Los Angeles is finally getting a hotel worthy of its iconic hills. Bulgari Hotels & Resorts just announced its first L.A. location with an opening planned for 2025. Set on 33 acres in Benedict Canyon near Beverly Hills, the property will feature unparalleled views of the hillsides and the city beyond.
The famous canyons of L.A. are mostly known for conveniently bad cell service (“Mom, mom, I’m heading into the canyon. I’ll have to call you back”) and addresses of the silly-rich and mega-famous. Benedict Canyon has been home to everyone from Roman Polanski to Kim Kardashian.
But luxury hotels are less common in those residential enclaves. The Bulgari Resort will feature 58 rooms and suites, eight private estates and a signature restaurant. The property will feature a 10,000-square foot spa, a gym, cinema and eight-seat sushi bar. This will be only the second Bulgari resort property in the U.S., following a Miami opening in 2024.
Details are still emerging but the emphasis will be on ultra-privacy, with discrete bungalows arrayed across the eastern half of the property. Eight resort residences will range in size from 12,000 to 48,000 square feet, each with private land of at least an acre. The largest is set on five acres.
South African design firm Studio SAOTA worked with Milan-based architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel on a plan that pays close attention both to the environment and the concerns of nervous neighbors. More than a thousand trees will be planted to maintain the property’s natural habitats. Those will be integrated with hundreds of old-growth and native canopy trees that, along with ponds and bioswales, give the resort a tropical, almost Balinese look, if the renderings are any indication.
Although both the Bel-Air Hotel and Beverly Hills Hotel are nearby, the new Bulgari resort is higher up in the canyon, offering (potentially) more of a hideaway feel.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what this distinctive property will look like. Bulgari certainly knows its luxury and this has all the makings of a next-level retreat for Los Angeles.