Shutters' tag line is 'where nothing stands between you and the sand' - and this star-studded hotel, west of LA, has the all-American beach house look down to a tee.

Although there are 158 rooms, each feels like a private bungalow and interiors are straight out of a Ralph Lauren advert.

Bikes wait outside for a ride along the boulevard up to Venice Beach, but make it back in time for brunch to beat the LA scenesters who flock here to eat pancakes. Wind down with the jazz band at cocktail hour before sinking into the most comfortable beds ever.

WOW FACTOR: Tap the 'Hopes and Dreams' button on your room phone and staff will arrange whatever you wish - embrace the 'Cali life' with a surf lesson.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email