at the same time. Beachfront suites have direct access to Carbon Beach, known for its A-list property owners, and there might not be a better Malibu experience that rising early and dining on Nobu French Toast with caramelized bananas and green mango salad on your private deck overlooking the ocean.

In the Area

The just-west-of-LA enclave of Malibu is a playground for the rich and famous, full of fabulous restaurants, chic hotel bars, and other gems to discover. A half-mile east of Nobu is Café Luxxe, an exceptional little third-wave coffee shop right across from the water and an excellent place to kick off a morning beach walk with an espresso brewed from micro-lot beans. On the other side of the hotel is V’s, a restaurant and bar decked out like your chicest friend’s beach house that serves wild boar tagliatelle, dry-aged veal chops, and simple but potent cocktails made with ginger beer and lots of pressed key lime juice. Another top spot for dinner is Malibu Farm, located at the start of Malibu Pier – fresh seafood and veggie-heavy dishes dominate the menu. They’ve got a casual, counter-service café, too, set at the end of the pier with blockbuster ocean views.

How to Get There

Nobu Ryokan Malibu
22752 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265 United States


5.0 Excellent 4 Reviews
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Reviewed 5 months ago

I am not a big review person but I understand the importance of it. I want to share the good/ugly and honest. and this property is WOW. Incredible. Located on PCH you couldn't ask for anything better. Its amazing for some down time/you time. Food=excellent. Views, incredible. Its the perfect getaway. I don't recommend it if your actually trying to explore LA. If that is the case, go stay in BH, West LA etc. This is perfect for your staycation or vacation. You will feel like your at your own personal beach house.

I know I will be recommending this to all my clients. These people was exclusivity, luxury and attentiveness--- Nobu does this. Thank you.

Manager is hands on
Reviewed 8 months ago

Janelle Eng is the perfect match for this Shangri-la. Thje original movie was filmed just up the coast at Ojai. Read her resume on the computer googling her name. Reads like a "Who's Who" of hospitality. Hard working and as beautiful as the hotel, she answers all questions should one ask for the manager. But that is rarely the case. Acquaintance Larry Ellison could do no better. Larry arrived in Berkeley in 1964 with $10.00 and a Ford Thunderbird. Read her quote stating ,"Its not what you are born with but what you make of yourself." Larry picked the Cinderella of the sisters.

Beautiful rooms and it feels like your home
Reviewed 8 months ago

This Is hands down one of the best hotels I have ever stayed. It's very small and intimate. It feels like your personal beach house. The rooms are gorgeous and very well decorated . We stayed at an ocean front room and we could hear the waves from our bed. The service was optimal , it couldn't have been better.if you are thinking about staying here just do it you will not regret it !

Reviewed 11 months ago

An amazing getaway for my wife and I. We enjoyed every minute and felt relaxed the moment we entered. The rooms were stunning. Perhaps the nicest we have ever seen. Attention to detail is top notch. Staff attentive and very efficient. Views and position outstanding. Can't wait to go back.