Treat yourself to a spa appointment

A bright Branzino dish served at FIG Restaurant located in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. (photography courtesy of FIG)

We read on the balcony, glancing up periodically at a mile of ocean crashing against the sand. We read poolside, enjoying cocktails while the kid and a friend splashed around. We read in the welcoming lobby bar, along the edge of a fountain and in the company of the koi. We read in the room’s Eames chair, with the tops of palm trees quivering in the breeze outside. You can take your books to dinner and read while enjoying FIG Restaurant’s clean, locally sourced, and delicious food. (It’s easy for residents to overlook hotel restaurants, but the recent menu revamp from executive chef Jason Prendergast has turned FIG into a destination restaurant for tourists and locals alike.) You can take your book to a day at the beach just across Ocean Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. You can even take your books home with you. The Fairmont wants you to fall in love with reading all over again. And, in celebration of Bedside Reading’s second anniversary, the Fairmont began a series of author events and book signings that will run throughout the year.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel bungalows provide respite from the sun and a perfect perch to squeeze in some extra reading. (image: Christian Horan Photography)

The Fairmont offers anything the traveler might want within its walls. Join a yoga class at the elegant Exhale studio or, on weekends, take a cardio class in the garden. Treat yourself to a spa appointment. Chow down on gourmet street food while listening to a KCRW DJ’s excellent tunes at the Night Market, every Thursday through Nov. 7. Enjoy a stellar flat white at the newly opened outpost of Dogtown Coffee. The gents can get a haircut at Lloyd’s, where you’ll be offered a shot of bourbon, cognac or scotch. For the ladies, there’s a blowout and glass of wine waiting for you at Glam&Go. And if you choose to venture forth, there are dozens of things to entertain within a few blocks of the property. Shop Santa Monica’s famous Third Street Promenade. Tool down the beach on a complimentary bike cruiser. Choose from a rich array of activities in this lively slice of paradise. That is, if you can pull yourself away from your book.

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