Cacti, Waves and Yoga, Oh My!: Native Hotel, Malibu
Malibu is hands down one of my favorite parts of the ‘Greater Los Angeles Area,’ and until recently it had been lacking mid-priced boutique hotels. There’s luxury escapes hidden in the hills, or Airbnb’s, but Malibu really hasn’t offered much to travelers like ourselves in terms of affordable design-forward properties.
Welcome the Native Hotel! Situated right off the Pacific Coast Highway, and originally built in 1947, the remodeled Native Hotel has unveiled a ‘modernist retreat’ for not only surfers seeking Malibu’s epic waves, but those who Travel by Design. Folklor LA, the same design firm that had their hands in Koreatown’s The Line Hotel, is responsible for the facelift of this old motel that use to welcome guests like Marilyn Monroe and Bob Dylan.
Literally steps away from world-famous beaches like Zuma Beach & Point Dume, it is perfectly located and impeccably designed for any beach-goer. The thirteen king-size rooms are individually curated with artwork done specifically for the Native Hotel, and offer subtle features like exposed beams, concrete flooring and vintage rugs.
Fresh whites and natural woods cover the rooms from floor to ceiling, and amenities like African cotton print bathrobes and bundles of sage are included in each guest room. Their suites are the perfect place to unwind and relax with the ocean breeze flowing through the room. All of the windows fully open, and each room offers a private patio through Dutch doors.
Upon arrival I was welcomed by a sweet young lady who showed me around the property, and walked me through the Yoga, coffee and waffles schedule in the morning. Brooklyn retailer, Jill Lindsey, has curated a special boutique in the lobby, complete with kaftans, sunglasses, and brands like Grown Alchemist and Public Market for sale. However, the lobby isn’t the only place she’s put her touch. You’ll find her products in the guestrooms, and in the shed-turned-spa where yoga and beauty treatments take place.
While Malibu could use about ten more Native Hotels, this property is a wonderful start. Set on three acres there is a lot of room for creativity. Word on the street is that Habitas and Native Hotel are forming a partnership to bring guests luxury tents outfitted with soaking tubs under the stars.
If you're visiting in the summer, and aren't used to having no A/C, you may enjoy an extra fan. And if you're looking for a zen retreat, this is absolutely your spot!!