Best Southern California Luxury Beach Hotels and Resorts
Not too long ago, we hopped in our SUV, and drove from Scottsdale to the SoCal Coast in a quest to find and experience the best luxury beach hotels and resorts that Southern California has to offer.
For 15 days, we drove up and down the Southern California Coast and spent two nights in seven different properties so that we might experience these properties, and then share our experiences with you. Oh, what fun we had!
As is our custom, we shot a bit of video, snapped a lot of photographs, and got a wonderful taste of each of these properties to share with you.
Only this time, not only do we have a report to share with you about each of these wonderful properties, but we also brought back exclusive VIP offers from each of the hotels. Therefore, when you decide to visit one of these stunning properties, we have hundreds of dollars worth of complimentary VIP amenities as a special gift to our readers.
We brought back 100s of dollars worth of complimentary VIP amenities for each of our readers!
Southern California’s Best Luxury Beach Hotels and Resorts
You know, I’ve been sitting here starring at the screen of my iMac for over 15 minutes. You see, I’m trying to decide in what order I should put these reports.
While it is customary for the travel media to provide “top 10” type reports; each of these properties is unique, and your favorite may not be ours. Therefore, can I encourage you to read each of the short descriptions of each of these properties? One of them had the best beach, one of them was the most relaxing, two of them had the best golf, one of them had the best cuisine, several of them offer awesome rooms, and one of them offered us a sunset that was beyond words.
Therefore, please know that these are NOT listed in order of best to worst, but all seven are offered with the intention that you would find which most appeals to your style of travel. Fair enough? OK, let’s get started…
The Lodge at Torrey Pines – La Jolla, California
The perennial award-winning resort, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is perched on a bluff that looks across the 18th green of the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course to the Pacific Ocean. We loved the California Craftsman-style, dining in their signature restaurant was fabulous, the service was outstanding; and we love hiking in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve next door which also brings access to fabulous beaches. To see our on-site video report, CLICK HERE.
Terranea Resort: Los Angeles’ Luxury Oceanfront Resort
This award-winning oceanfront luxury resort sits on a rugged coastline just 20 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport. While close enough for day trips into LA, we greatly enjoyed the serenity and stunning natural landscape with views of Catalina Island across the channel. Terranea offers hundreds of hotel rooms, 20 oceanfront bungalows, 50 ocean-view casitas, and 32 family-sized villas. To see our on-site video report, CLICK HERE.
The Resort at Pelican Hill – Newport Beach, California
The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the finest resorts we have ever visited. It boasts not only a AAA Five Diamond Rating, but a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating as well. While not beachfront, the resort offers stunning ocean views, two 18-hole Tom Fazio golf courses, and a customer experience that draws the rich and famous from around the world. We shared a two-bedroom villa with friends and absolutely loved our experience. To see our on-site report CLICK HERE.
The La Valencia Hotel – La Jolla, California
This was our second visit to the La Valencia Hotel. The property sits right in the chic town of La Jolla, with boutique shopping out the front door, and the famous La Jolla Cove with barking sea lions out the back. Dining was fabulous, the Mediterranean feel delightful, and a good long stroll in the adjacent Ellen Browning Scripps Park is an absolute must. To see our on-site video report, CLICK HERE.
Casa Del Mar: Luxury LA Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
Once one of the grandest of the opulent Santa Monica hotels of the Roaring-20s, this fabulous hotel has undergone a $60 million re-imagination that brings this historic landmark back to its former grandeur. This beachfront property offers stunning rooms, fabulous cuisine, and being able to walk on the boardwalk to the famous Santa Monica Pier was a real treat. To see our on-site video report, CLICK HERE.
The Hotel Del Coronado – Coronado Island, San Diego, California
Built in 1887, this Victorian jewel sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in America (Best Beach 2012), while offering its guests not only a charming island atmosphere, but access to downtown San Diego with just a short 10-minute drive across the Coronado Bridge. Be sure to request on of their newly renovated full ocean-view Junior Suites. To see our on-site video report, CLICK HERE.
L’Auberge Del Mar Resort – Del Mar, California
The L’Auberge Del Mar Resort’s mantra is “relaxing by day and spirited by night”. Therefore, if you enjoy a lively atmosphere, the resort’s Living Room Bar is very popular with the locals, and weekends feature live music. Also, Kitchen 1540 was absolutely our best dining experience on our whole trip! To see our on-site video report, CLICK HERE.
Phew! That was a lot of work, and a LOT of fun! We sure hope it brings you a lot of value as you consider where to stay in Southern California.
How to Claim the 100s of Dollars of Complimentary VIP Amenities we Brought Back Just for you!
Inside each of the seven articles above, we have listed for you the specific VIP amenities that we’ve brought back home just for you. As you’ll quickly see, they’re all worth hundreds of dollars!
Take a peek at all of our articles, enjoy our complimentary VIP amenities, and as we say, “Life’s a trip. Go have fun!”
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