3 Can’t-Miss Resort Retreats Near La Jolla Perfect for Relaxing

  • Sonja Huter
  • 11/12/21

The Lodge Torrey Pines

A full-service spa, world-class dining, unmatched service, and more, The Lodge Torrey Pines is the epitome of luxury resorts. Overlooking the highly-acclaimed Torrey Pines Golf Course and boasting sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, this AAA Five Diamond rated resort will effortlessly exceed all of your expectations. 

Rated the #1 Hotel in the West by Sunset Magazine, The Lodge offers exquisite accommodations. Furnished with Stickley-style furnishings, fabrics, and leathers, guest rooms range from 500 square feet to over 1,500 with views of the golf course or central courtyard. Craftsman accents, oversized bathtubs, Egyptian cotton linen sheets, daily turndown service -- everything you could desire in a resort stay is intrinsic at The Lodge. Amenities don’t end in your room. The hotel is brimming with first-class amenities to make your stay more comfortable, including complimentary car service, same-day laundry and dry cleaning, shoe-shine service, coffee and tea in the lobby, and so much more.

The pampering begins when you pull up to The Lodge and continues in the spa. Drift into a blissful state with the Torrey Pines Signature Massage, or share the experience by enjoying a couples massage with your sweetheart. Coastal sage salt scrubs, rejuvenating citrus manicures, and nourishing stem cell wraps are just a few of the luxurious spa treatments accessible to resort guests. Don’t let the stress release stop there. Fill your weekend with yoga classes and guided nature walks on top of a few treatments to reach a level of serenity and peace like never before. 

In addition to spa services and yoga classes, there are plenty of resort activities to pursue, from swimming in the pool and whirlpool spa to a friendly game of croquet. Rent electric bikes to explore La Jolla Cove or explore hotel grounds with the fun, family-friendly Children’s Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the fitness center for a quick jog on the treadmill, enjoy dinner and a live show at The Grill Torrey Pines, and sink into the lap of luxury The Lodge Torrey Pines affords.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Credit: Fairmont Grand Del Mar


The Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers everything you could desire in an extravagant resort vacation and more. This luxury resort boasts a five-star spa, an award-winning golf course, four heated pools, tennis, pickleball, indoor and outdoor fitness centers, hiking trails, and unique dining experiences. Nestled on 400 acres in a pristine coastal canyon just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, this old-world Mediterranean-style estate beckons the wealthy with its extravagant amenities, stunning architecture, and world-class service. 

The resort comprises 249 elegantly-furnished guestrooms and suites, featuring spacious marble bathrooms with deep European-style soaking tubs, expansive patios and balconies, and beautiful views of the resort gardens, The Grand Golf Club, or Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Standard amenities include pillow-top beds with plush linens, LCD televisions, in-room wired and wireless internet access, and 24-hour in-room dining. Guest room and suite amenities are so ample that you may not even leave your room! However, there are plenty of other leisure activities and amenities to sweeten your stay at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

Tom Fazio designed The Grand Golf Club course with the stunning Los Peñasquitos Canyon landscape in mind. His world-class course features dramatic elevations, diverse bunkering, and lush, green fairways that would fill any golf enthusiast with glee. Given San Diego’s beautiful climate, resort guests can play year-round, brush up their skills one-on-one with PGA-certified instructors, or simply relax in the expansive 50,000 square foot Clubhouse perched atop the 18th hole’s waterfall. This stunning and challenging golf experience is reserved exclusively for resort guests, members, and villa owners of Fairmont Grand Del Mar. 

If you’re looking to unwind and de-stress, head to The Center for Wellbeing. This spa is one of only 60 Forbes Five-Star spas globally and offers a comprehensive menu of treatments. Every treatment provides a different result, but all are intended to quiet the mind, relax the body, and invigorate the spirit. Treat yourself to a phenomenal triad treatment like the decompression package, complete with a scrub, hydrating body wrap, and massage. Guided meditation will help center your thoughts, while the collagen-firming facial will have your skin glowing. No matter which treatments you choose, you’re bound to leave the spa more in-tune with your body and ready to handle everything that life throws at you. 

Between tee times, spa treatments, fitness classes, hiking, and lounging by the pool with a glass of prosecco in hand, you’ll find plenty of dining experiences to nourish your body and soul. Grab a latte and breakfast at Cent’ Anni Café before hitting the golf course and refueling at The Clubhouse Grill for lunch. Reserve a table for two at the two-star Michelin restaurant Addison for an unforgettable dining experience featuring regional ingredients and Southern California influences. Chef Bradley’s nine-course tasting menu is further enhanced with selections from Addison’s 12,000 bottle wine room and program spotlighting top small producers, rare champagnes, and unique offerings from around the globe.

Michelin star dining, spa services, golf, and more – book your next getaway at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

L’Auberge Del Mar

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Located in the heart of Del Mar, L’Auberge is an award-winning luxury resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort offers bright, airy rooms with plush bedding, private outdoor space, and personal amenities to make you feel at home. Each guest room features Barclay Butera decor and top-tier amenities, including full marble bathrooms with signature toiletries, 42-inch or larger TVs, fully stocked mini-fridges, and WiFi. The best part about your home by the sea is that you can bring your dog along! The resort concierge will happily assist you in acquiring any pet-sitting or grooming needs during your stay. 

Whether you wish to relax, get active, or enjoy a bit of everything, there are plenty of resort activities to make your stay both exciting and peaceful. Spend the day by the pool under your own private cabana, enjoying herb guacamole and tortilla chips, fruit bowls, and other tasty snacks. If you prefer to spend some time on the beach, the resort offers a private walking path to the local beach along with complimentary beach gear and a seasonal beach valet. Explore Del Mar with a Zybra beach cruiser or head to Spa L’Auberge’s 24-hour fitness center to get in a good workout. If you’re up for a little friendly competition, hit the lit tennis courts for a few matches. 

When looking to unwind, book a treatment or two at Spa L’Auberge. Indulge in holistic, therapeutic treatments ranging from facials to body wraps. Opt for the summer breeze experience to enjoy the essence of summer year-round, featuring a fragrant coconut body scrub, an 80-minute hot stone massage, and a mist of exotic herbal water infused with tropical fruits. Restore and revitalize tense muscles with the L’Auberge Signature Massage. Incorporating Swedish massage techniques and nourishing oils, your therapist will address imbalances and induce deep relaxation. This signature massage can also be a couples massage experience, enjoyed side by side in the private couple’s suite. 

Between spa treatments, tennis matches, and catching salty breezes on the beach, there are several dining opportunities on the resort to savor. Start your mornings on the right foot with a visit to Lyric Coffee. In the afternoon, take in stunning ocean views, grab a bite to eat, and sip a strong drink from the Pool Bar, where anytime is cocktail time. For a memorable dining experience, head to Adelaide for an ocean-forward dinner with dramatic ocean views to match. 

Between the estate-style lodging, full-service spa, exceptional dining options, and inviting amenities, you’ll undoubtedly have an amazing time when you stay at L’Auberge.


Has your SoCal getaway driven you to find Del Mar real estate to call your own? Contact award-winning realtor Sonja Huter today with all of your San Diego luxury property inquiries. Sonja’s extensive market knowledge and proven track record will ensure that you acquire the Del Mar property of your wildest beach town dreams. 

 

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