1 . The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 315 - 8214

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A practice at perfection, Pelican Hill has won more awards than a comic book hero, brandishing the Grand Resort Award and titles like one of America's Best Coastal Hotels, and the #1 Resort in the United States.

Destine for the divine in luxury Italian-inspired Bungalows and private enclave Villas whose sunny Southern Californian interiors display truly divine design. Indulge in the onsite restaurants' authentic and mouthwatering Californian cuisine, the Resort at Pelican Hill's #1 Golf Course in the World, and the relaxing Spa rated #1 Spa in California!

Address

22701 Pelican Hill Road South - Newport Coast, California 92657

Highlights

The Resort at Pelican Hill sports a luxury Spa, Golf Course, and dining that is redefines the Epicurian Experience.

2 . JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Palm Desert, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 538 - 9459

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When you think of the desert, you probably don't think of lush landscapes, verdant lawns, immaculate pools or waterfalls. But at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, that's exactly what you'll get – a truly luxurious oasis.

The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort has built a reputation for being the premier destination in the desert for both business and pleasure. Come and stay awhile! Onsite dining, shopping, golf and virtually endless activities mean you'll never have to leave the resort! You could easily spend a whole day at the relaxing Spa at Desert Springs Resort. Indulge in a deep tissue massage, aromatherapy or a citrus sugar scrub. Add private jetted hot tubs and a full-service fitness center to the mix and you have a spa experience worth getting excited about. But if you do decide to venture away from the resort, you'll find Palm Desert scenery is right outside your door. Hike in Joshua Tree National Park, shop in Palm Springs and sightsee in beautiful Indian Canyons. When you return, bask in your guest room's elegant luxury. Accommodations at the resort have been newly renovated and now feature granite, limestone and Italian marble bathrooms, all-new beds and bedding chosen by sleep experts, and more amenities than you can imagine. It's time for you to discover the exclusive allure of the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

Highlights

The hotel has recently opened all-new dining venues including Fisherman’s Landing and Rockwood Grill.

Fun facts

Take a stroll through the property and see up to 25 species of exotic birds!

Related Onsite Offerings

Both of the onsite Palm and Valley courses boast 18 holes of championship golf designed by Ted Robinson. Recent upgrades to the resort's courses include new tees, bunkers and USGA-specification greens on each of the 18 holes.

3 . Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Coronado, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 235 - 6397

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If you're looking for a Southern California resort that can offer a fantastic family vacation AND a truly romantic escape, then you most definitely want to stay at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Located on a private peninsula tucked between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is an exemplary luxury hotel with direct access to the ocean. Here you can enjoy the luxury of an island getaway without ever leaving land. A wide variety of amenities and activities makes this resort an ideal place for a family vacation, romantic retreat, or both. Your kids will love all of the fun activities, programs, and adventures at the Pottery Barn Kid's Club and there's even entertaining activities for teens! So while they're off having the time of their lives, you and your loved one can spend the day relaxing at the spa or playing a couple rounds of golf at a nearby course. When it's time to call it a day, head back to your luxurious guest room or suite. Loews Coronado Bay Resort prides itself on providing exceptional, award-winning service and accommodations to their guests. You'll be surrounded by shades of warm amber and views of water. It maybe become hard to tell where your private balcony ends and the spectacular sunsets begin. Full of signature amenities, your guest room will become your home away from home in Southern California! Why wait? Come experience the new Loews Coronado Bay today!

Related activities

Silver Strand State Beach is one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Spend the day looking for sand dollars and watching the waves roll in.

Fun facts

Parents magazine named Loews Coronado Bay Resort to their list of Top 10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Related Onsite Offerings

Three swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, plus bicycle, rollerblade, waverunner, sailboat, motorboat and paddle boat rentals.

4 . The Grand Del Mar

San Diego, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (858) 314 - 2000

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The No. 10 resort on our list might be last, but it is certainly not least. This unparalleled San Diego resort destination seamlessly combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort, giving you a wondrous vacation experience.

The accommodations at The Grand Del Mar won't be just a place to sleep at night. They will become your private sanctuary. Each guest room and suite is thoughtfully appointed with its own stunning view of either The Grand Golf Club or Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. They resort also offers stunning villas, which are truly the epitome of pampered living.

Highlights

The Spa at The Grand Del Mar is one of only 30 Five-Star spas in the country.

Related activities

Area attractions include the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld Adventure Park, LEGOLAND California, Balboa Park and its many museums, and the Birch Aquarium.

Fun facts

Addison, the resort's onsite restaurant, is Southern California’s only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant.

5 . The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 1229

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Are you wishing you could find a place to get away from it all; a place where you can find relaxation and rejuvenation that still has all of the resort amenities and activities you love?

This place definitely exists and you can find it in a secluded Palm Springs location surrounded by picturesque mountain views. The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa is a soothing sanctuary that takes you away from ordinary life. Here you will find three onsite pools and 60 foot waterslide, two championship golf courses: the Pete Dye course and the Gary Player Signature Course, luxurious dining experiences at Bella Vista, and more! The resort is also home to The Spa at Mission Hills, which offers offers a variety of soothing treatments from massages to facials to manicures and pedicures. It's the perfect place to relax and heal your body, mind, and soul. The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa offers a variety of accommodations ranging from Traditional Guest Rooms to opulent Presidential and Chairman Suites. No matter which you choose, you'll have the pleasure of a great nights sleep on a Westin Heavenly Bed®. You can also enjoy a stocked mini-bar, mini-refrigerator, entertainment center, plush sitting area, and private balcony or patio for a breath of fresh air. Escape the everyday grind and discover how restorative a vacation can really be at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa.

Highlights

The resort is also a fun place for a family vacation. Your kids will love The Westin Mission Hills Discovery Room – a place for children to play and learn, while parents explore the resort.

Fun facts

The Westin Mission Hills Resort is pet friendly!

Related Onsite Offerings

Bike rentals, tennis, sand volleyball, walking tours, hiking trails, horseback riding, and more!

6 . Paradise Point Resort & Spa

San Diego, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 344 - 2626

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How about making your next vacation a private island getaway? And no, you don't have to leave the U.S. The destination we're talking about is Paradise Point Resort & Spa, a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay.

It may be its own private island, but Paradise Point Resort is still close to everything, including the famous SeaWorld Adventure Park and downtown San Diego. But you definitely don't have to leave the island to have the time of your life. Spend your vacation lounging by the pool, going on an exhilarating jet ski adventure, or a bike ride along the bay. Paradise Point Resort & Spa offers a multitude of recreational activities for all ages, from beach bonfires to sailing lessons to mini-golf and just about everything in between. Additionally, this tropical island resort offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service marina, five swimming pools, and various sport courts!

Highlights

If you're in need of relaxation, spend some time at The Spa at Paradise Point, an intimate and inviting San Diego day spa sanctuary where you choose your sensory destination. Select Hawaii, Bali, Fiji, Thailand, or the classic Mainland and experience signature treatments and services using techniques and ingredients indigenous to each island.

Related Onsite Offerings

Special activities offered during spring break and summer include an on-site children's camp, the Island Adventure Club, which hosts activities such as arts and crafts, treasure hunts and guided nature walks through the abundant lagoons and gardens.

7 . Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 458 - 8786

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Whether you're looking to rest and recharge or to find a bit of vacation excitement, Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa is the place for you!

Relax in a Spanish colonial-inspired room with an elegant and simple palette of beige, sand, and ivory that reflects the desert sands of the area. Curl up beneath the plush down comforter on the bed or step out of the french doors onto a private patio or balcony and enjoy a beautiful view and desert air. More than just comfortable rooms, Rancho Las Palmas offers a wealth of activities. From soothing spa treatments to the excitement of a live show, from playing a game of tennis at one of their twenty-five courts to splashing through their family pool, there is something for nearly anyone. And, if that wasn't enough, As if that wasn't enough, the resort is ideally located just minutes away from great area attractions, from the Agua Caliente Casino to the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert .

Highlights

The Plaza at Rancho Las Palmas offers live music four nights a week. Stop by for a drink and live entertainment!

Related activities

Want to get away from the resort for a moment? Nearby, you can take a jeep tour through the expansive Joshua Tree National Park, offering 585,000 acres of stunning desert scenery.

Related Onsite Offerings

Looking to relax after a long day of activity? Indulge in a treatment from Spa Las Palmas using pure, organic desert botanicals like sage, lavender, verbena, chaparral and cactus.

8 . The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Dana Point, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (949) 240 - 2000

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It's a name you're probably familiar with – The Ritz-Carlton. A name that's synonymous with luxury, elegance, and heritage. And the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is no exception.

You will find this stunning destination resting high atop the cliffs overlooking Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California. Its presence alone is a statement of timeless sophistication. Leading the way in luxury lodging, this hotel is ranked among the finest in the world. It's a place so beautiful that it's hard to describe in words. Truly unforgettable views will leave you speechless and once you discover all of its facets of luxury, you will never want to leave. Your vacation experience will be set in a dramatic setting, complimented with world-class amenities and facilities befitting the most affluent of travelers. Dine at Raya, an innovative restaurant concept by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval showcasing Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine. Escape to the calming and peaceful ambience of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel, where the constant presence of the ocean inspires renewal. Or set off on an eco-adventure, which will open your eyes to the unique ecosystems that surround you. When your eyes feel heavy, return to your timelessly elegant guest room, which blends classic furnishings and modern-day conveniences to create the ideal home away from home. For a truly unforgettable vacation experience, stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Highlights

The hotel is proud to boast its AAA Five Diamond status for the 27th consecutive year.

Fun facts

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury beach resort along coastal Orange County.

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel offers fantastic Children's Programs, which are inspired by imagination.

9 . SeaVenture Resort

Pismo Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 760 - 0664

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It’s time to venture south. To Pismo Beach’s SeaVenture Resort! Sand Dollars and seashells stud the seashore here in the quiet corner of California.

Migration may be your best idea yet! Follow the flock to the beaches of Southern California. Float into featherbeds, dissolve into ocean deck hot tubs, and soak in the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. You’ll revel in the magic of coastal comforts, small town charm, and the beachside beauty of SeaVenture Resort. The Beach House is best for beach combers and sun worshipers, but you won’t miss out on the sand and the sun from the comfort of your own suite complete with oceanside deck and hot tub. Marble finishes, custom furniture, and the fireside glow of your own fireplace lift the late night chill hanging from the star-studded sky. Smoky s’mores spill into the dark, where the song of the sea seals into memory.

Highlights

From cool, crisp chardonnay to a bold cabernet, Californian wines will complement your courses. California’s Central Coast wine country is represented well in the fabled fare of the SeaVenture Resort Restaurant.

Related activities

Footprints disturb the fragile coastal beach, rippling the sand into a million little sand-crested waves. Cement the romance into memory with an unforgettable visit to Pismo Beach at SeaVenture Resort.

Fun facts

You don't have to leave the sweets of the city behind. Explore the onsite spa for services you'd only expect to find between the skyscrapers and high rises of Hollywood.

10 . Terranea Resort

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 968 - 9785

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Want to be close to LA but away from the crowded city? Stay at the luxurious Terranea Resort – LA's premier oceanfront resort.

Terranea Resort sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Dramatic views can be enjoyed from many areas of the resort, including from the balcony of your warm, spacious guest room or suite. The hotel guest rooms are residential in style, making you feel at home on your vacation. If you desire something more private, Terranea Resort also offers villas, casitas, and spa club bungalows. These accommodations will provide you will more expansive views and more space for entertaining. During your stay you get to experience all of the great amenities that Terranea Resort has to offer. Hit the links on their beautiful 9-hole golf course, schedule a restorative treatment at the luxurious spa, and tickle your taste buds at one of the resort's magnificent fine dining options. At Terranea, the world is at your doorstep. Embrace it with a coastal fishing trip, whale watching excursion, scuba diving adventure, or a horseback ride on the beach. Come discover a world that's not so far away at the luxurious and refined Terranea Resort.

Highlights

At Terranea Resort you can go kayaking, surfing, biking, preserve hiking, and even practice falconry.

Related Onsite Offerings

While at the resort, be sure to visit Marea, a high fashion boutique that encompasses women's ready to wear, unique accessories and shoes, casual men's clothing and a creatively fun children's section all within a beautifully designed space.

11 . Smoke Tree Ranch

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 928 - 2757

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If it's time to get back to a simpler way of life and slow down the pace of your life, then it's time for you to vacation at Smoke Tree Ranch – one of the most historic properties in Palm Springs.

Smoke Tree Ranch is revered for its simplicity, breathtaking natural surroundings, and genteel hospitality. And this resort is all-inclusive! The Ranch Plan is a traditional Full American Plan, that includes your private cottage, as well as a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily, in the Ranch House Dining Room. Or you can opt for just the Breakfast Plan. These convenient packages are just one of the ways the Smoke Tree Ranch ensure you'll feel at home during your stay. Adding to the comforting atmosphere is the beautiful cottages, which provide guests with a flat-panel television, DVD player, coffeemaker, refrigerator, and private patio. When night falls on the desert, snuggle into your bed fitted with cozy down pillows and a down comforter. There's a long list of things to do at Smoke Tree Ranch, including desert golf, horseback riding, tennis, and swimming in the Olympic-sized pool. If you'd rather just unwind, book a spa treatment in the comfort of your own cottage. True relaxation awaits! It's time to visit Smoke Tree Ranch, where you can experience a touch of yesterday with the amenities of today.

Highlights

Enhance your stay at the ranch with an authentic experience at Smoke Tree Stables, where the wranglers will match you to the best horse for your riding level and lead you on the tour of your choice.

Related activities

During busy weekends and over holiday periods, the resort offers organized activities for children as part of their Kamp Kawea program. Kids enjoy activities such as scavenger hunts, outdoor games, field trips, pony rides, rock climbing, and nature hikes.

Fun facts

Since 1930 this enclave of homes and guest cottages - situated throughout 375 acres of pristine desert - has been a retreat for some of the world's foremost families.

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