5 Most Luxurious Resorts in Southern California

Southern California is known for its beautiful beaches and sunsets and dazzling cities.  That’s part of the reason that the number of visitors to the area keeps increasing every year.  Before you book your trip to southern California, here are our picks for the top luxe resorts.

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa

The Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is located on 45 acres near San Diego.  The hotel’s Mediterranean-style 49 casitas feature custom rustic furniture and private garden patios with views of the surrounding canyons.  Make sure to visit the hotel’s award-winning spa, which is tucked in among the olive groves.  The effort the hotel puts forth in creating an amazing experience for each guest has not gone un-noticed--the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa has been named #1 Best Resort and #1 Best Hotel in California by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

When in the Los Angeles area, the Peninsula is the place to stay.  Set among tropical gardens, the hotel has 195 light and airy guest rooms, which includes 38 suites and 17 villas.   Relax at the rooftop swimming pool or take a walk down Rodeo Drive for some shopping.  The choices for dining are spectacular, with the Belvedere, which is the only AAA five diamond rated restaurant in LA.  Or, head to The Living Room, for a spot of their legendary afternoon tea.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Located in Newport Beach, the Resort at Pelican Hill is reminiscent of the Italian countryside.  It stretches 504 acres with two pools, two golf courses, and a large spa.  The resort’s architectural style, which was inspired by Andrea Palladio, an architect from the 16th century, is reflected throughout the hotel.  Stay in one of the resort’s 332 bungalows and villas with beautiful coastal views, terraces, fireplaces, kitchens, and luxe baths.  

The Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn, which is located in Big Sur, is a serene retreat tucked into cliffs that overlook both the ocean and the mountains.   The adults-only Post Ranch Inn is intimate, with only has 39 rooms.  In order to create the atmosphere of serenity, guest rooms do not have clocks, televisions, or phones.  There is no resort fee, but breakfast, daily yoga, and guided hikes are included in your stay.  Don’t miss the hotel’s restaurant  Sierra Mar, which is set high in the cliffs for breathtaking views. 

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Another beauty in the San Diego vicinity, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, is set on 400 acres of coastal canyon.  The resort’s architecture, which incorporates Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan, and Venetian design, is inspired by 1920’s icon Addison Mizner.  It is a true blend of old-world Mediterranean charm with modern amenities.  The Grand Del Mar was voted #1 Luxury Hotel by TripAdvisor travelers and it is easy to see why with a Tom Fazio golf course, five star spa, four pools, tennis courts, and fitness classes.  The onsite restaurant, https://www.addisondelmar.com/Addison, is also award-winning.  

Any of these hotels will provide a luxurious experience.  For your trip to Southern California, check out our collection of bathing suits and coverups

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