The Fairmont Grand Del Mar California’s No. 1 Luxury Resort

The number one luxury resort in California and the crown jewel of San Diego is the prestigious Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a sprawling resort with the architecture style of a Tuscan villa. The five-star hotel is complete with a private golf course, four pools, a luxurious on-site spa, restaurants, a fitness center, tennis courts, yoga classes, an equestrian center and stables, and 37 miles of hiking trails on the property. It’s located just outside of San Diego, but after cruising up the long driveway through the fairways, with valet parking awaiting, you feel transported to another world. Don’t feel like driving? They have a private helicopter if you want to arrive in style!

Tuscan villa-style design at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
Tuscan villa-style design at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

Our Romantic Retreat at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar

We celebrated our one-year anniversary with a romantic retreat at the Fairmont. Although we are fortunate to be able to travel often, we rarely have time to relax on our busy trips. It was so nice to be able to unwind on a long weekend here and have a real vacation! The Fairmont Grand Del Mar absolutely spoiled us – the staff congratulated us on our anniversary upon our arrival, and they had anniversary bubbles waiting for us in our room. We were pampered with a couples massage, enjoyed breakfast in bed, basked in the sun by the pool, and indulged in a meal at San Diego’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, Addison, which is located on the property. Last year, we met at Maaemo in Norway on October 19th, so it was only fitting to spend this October 19th enjoying another Michelin meal together, this time in California. We like being a party of two.

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar's lobby pays respect to the nearby Del Mar racetracks.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s lobby pays respect to the nearby Del Mar racetracks.
Old-school charm.
Old-school charm.

Our Signature Poolside Room

Our favorite part about our room was the private terrace that allowed us to walk right out to the adults-only relaxation pool. Inside our room, we had a spacious and ultra-comfortable bed, and a cute shuttered window that allowed us to peek into our marble bathroom, which had both a deep soaking bathtub and a walk-in shower. Anders especially loved the minibar station in the room, which, in addition to a mini-fridge, had a sink you could use as a wine cooler, and wooden cabinets stocked with glassware and treats. Kaitlin loved the super-soft bathrobes and slippers and the fact that she could have brought her family’s dog here if she wanted to – there was even a dog bed available in the room!

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a true oasis.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a true oasis.

An Award-Winning Luxury Resort

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is one of only eleven hotels in the world to receive a triple five-star award from Forbes, meaning it is a five-star hotel with a five-star restaurant and a five-star spa on-site. It’s easy to see why it’s a popular wedding venue – it’s an absolutely stunning property, adorned with spiral staircases, gazebos, dramatic fountains, Moroccan arches, and Italian columns. The resort is constantly buzzing with activities, including frequent live music in the lobby, culinary events, and weekly outdoor movie nights under the stars.

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Kaitlin feels right at home here.
Kaitlin feels right at home here.
The spectacular main swimming pool at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
The spectacular main swimming pool at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
Kaitlin through the looking glass.
Kaitlin through the looking glass.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar has an award-winning, five-star spa.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar has an award-winning, five-star spa.
The Grand Staircase, adorned with hand-painted gold leaf railings.
The Grand Staircase, adorned with hand-painted gold leaf railings.

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