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
Luxury meets minimalism at this Japanese-inspired 16-room hotel on Malibu's exclusive "Billionaires' Beach"
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.