For business: I've just sold my flat in LA but I will still be going to the city for work, and I'll use Shutters On The Beach in Venice, LA. It has an excellent terrace overlooking the beach - great for meetings. There's also a warm, cosy meeting place indoors. It's pretty and intimate, with a European feel. The service is good and discreet. You need a business hotel with a good-sized room to work in. I also prefer to be near water. I'd rather be by the beach and see dolphins in the morning - it's worth the inconvenience of being slightly out of town. If you're working, it's important to be somewhere where you can get fresh air in your lungs and swim.
For pleasure: I don't stay in hotels much, as I have a house in Deia, Mallorca. However, when my electricity breaks down I stay at Richard Branson's hotel in Deia, La Residencia. An old farmhouse, it's a wonderful place to relax. It has a spa, gym, indoor and outdoor pool and its own beach. The rooms are traditional Mallorcan style, full of art from local painters, and the restaurants - from casual to four-star - are all extremely good. Robert Graves stayed there while he wrote The White Goddess. There's a wonderful walk up to the mountains, and the sea lies in front. I've had a home in Deia for 10 years - I drove through the village by chance and fell in love with it. Katherine Hamnett helped me find somewhere - she lives nearby.