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Christmas is nearly upon us, and with it thoughts of fun family get-togethers. But by Boxing Day, those 24 hours spent playing charades with the in-laws will no doubt have you dreaming of family getaways instead – so here’s our hotel of the week: Oceana Santa Monica, a ray of Californian sunshine that’s child-friendly, chilled out and perfect for family holidays…

Oceana Santa Monica hotel – family holiday offersStyle All things bright and beautiful
Setting Parkside Ocean Avenue

Why this week? Not only are the sunny beaches of Los Angeles the ideal antidote to winter blues and couch-potato holiday habits, the Oceana Santa Monica has an exclusive Smith offer: book by 31 January for 20% off room rates.

Our favourite bits The Oceana Santa Monica hotel* epitomises the sunny optimism and happy-go-lucky charm of SoCal’s surf crowd: it’s bold, bright, sociable, carefree, and its natural home is by the sea. The rooms are big, the vibe is ultra laid-back and there’s quirky retro colour in every corner. *Ed’s note: this hotel was renamed the Oceana Beach Club Hotel in June 2012.

Family-friendly? Oceana Santa Monica is a great choice for families: rollaway beds can be provided in rooms; Lanai Suites have sofabeds, some can be interconnected, and one has a kitchenette. Keep the kids occupied with bike rides, surfing lessons or a trip to the famous Santa Monica pier.

Oceana Santa Monica hotel - family holiday offers

Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Our spacious Ocean View Suite has sunny yellow walls, lime-green furnishings and a flowery sofa that evokes 1950s beach-party movies – but in a Designers Guild, rather than kitsch, way. A games table with chess, chequers and backgammon is set up for rainy days or early nights. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the bedroom and living room lead onto a balcony with sea views. Looking out at the Pacific Ocean, Mr Smith and I decide on a sunset run to the Santa Monica pier – the rolling waves seem to be beckoning us, after all. The wide path winds through dunes, past a Ferris wheel and ice-cream shops before turning back to the hotel.’

Packing tip This is California, so itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikinis and massive, giant oversized sunglasses are an absolute must. Although you might want to bring some sturdier swimwear if you plan on surfing (string bikinis + heavy surf = instant nudity).

Read the full review of Oceana Beach Club Hotel (formerly known as the Oceana Santa Monica). Find more hotels in Los Angeles, or search all our hotel offers

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