Jet Life: More is More

September 02, 2015

If you were bound to just one word to illustrate Fairmont Grand Del Mar, no doubt, the charge would seem impossible. You would most certainly need a word that could not be topped when one thought of the best of … well, everything.

Set within Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, the luxe 249-room resort hotel aspires to conjure the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate within its enviable Southern California locale. Designed in the extraordinary style of visionary architect Addison Mizner, who drew his inspiration from Spain’s palaces, France’s sun-washed coastal retreats and Florence’s decorative arts  it delivers.

From first impression, the overture of lush fairways, pillared palms, and coastal canyon Pacific breeze, you understand why, for many, a love affair begins at first sight. The triple Five-Star Fairmont Grand Del Mar is rated No. 1 among San Diego’s 273 hotels believably because every traveler can find their place within its confines. There’s simply so much more to the Tuscan-esque getaway. The well-traveled from young singles to retirees and families come to lounge poolside (family and adult-only options available). It’s not uncommon to see pro golfers pass on carts headed to the private 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course where resort guests also have at their fingertips one-on-one lessons with PGA-certified instructors.

The extended hallways of Grand guestrooms, highlight the sense of space as even a standard guest room (starting at $495 per night) feels like you’ve been upgraded. Marble bathrooms, sumptuous linens and flat-screen LCD TVs in each elegant haven offer all the comforts of home and more. Even greater opulence awaits in its plush suites  each more than 1,000 square feet of relaxed elegance. All 31 suites feature separate bedrooms and inviting parlors.

Sustenance? Indeed. Six venues  among them Addison, Amaya, the Clubhouse Grill and Club M -- offer a collection of dining options. With an extensive wine program, seasonal menus, Afternoon Tea, cooking classes with the executive culinary team, and events for oenophiles, epicureans and connoisseurs alike, there’s no shortage of enticing culinary offerings. Do make it a point to indulge in the brilliance that is Addison. Southern California's only Five-Star/Five-Diamond restaurant, Addison, features the contemporary French cuisine of acclaimed Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley. For me, nine courses from the summer menu which included my first foray with Mussels  curried with kombu, cauliflower and broccoli, and a mocktail with each course. Outstanding.

The bottom line of it all, however, is that everything tangible about your stay at Fairmont Grand Del Mar seems a wonderfully curated accessory to superior service. True story: My evening turn-down service included the tidying up of my room, punctuated with organizing my strewn makeup and bringing in a drying rack for my bathing suit.

There just isn’t anything ordinary about Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

If, however, you need more, there is more to be had.

The Spa at The Grand Del Mar is one of only 27 Five-Star spas in the country and features a comprehensive menu of treatments, such as cleansing facials and therapeutic massages, as well as a custom organic product line. But never mind the spa experiences you’ve had prior to its Renaissance treatment. This replenishing, signature 90-minute body ritual begins with a warm body wrap of mineral-rich mud and aromatic oils while resting in a relaxing free-floating bed. An invigorating rosemary-infused Swiss shower follows, along with a tension-relieving touch therapy applied with rhythmic rocking motions, bringing gentle movement into the joints and encouraging flexibility.

The Grand Del Mar resort's backyard is the spectacular natural scenery of the stunning 4,100-acre Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, a naturalist's haven and an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Every Saturday morning, resort guests are invited to join in a complimentary hike through the Preserve to discover streaming creeks and breathtaking landscapes.

One may not be able to wrap up the breadth of the Southern California retreat with brevity, but there is one word that comes to mind when nuances of my stay arise; Rich.

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