Fairmont Grand Del Mar Review

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5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego CA 92130
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Editor’s Review of Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Jaw-dropping. There's no better word to describe the effect of walking into this resort in the San Diego hills. Modeled after a Spanish villa, the exterior is all archways of pink stone beneath red terra cotta roofs. Inside, no expense has been spared to create a lavish playground of marble and Spanish tile, crystal chandeliers, dark wood, and brocade furniture splashed throughout halls and 249 guestrooms.

The Grand Del Mar's true luxury, however, is its tranquility. Located on the grounds of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve 5 miles inland from the Pacific coast, this resort is a sprawling refuge from the world, with sunshine and the scent of cypress trees mixing with sounds of silence from the surrounding hillsides to create a
... more luxurious, natural escape.

Peaceful doesn't mean inactive, however; the resort offers an overwhelming range of activities for families to experience separately or together. A short list of offerings includes a 350-acre golf course, a stable full of horses, world-class tennis courts, canyon excursions, yoga, croquet, and no less than four pools. The only thing missing -- ironically, for Southern California -- is the ocean, though the resort makes an effort to offer that to guests with beach shuttles to the Pacific and a range of water sports excursions.

In short, if your idea of a vacation is lying on the beach undisturbed all day, this may not be your best choice. If you are looking to be pampered with a unique respite from the world's cares, however, you'll find this to be on par with the most luxurious getaways on the continent. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Feeling like Spanish royalty
  • The mind-blowing range of activities
  • The excellent kids' programs
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The Grand Del Mar calls its 500 square foot standard rooms Resort Kings, befitting their luxury status even at the lowest level of room offerings. Décor is all dark wood and royal blue and beige fabrics, with LCD TVs surrounded by gold frames on the wall. Beds have huge headboards and brocade benches at their foot, along with luxe Pratesi linens and goose-down pillows. Bathrooms contain dual marble vanities and soaking tubs, along with a separate shower, and Red Flower bath products. Other perks include an in-room wet bar, plush bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso coffee machines, and iPod docks. DVD players, microwaves and refrigerators are all available on request.

The slightly larger Fairmont Rooms are 550 square feet and offer the choice of two queen beds or one king, in addition to all of the luxuries included in standard rooms.

The 550 square foot Deluxe Veranda Rooms offer the option of two queen beds or one king, and also include a private balcony with a view of the grounds or the adults-only pool.

The Terrace Rooms offer 550 square feet of space and a king-size bed, as well as an expanded outdoor terrace area overlooking the adults-only pool.

Prado Suite
The smallest category of the Grand Del Mar's 31 suites, the Prado Suites offer a spacious 1,000 square feet of living space, including a bedroom with king-size bed, and a pull out sofa in the living room. They also include expanded bathrooms with large double vanities (and TVs in the bathroom).

Toscana Suite
The 1,100 square-foot Toscana Suites includes all the amenities of the Prado Suites, but up the ante with a kitchenette with full-sized dining table and remote-control fireplace. These suites also feature a large terrace or balcony space overlooking the golf course.

Palazzo Suite
These suites offer families room to spread out, with a full 1,500 square feet of living space, divided into one, two, or three bedrooms, with a king-size bed in each, in addition to a pullout sofa. They include all of the amenities of the other suites, including a kitchenette, banquet-sized dining table, and fireplace.

Presidential Suites
The resort's two presidential suites are the ultimate in comfort, with nearly 3,000 square feet of space, including two king-size bedrooms, stone fireplaces, 40-inch TVs hidden behind retractable faux-paintings, sitting rooms, and ample outdoor balconies.

Situated around the golf course, the resort's villas offer 4,500 square feet of living space divided into two floors, with three bedrooms with king beds. They feature full kitchens, as well as living rooms with 60-inch TV, 4.5 bathrooms, sitting rooms, terraces and a Jacuzzi.


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