Home to LA’s most rich and famous for good reason, Malibu is as close as it gets to paradise. With 21 miles of coastline stretching just northwest of Santa Monica, this seaside town is dotted with local farmers’ markets, kitschy seafood shacks, homegrown coastal wineries, and quirky canyon stores—meaning there’s plenty to explore, even if you aren’t a total beach bum. The dearth of hotels in the area allows it to maintain an air of exclusivity, and the rooms that are on offer cater to a discerning, jet-setting crowd. Here are our favorite picks for the best hotels in Malibu.

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