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What We Love

  • Amazing hiking trails—the resort’s “backyard” is Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
  • Four heated pools, complete with cabanas and underwater speakers
  • Afternoon tea in the lobby lounge on weekends
  • Guest DJ’s spin every weekend at the on-property “Club M”
  • The gym’s yoga and pilates classes are free for resort guests

What To Know

  • The Tom Fazio-designed golf club is for guests and members only—but requires a fee of $230 and up to play
  • The onsite equestrian center is temporarily closed
  • The beach is five miles away, but the hotel offers free transportation
  • The resort is extremely family friendly, but the spa and the Relaxation Pool are strictly 18+


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Classic Lounge Luxury living room Lobby home mansion palace


Built in the tradition of the great 1920s Spanish Revival resorts, this manmade paradise is still in touch with Southern California's unspoiled nature

The Lowdown

It’s less than 10 years old but this lavish, Spanish Revival resort (built in the style of 1920s architect Addison Mizner) has already become a San Diego institution. Locals flock to its five restaurants (dinner-only Addison is helmed by Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley) as well as the Haim salon in its esteemed spa. Sporting types play golf at the on-site club while others lounge alongside one of the four pools, hit the hiking trails, or avail themselves of the resort’s beach shuttle service. But guests don’t even have to get dressed to commune with nature—each of the 249 rooms has a view of either the golf course or the canyon.

In the Area

Further afield, families hit Sea World, Legoland or the San Diego Zoo, which are all about 20 miles away. For more adult diversions, there’s the San Diego Opera, San Diego Polo Club, or the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Unless, of course, you’re more into bargain-hunting than culture-seeking; if so, you’re in luck. The resort is located within range of four malls, the, boutique-lined Cedros Avenue, and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

How to Get There

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA 92130 United States


Spectacular and elegant resort with the highest level of service.

This is one of the very best hotels that I have stayed in. First class service. Spectacular architecture and landscaping in a serene canyon location.

Breakfast is outstanding. The golf course is absolutely fabulous.

Hard to think of enough superlatives to describe this property.

Highly recommended.

Elegant luxurious Classic European Estate

Massive elegant resort with spa and golf course, it’s like escaping to an European estate. The rooms are luxurious and spacious with well-stocked amenities such as minibar, robes, and plush slippers. The marble bathroom has dual sinks and separate shower and bathtub. The added balcony provides a great space to sneak out and catch the morning sun or to take in some fresh air. The resort grounds provides a couple great trails for one to explore the surrounding nature.
Transportation to the hotel can be made by taxi/uber or by car. There's also helicopter transportation option when arriving at LAX but it must be coordinated through the concierge no less then 3 days prior to arrival.
Thanks to hotel operator Monica for assisting with information prior to arrival and during the stay. Additional thanks to Manager Gill for making the stay exceptional.
Looking forward to another future spa escape at the Grande Del Mar.

Outstanding Hotel and staff

This is my 3rd visit to this hotel. I can not say enough about the service, amenities, all staff, and the food....just terrific. The service provided by the concierge team was brilliant. They were so helpful in planning my itinerary and recommending restaurants it was refreshing.
The golf course is amazing.....

I look forward to my next visit.