Live like a local

Hotel Bel-Air’s garden guide

May 30, 2018

Nestled within 12 acres in one of the world’s most exclusive neighborhoods, Hotel Bel-Air has been a beloved Hollywood hideaway for nearly three quarters of a century.

A true oasis nestled in 12 glorious acres, which seem a whole world away from the city’s bright lights. Let us take you on a tour.

A picturesque setting

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic areas of our grounds is the front lawn. It’s been the idyllic setting for numerous weddings and a spectacular backdrop for many memorable photos. As you stroll across Swan Lake towards the lawn, take a moment to look up at the shady canopy of soaring trees and listen out for the running steam. Look closely for the Canadian maple tree and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to smell its distinctive syrup.

Bird of paradise

Many of the trees and flowers found at Hotel Bel-Air are rarely seen in Southern California, such as our grove of coastal redwoods, white flowering bird of paradise, and the tipu tree with its delicate yellow blossom towering over Chalon Road. As you wander, see how many fruit trees you can identify. We have everything from pineapple and guava to orange, lemon and apricot trees – we’re never short of fresh fruit!

A canyon oasis

High up in the hillside, our elegant Premier Canyon Suites are the best place to appreciate LA’s enchanting blend of indoor-outdoor lifestyle. You’ll be perfectly placed to spot a sprawling herb garden, fig trees and fragrant orange blossom embracing the iconic pink stucco walls. The majestic bell tower is wrapped in the bright red petals of trumpet vine, while ferns frame brick walkways and large stone pots fill courtyard patios with the sweet fragrance of perennial blooms.

Make a splash

When taking a dip in the pool you’ll notice the incredible dappled light, kindly provided by an array of majestic Kings Palms for that signature LA look.  If you visit during summertime you’ll find a wealth of pretty impatiens adding a splash of colour.

For a fragrant blast of exotic jasmine, take the winding path to our most northern courtyard. Tucked away in this courtyard, you’ll find rows of boxwood hedges lined with wonderful mix of cyclamens, hydrangeas and gardenias.

Whether retreating to your guestroom, venturing to the pool or making your way to the spa, the tropical grounds of Hotel Bel-Air provide a magical, secluded atmosphere to relax, indulge, and truly get away from it all. We invite you to come and experience all this for yourself.

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Hotel Bel-Air

A hidden sanctuary amongst the wooded hills, untouched by the clamour of life beyond the gates of Bel-Air. The most quintessentially private and exclusive hotel, delivering fragrant elegance since 1946.