First impressions are everything. And a visit to the oh-so-charming oceanfront luxury resort, L’Auberge Del Mar, makes an impression worth writing home about. The property is poised against the lush coast of Southern California and may have you wondering, but not about your potential return to the seaside oasis, for that is a given, but how you can prolong your stay indefinitely.
A visit to L’Auberge Del Mar will make you feel nurtured and catered to by their very own management and staff whose promise is to make you feel at home—but better. The valet staff is as warm and inviting as the outdoor fireplace located near the front entrance and there’s just something relaxing and intoxicating about almost every aspect of this resort that you will notice immediately. A complimentary glass of Prosecco at check-in is your first invitation to drop any worries at the door. As long as you are a guest at this property, you are going to feel pampered and relaxed at every turn and the impeccable service is as impressive as the view of the Pacific Ocean glistening in the background of nearly every view you have on the property.
The boutique property is nestled in the heart of the uber quaint, upscale and charming seaside village of Del Mar, just 90 miles south of Los Angeles (one of ICONIC LIFE’s favorite cities) and 30 miles north of downtown San Diego. The 121-room hotel is a SoCal treasure and has long been a respite for Hollywood royalty, celebrities and power players in the entertainment world. Its elite standing and local popularity is in part due to its close proximity to the Del Mar Racetrack, the sight of some of the biggest, high-society functions and glamorous galas in San Diego.
Sweeping and spectacular ocean views are a standard in the guest rooms that peer out to the breathtaking sunsets beyond. You may find yourself joining the dozens of other guests trying to capture the dusk light on your professional-grade camera to prove to friends back home that they were actually real. Days can be spent lounging at the pool, strolling the beach for hours, or taking the afternoon to shop the fabulous boutiques in downtown Del Mar, which is just steps away from the hotel’s entrance. The property has seven luxurious suites that range in size from 500 to 1,200 square feet and featuring all the amenities you would expect at a luxury property. Attention to detail is constantly on display, and that is just the case for the rooms’ interiors, where the decor is a refined blend of beach casual and upscale chic.
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You will love how L’Auberge Del Mar welcomes your palette to an impressive range of dining options all located on the property.
You will love how L’Auberge Del Mar welcomes your palette to an impressive range of dining options all located on the property. Because hosting ultra-glam soiree’s is typical for the hotel throughout the year as many entertainment and sports stars hold events here, it’s imperative that the food be on par with the rest of the hotel and trust us, it is.
The Living Room is where hotel guests can mingle with some of the local elite who frequent L’Auberge Del Mar. It’s here where you can enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine, and marvel at the splendor of the omnipresent ocean views that mesmerize. The Coastline restaurant offers spectacular fare and an ever-evolving menu of culinary delights.
What adds to the allure of L’Auberge Del Mar and something that travelers from areas outside the West Coast will find extremely appealing is the near perfect weather. Temperatures stay in the 70s during the day throughout the fall months with nighttime temps lingering around 50 degrees or so, making for ideal conditions to utilize your in-room fireplace or curl up with a blanket by the multitude of fire pits lit up around the hotel.
By now, if you are getting the impression that this California hideaway is among those memorable ultra-luxury hotels that is essential for any well-heeled traveler to visit—you are absolutely right. Whether you are seeking a weekend getaway with friends, a mini vacation with your partner, or just an excuse to test your luck on the tracks, L’Auberge Del Mar delivers every time.
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