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With near-perfect temperatures year-round—locals laugh that when it’s 73 degrees, they’re sweating, and when it’s 71, they’re freezing—San Diego is all about sunshine and a cool SoCal vibe.
Its nickname is “America’s Finest City,” and nowhere is that more apparent than at its magnificent resorts. Whether you want to swim, bask in the sun or get pampered in the spa, these resorts are the places to do it all.
Hotel del Coronado
Set on one of the country’s most beloved beaches, the legendary Hotel del Coronado has welcomed discerning travelers for more than 130 years. (It was also famously featured in Some Like It Hot.) Blending a rich history with contemporary luxury, the property—so iconic, it goes simply by “The Del”— features 757 rooms plus its newest addition, the exclusive Beach Village at The Del. Both feature amenities from bespoke concierge services and holistic spa experiences to private chefs and exquisite oceanfront dining. The Del recently introduced a new sunset ritual involving the ringing of a historic bell, good vibrations and even better libations, giving guests one more reason to gather together and celebrate another day in paradise.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa
Home to the LPGA Kia Classic, Park Hyatt Aviara is a mecca for golfers—as well as those who prefer tea time to tee time. Even if you don’t take advantage of the Arnold Palmer-designed course or Kip Puterbaugh’s Golf Academy, be sure to take in the view from the award-winning Argyle Steakhouse, where the fresh-from-the-oven popovers accompany every dinner. This Forbes Five-Star resort, located north of the city, also features an award-winning spa, and each of its 327 rooms and suites boasts its own private balcony where you can soak up the California sun.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
The Forbes Five-Star Fairmont Grand Del Mar is magnificently situated on 400 acres in a pristine coastal canyon 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Capturing the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate, the resort features a private Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a Forbes Five-Star spa (only one of 6), four sparkling pools, tennis courts, and yoga and fitness classes. It also features Addison, Southern California’s only Five-Star restaurant. The 249 elegant rooms and suites feature marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, expansive balconies and terraces, and spectacular views of the gardens, Grand Golf Club or Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
If you’re looking to unwind, head north to Omni La Costa, home of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and the award-winning Spa at La Costa, the first wellness spa on the West Coast. With two championship golf courses, eight swimming pools (including the Edge Adult Pool & Terrace, a Sandy Beach Family Pool, two waterslides and two heated Garden Pools) and 17 clay and hard tennis courts, there is something for everyone. Five restaurants offer a variety of dining options, including dishes flavored with honey made by the resort’s 60,000 bees.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Set atop the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach in La Jolla, The Lodge offers breathtaking views of the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Modeled after the famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena—two of the finest examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture—it has 170 luxury rooms and suites featuring Egyptian cotton linens, oversized bathtubs and Craftsman accents and hardwoods. The Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, is led by executive chef Jeff Jackson, who is credited as the pioneer of San Diego’s farm-to-table movement and who partners with a local chef each month from May through October to curate an intimate communal dinner of seasonal bounty set on the beautiful terrace.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Located in North County, the 265-acre Rancho Bernardo Inn features 287 luxurious guest rooms, three swimming pools, an award-winning full-service spa and fitness center, two restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, biking trails and more. There is live music with golf course views at both Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant and AVANT, the property’s signature restaurant, which features California cuisine with a focus on garden-to-table dishes. The spa also uses fresh seasonal herbs and locally grown produce for an exclusive Made Fresh Daily treatment.