Kate Somerville

Entrepreneur, Aesthetician

Los Angeles

Celebrity beauty guru Kate Somerville might be the CEO and founder of multinational beauty empire Kate Somerville skincare, but she still remembers mixing formulas in her kitchen sink. Since opening her Hollywood skin clinic Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts in 2004, she’s grown her brand to encompass nearly 40 products, a VIP client list of famously fresh faces, and exclusive contracts with Neiman Marcus and select Trump Hotel Collection spas. By consulting with dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, Somerville pioneered the medical spa industry, and her popular products sell out regularly on QVC and Neiman Marcus. Somerville authored her first book in 2010, Complexion Perfection! Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin by Hollywood’s Leading Skin Health Expert, and expanded her product lines to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Korea in 2012.

  • On November 8, 2012
    Kate Somerville answered the question: Kate Somerville

    What does Kate Somerville love most about hotels?

    It goes in order: bathrooms, bedding and services. Because I travel so much, I have to feel somewhat comfortable and at home. It’s a lot of wear and tear on your body, and it’s helpful to have that good service. I’ve been spoiled because I’ve stayed at the nice places like the Four Seasons, which prides itself on service. They know where you are at all times on that property. It’s new staff, but they put a picture of you up and say, “This person is coming in, make sure that you address them by name,” and I know it doesn’t have to go to that level, but it’s pretty impressive when it does.
  • On November 8, 2012
    Kate Somerville answered the question: Kate Somerville

    What are Kate Somerville’s favorite hotels?

    Well I stay at the Trump Chicago a lot, obviously, because we have a partnership, but also it’s gorgeous. It’s just really cozy, but super hi-tech. They usually have great views, great gyms, obviously awesome spas and they have the best bathtubs.
     
    If I’m in New York, I stay at The London NYC, which I love. They have great service, and it reminds me of my clinic — how they decorated it — so it’s kind of modern yet comfortable. Great bedding, great bathtub. It’s just beautiful and the service is great. And obviously, any Four Seasons because of the service, and I love the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
     
    Recently, I stayed at a place called Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, which blew me away. The restaurant is out on this cliff, and you have to walk a quarter mile on this cliff-side walkway with lanterns everywhere. It’s ridiculous.
     
    Because I’m kind of a ranch-kind of girl, the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is one of my all-time favorites. Also, Calistoga Ranch in Napa is literally one of the best-designed hotels as far as its look and feel. It’s very rustic. It’s just so special. If I go, I eat at Auberge, which is its sister hotel, and again the service is impeccable.
  • On November 8, 2012
    Kate Somerville answered the question: Kate Somerville

    What are Kate Somerville's favorite cities to visit?

    I just love that you can go to Washington, D.C. and hear every language. You feel the importance of what that city has done for the country and the world — just going to the monuments, you can feel the power and history there. I also love how Chicago is New York-like, but it’s really clean. It’s got that Midwestern mentality, so everyone is just so friendly and you feel at home.
     
    On my small-town girl list, there’s Wailea in Hawaii. It’s the most spiritual place I’ve ever been. At the end of Wailea is a place called Makena that ends at the lava fields. You can go on the beach, and it’s black — it’s almost like you’re on Mars because the volcano has taken everything out. And then you have this turquoise-blue water — it’s just magic.
     
    Carpinteria [California] is next to Montecito. It’s primarily Hispanic; my mom grew up there, and it’s gorgeous. It’s just really beautiful and quaint. They’re starting to build it up with cute little restaurants. It’s a cute little surf town, basically. There are a lot of ranches. So you’ve got this kind of cowboy-surfer vibe.