On the final stop on our California trip, we headed south to San Diego to visit our son, Christopher. It isn’t surprising at all that he loves living there – what a fantastic city!!
We totally hit the hotel jackpot on this trip…all three of our hotels were absolutely amazing! For us, the most important part of any vacation experience is our hotel…suffice it to say, we had a great trip!
After reading stellar reviews, we decided to stay at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, which is up in the canyons just east of the town of Del Mar. We couldn’t resist staying at the #1 Hotel in the US according to Trip Advisor and the #1 Resort in California according to Travel and Leisure (just a few of many awards and accolades). In case you were wondering how accurate those rankings are, I can honestly say this resort deserves every one of them!
This property is truly breathtaking at every turn…once again, my pictures show its remarkable beauty better than I could ever describe. The owner built the resort in the style of Addison Mizner (architect of The Breakers) as influenced by the Mediterranean style of architecture. No doubt resorts will someday be built in homage to The Grand Del Mar as it is destined to become a classic.
So sit back and enjoy this virtual trip to The Grand Del Mar…a little slice of Europe in the hills of San Diego…
(Just as before, most pics are mine, a few are borrowed and sourced)
|The “beach” by the main pool|
|A pool cabana|
|The spa pool|
|We aren’t golfers but thought the golf course designed by Tom Fazio looked amazing…
|The Lounge Area|
What do you think? Not too shabby, huh? Seriously, I could move right in!
Christopher showed us all of his favorite places…even his secret surf spots, which I was sworn to secrecy never to divulge on my blog. Two highlights – the most delicious crab sandwiches ever at Point Loma Seafood and lunch practically on the sand at Jake’s Del Mar. We fell in love the relaxed vibe of Del Mar and the stunning coastline of La Jolla. I could easily imagine living in either place…
Watch out, Christopher, your parents may be following you out west!
|Not THE secret surf spot…but one of his other favorites in La Jolla…he is definitely living the good life!|
By the way…if you are ready to head to Southern California yourself and follow my hotel recommendations, The Grand Del Mar is offering a third night complimentary and I just received an e-mail from the Montage Beverly Hills announcing a Friends and Family Offer – 50% off a second room. Easter in California, perhaps?
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone…wherever you may be wandering!
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
In all the years I lived in L.A. as a kid, my dad would take us to San Diego for Sea World, the Zoo, and a romp over to Tijuana. It's unfortunate that I never got a chance to see this part of S.D.! NEVER! What a great trip you've made, Sandy! HAPPY FRIDAY!
Katie Clooney says
Gorgeous! Wish I was there right now! Have a fabulous weekend, sweet Sandy!
I Dream Of says
Oh, Sandy, you sure did hit the jackpot! What an extraordinary hotel. I couldn't agree more that where you stay can be the most important part of the vacation. I love seeing those blue, sunny skies!
Have a wonderful weekend! XOXO
Vel Criste says
What a way to cap off a perfect trip Sandy! I agree, that hotel is dreamy!
Loi Thai, Tone on Tone says
Oh my gosh, how divine! What a beautiful hotel and such an incredible setting. Fabulous photos, Sandy. I really love that shot with the arches and pine branches at the top – wonderful composition. x Loi
miss b says
Just catching up on your posts after my holiday in the sun. The Grand del Mar does seem to have a certain Mediterranean style. I like the low rise buldings painted in the warm tones. A very attractive property.
WOW!!! Breathtaking architecture… I am a HUGE Mizner fan, so of course I in am love with this gorgeous hotel.
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pretty pink tulips says
I have no words. WOW! That last shot just captures the essence of Southern California.
Let me see…..NY this time of year or there? No contest. Let's move!
This place looks amazing! We go to SoCal frequently-staying with my mother in law. Looks like a change is in order :)Thanks for enlightening my world!