Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa is making his first foray into the hospitality market with the launch of Nobu Ryokan Malibu, the first in a collection of Ryokans he plans to open across the globe.
Located on Carbon Beach, the 16-room Ryokan was previously a 1950s-era beach motel called Casa Malibu which Oracle founder Larry Ellison bought 10 years ago for $20 million. Ellison and Robert De Niro are partners in the venture. The 9,200 square-foot space is two stories with a palette of teak wood, bronze trims and limestone and blends the minimalist aesthetic of ryokans, which are traditional Japanese inns, with a strong California coastal vibe. The Nobu Ryokan Malibu is next to the Soho House Malibu and is easily within walking distance to the Nobu restaurant in Malibu, which will likely service the inn with dining options.
Due to the limited space, the reservation process will be slightly more involved. Anyone seeking a reservation will first have to send a "request" email before their booking is ultimately confirmed. Peak season rates will be $2,000 a night and will drop to $1,100 in the low season. The opening date is April 28, and according to a spokesperson the inn is already booked for the next few months.
There are 11 suites and five oceanfront bungalows, all with bespoke designs. The beachfront bungalows will offer tatami mats, shoji screens, limestone walls and hand-crafted teak soaking tubs.