The Surfrider, Malibu
On a quiet patch of the Pacific Coast Highway, a revamped 1950s motel has become a welcomed source of respite for surfers and non-surfers alike. The Surfrider is a cool, yet unpretentious 20-room hotel that puts a fresh spin on the Californian beach house aesthetic. Located facing Surfrider Beach, and making the most of both Malibu’s idyllic landscape and its rich surf culture, the relaxed boutique hotel provides its guests with a feel for the nostalgic beach-town community that The Bu was once known for.
Each of the hotel’s rooms is a pretty picture of California living. Drenched in neutral tones, painted wood panel walls, rustic furniture and jute rugs underfoot, all rooms are equipped with fine Bellino linens, cosy Parachute Home robes, bath and body products from Grown Alchemist and a mini-bar stocked with local Californian treats to boot. Outdoor terraces are adorned with hammocks and dining spaces, all the better to enjoy the sunsets and Pacific Ocean views. Simply appointed but brimming over with small, comforting touches all around, this is the beachside haven we’ve all been searching for.
The rest of the property is just as heartfelt. From the expansive roof deck where guests can enjoy views of First Point Malibu and enjoy organic, locally sourced dishes and beverages, to an airy library and lounge for even more peace and quiet, the thoughtfulness of the hotel’s proprietors Matthew and Emma Goodwin quickly shines through. Whether it’s trying out one of the hotel’s custom surfboards or taking advice on a picnic or hiking adventure, visitors to The Surfrider will soon forget from where they once came.
Photography: Nicole Franzen & M.K. Sadler