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Private Lodging Offerings at California Hotels and Resorts

As trip planning begins to ramp up, safety has become travelers’ top priority, shifting the trend from traditional accommodations to those that are designed to provide the utmost privacy and seclusion. Many of California’s hotels offer private villas, casitas and bungalows, allowing travelers to enjoy their vacation without the constant worry of crowds. Below is a selection of hotels that offer these types of secluded rooms, ranging from 5-star luxury resorts to outdoor adventure retreats.

At the Inn at Death Valley, the 22 new casitas surrounded by a palm tree grove come as a result of a recent multi-million dollar renovation and provide excellent proximity to the nearby national park. In Palm Springs, the Avalon Hotel offers private one or two bedroom bungalows for a secluded retreat reminiscent of Palm Springs’ golden age and La Serena Villas offers bungalows with private outdoor spaces for a romantic, adult’s only retreat. In Borrego Springs, La Casa Del Zorro’s casitas come with private spas and private pools for relaxation after exploring Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Central Coast
Looking for an off-the-grid retreat in the outdoors? Alisal Guest Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley offers a California dude ranch experience with an on-site lake, horseback riding, and more. The new Private Ranch Retreat package allows visitors to book a block of 10-20 rooms for family or friends, as well as private rides and kids activities. In Santa Barbara, San Ysidro Ranch offers private cottages nested within the gardens or overlooking the water sprawled out over 500 acres. In Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn is a luxury adults-only retreat with a range of private accommodations including upscale treehouses and cliffside homes.

Wine Country
Napa Valley offers a world class wine vacation paired with all of the ultra-private accommodations one could need! Calistoga Ranch offers 50 free standing guest lodges nestled within Napa Valley’s natural surroundings and Solage Calistoga’s private suites come with their own hot tub. Carneros Resort & Spa offers vacation homes and cottages that come equipped with enclosed private patios, in-room wine dispensers and the option to book conjoined cottages for small group travel. Indian Springs Calistoga offers cottages, bungalows, homes and lodges with access to the on-property mineral hot springs for the ultimate relaxing vacation.

Central Valley & High Sierra
The great outdoors awaits in Yosemite at the newly renovated Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabins, which includes 50 two-bedroom cabins surrounded by picturesque views that combine the refined comforts of a modern cabin and the perks of a full-service resort. In California’s Central Valley, Wilbur Hot Springs offers solar lodges and cabins among a 1500 acre nature preserve with hot springs, hiking and biking trails and more. 

Los Angeles & Orange County
To experience true Hollywood glamour, Chateau Marmont and the Sunset Marquis provide private accommodations along the famous Sunset Strip, just steps away from classic music venues, world-class restaurants and more. In Beverly Hills, guests can live life like a star with a stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel “legendary” bungalows, which housed celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin and today are designed to include elements of each star’s life. The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes both provide beachfront escapes with luxurious and spacious private accommodations that are perfect for family escapes or girls getaways.

Note: As communities re-open after COVID-19-related closures, some parks, businesses and attractions may still be closed or have new protocols in place. Please verify local guidelines and regulations for all destinations and hours and availability of individual businesses before publishing. Check out Visit California’s Responsible Travel Hub for guidance on how visitors can travel within California safely.