The Perfect Staycation in Malibu
Springtime in Malibu is the quintessential time to break from life’s daily rhythms and escape for a well-deserved staycation. With its stunning beaches, picturesque mountainous backdrop, and abundance of things to do—from hiking and kayaking, to spa treatments and fine dining, Malibu and its surrounding area is the ideal location for a relaxing long-weekend retreat.
Begin your getaway with a glass of wine or signature cocktail from CBC Malibu‘s award-winning bar director Josh Curtis on your oceanfront balcony, taking in views of the iconic Malibu Pier, rolling Pacific waves, and strolling beachgoers.
Afterward, head to Malibu Country Mart for tasty traditional Greek appetizers at Taverna Tony, known as much for its direct-from-Greece decor and atmosphere as its delectable dishes, followed by browsing through the market’s collection of exquisitely curated stores. The mix of such big-name brands as PAIGE, Cynthia Rowley, Rubin&Chapelle, and Oliver Peoples, and boutiques like John Varvatos, Bleusalt, and Canvas Malibu offers an eclectic blend of art, fashion, beauty, and design that speaks to individuals of all styles and tastes.
When dinnertime beckons, savor local ingredients and the bright flavors of the region at CBC Malibu, where executive chef Ryan Caldwell and his team source seasonal, fresh produce and meat in order to craft coastal-inspired dishes. Enjoy each bite while watching the sky transform into a wash of oranges, pinks, and purples as the sun makes its way below the horizon for the night.
Kick off the following day with breakfast in bed followed by a morning walk on the beach. Make your way over to the Malibu Pier, a short five minute stroll from Malibu Beach Inn, and enjoy the show of surfers catching the first waves of the morning along Surfrider Beach. If you’re itching to get in the water yourself, rent a kayak from Malibu Surf Shack and explore the beautiful coastline at your leisure.
After your outing, grab some lunch to-go from Malibu Farm Cafe on the end of Malibu Pier, and make a beach picnic of it. If you’re looking for a secluded experience, drive down to El Matador State Beach, a favorite spot (that requires a bit of a hike to get to) peppered with dramatic rock formations, tide pools, and caves.
Continue admiring the area’s singular landscape on a late-afternoon drive around Malibu. While there are several appealing options to get off the beaten path and really dive into the region’s unique history and topography, few things can beat cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway and soaking in the salty air, sunshine, and views.
When you’re ready to call it a night, wind down the day with a glass of wine from our six-time Wine Spectator Awards-winning wine list followed by just-caught whole branzino paired with a seasonal farmer’s salad or little gem Caesar salad, crispy artichokes, and savory mango panna cotta to round out the meal.
Stretch and expand your lungs on a scenic Malibu hike the following morning. Springtime weather is ideal for hiking, with the Southern California sunshine offering just the right amount of warmth and the air still cool enough in the mornings to keep you comfortable. The area is filled with idyllic options, including 8,000-acre Malibu Creek State Park, Escondido Falls, a moderate hike ending at a three-tier waterfall, or Sycamore Canyon, a more challenging hike that offers spectacular ocean views at its peak.
Back at Malibu Beach Inn, soothe your muscles and your mind with a spa treatment (or two) at the onsite CURE Daily Spa suite. The menu of options spans from the traditional (signature facials and massages, reiki, stretch therapy) to more unique options such as IV therapy, botox, and micro-needling. It’s a customizable experience designed to pinpoint precisely what your body needs to return to—and remain at—its best state.
Feeling relaxed and at ease, cozy up with your favorite bottle of wine and menu items from the in-room dining menu, and reflect on the activities of your staycation while dreaming up your next getaway.