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Malibu

Establishment neighborhood
Monte Nido
23815 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu, California
Monte Nido is a residential treatment center located in a remote house in Malibu Canyon. The program includes a combination of psychotherapy, group therapy, nutrition education, and meal support to help clients understand their disorders, amend eating behaviors, and restore weight and to treat co-occurring mental health problems. Continuing support services help patients stay on track after discharge. There are other locations in California, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Sunroom Malibu
3900 Cross Creek Rd., #3A, Malibu
Owner Lucy Jolis has the uncanny ability to pull together a shop full of brands you love (Apiece Apart, Rachel Comey, Warm, and Eve Denim), plus smaller, lesser-known labels like Shaina Mote and Miranda Bennett in a way that still feels surprising. The space, tucked into a well-trafficked corner of the Malibu Country Mart, is just as inviting to shop in—it's not overly packed with items to browse, instead it's thoughtfully broken up into swimwear, party dresses, wear-anywhere pieces. Don't miss the jewelry display, which includes a nice selection of small gold-and-turquoise pieces from Larisa Laivins, plus pendants by goop favorite CVC Stones. The original location is in Austin.
SunLife Organics
29169 Heathercliff Rd., Malibu
Much more than just a juice bar, owner Khalil Rafati opened SunLife Organics in Malibu in 2011 to share what he’d learned through his own journey to wellness—which unsurprisingly involves lots of fruits, veggies, and some superfoods—in a community-oriented space. Amazing cold-pressed juices and acai bowls abound; their “Billion Dollar Smoothie” ingredient list includes reishi, cordyceps, hemp milk, and chlorophyll, just to name a few. If that’s not your thing, there are also sandwiches (think: grilled cheese, pesto panini) and sundaes made with their organic frozen yogurt. Along with several other Southern California outposts, they have another location in the Malibu Country Mart.
SunLife Organics
3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu
Much more than just a juice bar, owner Khalil Rafati opened SunLife Organics in Malibu in 2011 to share what he’d learned through his own journey to wellness—which unsurprisingly involves lots of fruits, veggies, and some superfoods—in a community-oriented space. Amazing cold-pressed juices and acai bowls abound; their “Billion Dollar Smoothie” ingredient list includes reishi, cordyceps, hemp milk, and chlorophyll, just to name a few. If that’s not your thing, there are also sandwiches (think: grilled cheese, pesto panini) and sundaes made with their organic frozen yogurt. Along with several other Southern California outposts, they have a second Malibu location, too.
The Surfrider
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
Who better to take on the tall order of preserving the iconic 1950s Surfrider Hotel than local son Matthew Goodwin, an architect who grew up surfing at First Point across the street? Together with his wife, Emma Crowther Goodwin, as creative director, and New York–based business partner Alessandro Zampedri, they’re hoping to infuse a bit of polished California nostalgia back into a space they’re treating as an extended living room for both locals in need of a staycation and visitors alike. The twenty-room hotel is luxurious, airy, and light-filled—you get the sense it’s the kind of place their friends will be hanging out. The rooms are thoughtfully laid out and beautifully appointed, each with its own ocean-facing balcony and hammocks, plus Grown Alchemist toiletries in the bathroom and Parachute waffle robes. (For a real treat, book the Surfrider Suite, which at 500 square feet feels like a serious home away from home thanks to a generously sized balcony, separate sitting area, and kitchenette.) They teamed up with LA-based Croft House and Malibu Market & Design for custom furniture, and each room features reclaimed teak floors, imported tiles, woven overhead…
El Matador State Beach
32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
The giant rocks coming up from the sand (not to mention the exquisite sunset views) at El Matador make it a favorite for photographers, and many people stage engagement or family photoshoots here. That said, it's usually not too crowded, in part because those same rocks make it difficult to swim and surf—it's really best for picnicking, reading, and enjoying the view. Be sure to pack a blanket and wear tennis shoes, as the parking lot is on a bluff far above the beach, and the walk down can get a bit hairy.
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