Best Resorts in San Diego

San Diego Resorts: Enjoy Award-Winning Golf Courses, Luxury Spas and More

San Diego's resorts allow guests to kick up their feet and soak up the sun by offering everything both kids and adults love about vacation. Whether your focus is golf, luxury spas, glorious swimming pools or family-friendly activities, these resorts are located all over America’s Finest City and cater to both business and leisure travelers.

Is the ocean too cold for you? Swim in San Diego’s only heated saltwater swimming pool at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located on the water and next to the San Diego Convention Center. Speaking of the ocean, beachgoers may prefer an oceanfront resort, such as the Hotel Del Coronado. In front of this historic resort lies one of San Diego’s most family-friendly beaches.

Golfers rejoice! Bring the family, because while you tee off at an award-winning Arnold Palmer course, the rest of your crew can enjoy the spa, kids club or 3200 square foot family swimming pool at Park Hyatt Aviara.

Foodies may appreciate that some of the city’s finest restaurants are located in resorts. Enjoy a five-star stay at The Grand Del Mar with Addision, ranked number one on our list of San Diego’s 10 Best Restaurants, within walking distance from your room.

Though we encourage visiting San Diego's best attractions, it is not uncommon for travelers to stay put at these fantastic resorts and let the stress melt away. Imagine yourself sipping that umbrella drink, likely with a hand-crafted twist, while reading our list of San Diego’s 10 Best Resorts.


Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a particularly family-friendly resort due to it's typically reasonable pricing, close proximity to SeaWorld, full-service marina, five swimming pools and other kid-oriented activities. The resort is a sprawling 44-acre private island with rooms featuring either private or semi-private patios and some kitchen facilities, such as microwaves and countertops for food preparation. A spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and several onsite dining options also round out the offerings of this tropical escape. Should a beach bonfire with s'mores or sailing lessons strike your fancy, Guest Recreation is happy to make arrangements for you. They have a water taxi to a private entrance at SeaWorld, too.

Recommended for Resort because: This is one of the best resorts to stay at near SeaWorld and the Mission Bay area.

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Nestled in a quiet area of Rancho Bernardo, the Rancho Bernardo Inn is known for its 18 hole championship golf course, luxurious spa, and secluded feel. The 287 rooms feature custom furniture, ample work spaces and flat panel TVs. The new restaurant, Avant, focuses on wine country and farm-to-table dining though there are several other dining options. Rancho Bernardo Inn is within a short drive of San Diego's own wine country and San Diego Safari Park. Though couples come to settle in and relax in the soothing ambiance. The resort recently finished a multi-million dollar renovation and it shows. Check for the latest packages.

Recommended for Resort because: This is the best option for those needing lodging in East County, near wineries and the Safari Park.

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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Located on the San Diego Bay, Loews Coronado Bay is a luxury resort offering a private 80-slip marina, a soothing spa, enchanting gondola cruises, four restaurants and lounges, basketball and tennis courts, 3 outdoor pools, surfing lessons, bicycle and boat rentals, direct access to Silver Strand State Beach and a first-class spa. Loews Coronado received accolades from Parent's Magazine for it's family-friendly features. Pottery Barn Kids designed the award-winning Kids' Club while PBTeen designs grace the Teen Lounge and Teen Spa Room. The 65,000 square feet of meeting space also make this a perfect site for a work retreat. You don't really have to leave here, if you don't want to.

Recommended for Resort because: It's a bit off the main drag in Coronado, but the type of resort with beach access and amenities that make it hard to leave.

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Take in the San Diego skyline from across the bay at the Marriott Coronado. The resort sits on 16 acres of waterfront property, right at the base of the famous Coronado Bridge which provides easy access to downtown San Diego and all of its attractions. Camp Coronado is offered seasonally and provides activities for kids to give parents a well-deserved break. Tennis courts and three heated swimming pools, bike rentals and more keep visitors entertained on the property while the Ferry Landing Marketplace, the Silver Strand Bike Path and the 18-hole Coronado Golf Course are within walking distance. The resort provides a scheduled water taxi across the San Diego Bay to the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, the San Diego Convention Center or Seaport Village.

Recommended for Resort because: With a hotel-provided water taxi to downtown San Diego, guests can enjoy Gaslamp Quarter energy and retreat to Coronado's beaches.

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L'Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts
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Just a quick walk away from one of San Diego's nicest beaches and Del Mar's finest restaurants, the recently renovated L'Auberge Del Mar is an excellent vacation choice. The resort is reminiscent of a private, coastal estate, offering 112 plush guest rooms and 8 hotel suites with village, garden or coastal views. Some of the luxury hotel amenities offered at L'Auberge include a gorgeous pool overlooking the Pacific, private cabanas, a landscaped footpath to the beach, a state-of-the-art fitness center equipment, two lighted championship tennis courts and a tennis pro for instruction. Kitchen 1540 is onsite and highly regarded for it's Modern American cuisine. Breathe in the sea air at Spa L'Auberge while indulging in massages, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures.

Recommended for Resort because: Couples looking for a romantic getaway should consider L'Auberge, within walking distance of Del Mar's best restaurants and the beach.

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The secluded Park Hyatt Aviara lies above a protected wildlife sanctuary called the Batiquitos Lagoon and enjoys spectacular ocean views. This AAA 5-diamond resort offers all the luxury one might expect from a Park Hyatt. When not splashing around in the 3200 square foot pool, kids can stay busy in Camp Hyatt while you enjoy a leisurely morning at the spa or golf at the resort's Arnold Palmer course, named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America. Better yet, improve your swing at the prestigious Aviara Golf Academy, located on the property. LEGOLAND and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are not to far away, though Downtown San Diego is about a 40 minute drive.

Recommended for Resort because: This resort is win-win for parents (Arnold Palmer golf course, spa) and kids (location near LEGOLAND, great pool).

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The luxurious Rancho Valencia, tucked away in the affluent Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood, is an all-suite property of 49 suites averaging 1000 square feet in size that just enjoyed a $30 million renovation. All suites boast a fireplace, private garden patio, spacious bathroom with walk-in closet, and wet mini-bar while some have a private whirlpool spa on the patio. Mediterranean-Spanish decor features colorful hand-painted tile work, open beam ceilings, plantation shuttered windows, and Terra Cotta tile floors. Tennis enthusiasts will love the 18 courts. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, two whirlpool spas, croquet lawn, fitness center, and easy access to nearby golf courses. Don't forget to book a spa appointment, either.

Recommended for Resort because: This hideaway in Rancho Santa Fe is for those who seek a low-key, luxury resort vacation focused on golf, tennis and spa.

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The La Costa Resort & Spa is located just a few miles from the beach in Carlsbad, which is in North San Diego County. In addition to its world-renowned spa, the resort boasts a newly-renovated golf course that is the site of several national championships each year. Situated on 400 lushly landscaped acres, La Costa offers the ultimate in resort activity. Its expansive water park, Splash Landing, features serpentine water slides, a kids' splash area, several pools, hot tubs, and a poolside restaurant. Excellent dining options, such as locally sourced fare at BlueFire Grill, help make it a resort that you do not ever have to leave. However, kids will want to visit LEGOLAND, just a few minutes away.

Recommended for Resort because: A little water park, a kids' club, famous day spa, award-winning golf make this the perfect place to base your family.

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The iconic red roof has become one of San Diego's most recognizable symbols. The beachfront Hotel del Coronado is filled with over 120 years of history with guests including 11 Presidents, royalty and countless movie stars. Coronado Island is actually a peninsula connected to Downtown San Diego by the famous Coronado Bridge. Attractions in Balboa Park are also just minutes away. This luxurious National Historic Landmark has unveiled several major enhancements including more ocean view dining, a state-of-the art fitness center with classes held on the beach, as well as a facility just for kids and teens. Beach Village is a new 78 room enclave that offers kitchens, private terraces, and larger living spaces. If you forget to pack something, the shops have a variety of amenities and are sure to fill any empty space in your suitcase.

Recommended for Resort because: It's iconic with one of the best beaches in San Diego right in front of the resort.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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As Southern California's only triple five star resort, The Grand Del Mar oozes opulence. Nestled in a secluded canyon east of Del Mar, the sprawling property boasts an equestrian center, luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, 5-star dining, golf, tennis and four heated pools. If the beach is calling, The Grand Del Mar can chauffeur you there and back with chairs, umbrellas and bottled water in tow. Kids can do crafts and play games in the Explorer's Club while parents take a pilates class or cherish a private dinner at the resort's award-winning French restaurant, Addison. Do plan to spend the day at the award winning spa.

Recommended for Resort because: This is, by far, the nicest resort in San Diego. You'll get what you pay for on all fronts.

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