Bulgari Hotels & Resorts unveils plans for Los Angeles getaway – The Hollywood Reporter
Bulgari plans to bring luxury hospitality to the hills of Los Angeles.
Bulgari Hotel & Resorts is expanding into the United States, with a location in Miami slated to open in 2024, and has now announced that it will open a property in Los Angeles in 2025. Bulgari Resort Los Angeles is expected to be nestled in the Benedict Canyon’s private hills – a neighborhood in LA well known for its panoramic views of the city, as well as its famous locals, who over the years have included Kim Kardashian West, Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen, and Jay Leno.
Located north of Beverly Hills, Benedict Canyon is a residential neighborhood with narrow, winding roads and gated private properties. Located on 33 acres, Bulgari Resort Los Angeles will take advantage of these isolated mountains, allowing for a unique getaway that will showcase the Californian flora and fauna of the canyon.
The complex will include 58 rooms and suites, eight private estates and the signature of the Bulgari hotel brand Il Ristorante Niko Romito. The sanctuary will also include a 10,000 square foot spa, gym, cinema, and eight-seat sushi bar. Most of the hotel’s rooms and suites will be located in secluded bungalows, while the eight residential estates will range in size from 12,000 to 48,000 square feet, all with at least one acre of private land. The largest estate will span five acres.
Regarding the design of the property, Bulgari enlisted the South African design firm Studio SAOTA to develop an LA-inspired exterior with the intention of blending into the surrounding environment, while the architectural firm Milanese Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel will organize the interior of the complex with an Italian influence.
The luxury hotel collection currently includes resort properties in Milan, London, Bali, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai. In addition to the expansion in the United States, new Bulgari locations are planned in Paris, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo.
The proposed property was previously known as The Retreat, a hotel development project led by investor Gary Safady, who requested that zoning laws be changed in Benedict Canyon to accommodate the property. In response to the potential impacts of development on the area, a group of residents responded with an initiative called “Save Our Canyon”. This group has actively fought against plans to create a hotel in the Benedict Canyon area, voicing concerns via social media, to local lawmakers and even putting up signs in the area to fight development.
On July 12, Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz presented a motion to LA City Council to reject the hotel portion of Safady’s claim for the property.
In response to Bulgari’s announcement, Save Our Canyon Chairman of the Board, Mark Levin, made a statement to Hollywood journalist. “This proposed hotel project is not permitted by current zoning laws and has not been approved by the city. In fact, there is tremendous opposition to the project. More than ten thousand people have signed a petition against the project, and all major environmental organizations in the area have strongly opposed a commercial hotel in this fully residential hillside community.
The statement continued, “This project requires city council to change the general plan for Los Angeles – and approval of this project would likely result in the destruction of hills and protected trees, endangering wildlife and, in our opinion. , this would lead to an avalanche of commercial development through the Santa Monica Mountains. More importantly, we believe this commercial hotel will create extreme fire danger for anyone who lives nearby, with narrow roads trapping people in the canyon. Fortunately, our city councilor stands with the community against [the] construction of this hotel in Benedict Canyon. Whether offered by an individual or a multinational, we are committed to protecting the environment and the integrity of our neighborhoods. Our message is clear: no hotel in this canyon.
In an email to THR, Safady responded to Save Our Canyon’s statement, noting that the development application – “an amendment to the general plan” – was deemed complete last year and that the proposal is currently under discretionary and environmental review by the city. “We appreciate the community’s contribution and believe that the preservation of this iconic landscape is imperative. We look forward to the City issuing a draft environmental study and approving the project, ”said Safady.
Continuing Safady, “The Bulgari Resort Los Angeles is dedicated to being environmentally conscious and forward-thinking development and every step of our planning is consistent with this philosophy.” He said the project plans to increase the number of protected trees at the site, replace non-native and fire-prone trees and brush, and install firefighting infrastructure throughout the property. “As the Bulgari Resort Los Angeles is an indoor / outdoor living experience where every guest and resident can become one with nature in a sanctuary setting,” he added, “we embrace our local wildlife and will not add Perimeter fence with neighbors to ensure wildlife can continue to roam freely and be an integral part of the property.