Photography By: Brecht Vant Hof
Photography By: Brecht Vant Hof

A Dreamy, Four-Stop Coastal Staycation to Add to Your Bucket List

From Encinitas to Malibu, These Hotels Are a Dream (Vacation) Come True

There are few places in the US that compete with the beauty of California’s sun-drenched coastline. And with sunny spring days officially upon us, there is no better time to catch some rays and relish SoCal’s renowned, sunny-and-75 climate. From the bluffs of Encinitas to the iconic Malibu coast, we’ve selected four hotels that capture the essence of Southern California charm. Bon voyage! Spring Break Vacation


1 | The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu Spring Break Vacation

This Reimagined 1950s Icon Combines Surf Culture and Coastal-Chic Amenities for an Exceptional Escape.

Dreams really do come true at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu. Perched just above the fabled Surfrider Beach, this intimate boutique hotel is made up of 20 rooms, a library, a guest-only rooftop bar and a farm-to-table restaurant. Earthy tones and reclaimed teak floors elicit an authentic beach house feel. Owners Matthew Goodwin, a California-born architect, and Australian wife Emma Goodwin marry design-forward elements and unparalleled hospitality—two things that give The Surfrider its splendor. “Make Yourself at Home” is the hotel’s motto, and after a night spent in one of their custom-designed beds, you might just make plans to move in. This, my friends, is barefoot luxury at it’s best.

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Wake-Up Call

Start your morning with a complimentary cup of joe. The Surfrider team will personally deliver coffee to your room, along with a card that tells you the day’s weather forecast, tide times and wave size. Sip on their signature Surfer’s Coffee made with special MCT oil for balanced energy all day!


Surf’s Up

Check out one of the hotel’s complimentary surfboards or stand-up paddle boards and catch some waves at Surfrider Beach. Each board is handmade by local shapers and comes in vintage pastel shades taken from 1960s surf magazines. Post-surf sesh, rinse off in the heated outdoor shower and head up to the rooftop bar for a hand-crafted cocktail.


All in the Details

Suites are stocked with Grown Alchemist amenities, Parachute robes, Bose speakers, beach baskets and signature marigold beach towels handwoven in Marrakesh. Beds are custom made and range in size from teak queens to four-poster California Kings.


Farm to Table

With wellness at the forefront, The Surfrider menus feature dishes with organic and sustainable produce that is sourced directly from local farmers. The roof deck bar and restaurant are exclusively for hotel guests only, and the food is worth the room alone. Insider tip: order one of the Surfrider picnics and take it to the beach for lunch.

The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

2 | Paséa Hotel & Spa Spring Break Vacation

Surf City’s Paséa Hotel & Spa Offers the Dose of Vitamin Sea You Need.

Situated on the breezy coastline of Huntington Beach lies Paséa Hotel & Spa, a dreamy oceanfront retreat that offers guests a taste of Surf City culture. With sweeping ocean views and an assortment of standout on-site offerings, this Orange County gem is the perfect place to spend your PTO. Whether you’re sticking your toes in the sand, sipping a cocktail on the rooftop “treehouse” bar or doing some spring shopping at Pacific City next door, Paséa Hotel & Spa is as good as it gets. Plus, with spring in full swing, there’s no better time to kick back, unwind and soak up the SoCal sun.


Dreamy Digs

Tanner’s, Paséa’s on-site restaurant, features stunning floor-to-ceiling scenery of the Pacific Ocean and a worldly, coastal-inspired menu. Head upstairs to the Treehouse Lounge for stellar views and classic cocktails under the glow of lanterns suspended from a towering tree.

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At Your Service Spring Break Vacation

No need to lug all of your beach essentials to the sand. Paséa’s team of beach butlers will transport you and your belongings in one of their pedicabs. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!


Paw-fect Accommodations

Named one of the “best dog-friendly hotels in the US,” Paséa offers all the amenities your pup needs. From in-room beds and gourmet welcome treats to pet sitting services and a 1,100-square-foot outdoor dog park, your furry friend is sure to get a taste of the good life.


Seaside Shopping Spring Break Vacation

Possibly one of the best perks of staying at Paséa Hotel & Spa is the easy access to Pacific City, Huntington Beach’s premier luxury lifestyle destination. This complex is located next door and features a variety of shops, restaurants, salons, a gourmet food court and more!

Paséa Hotel & Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

3 | Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas

This New, Coastal-Cool Beach Resort in Encinitas Is Kissed by the Sun.

This newly opened beachfront resort in Encinitas is the lavish, relaxing and pristine vacation you need to take this year. Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas is a new addition to the Alila hotel group—known for offering incredible stays around the world, such as Ventana Big Sur. This North County gem features just about everything you can imagine in a California resort: stunning ocean views, a laid-back yet luxurious vibe and endless adventure. Be one of the first guests to book your stay here—we promise you won’t regret it. 


Checking In Spring Break Vacation

The resort is made up of 130 rooms and suites that boast dreamy views of the coast. The design of both the resort and rooms were inspired by natural surrounding elements, offering a sleek, sophisticated and clean aesthetic. 


Dine in Decadence 

Dine at VAGA Restaurant and Bar, where the menu consists of modern cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Executive Chef Claudette Zepeda is a San Diego native who is sure to impress locals and visitors alike.


Don’t Skip the Spa

For the ultimate day of relaxation, book a treatment at the one and only Spa Alila. The tranquil and peaceful space alone will be enough to reset your soul, but after a unique holistic treatment, you’ll feel like a brand new person with a total sense of zen. 


Adventure Is Out There 

Ideally situated in Encinitas, a beloved, laid-back and quaint beach town, there are activities for every kind of adventurer. Whether you prefer to be in the ocean catching a wave, lounging at the pool with a cocktail in hand or riding electric bikes up the coast, Alila Marea can assist with whatever your heart desires.

Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
2100 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

4 | The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Immerse Yourself in Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Situated on a beautiful bluff that showcases remarkable views of the Pacific Ocean is the well-known sumptuous Dana Point hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Just steps above Salt Creek Beach, it’s a stay that will be guaranteed fun for the whole family—all while being a luxurious experience. Take in scenes of either the ocean or the garden from your room and dine outdoors at 180blu for jaw-dropping sunset views.


Relaxation Found Spring Break Vacation

Lounge on your balcony, at the pool or on the lawn as you take in sounds of nature and the ocean breeze. If that’s not enough relaxation, book a treatment at the serene on-site spa.


Take a Bite Out of This

With Pan-Latin coastal cuisine, an upscale steakhouse, an outdoor lounge with light bites, a sophisticated bar and more, the dining and drink options are plentiful. Dine in decadence and indulge a little…you’re on vacation!


Pack Your Clubs Spring Break Vacation

This Dana Point resort is ideally situated near Southern California’s best golf courses. The Monarch Beach Golf Links and Talega Golf Club offer some of the best views and are just a few miles from The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.


Say “I Do” in Paradise

Planning your big day? This resort is known for hosting romantic beach weddings. Four outdoor venues are available to choose from, all showcasing ocean views. You can also work with the culinary team and pastry chef to create a custom, delicious menu. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

About the author

Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!


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