Nobu Ryokan Malibu
A ryokan is a style of traditional Japanese inn that’s been around since the eighth century. While considerably less old and considerably more swanky, that’s nevertheless the unique blend of lifestyle and hospitably that Nobu Ryokan Malibu is striving to conjure.
Found on a pristine patch of the Malibu coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway, Nobu Ryokan Malibu is a serene, impeccably-designed hotel. The building used to be a motel in the 1950s and, oh, how times have changed. Today, there are naturally-stained teak and ipe woods used throughout, which combined with skylights, add to the tranquil ambience. Lush gardens and private decks look out over the ocean. And the 16 individually decorated guestrooms are an exercise in luxury, with ocean views, tatami mats, and soaking pools, not to mention Italian bed linens, yukata robes, and bamboo towels.
And if that wasn’t enough, the famed Nobu Malibu restaurant is just steps away. While Nobu dishes are known the world over – the black cod with miso, the hamachi with jalapeño – there’s something about enjoying them in Malibu, with the soft rustling roar of the waves in the background, that just brings something extra. Throw in a gleaming Californian sunset and there’s basically no other place you’d want to be – especially when all you need to do at the end of the night is take a gentle stroll back to Nobu Ryokan Malibu to the sumptuous surrounds of your guestroom.