In Los Angeles, there’s no better place than Malibu to rub shoulders with film-industry elite, whether on the beaches (all are public) or at nearby hot spots. Perhaps that’s why media mogul David Geffen stepped in and reopened the Malibu Beach Inn in 2007. Now all 47 earth-toned rooms have private balconies overlooking white-sand Carbon Beach, and interiors are done up with Wedgewood furniture and pillow-topped beds and feature Molton Brown bath products. But no one comes to Malibu to stay indoors: the hotel’s alfresco Carbon Beach Club restaurant serves lobster salad with views of the surf, and the outdoor Malibu Country Mart is just a five-minute walk from the hotel entrance. Come evening, fire pits illuminate the patio; it’s Malibu’s most exclusive spot for watching the sunset.