My father always said that camping for me was the hotel not having any room service. Cold showers and bug bites are not my idea of having fun. But I suppose if I had to “rough it” I’d check in to the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills for a camping retreat. One of the ultimate luxury hotels in the world that is taking the glamorous life of camping to a whole new level.
Starting at $3,500 a night, you can enjoy a night under the stars in a lavish pop up tent on a massive 2,140 square-foot terrace, which can only be accessed by the hotel’s vintage wrought iron and historic marble staircase from 1928.
Bill Wiley, the Chairman of the Board of Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors bureau, says the Veranda Suite terrace has been occupied by celebrities in the past and now “they've created this wonderful indoor, outdoor urban experience where you can kind of go camping but at the end of the day, really, who wants to rough it when they go to bed?” But, don’t head off to bed just yet.
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With a 270-degree breathtaking backdrop of Hollywood Hills and Rodeo Drive, you and your friends can start the night right by sharing this view and sipping champagne and Chardonnay poured by a sommelier.
Toast the night away to friends and good food as your personal executive chef prepares an 8-course gourmet meal that will certainly be a hit on your Instagram feed. This elaborate dinner, that looks more like a tasting table at a Michelin-starred restaurant, begins with a bite or two of Harissa smoked Bluefin tuna accompanied with a burnt avocado crema. Before your last bite, the chef is already plating your next dish using kitchen tweezers as he delicately rests brightly-colored microgreens on top of fire charred beets. Followed by two mini ravioli rounds filled with soft sheep’s milk ricotta cheese layered on a velvety squash puree. And, before your food coma kicks in, like an orchestra at a symphony your main meal is served. A beautifully marbled and prepared to perfection Japanese “Mishima” ultra Wagyu beef topped with a small dollop of salty, creamy special reserve Ossetra caviar to gently enhance the flavor of this rare and rich cut of meat.
Deciding to stick with the basics while planning the menu, Samir Roonwal, the executive chef at Beverly Wilshire, also wanted to include “a high-end elegant cooking style” using charcoal and wood fire ovens like you would when camping.
But, if you thought the richness ended there, think again while you fight for more room to breath and guess what’s for dessert.
Just like camping in the great outdoors, you’ll be roasting s’mores around an open fire but with a twist. The executive pastry chef takes this classic campfire treat and wraps 24-karat gold leafs around the marshmallow before toasting the pillowy goodness with a culinary butane torch over a charcoal fire.
“I have reimagined it for our glamping experience” said Chris Ford, the executive pastry chef at Beverly Wilshire. He goes on to describe what’s hiding inside this gooey vanilla bean marshmallow:
"The inside is a caramelized chocolate ganache. So it’s toasted from the inside out… and it sits atop a graham cracker.”
Talk about the sweet life, but it doesn’t end there. As you wrap up the night and go to sleep in your cone-shaped tent, toss your shoes off before stepping onto the gold accent and fur throw rug greeting you at the entrance. Rest your head on the oversized plush pillows in a bed draped with luxury linens, you’re only an arm’s length away from charging your smartphone on the antique nightstands, and don’t forget to shut off the lights on the marble lamps and crystal chandelier hanging above before getting some shut-eye.
To say this is an ‘experience' is truly an understatement, this is luxury living at its finest and the furthest thing from an actual authentic camping trip. But when it’s done Beverly Hills style, anything goes.
The Beverly Wilshire is approaching its 90th anniversary and this 5-star pop up idea was inspired by hotel management hoping to generate some new buzz for their milestone celebration.
Ben Trodd, the regional vice president and general manager of the Beverly Wilshire, says “we thought we’d do something fun, something different and we have this really, really unique space here… ‘why not use it for an outdoor glamping experience?’”
So, if you’re looking to reward yourself early this Christmas then you better act fast, this urban "glamping" escape at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) is only available until December 31, 2017.