With its slick interiors designed by Philippe Starck, a must-be-seen-at rooftop pool and enviable location in the heart of Beverly Hills, it's easy to see why the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills has become something of a celebrity hotspot, and a perfect stopover to recharge your batteries (while keeping an eye out for stars) at the beginning of your trip.
Kick off your stay with a visit to the soothing all-white Ciel Spa. Buffed and smoothed, take up position at the pool and enjoy the view of the sprawling City of Angels, only interrupted by the ubiquitous palm trees, and order a mojito from the rooftop bar. Come evening, nab a table at internationally renowned José Andrés restaurant The Bazaar - one of the hottest seats in town.
WOW FACTOR: Don't miss a chance to hit Rodeo Drive to pick up some last-minute beachwear.
FLIGHT TIME: From 11 hours.