Kim Kessler: Founder, KIPR Global

Kim Kessler is the founder of KIPR Global, a public relations agency specializing in luxury hotels, travel and wellness clients. She has nearly 20 years of PR experience in the luxury hotel sector, and currently handles public relations for Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the private tour company Access Italy, Careyes in Mexico, The Detox Market, and Nobu Ryokan Malibu. Prior to launching KIPR Global, she spent seven years as director of public relations at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, leading international media campaigns, and building longstanding relationships with journalists, community leaders, and social media influencers. Kim is also the public relations representative on the Global Spa Task Force Team for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, and an official Ambassador for Global Wellness Day, now celebrated in 100 countries.

Prior to Four Seasons, Kim spent five years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. She worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui, where she launched Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, and was honored as the Western Regional Public Relations Director of the Year. Kim also spent two years at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, where she was awarded Manager of the Year. Prior to that, she worked for nearly five years at Murphy O’Brien Public Relations, where she secured avid publicity for the opening of Esperanza – an Auberge Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and The Peninsula Hotels.  Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, with a minor in Nutritional Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu.  She is a third-generation Los Angeles native. Kim has very strong relationships with journalists around the world, who count on her to provide trend story ideas, industry experts, and newsworthy topics.

What do you love most about Your City?

I love Los Angeles, specifically the Westside cities of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Venice Beach and Malibu for the conscious, healthy lifestyle focused on yoga, meditation, beach walks, overall wellness, and plant-based cuisine.Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

The Surfer’s Burrito, made vegan and gluten-free, at Butcher’s Daughter on Abbot Kinney and the savory house made pancakes.

What are you doing at:

7:00 AM – I wake up and meditate for 10 to 15 minutes, including a few minutes of gratitude for all of my amazing family, friends, clients, and travel experiences in my life.  I then answer emails, especially from clients and journalists in Europe due to the time difference, before getting ready for the day.  I like to start working early in the morning before heading out to appointments.

10:00 AM – I’m usually working on my laptop at Little Beach House Malibu / Soho House, or I have a breakfast meeting with a journalist in Santa Monica or Venice.  Alternatively, one or two days a week I attend a vinyasa yoga class with Tom Morley from Aziam Yoga in Brentwood, or work from Habitas in Venice.

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

I prefer Culina restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for a power lunch restaurant, as they have the most delicious plant-based lasagna by Chef Luca Moriconi from Lucca Italy, and fresh pressed juices from Celebrity Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, with a stunning outdoor patio.  I also like to meet clients at the hotel’s poolside Cabana Restaurant, which has a full plant-based menu by Matthew Kenney, who also founded Plant Food + Wine.

7:00 PM -  I usually meet friends for dinner at Crossroads, Plant Food + Wine, Gracias Madre, A Votre Sante or Café Gratitude, as that’s my favorite way to catch up between travels.

11:00 PM – I usually read a book in bed, such as Intuitive Being or The Surrender Experiment and then go to sleep.  

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

When in town, I always make one green smoothie every morning with banana, spinach, ginger, lemon, almond milk, pineapple, maca, spirulina, cucumber and cilantro.  I also prefer drinking hot green tea in the morning.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I use Instagram more than any other apps.  My favorite Instagram account is @LuxuryWorldTraveler as they post the most beautiful travel content from around the globe, and the founder Gil Antolin is so inspiring.

What should everyone try at least once?

Staying up until sunrise on the beaches of Tulum with great friends

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I love getting lost in Rome, wandering through the cobblestone streets, finding unique boutiques and vegan chocolate gelato, the best!