We had a great family vacation and the kids loved it. We took a bike ride along the beach every morning.
If you’re going to stay in Santa Monica, do it properly. The stretch of sand here is one of the most pristine in the city, and the best rooms at Shutters have superb views over the ocean. The whole place resonates with relaxing beach-chic charm, with casual dining, peaceful rooms and seriously on-point staff. What’s more, the lobby, with artworks from the likes of Messrs Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, rivals some art galleries. Round off a day by the sea with a cocktail at the Living Room bar.