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Worldchoice Trip to California

We have just returned from a Worldchoice Fam Trip to Newport Beach and LA and here are the key points:


Virgin Atlantic – Premium Economy Service

·         Well worth the extra cost

·         Great seat pitch and extra seat width in dedicated cabin

·         Separate premium economy check in and priority boarding

·         Complimentary food and drinks including champagne on boarding and little extras like ice-pops and snacks

·         IFE – Great variety of movies & TV series

·         Virgin Clubhouse only available to Upper Class passengers



We stayed at The Island in Newport Beach and Loews Hollywood in LA both available through Bedsonline


The Island – Great property in Newport Beach situated directly across the road from Fashion Island Shopping Mall.  Rooms are spacious and public areas modern and nicely decorated.  Hotel has deli-shop, restaurant, bar, gym, and great outdoor pool area with open fire at night.  You can upgrade to the Island Club for $50 per day and get free breakfast, Wi-Fi and complimentary drinks between 5-7pm in the lounge on the top floor.


Marriott Hotel Newport – Alternative choice


Loews Hotel Hollywood – Right in the centre of Hollywood.  Great bar in lobby for celeb watching.  Rooms again are spacious and hotel has good pool area and spa and great breakfast menu.


The Garland Hotel – Near Universal Studios - Great hotel for families with pool area that shows movies, activities and fantastic restaurant.  Also have family rooms with bunk beds



·         Coastal upmarket resort with great beach and plenty of inland waterways

·         Great shopping at either Fashion Island Mall or down at Lido Marina

·         Golf Courses

·         Electric bike ride a must.  You get to see the area in about 3 hours with a guide

·         Trip on the Duffy boats (electric boats you can hire) takes you around all the waterways, takes about 1-2 hours



·         A hive of activity

·         OUE Space Centre & Outdoor slide 70 Floors Up – Worth a visit

·         Grand Central Market – Food Emporium and the place to be seen in downtown LA for lunch – Most Istragramed location in LA

·         The Broad Art Museum



·         Only 1 stop on the metro from Lowes Hotel Hollywood

·         Front of Line Pass worth the extra cost.  Also VIP pass gives you a guide for the day, lunch and unlimited Front of Line access to rides


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