• DON’T MISS The Fifth Avenue building’s rooftop deck
provides 30,000 square feet of resort-quality pool features. In addition to cabanas, submerged daybeds and an
in-water living room, an infinity pool stretches the length
of the property for an entire city block.
• PROPER T Y DE TAILS The building, including its 92
guest rooms, was designed by Mexico City–based team
Niz+Chauvet. Modern touches like whitewashed panels
mix with indigenous stone; room numbers are accompanied by the corresponding Mayan number. All 27 Beach
House suites have a private balcony, midcentury furnishings and hand-pressed Guadalajara tiles and stone. The
Fifth Avenue Building rates start at $229; Beach House’s
rates start at $309.
Tucked into the lush greenery and rolling hills of
Rancho Santa Fe, this hacienda-style retreat feels like
a Garden of Eden, dotted with casitas and bungalow
suites, whispering fountains, hand-painted tiles and
terra-cotta, olive and citrus groves, bird-of-paradise,
eucalyptus copses, and reflecting pools, with hot air balloons floating above at dusk. A $30 million renovation
completed five years ago and five-star service ensure
luxury at every turn.
• EAT Farm-to-table reigns here with healthy delicious
eats, whether it’s a spa lunch of sashimi or kale salad
by the pool, slow-pressed green juice post-yoga, rustic
American cuisine and craft tequilas in the Pony Room
bar or elegant Mediterranean-inspired plates in the restaurant Veladora, further enhanced by Damien Hirst’s
• FI T With 95 classes to choose from per week, RV is a fitness haven. Top-notch trainers, TRX classes, spin, reformer
and mat Pilates, barre, power sculpt, meditation and Qi
Gong are all on offer here, and the open-air Yoga Pavilion
with its reflecting pool and surrounding gardens is the most
exquisite place to do downward dogs in all of San Diego.
•SPA This spa wows with tiled plunge pools, hidden hot
tubs, fountains and thickets of greenery, offering everything from honey-and-goji-berry facials, citrus body
polishes, sexy firelit couples’ massages and divine Natura
Bisse products from Barcelona.
•DON’T MISS The Wellness Collective: three, five- and
seven-day preventive programs based on the cutting-edge
science of epigenetics. Intimate workshops and enlighten-
ing lectures, designed by the Life Wellness Institute of San
Diego, focus on fitness, attitude, nutrition, toxicity, sleep,
stress, connection, meditation and more.
• PROPERT Y DETAILS Southern Cal’s only Relais &
Château property sprawls over 45 acres with 49 guest casitas,
a private three-bedroom hacienda with its own pool, and 12
villas. Guests enjoy a world-class spa and tennis program, a
cabana-lined pool, alfresco and fireside dining, and a private
wine cave. Rooms start at $639.
Beach Village At The Del
Coronado’s iconic Hotel del Coronado has been a seaside
wellness retreat since opening back in 1888, and its swanky
Beach Village ushers in the modern with a private enclave
of villas and cottages just steps from the sand. Peppermint-striped cabanas speckle the exclusive beach club; private
chefs, personal shoppers and concierge hosts stand ready to
indulge every whim; and a 1905 beach bungalow, once home
to the Duchess of Windsor, welcomes Beach Village guests
as the private social and dining hub.
• EAT Grab a fresh smoothie, latte or hot breakfast at the
charming Windsor Cottage, or dine there by the fire pits at
sunset enjoying a seafood tower of lobster, shrimp, oysters
and snow crab. Savor gourmet Baja-style eats by the pool
or champagne-laced afternoons in your cabana. For white
tablecloth dining, head to 1500 Ocean, where chef Patrick
Pontsay whips up memorable coastal cuisine.
• FI T Start the day with Beach Spin on the Paseo Lawn and
keep an eye out for dolphins frolicking in the surf. Don a
mermaid’s tail for an aquatic aerobics class, or salute the sun
during a beach yoga session. Explore the island on a bike,
stand-up paddle in the marina, or charge some waves out
your front door. Burn some serious calories during a beach
boot camp workout with a personal trainer.
• SPA Lounge by the infinity pool at the Del’s main spa
after your “Some Like It Hot” Stone Massage — a nod to the
Marilyn Monroe classic film shot at the hotel. Or indulge in
an ocean pedicure or Swedish massage in the privacy of your
Beach Village cabana.
•DON’T MISS A private chef experience for a romantic
dinner on the sand with a custom menu, wine pairings
and crafted cocktails; or a family clambake followed by
s’mores and spirits under the stars with crashing waves
as the soundtrack.
• PROPER T Y DE TAILS The 78 airy, bright cottages (one,
two and three bedrooms) have ocean views, lavish comforts
and thoughtful design echoing the seaside vibe. Guests can
enjoy three private pools, hot tubs and high-tech cabanas.
Some cottages have private plunge pools and state-of-the-
art full kitchens. Rooms start at $799.
Opposite, clock wise
from top left: Comal at
Chileno Bay; rooftop
view at Thompson Playa
del Carmen; beach villa
at Hotel del Coronado.