There’s a little known secret hidden away in Southern California, and it isn’t Catalina Island. This gem is instead tucked away in Malibu, providing some of the best resort experiences and activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Nestled in the stunning hillside of the Malibu Canyon, is Malibu’s best kept secret — and the only resort in the region. Offering a picturesque blend of luxury and rustic charm, this exclusive haven is redefining the standard of indulgence for travelers and locals alike. While many who travel through Southern California may gravitate toward Los Angeles to be closer to the action and glamour of the city, true relaxation and escapism lies within Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club.

With a rich history that dates back over 80 years, the Gerson Family invites guests to enjoy the over-250-acre resort with a boasting array of unparalleled amenities. From a private beach club with breathtaking ocean views, to a private horseback riding excursion, serene poolside relaxation, a world-class spa, and incredible dining experiences, this one-of-a-kind property is nothing less than extraordinary.

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For more than eight decades, five generations of the Gerson family have valued and revered the 250-acre estate, which was purchased by J. Grant Gerson in 1937. Moreover, Calamigos is the only upscale resort in Malibu that offers a beachside club exclusively for members and guests, as well as a private ranch in the Malibu Wine Country. With its luxurious cabins, cottages, bungalows, and estate rooms built on the property’s rural grounds, Calamigos embodies the pinnacle of sustainable luxury. Every home is meticulously constructed to be cozy and to coexist sustainably with the untouched landscape around it. A fire pit and soaking tub are common outdoor features in most rooms, which are perfect for relaxing in the evenings.
Enveloped in serenity, the resort is fitting for large and small families, groups of friends, romantic getaways, or even corporate retreats.

Outside of the luxurious suites, guests can enjoy the Calamigos Beach Club located just off the PCH in Malibu – where they take on the LA-lifestyle by renting paddle boards, soaking up the SoCal sun with a private beach butler, or dine at the Beach Club restaurant. For the more adventurous guests, the Calamigos team can arrange private guided hikes along the property, yoga and a sound bath, horseback riding, pickleball matches, and fitness sessions. On the other end of the activity spectrum, a reviving facial or calming massage can help guests balance their mind, body, and spirit, available in-room at Spa Calamigos or at the spa. Foodies can enjoy the renowned Calamigos Burger and fish tacos poolside, or they can choose to dress up and eat at the Ranch Club, the on-site restaurant, where they can sample a variety of dishes such fresh sushi, sirloin, miso glazed salmon, and seasonal salads. Finally, notable dessert options include chocolate fondue and freshly baked cookies served with milk upon request.

Visitors can prepare to be whisked away on an extraordinary journey where every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure an unparalleled level of luxury and comfort at Calamigos Guest Ranch. This hidden away, little known secret invites guests to immerse themselves in the world of nature, where each moment is a testament to the extraordinary and an homage to all things Malibu.

Calamigos Guest Ranch is located at 327 S Latigo Canyon Road, in Malibu, California. The Beach Club is located only a short drive away, where Corral Canyon meets the Pacific Coast Highway (guests are transported by house cars). Rooms can be booked online at, or by calling the front desk at (818)-540-2440. Visit their website to learn more.