A Slice of Paradise – The Native Hotel, Malibu
Nestled on four and a half acres of woodland, just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu lies a sensational new retreat, The Native Hotel.
Malibu is known worldwide for its laid-back surf culture, beautiful curves of beach and secret winding trails that crawl up into the canyons. It’s the perfect location for a boutique hotel, where ease of living is the main priority.
Prior to its current identity, the hotel ran as The Malibu Riviera Motel, and was recently renovated by LA creative agency Folklor, keeping features of the existing mid-Century building and adding contemporary updates. Originally built in 1947, the building itself houses a beguiling history – once a hideaway for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan and James Dean, one can only imagine what these walls have seen.
The hotel’s reception resembles a contemporary American ranch with timber ceilings, a sandstone fireplace and large windows which allow the lucent Californian light to pour through, illuminating the room. Industrial elements such as concrete flooring and a large reception desk made in timber and steel contrast against timber accents. A blush pink sofa gives the interior a soft, contemporary edge.
The bungalow bedrooms have been individually curated to feel like a home away from home. Complimentary custom robes made from vintage Kente cloth, Casper king-size beds with Parachute linens and artworks from emerging LA artists are just some of the comfortable additions. Gubi Cobra wall lights give the rooms a soft glow and contrast against the crisp white walls.
The philosophy of The Native Hotel is to disconnect from everyday stresses and enjoy the restful qualities that the hotel offers. Sage sticks are placed in each room to eliminate bad spirits and rooms are free from televisions. “We want people to really unplug and fall asleep to the sound of frogs and the breeze coming off the ocean,” says manager Sam Shendow.
The interior design is minimalist with colourful accents, giving the hotel a sense of understated luxury. The rooms are spacious and large windows and Dutch style doors allows the fresh ocean breeze to flow through the rooms, encouraging a sense of calm.
Each of the thirteen bungalows have their own private patio accessed via timber stable doors. Guests can enjoy lazy afternoons in the comfort of artisan-made hammocks, which hang across each patio. Idyllic Zuma beach and Point beach are just a stone’s throw away, as well as numerous hiking tracks that meander through the surrounding landscape.
For those after a morning coffee fix or an afternoon pick-me-up, LA chef Ludo Lefebvre has set up shop on the hotel’s grounds in a vintage Airstream trailer. Serving his signature waffles, guests are encouraged to dine outside and mingle with one another in the communal space.
Inspired by old paradise charm, The Native Hotel is Malibu’s new inviting haven.
Photography: Dylan + Jeni