NYC may be better known to foodies, but LA is sure to satisfy the most discerning of palates. Head to Cube on La Brea or Bottega Louie downtown for delicious Italian, and STK or Providence for the best New American. And for your mandatory sushi excursion, choose Izakaya by Katsu-ya (casual) or Matsuhisa (upscale), finishing with a buttery cupcake at Magnolia.
A pleasure of travel is the implicit permission to indulge a bit, and we can think of no better decadence than the Custom Facial at Kinara Spa or the Blissage75 at the W Hollywood's Bliss Spa. Post-treatment you'll feel so renewed that the ordeal of flying is just about forgotten.
For maximum poolside real estate, grab a room at one of LA's best newcomers. Quietly luxurious, the London West Hollywood provides the perfect balance of hip and laid-back, while the W Hollywood sets the stage for your full-on takedown. Either way, you're assured ample pool time and swell room-service.
Nightlife comes and goes, but the art of cocktailing is timeless. Add a stunning backdrop, and you have a night to remember (or forget). Right now: Sayers Club for a champagne cocktail, the Biltmore for a perfect martini, and Supperclub for a drink, dance, and quick romance.