California may be the perfect vacation location, with over 163,000 square miles of breathtaking coastline and urban beauties to explore.
This vast state is home to a dizzying array of resort experiences, ranging from the wild and fantastic adults-only Ventana Big Sur on the Pacific Coast Highway, which offers everything from guided hikes to Tai Chi, to exquisite beach resorts like the Rosewood Miramar Beach.
These tourist resorts also attract a diverse group of guests. Couples looking for a romantic holiday may enjoy the luxury solitude of Belmond El Encanto in the hills above Santa Barbara, while families may never want to leave the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort (complete with its own water park) outside Palm Springs.
The Rosewood Miramar Beach is located in the upscale Montecito beachside enclave, roughly an hour north of Los Angeles. It is Southern California’s only five-star beach resort.
The resort boasts a relaxed, elegant atmosphere throughout its 160 rooms and 37 suites, which are set on 16 acres of rolling greens and exquisite garden landscaping. There are beautiful freestanding bungalows with many bedrooms if you are travelling with children or a group of pals.
The service here is exceptional, and it is one of the main reasons to book. It is incredibly customised and attentive without being overbearing — you tell them what you need, and every whim is catered to. There is also much to keep people occupied.
The beach here is extremely breathtaking. Before arranging a treatment at the home spa, wake up to a morning yoga practise. There are two swimming pools as well. The on-site kids’ club is a great place for youngsters to hang out.
There are also a few eating options. The Revere Room is an all-day restaurant specialising on Southern California cuisine. Make a reservation for supper at Caruso’s, which overlooks the sea and features al fresco dining as well as a modern indoor area.
The Fairmont Grand del Mar is located on 400 acres in a spectacular coastal canyon setting, approximately five miles from the beach and not far from downtown San Diego. The resort is delightfully beautiful, perfectly recreating the sophisticated atmosphere of an old-world Mediterranean house in both its architecture and five-star service.
The rooms and suites are exquisite and spacious, with all the modern conveniences, and there is enough to do outside of the rooms.
A Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a high-end spa, yoga and fitness classes, four swimming pools, and an Explorer’s Club for youngsters are among the on-site attractions.
There are various eating options, including the exceedingly sophisticated Addison, San Diego’s only five-star and five-diamond-rated restaurant.
Meadowood Napa Valley is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway. The magnificent estate is situated on 250 acres of high oak woodland and provides a private and intimate atmosphere.
Rooms, suites, and cottages are available, all with California king beds wrapped in high-end linens, outside porches or terraces, and fireplaces.
Away from the rooms, there’s much to do on the grounds at this destination resort, such as hiking on four miles of trails, golfing on nine holes, playing croquet, swimming in one of two pools, or simply resting in the spa, which includes a steam room, sauna, and mineral baths.
The Montage Laguna Beach is a destination resort in a spectacular setting. The five-star resort is perched on a 50-foot-high cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It provides visitors with a selection of rooms, suites, and beach bungalows. All are big and tastefully designed with local artwork, incredibly comfortable mattresses with feather toppers and high-quality linens, and marble bathtubs.
There are several amenities available here. On the premises, there are three eateries. Studio serves modern California coastal food and features a chef’s table for special events. Another option is The Loft. It serves modern American cuisine in a more relaxed setting with seaside views.
If you want to be pampered, visit the spacious spa, which has a dry redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and a full choice of treatments. The hotel is suitable for families, and there is a children’s play area on the premises. There is also a swimming pool, a hot tub, and a fitness centre.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a terrific luxury vacation alternative for people looking for romance and relaxation – as well as good dining – set on 45 beautifully managed acres filled with olive trees and flowers in Rancho Santa Fe, about 30 minutes’ drive north of San Diego.
The hacienda-style rooms are rustic and sumptuous, with colourful design accents, big soaking tubs, and deliciously comfy mattresses. Throughout, a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere prevails.
Away from the rooms, there’s an extravagant spa with services like herb-infused body wraps, as well as two heated swimming pools and hot tubs, an exercise facility with daily classes, tennis, bocce ball, and croquet courts, and two restaurants.
Because it is an adults-only resort, Auberge du Soleil is an excellent choice for a honeymoon. The Napa Valley home is located on 33 hilly acres and offers beautiful grounds with olive trees, tonnes of green and floral plants, and even a sculpture garden. It takes roughly five minutes to get to from downtown St. Helena.
The five-star resort offers a very French elegant atmosphere throughout, with Provence rural style rooms and suites. If you want additional room, you may also rent a villa. All rooms have high-end facilities such as Nespresso coffee makers and Bose sound systems.
On-site eating options include two Michelin-starred restaurants. Other benefits of vacationing at Auberge du Soleil include being pampered in their spa, participating in a yoga session in the alfresco pavilion, and swimming in their outdoor pool.
The Post Ranch Inn, located on the cliffs above the beach in Big Sur, with views of the pounding surf, is a true work of art in terms of architecture and elegance. Using natural woods and materials, this upscale, boutique eco-resort remains one of California’s most attractive resorts, both in terms of architecture and surroundings.
Sierra Mar, the hotel’s restaurant, is located on the highest level and offers guests stunning ocean views as well as delicious, locally produced, largely organic cuisine from a seasonally changing menu.
The Post Ranch Spa is world-class, with a one-of-a-kind selection of treatment choices, many of which use locally produced ingredients.
The guest rooms, which lack televisions and alarm clocks, are stunning examples of modern design with a nostalgic twist.
They range from ocean-front luxury homes with enormous patio balconies to treehouses, freestanding constructions erected approximately 20 feet in the air, among the redwoods.
The hotel is less than a three-hour trip south of San Francisco.
Set on slightly over 500 acres in the popular SoCal town of Newport Beach, the Resort at Pelican Hill is located upon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
There is no direct beach access at the hotel, but it maintains a luxury shuttle that takes visitors to Crystal Cove State Park beach every hour. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for guests to use.
The rooms and suites at this five-star resort are opulent, and many feature wonderful ocean views. There is also a genuinely magnificent swimming pool on-site. It is spherical and ornamented with more than a million glass mosaic tiles at the bottom. Villa guests enjoy their own private pool, and there is a third pool for youngsters.
If you are hungry, the Pelican Grill delivers excellent California cuisine in informal circumstances. There is also a fine dining Italian restaurant. In need of some pampering? Book a treatment at the spa.
This upscale resort hotel located in the hills above Santa Barbara, roughly 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
For lodgings, pick from rooms, suites, or bungalows. All are wonderfully adorned in a blend of Californian Craftsman and Spanish Colonial styles. Rooms also show paintings by local artist Charles Arnoldi. Some of the suites include private patios with fireplaces.
On-site amenities include a huge infinity-style pool, with views of the ocean, and a modest spa with a great selection of treatment options.
This ancient hotel, which initially opened in the early part of the 20th century, also has a popular restaurant with panoramic views of the coastline. It also includes a patio facing the ocean for al fresco eating. The cuisine is California coastal and changes with the seasons to provide locally sourced foods that are elegantly presented.
Guests also have access to a premium vehicle service to and from the sights of downtown Santa Barbara, just 10 minutes away. The resort is also an excellent home base for touring the nearby California Central Coast area.
The hamlet of Ojai is roughly 45 minutes from Santa Barbara, hidden in a lovely valley. The Ojai Valley Inn initially founded in the 1930s as a hideaway for Hollywood’s elite. It’s a gorgeous, expansive 220-acre resort with a seemingly infinite variety of activities.
There are five restaurants, five separate outdoor swimming pools, and a big full-service spa. Kids have a fantastic selection of programmes, including a kids’ camp.
Kids and adults may join in activities including golf, tennis, candle making, beekeeping (and honey tasting), art lessons, bike riding, fishing, canoeing, and more.
There are social events like movie night (shown beneath the stars with complimentary blankets and snacks), and the resort provides a broad choice of lodgings, from ancient cottages to sophisticated suites in more modern structures.
Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only hotel in fantastically wild Big Sur. It is on 160 acres and just completed a big restoration, which saw a refresh of all its magnificent, rustic-chic suites to now feature individual balconies or patios with mountain or ocean views. They incorporate wood and leather furniture and macrame wall hangings.
The resort recently introduced a new glamping section with an option for customers wishing for more of a back-to-nature sleeping experience to book one of the safari-style tents placed up across the site.
Away from the rooms, visitors enjoy a complementary breakfast, guided walks, and Tai Chi and yoga courses. There is also a clothing-optional pool, dry sauna, spa, and gym. A farm-to-table restaurant completes the image.
If you’re going to splurge on a trip, whether with the family or with that significant other, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe gives simple and exclusive access to some of the country’s greatest ski slopes.
It’s positioned halfway up the mountain, directly at the Northstar ski area, allowing visitors genuine ski-in, ski-out access. No more returning to congested, locker room-like lodges or rental areas, the Ritz-Carlton has ski concierges who cater to every aspect.
Most rooms and suites feature magnificent mountain views, however visitors on a budget can reserve one of the premium hotel’s windowless or viewless rooms for a cheaper fee. There’s a full-service spa, a slope-side hot tub for the ideal apres ski experience, and multiple eating options.
The hotel’s Ritz Kids programme provides younger visitors a choice of services and activities, including all-day camp-like experiences, which give parents some alone time. They also provide complimentary s’mores for the youngsters to prepare in the hotel’s patio each evening.
Things don’t stop during the summer, the hotel’s Lake Club features a private marina and beach with a selection of water sports. There’s also a lakeside café and change facilities.
Part of California, Catalina Island looks far away although it is only 26 miles (and a speedy 90-minute boat voyage) from the Southern California coast. The island was originally the private property of the Wrigley family of Chicago and chewing gum fame. Mt. Ada was the Wrigley family’s own residence on the island, and today you may stay here.
It’s an upscale, exquisite bed-and-breakfast, with the old guestrooms stylishly renovated into hotel suites (some with balconies) (some with balconies). The public rooms, such the great terrace, give unequalled views of the island, since the house sits high on a hill overlooking the bay.
The island has one town, Avalon, and it’s filled with hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and numerous locally owned stores and restaurants. There’s a tiny beach and a sizable marina.
Sailing, fishing, snorkelling, and scuba diving are all popular, as is sea kayaking. On land, there are miles of hiking trails and a zipline adventure park.
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In Pismo Beach, just 10 miles from the attractions of San Luis Obispo, the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is a favourite choice among families, as it offers elegant, but yet good-value, accommodation in a convenient position.
The one- and two-bedroom suites are clean, comfortable, and contemporary in style and come with complete kitchens, living spaces, and separate dining areas. Upgraded suites contain fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths.
On-site amenities include a restaurant, outdoor pool, spa, gym, and complimentary loaner bikes for guests to utilise. The resort is also pet-friendly.