Recently I had the pleasure of spending four days at the Malibu Beach Inn located on the charming shores of Carbon Beach, California. For me, being near the Ocean is a cure-all. I touched down from NYC, tired, overworked, annoyed that my flight was 11 and a half minutes late… but then my feet hit the sand. I felt the water on my toes and took my first breath of fresh air in what felt like weeks. Suddenly I was happy.
This is the power of the ocean and when you pair it with the right resort experience you find your own little paradise. Welcome to the Malibu Beach Inn.
I knew I liked this place as soon as I walked into my room. I stepped onto the balcony and felt like I was hovering above the ocean *cue Titanic music*. It was late, so I propped the sliding door wide open, crawled into my king size bed and fell asleep listen to the waves.
10 hours later I arose from my sea air induced coma and was greeted by a soft pink sunrise, crystal blue waters and one simple thought…
I am definitely not in Kansas anymore.
With just 47 rooms, MBI has a cozy beach-house vibe with a luxury service feel. The staff were like friends and their attention to detail was exceptional. Anything I needed help with was attended to – Paddle boarding lessons, special dietary needs, finding my flip flops.
Food can make or break a holiday. I want good food, and lots of it. Everything I ate at MBI I wanted more of. The menu is seasonal, locally sourced and constantly being refreshed with new creations – seafood, avocado, house made granola, vibrant salads, crispy veggies – all of my favourite things.
I’ll also take a second to mention the signature cocktail ‘Playa Access’. Tequila, Cucumber and Love. It spoke to my soul.
MBI is one of the only West Coast hotels who own their beach and can serve a full menu seaside. So, if you’re like me and prefer to eat your lunch from a horizontal position, while sipping Sav Blanc, MBI has you covered. White sand, perfect view of the Malibu Pier, dotted with Italian sun loungers. What a way to spend the day.
WHEN TO VISIT
June – August
Summer is peak season, the busiest time for obvious reasons.
September – November (when I visited)
The crowds have dispersed but being in Southern California the weather is still mint.
December – March
Offers the best rates of the year while you cozy up fireside with your favourite glass bottle of vino.
Malibu Beach Inn has mastered the art of the escape. So, if you’re looking to rest mind and body but reignite your soul, let me pass you a Playa Access and steer you on over to this West coast wonder.