Despite sounding like the ancestral home of a Capcom Streetfighter, The Nobu Ryokan, in Malibu, California, is available to all. With relaxation facilities that would certainly be welcomed by the tired muscles of a veteran brawler, Ryokan describes itself as a triumph of architectural carpentry and subdued hospitality, blending Japanese minimalism with the elegant flair of the Californian coastline.
Drifting above the Pacific, guests can enjoy traditional Japanese luxury, from teak soaking tubs and outdoor fireplaces to the crystalline pool and secret beach, complete with splendorous views of the Pacific Ocean. Each of its 16 unique luxurious rooms feature sweeping skylights, private decks, ‘ensuite fireplaces’, and stunning views of nearby Carbon Beach.
Throw in a stroll through the surrounding lush gardens and this is escapism at its finest – but if you do feel like taking in some world-class shopping and dining, Malibu is only a few miles down the coast.