Ultimate 1-Percenter's Summer Weekend: Live in Luxury
This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Rent a new supercar at Beverly Hills' Black & White Car Rental (8800 Burton Way) -- its black Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador Mansory Edition goes from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds (for $5,500 a day). For dinner, reserve a table at Wolfgang Puck's Cut steakhouse (9500 Wilshire Blvd.) and slice into a 100 percent Japanese Wagyu eight-ounce rib-eye ($155). Then enjoy a staycation at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills (300 S. Doheny Drive) in the 3,235-square-foot Presidential Suite East. At $10,000 a night, it's the most expensive hotel room in L.A. that's available for a night or two.
Call up stylist and personal shopper Nicole Pollard of LalaLuxe (lalaluxe.com), whose clients include Middle Eastern royalty. She'll ring up some shops on Rodeo Drive (such as Saint Laurent, Dior and Martin Katz) to open early for private shopping. "I can't reserve a store for anyone," advises Pollard. "They have to be known as a shopper." A client will be expected to spend $50,000 minimum for the privilege. (Total: around $60,000, which includes the fee for Pollard, who'll arrange for a car and driver, Champagne, and scones from Urth Cafe.) Midday, reserve the private spa suite The Enclave at the Hotel Bel-Air's Spa by La Prairie (701 Stone Canyon Road) for a light lunch and the $1,000, 90-minute White Caviar Illuminating Facial (half-day suite reservation; price upon request).
In the afternoon, head east for more avant-garde but no less spendy shopping. West Hollywood's Maxfield (8825 Melrose Ave.), a destination for labels like Balmain and Rick Owens, recently was ranked by Bundle, which analyzes consumer spending, as the fifth-most-expensive store in the U.S. It has a new competitor for the crown in Just One Eye (7000 Romaine St.), located in Howard Hughes' former Hollywood headquarters and selling items like Mai Lamore's peacock-feather pumps ($20,880). At sundown, head to the sublime n/aka (3455 Overland Ave.), helmed by one of the sushi world's few female chefs, Niki Nakayama, where the 13-course tasting menu with wine pairings runs $250 a person. After dinner, sip a rare Macallan 64-year-old Scotch ($64,000 for 2 oz.) at reservation-only £10 bar at the Montage Beverly Hills (225 N. Canon Drive); $50 drink minimum.
Brunch on caviar scrambled eggs ($18) at the Petrossian cafe (321 N. Robertson Blvd.). Then, take a charter helicopter tour with Elite Adventure (eliteadventuretours.com). The $5,950 Downtown L.A. package starts at the Santa Monica Pier, crosses over Universal Studios and the Hollywood sign, and ends in a rooftop landing downtown. Elite's tours are fully customizable to include a chef-catered lunch and more. Afterward, make like Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone, who's on the hunt for an L.A. trophy, and call up a blue-chip agent to tour the area's priciest houses, including Holmby Hills' $150 million Owlwood Estate and $90 million Carolwood Estate (once the site of Walt Disney's house). "We pull out all the stops -- car service, bottle service -- for a high-end buyer," says Billy Rose, founder of The Agency (theagencyre.com), which has both listings. "We try to convey the lifestyle experience that comes with living in L.A."
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