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6 Reasons the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Is Fun for All—From Michelin Dining to Horseback Riding

This Del Mar Golf Resort and Spa is the Perfect End-of-Summer Escape

Nestled in Los Peñasquitos Canyon just five miles from La Jolla’s sandy shores, you’ll find a piece of paradise called the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. With a five-star spa, luxury pools and a Michelin-starred dining concept, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the perfect Southern California staycation destination. Revel in lavish accommodations or fill up your itinerary with endless outdoor adventures–the choice is yours! Here are six reasons why the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the place for friends, families, couples and everyone in between. Summer Vacation Del Mar

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Make a Splash and Catch Some Rays

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Whether tanning in the white sand or sipping cocktails under a cabana, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s four heated pools are ideal for lounging the day away. Vanishing edges and breezy palm trees will transport you to a utopia as you soak up the San Diego sunshine. The main resort pool features poolside service, underwater speakers and a wading area for kids to splash in! Gather around the fire pits at night, warm up in the Jacuzzi or visit the relaxation pool at the spa for a peaceful adults-only retreat.

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Embrace Your Inner Explorer

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Unplug and unlock your sense of adventure in the San Diego wilderness. With 37 miles of trails accessible from property grounds, outdoor adventure exists for all types of explorers. Bike to cascading waterfalls, hike to historical sites or find your inner archer in the beautiful Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. For little explorers, the resort hosts hunts to hidden treasure and exotic animal visits at the on-site kids club! If you prefer water over the wild, be sure to book a kayaking or boating excursion along the Del Mar coast.


Indulge in Tranquility

A vacation isn’t complete without a little (or a lot) of R&R. Cozy up in a plush bathrobe and breathe in open air from the Center For Wellbeing’s scenic overlook. Aromatic facials clear the mind while blissful massages renew the spirit. Organic clays, handcrafted chocolates and restorative therapies create an immersive escape. Spoil yourself or schedule an award-winning treatment in the couples’ suite. While at the spa, dip in the relaxation pool and enjoy a meditative flow for a complete self-care experience.

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Savor Summer Flavors

With six exquisite restaurants and local pop-ups, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is foodie’s heaven. Enjoy a rotation of sustainable seafood and artisanal gelato at the Summer Cantina! Wake up with gourmet espresso at Cent’Anni Cafe, then relax on the flower-filled terrace of Amaya, where kids eat free! Looking for fun? Dance to live music at Del Mar Social Club, and don’t forget to commemorate your stay by visiting Addison, San Diego’s only two-star Michelin restaurant where you can indulge in Chef Bradley’s nine-course menu with wine pairings from around the globe.

Local Insight: Cent’Anni Cafe isn’t just for morning coffee. Pick up a decadent s’mores kit to roast up gooey goodness by the fire pits at night!



Hop on Horseback

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Hold your horses and saddle up for a care-free ride along the brook. At the Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Equestrian Center, you’ll find riding experiences that leave all ages feeling giddy, such as pony rides for children! During a private lesson in the Grand Del Mar Arena, you’ll learn everything from grooming techniques to safe riding skills. Each horse has a playful personality, so come by during visiting hours to feed and meet the crew.

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Play the Day Away

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Not only does the Fairmont Grand provide dreamy vacation experiences, but it literally makes dreams come true. Through a partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the first home to the Ultimate Kids Playhouse (opening July 31). Designed entirely by kids, the playhouse is complete with spiral slides and a living room full of teddy bears. Building games and dance floors bring imagination to life! Ticket purchases are available to the public with proceeds donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Check-in but you won’t want to checkout because the Fairmont Grand Del Mar truly has it all.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Ct
San Diego, CA 92130

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!


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