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Last updated: 01 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Luciana Bellini

Grey-shingled Shutters might have been built to resemble the grand inns of Martha’s Vineyard, but it has come to embody the ideals of SoCal barefoot luxury. Set right on Santa Monica’s sands, the hotel feels like one giant beach house, from the living room-style lobby to the beach-chic rooms by White House designer Michael Smith.

The location is truly hard to beat. You’re right on the beach, a short walk from Santa Monica Pier and the promenade. Beaches in California are all public, and there’s quite a bit of activity just beyond Shutters’ gates. As soon as you step outside, you’re confronted by a bike path. A few steps beyond lies the sand, full of sun loungers, beach volleyball players and children running wild.

Days here are spent enjoying the seaside setting – think yoga on the sand, beachfront bike rides and Pacific surf lessons.

This is one for all comers – there’s a welcoming attitude, whether you’re a couple or family.

 

Santa Monica

The beachside neighbourhood of Santa Monica showcases the best of sunny So-Cal life, with its miles of sandy coastline and beach promenades. Come to watch the surfers zip through the waves before taking a walk along the delightfully gaudy pier, where you can ride on the world’s only solar-powered ferris wheel.

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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Spa
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free
Yoga

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
*
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types

Apartments
Bedrooms
Cabins
Suites
Tents
Villas
Yurts

Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities
WiFi

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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