Resort hotels are defined by a wide range of outdoor recreational activities that take advantage of a desirable climate. Expect amenities such as beach access, golf courses, tennis courts, spas, free on-site activities, sports rentals from golf carts to jet skis, lessons and personal trainers, recreational and lap pools, and an array of concierge services, including making reservations for local attractions and tours. Resort hotels also provide personalized upscale perks like in-room mineral water, mini-bars, pillow-top or signature beds, triple sheets, plush robes, flowers, patios or balconies, and turndown service. The overarching goal of a resort hotel is a memorable experience.
San Diego Resort Hotels
In San Diego, most resort hotels have either coastal locations or on-site golf courses, although that is not always the case. The luxurious California Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla is a golf resort hotel that sits along the edge of famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a Mediterranean estate-style resort hotel with a championship Tom Fazio golf course. These golf resort hotels are the epitome of integrated indoor and outdoor living, and offer all the amenities guests should expect from a luxury resort hotel.
Manchester Grand Hyatt is one of several resort hotels on stunning San Diego Bay. It offers guests a full range of luxury resort amenities, and is situated next door to popular Seaport Village. Many of these waterfront resorts have their own marinas like Kona Kai Resort & Spa, Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, and Bay Club Hotel & Marina on Shelter Island, or Sheraton Hotel & Marina, and Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island. Loews Coronado Bay Resort is on a private 15-acre peninsula in San Diego Bay off Coronado Island.
Arguably the best beach resort hotel in San Diego is the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, in part, because it is on San Diego’s only true white sand beach. They have an on-site spa, several boutique stores, restaurants, and pools, and on-site kids’ activities. Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel in Mission Beach, and Paradise Point Hotel all sit along the sandy beaches of Mission Bay and offer full resort amenities. La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is an upscale resort hotel on a private beach next to La Jolla Shores with 14 championship tennis courts.
Note: Another class of resort hotels in San Diego is the beachfront resort-style hotel. Tower23 Hotel and Pacific Terrace in Pacific Beach fall into this category – oceanfront properties with optional resort fees and amenities.
Best San Diego Neighborhoods for Resort Hotels
There is no shortage of resort hotels in America’s Finest City where it’s always sunny and 72. The best neighborhoods for resort hotels are located on Coronado Island, along San Diego Bay, and along the Pacific Coast. Visitors will find both beach and bay resorts on Coronado Island. The Marina district of Downtown and the bayside of Point Loma are all great choices for waterfront resort hotels with marinas, but not beaches. The beachside neighborhoods of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and Del Mar have the most choices for beach resort hotels. Mission Bay is a manmade aquatic park, so resort hotels there have beaches, even though it’s a bay. The best golf resorts are in La Jolla and Del Mar.