The dusty air that smacks you in the face when you step outside LAX, or the criss-crossing of concrete highways that rule the views once your journey begins, aren’t the most accurate depictions of what awaits you beyond one of the world’s busiest airports.

What awaits you just a half-hour cab ride away is smog-free, palm tree-filled Santa Monica – LA’s seaside city, where the laidback Southern California beach vibe meshes with a spot of glam. It’s a city that’s mastered the art of fitness, wellness and recovery (and not just because it’s home to the original Muscle Beach). There’s more than just beach-bumming and sunset-Instagramming to be done on this stretch of coastline, I discover, over three days of SoCal goodness…

Women’s Fitness Australia, January 2016

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