Luxury Resorts: Set amidst the lush fairways of the Grand Golf Club, alongside the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve lays one of San Diego County’s finest five-star resorts. Making its debut in 2007, the Grand Del Mar features a Mediterranean design inspired by the magnificent architecture of both the ancient European Renaissance palaces and cathedrals and the 1920s architecture found in South Florida.
The 249-room resort offers a beautiful blend of design elements that combine the decorative arts of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Morocco with the worldly, exotic designs of Addison Mizner, a turn-of-the-century visionary credited with redefining the architecture found in the resort communities of Boca Raton and Palm Beach. The Grand Del Mar features a colorful palette, with graceful arched doorways, vibrantly-hued tiles, wood-beamed ceilings, ornate stone work, decorative columns and wrought-iron accents throughout. Providing such a high level of opulence didn’t come cheap ($270 million to be exact), and with each lavish guestroom averaging more than $1 million, the Grand Del Mar is among one of the highest priced builds in California.
Each of the lavish guestrooms provide not only a sophisticated ambiance, but also beautifully captures the essence of Southern California living at its finest. Ranging in size from 1,010 to 2,840 square feet, the 31 elegantly-appointed suites include a pair of two-bedroom presidential suites, five one-bedroom specialty suites, 12 luxury one-bedroom suites, and 12 executive suites. The resort also offers eight villas valued at $5 million each, which range in size from the 4,500-square foot "Brisas Villas" to the 5,000-square-foot "Loggia Villas." The fully-furnished villas present 80 exciting fractional ownership opportunities and can be enjoyed for five vacation weeks each year, and possibly even longer depending on availability.
From San Diego’s only Tom Fazio-designed golf course to an expansive 21,000-square foot spa to the award-winning contemporary French cuisine served at Addison, the resort provides a wide array on luxurious onsite amenities. Additional comforts include four heated swimming pools, two tennis courts, a labyrinth of hiking and jogging trails, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a complimentary town car, a collection of luxury boutiques, as well as a dedicated 24-hour concierge team.
While it may still be considered relatively new, the Grand Del Mar has already earned its fair share of awards and accolades from some of the world's most prestigious travel authorities. The AAA Five Diamond Hotel has been recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Mobil Travel Guide, Wine Spectator, Forbes, Gayot, Zagat, and more.
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