Travel two hours west by catamaran (15 minutes by chopper) from Long Beach, San Pedro or Marina Del Rey; take a five-minute taxi cab ride up the side of the hill of Santa Catalina Island; then enter through the 24-hour guard gates into the Mediterranean masterpiece that is Hamilton Cove.
Hamilton Cove's stark white vacation villas are exquisitely carved into the side of the island in the fashion of an old Mediterranean village. With a mini golf course, tennis courts, gym, beach volleyball court, swimming pool and recreation center right on the sand, this secluded locale makes a perfect Los Angeles meeting destination or getaway. Virtually every one- to six-bedroom villa has a balcony with unobstructed views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Wow, what an escape!
Each villa comes with your very own golf cart to cruise the car-less island. This amenity alone makes it worth the extra cash when really looking to impress your high-paying clients or group of business execs.
Cvent Planner Insider Tip: Each villa is privately owned and range in decor. Book these killer pads early to indulge in suede luxe furnishings instead of tiki and wicker. And don't forget to book conference space at the posh Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa, the island's only on-site conference center.