LETTER FROM OVERSEAS EDITOR

A convertible is a must in LA. In a city obsessed with beauty and glamour, be flashy and cool here or leave. Tinseltown is the Entertainment Capital of the World, birthplace of pop culture and the epicentre of the Hollywood film industry. This city hums with star power. Life in the City of Angels is a mix of sophisticated Southern California culture, health-conscious and laid-back attitude by the beach, and cutting edge fashion, food and art. Welcome to an LA state of mind.

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LA is not just the city where Hollywood heavyweights reside, captains of “the biz” reign, and stalwarts of society come to play. Whether you are a foodie, fashionista, beach hippie, film buff or family on vacation, La-La Land has something for everyone and never disappoints. Los Angeles is a mammoth metropolis on the coast encompassing a collection of unique localities. I’ve highlighted a few of the most popular in this issue including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Hollywood and Disneyland. Let’s face it – Angelenos will find any excuse to spend time in the sun and embrace their outdoor lifestyle. And why not, when your setting includes beautiful beaches made for tanning or surfing and lush mountains with hidden canyons perfect for hiking. Check out Edge Gold List for the best LA alfresco spots to eat, watch a concert, shop or simply enjoy the great outdoors.

Stay tuned for the initial issue of 2010 coming out in early February showcasing the first ever EDGE HOT LIST. Our top leisure consultants will give their personal insight into the best of the best in the travel industry.

What a year 2009 has been! And through it all, I continue to look to the future with hope and remain ever inspired by the magic that travel brings to our lives. From all of us at Executive Edge Travel & Events, we wish you endless possibilities in 2010.

For now, it’s all about LA. The City of Angels embodies a place where anything is possible. After a few days in LA, you may even come to believe the fantasy. Surrender yourself to all things Hollywood and the fantasy will become real. So cheers to 2010 and here’s to possibility…

Sincerely, Kimberly Rosbe
Editor at Large

EDITORIAL

Santa Monica

Caught on Camera

Ok, admittedly at my age, I should be avoiding roller coasters. However, if Julie Andrews was singing about MY favourite things, roller coasters would actually be one of them. In fact, if there is an upside down, ten-story drop, cheesy or terrifying roller coaster in a 100-mile radius, I’m there. And I’m in the front row. Seriously. And as far as I’m concerned, a trip to LA is incomplete without a view of the beach from the top of Pacific Park’s roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier.

In September on my last visit to the City of Angels, I was vacationing with my gorgeous childhood friend Melissa. We spent our days and nights chilling in Malibu, shopping in West Hollywood and hitting the trendy LA restaurant and club scene. Staying in Santa Monica, she was perfectly content during the day having cocktails alfresco in between repeated visits to Fred Segal. However, I had other plans for us.

After much convincing and bribery, we tackled the long walk through the sea of humanity to the end of the Santa Monica Pier and site of its infamous amusement park. Hmmm –
shall we take the easy ferris wheel or front row on the (lamely named) Santa Monica West Coaster? That’s a no-brainer. The view looking back on LA from the roller coaster’s highest point is brilliant right before you are dropped off a cliff. At that moment when the ride tips the car and the free fall plummeting towards earth begins, a perfectly positioned camera snaps the moment. Afterwards, we checked out our photo and, I can honestly say, the expressions on our faces gave us one of the best laughs of my life. You know those classic Mastercard commercials where they list expensive items and their cost, then name something money can’t buy, proclaiming “For everything else, there’s Mastercard.” Here’s mine for LA: dinner at Nobu $190, suite at the Fairmont Miramar $350, convertible rental $200, necklace at Fred Segal $160, photo from the top of Santa Monica’s roller coaster, PRICELESS.

FEATURE

City of Angels

Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD

No one will ever forget when Richard Gere picked up Julia Roberts in that silver Lotus on Hollywood Boulevard in Pretty Woman. In reality Hollywood still embodies the magic of star power and the message, ‘It’s possible to transform one’s life.’

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts’ journey began on Hollywood Boulevard, fittingly so should yours. The Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame showcases thousands of embedded bronze star-shaped memorials honouring entertainment greats of past and present. Admittedly, trinket shops still abound on this street, but they no longer define the area thanks to a billion dollar 30-year revitalization plan to return Hollywood to its Golden Age. Pick up a Hollywood Walk of Fame CityPass which includes admission to major Hollywood attractions such as the Hollywood Museum and a Starline movie stars’ homes tour. Don’t miss the Hollywood & Highland Center – six levels including the Kodak Theater, home to the Academy Awards. Adjacent to the Hollywood & Highland complex is Grauman’s Chinese Theater, considered the most famous theater in the world. Curiously, its courtyard contains many body part concrete impressions of Hollywood legends – Betty Grable’s million dollar legs, Bogart’s footprints, etc. Hang around and you may get free tickets to a screening.

If the trove of cinema memorabilia on Hollywood Boulevard hasn’t satisfied your celebrity fix, head 10 minutes south to 5555 Melrose Avenue and the site of Paramount Studios. A tour of the back lots will almost guarantee a star sighting. I recommend booking tickets for a taping of a live television show while you are there. On Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood browse the trendy boutiques and art galleries. If you need a little superficial pampering, pop into Sunset Plaza’s Ole Henriksen’s Face/Body Spa or the Jessica Nail Clinic. West Hollywood is also home to some of the hottest restaurants in the city including AGO, Lucques, XIV, Nobu and my personal favorite Cecconi’s. Of course, the most famous LA eatery of all in this neighborhood is The Ivy, which remains the place to see and be seen. Book well ahead as the patio is still paparazzi central for celebs seeking photo ops.

WEST HOLLYWOOD HOTELS: Chateau Marmont, Le Montrose, The Mondrian, The Standard, Hyatt West Hollywood, Sunset Marquis Hotel, The London

BEVERLY HILLS

Hollywood

Dior, Chanel, Prada, Versace, Harry Winston… Beverly Hills is an oasis of high-fashion designer shopping paradise. A mere five-square miles, Beverly Hills oozes money in every corner. Boasting the world’s most recognisable zip code 90210, this exclusive super-posh neighborhood covered in palm trees and perfectly manicured lawns is home to many celebrities. And if you have that kind of wealth, where else do you go to shop but Rodeo Drive? Nowhere. But if window shopping is all you can afford in this economy, I suggest taking the The Beverly Hills Trolley Tour instead or visiting the sprawling Greystone Mansion, the setting for more than 20 films. The sweeping views from its hillside grounds will almost make you forget that dazzling necklace you saw at Cartier.

As my motto goes, “If you can’t shop, EAT!” The Golden Triangle has a range of delicious restaurants including Wolfgang Puck’s star-studded flagship Spago and the local favourite of the dining scene Mr. Chow’s. To rest your head after a day of all that shopping or eating, the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows is my favourite. In understated elegance enjoy lunch alfresco at their famed Polo Lounge or a poolside smoothie at their Cabana Club Cafe.

BEVERLY HILLS HOTELS: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, The Peninsula, Regent Beverly Wilshire, The Four Seasons, The Beverly Hilton

SANTA MONICA

Santa Monica

When LA locals declare they are “going to the beach,” most likely they are referring to Santa Monica. With 340 days of sunshine on average per year, it’s no wonder that this popular beach was where Baywatch was filmed for years. Its extremely wide beach is intersected by the famous Santa Monica Pier which just celebrated its 100th anniversary. Who knew that the pier is attempting to ‘go green’ by showcasing the world’s only solar-powered ferris wheel? Hugely popular with families the pier offers a wide variety of entertainment including highlights like the historic 1922 carousel, an interactive aquarium and rides in Pacific Park.

Come to Santa Monica to hit the beach like the natives, shop or eat. Tourists are commonly lured by the Third Street Promenade – a pedestrian-only shopping drag with blocks of open-air retail complete with an eclectic mix of sidewalk performers. But the real Santa Monica shops are on Main Street. Across the street is the California Heritage Museum which hosts a lively Sunday farmer’s market. For the true shopaholics, visit the trendy satellite location of Fred Segal on Broadway. Continue your chic merchandise quest between 6th and 17th streets along tree-lined Montana Avenue which is one of the best walking streets in all of LA.

To explore Santa Monica more quickly, rent a bicycle or roller skates at Perry’s Cafe & Rentals. Then head south to Venice Beach – the colourful area of humanity on display amidst artisans, T-shirt vendors, drum circles and Mr. Universe wannabes at Muscle Beach near 18th. Blend in by lubing up with baby oil, donning a bikini and roller skating the boardwalk. Further south along the ocean you’ll find Marina del Rey boasting the largest man-made, small-craft harbour on the planet. Hotels are abundant in Santa Monica, 38 at last count, which range from super lux to abominable. After a day of sun worshiping and walking the shops and beach, my favourite place to stay and dine in Santa Monica is Shutters on the Beach. Relax beach-side and have a casual seafood lunch at Shutter’s Coast in cool blue and white decor or dinner at Shutter’s One Pico restaurant – and be sure to ask for a window table. Last I stayed at Shutter’s, Jennifer Aniston was having an intimate dinner for two there.

SANTA MONICA HOTELS: The Fairmont Miramar, Shutters on the Beach, Loews, Casa del Mar, Huntley, Viceroy, Shangri-La, The Georgian

MALIBU

Malibu

When your visit gets too Hollywood and you need a break from the hustle, retreat to Malibu. Rent a convertible, put the top down and drive north from Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway about 30 minutes to where locals call “the Bu” for a laid-back beach town with a world-class art museum, top-notch restaurants, chic shopping and staggering natural beauty of sea and mountains. This understated community of merely 13,000 residents hugs the ocean and has no clear town center but is studded with multi-million dollar homes showcasing some of the most expensive real estate in the LA area, particularly in Malibu Beach Colony where the stars really live. If you are going to spot a celeb in Malibu, chances are it will be at Nobu Malibu in the Malibu Country Mart. Opt for the subtly lighted back room where its quieter. The open-air Malibu Country Mart just off the Pacific Coast Highway has long been a hangout for celebs desiring paparzzi-free shopping amongst over 50 retail stores. Just next to the Mart, the Malibu Lumber Yard has recently opened with chic, fashion forward shops such as Alice + Olivia, Intermix, Tory Burch and James Perse.

Malibu

Malibu is all about the great outdoors, whether it be surfing at the beach or going for a hike or horseback ride in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. In the morning, stroll the 780-foot long Malibu Pier and chat with the fishermen casting their lines. For a little culture, visit the Getty Villa, the Getty Center’s coastal counterpart filled with Greco-Roman antiquities dating back to 6,500 BC in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Next take a drive to Malibu Wines reached via the winding Mulholland Highway into the mountains. The wine tasting area is set on a serene green lawn under striped awnings. Sip a flight, relax on the Adirondack chairs or request bocce ball or a horseshoe game to be set up. Lunch at Geoffrey’s overlooking the ocean is a must, so sport your oversized sunglasses and whip out your credit card. A very LA healthy option for dinner is Terra serving organic meats and nonfarmed fish with most of the produce grown in its own gardens. Moonshadows is another tasty local dinner haunt. The best sunset? In Malibu’s Point Dume State Preserve take a walk to the top of this coastal bluff for a sweeping view of the entire Santa Monica Bay, the mountains and even Catalina Island beyond and you’ll begin to appreciate why stars come here for a little R&R. For overnight stays, oceanfront Malibu Beach Inn is a tranquil Zen-like oasis but expect a high price tag for your view. The more affordable option is Casa Malibu Inn, a rustic 21-room vine-covered cottage directly above the sand and a bit of a celeb hideout since the 50’s. Tip: Ask for one of the beachfront rooms Numbers 101 to 108.

DISNEYLAND

Disneyland

Allow about an hour from LA to get to Anaheim, home to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. This is the real Mickey Mouse theme park which still manages to captivate the young and the young at heart. Billed as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” these two parks are the oldest of all the worldwide Disney attractions and the birthplace of Disney magic. Each park is filled with exciting rides, shows and attractions guaranteed to make anyone smile. Disneyland’s recent additions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and an updated Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. At Disney’s California Adventure don’t miss A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and a new 4–D video game ride called Toy Story Mania. Admission ranges between $56-66 US and under two is free. Most interesting ride for adults in my opinion? Soarin’ Over California. This ingenious ride mimics a flight simulator that takes you on a hang glider ride over California’s major cities, the Napa Valley, the coast, orange groves and eventually Disneyland. Very cool. Adjacent to the theme park, Downtown Disney is 20 acres of an admission-free lively mixture of shops, restaurants and nightlife which includes the House of Blues, ESPN Zone and Rain Cafe.

CATALINA ISLAND

Catalina

A mere 90 minutes from LA and you can be a world away on the West Coast’s most romantic island. Catalina makes you feel like you’ve escaped to Southern Italy minus the pasta and 10 hour flight. Take the ferry from Marina del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point and drift over to a chic yet chilled out island in the Pacific complete with remarkable landscape, spectacular views, delish seafood and bountiful outdoor activities. Rent a sea kayak, bike or golf cart to get around then hit Descanso Beach for some scuba diving or snorkeling. For a truly unique Catalina experience, go fly fishing at night and watch as you speed along in a motorboat while the fly fish literally fly next to you.

Although there are a surprisingly large selection of places to stay on such a small island, I recommend The Inn on Mount Ada which was formerly the Wrigley mansion. As the story goes, William Wrigley Jr., well-known owner of the Chicago Cubs, bought 99% of Catalina in 1919 and hand-selected this beautiful piece of land perched over the harbour because it caught the best light at sunrise and sunset. He named the house Mt. Ada as a gift for his beloved wife Ada. The Wrigley’s were renowned for their parties and entertained some very famous guests over the years including the Prince of Wales, President Calvin Coolidge and President Warren Harding. If it’s good enough for the Wrigley’s, I think it’s good enough for us.

CATALINA HOTELS: Avalon Hotel, Inn on Mt. Ada, Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa, Hotel Metropole, Hotel St. Lauren, Villa Portofino, Zane Grey Pueblo, Aurora Hotel, Pavilion Lodge, Old Turner Inn

EDGE TRAVEL

Panarea Travel Diary
by Daniela Starvaggi

I have been truly fortunate and had the opportunity to travel to the Aeolian Islands for the last six years in a row. I met my husband there on my first ever trip to these beautiful Islands and coming from an Eolian background, I can speak from a true local’s point of view. Honestly, each trip has been better than the last and has been filled with amazing new experiences amidst the comforting familiarity.

The Aeolian Islands are a group of seven volcanic islands, each unique and amazingly picturesque in its own way. Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi lie off the coast of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea and can be reached a few different ways – hydrofoil, ship or helicopter from the mainland. Personally I feel that the journey is part of the experience and the holiday really begins at this point. I always love to stand out on the back deck of the hydrofoil and watch the coastline of the Italian mainland and Sicily slip away then eagerly wait for that first glimpse of my favourite place in the world. However if you are not like me and would prefer another method, you can opt to travel by ship or, if you want to arrive in style like a true VIP, take a helicopter.

I have chosen to focus on Panarea because I am asked about this special island the most. Panarea is the smallest island in the group at 3.4 kms and an inactive volcano. Being the smallest it is also the most exclusive and known all over the world to the jet set. In summer it is the holiday choice of a number of international A list celebrities. With that said, it is always wise to remember that the island can get a little expensive. In fact, it is by far the most expensive in the group. Most things are shipped in from the mainland and tourism is the island locals’ main source of income.

The best time to travel to Panarea is between mid-May and early October. However if you are not fond of the heat, I would definitely recommend that you stay away in July and August. Unlike Melbourne summers, the island’s summer weather is very consistent. It is your typical Mediterranean climate and you very rarely have a bad day during the hottest months. Needless to say that Panarea’s tourism industry hits it peak in July and August, so it is always wise to book well in advance.

Panarea is very panoramic and you can get carried away taking photos of the beautiful views. The island has that amazing Mediterranean feel to it. With the white-rendered houses, bougainvillea dripping over every hillside, an abundance of fig and cactus trees and beautiful turquoise waters, it is easy to feel truly relaxed.

Being small means that there are no cars on the island and everything is basically in walking distance. The main area of Panarea is San Pietro which is where the port is located. Most hotels, restaurants, bars and a small range of shops are located in this area. The island has a small sandy beach which is about a 20 minute walk from the port. Being an inactive volcano means that the terrain can get a little steep. Should you not wish to walk, you can opt to get around by taxi, which is a golf buggy!

I recommend that whilst there you swim in the Bay of Cala Junco which can only be accessed by boat or on foot. The walk is about 45 minutes from the main port and, speaking from personal experience, it can get difficult at points. There are also a large number of boat excursions that I recommend you take whilst you enjoy your stay on Panarea including exploring the island’s inlets and visiting the offshore rocks Lisca Bianca and Lisca Nera. And if you choose to stay on Panarea, I definitely would still recommend that you explore the other islands in the archipelago.

On dry land the church of San Pietro is a good place to visit and admire the beautiful mosaics. The piazza of the church is also the perfect place to stop and photograph a panoramic view of the offshore rocks. Don’t miss the prehistoric village from the Bronze Age 1400 BC and viewing the Stone Huts. If you are like me and are just wanting to relax, the island is the perfect place to snorkel, have a picnic or simply read a good book.

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EDGE GOLD LIST

Top Alfresco Venues in LA

In sizzling hip LA, being “out” is “in.” The great outdoors offers some of the quintessentially LA places to dine, dance, hang out, chill out or be seen. From open-air eateries to outdoor concerts to poolside movie nights, maximize every second of LA’s temperate, sunny weather by taking advantage of the endless alfresco venues around the city. Now, go on, GET OUT!

Hollywood Bowl

An iconic LA venue and outdoor destination for Angelenos since 1920. Today it is a must on any music lovers’ visit to the City of Angels. With a capacity of 18,000 this is the country’s largest outdoor amphitheater where the biggest names in jazz, pop, rock and classical perform alfresco. Whether you are in the box seats or elsewhere, bring a picnic. Picnic areas open four hours prior to the start of each concert. Also, every year one musical is chosen to run for a few weeks. This year it was Guys and Dolls starring Jessica Biel as the lead Sarah Brown.
2301 N. Highland Ave,
Hollywood (800)745-3000 for tickets

XIV

Entrepreneur Sam Nazarian’s latest venture, the opulent Sunset Strip restaurant XIV features James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and boasts Philippe Stark design. XIV’s eclectic patio, a postmodern interpretation of a 17th-century French chateau, is THE place to chill at the moment.
8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Annenberg Community Beach House
at Santa Monica State Beach

LA philanthropist Wallis Annenberg has partnered with the city of Santa Monica to restore a William Randolph Hearst-owned building from the 1920’s. Together they have created a unique public beach experience with no membership required. The property features a historic pool, beach tennis courts, event and meeting spaces, volleyball courts, gardens, children’s play areas and a cafe.

415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica

The Roof Garden,
The Peninsula Beverly Hills

After undergoing a $4 million renovation, the newly designed Roof Garden at the Peninsula Hotel has sweeping city views, gorgeous alfresco seating, heated-floor patio and a fire pit. During the week dine on local organic produce and protein powder herbal drinks or choose the four-course summer weekend barbecue menu. Be sure to request a private cabana – the service will make you feel like a celebrity.
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

Getty Center

Check out this LA institution designed by renowned architect Richard Meier in the hills north of Brentwood. The Center has begun Saturday’s Off the 405 – free outdoor concerts on select Saturdays during the summer months in addition to Garden Concerts for Kids on weekend afternoons in the Central Garden. Art, food, music, family and culture – can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday?
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles

High Lounge at Hotel Erwin,
Venice Beach

In the heart of the Venice beach scene, chuckle at the street performers on the boardwalk below your glass railing 7th floor perch at High’s rooftop lounge. A coastal hangout perfect for watching sunsets amidst planters of swaying grasses – picture large bowls of wheatgrass blowing in the breeze.
1697 Pacific Avenue, Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium

An American ballpark classic, what better way to spend an afternoon than with a hotdog in hand cheering on the beloved LA Dodgers in their home stadium.
1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles

Asia de Cuba and Sky Bar,

Mondrian Hotel

The Mondrian showcases a sophisticated modern urban scene at its restaurant Asia de Cuba and its famed Sky Bar hanging over the city. Food at Asia de Cuba is an intoxicating fusion menu served in spectacular open-air setting. Head past the velvet rope after dinner for some literal and figurative star gazing, glamourous “somebodys” and the best nighttime view of the city.
8440 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

In the beautiful wooded setting of Topanga Canyon, this outdoor natural amphitheater brings visitors classic Shakespearian productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Cymbeline. This season, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard also ran for 3 months.

1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga www.theatricum.com

Mulholland Drive

One of the best kept local secrets in LA is Mulholland Drive. The views are incredible and the road itself is a thrill to drive. After dark, views will take your breathe away.

W Hotel-Westwood Poolside Movie Nights

Sunday nights are alfresco movie nights at the W Hotel-Westwood’s pool. Catch a flick here hosted by the Summer Cinema Series complete with cabana seating and table service by the pool.

930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles

Farmer’s Market

A famous LA landmark dating back 75 years remains one of the city’s most popular outdoor destinations offering open-air produce stalls, one-of-a-kind shops and the best people watching in LA.
6333 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Wave Restaurant and Bar,

Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

Poolside restaurant with first-class service and direct access to the marina promenade. Soak up the sun on teak furniture as you watch sailboats float by. After lunch book a private yacht cruise from the Marina del Rey harbour. FantaSea Yachts and Yacht Club are affordable even for small groups.
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Housing the largest collection of art in the Western United States, the LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard also boasts free evening concerts in its courtyard on weekends with a selection of jazz on Friday nights, Latin music on Saturdays and classical on Sundays. Capture the sounds of summer and visual cultural arts in one outing.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles www.lacma.org

Roof top lounge at The Kress

Nightlife guru Mike Viscuso created this Hollywood landmark multi-floor club. It sports a spicy fifth-story rooftop complete with cabanas and a 360-degree view of the city which even showcases the legendary Hollywood sign. Start your evening on the ground floor dining on fine Japanese cuisine, then work your way up to the levels of cocktails and dancing.
6608 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Conservatory Grill,
Montage Beverly Hills

The Montage is the newest 5 star luxury hotel to open in Beverly Hills in over a decade. Its Conservatory Grill serving quality inventive California cuisine is a rooftop restaurant with a cozy fireplace and a panoramic view over Beverly Hills. Ask for one of the coveted tables by the edge for maximum viewing enjoyment.
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

Fun for the whole family, this casual Malibu restaurant on the beach serves up seafood, burgers and more with your feet dug in the sand. It’s the only eatery in Malibu with its own private beach and cove. Spend the day with the kids then watch the sunset with a cocktail.
28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Tropicana Bar, Roosevelt Hotel

A Hollywood legend’s playground for the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, the Roosevelt Hotel’s old-school poolside Tropicana bar still rocks on weekends from lunch until 2am. Entry is a bit tight, so wear a hip ensemble and once inside order a strawberry mojito amidst the patio buzz.
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Pagoda Bar

Towering 250-feet above Hollywood Boulevard, this former private estate was once an authentic Kyoto palace. Newly reopened as a restaurant, the poolside Pagoda Bar and refined gardens are a glam spot to soak up the summer sun, down a cool drink and appreciate the 180-degree view of Hollywood.
1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood

EDGE PHOTO COMPETITION

Edge Around the World

This month’s photo contest entries just blew us away. Everyone’s photos were incredible and we thank you for taking us along on your adventures. After much deliberation, the Edge Around the World contest winner for our December issue is Simon Obel who snapped this priceless moment in front of the Great Pyramids at Giza in Egypt. Congrats Simon!

For our well-traveled clients, keep sending your entries. Next issue coming out beginning of February, our favourite client’s photo will be chosen and featured in GETAWAY and receive a gorgeous travel prize. For consideration in the February issue, entries must be received by January 10th. (details below)

Simply shoot and win! Executive Edge Travel & Events continues its all-client worldwide competition with exciting bi-monthly travel prizes. Everyone can participate and has a chance to win. Only three simple steps to enter:

  1. Book your trip with Executive Edge Travel.
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EDGE TRAVEL

Panarea (cont)

Panarea has a range of accommodation options from B&B’s, rooms/houses for rent and a few hotels:

Hotel Cincotta – The hotel is the oldest hotel on the Island and decorated in typical Eolian style offering beautiful panoramic views.

Hotel Raya – Hotel Raya is a small boutique hotel where simplicity is the key. It is definitely the most well-known of all the hotels on the island and is considered the internationally renowned place to be seen. Even if you stay at an alternative property, it is definitely worth stopping in for a drink or to dance under the stars at the Raya night spot.

Best Western Lisca Bianca – The hotel is well situated with some rooms offering views of the port.

Overall, Panarea is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, honeymooners, adult travelers and older families. I would recommend that people who are not very mobile and those with younger families opt to stay on the larger Island of Lipari, which is approximately 45 minutes away. From Lipari they can easily access Panarea by hydrofoil for a day trip or choose to enjoy a boat excursion. For me the Aeolian Islands are magical. Even as one trip comes to an end, I eagerly count the days and months until my next trip to the place that I fondly call my second home.