Where: San Diego, California
What it costs: $6,000 per night
What’s inside: If you value sufficient space to entertain touch football games inside your vacation dwelling, you’re in luck. Measuring an expansive 4,500 square feet, this remarkable two-story villa features three king bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths (all decked out in marble) and a personal elevator in case the marble spiral staircase proves to be too much. The master bedroom has his-and-her bathrooms, walk-through showers, two walk-in closets, a sitting room and two balconies. Other niceties include living and entertaining areas, a full kitchen with every conceivable appliance, full bar with barstools and a media room complete with 60-inch plasma TV and overstuffed leather recliners. More cool stuff: climate-controlled outdoor patios sport a sunken Jacuzzi tub, fire pit, and gas barbecue grill. Single-digit handicap Justin Timberlake and singularly great hoops star LeBron James are among those who have enjoyed the villa experience at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
What else you get: Start with one of the nation’s most enviable climates. Fairmont Grand Del Mar is set a mile or so inland from the Pacific Ocean, so you get the perfect temperatures, but don’t get the coastal wind and fog. The only Tom Fazio design in San Diego zigzags among ridges and canyons and features saddle-shaped fairways, artfully sculpted bunkers and greens that are mostly open in front. An innovative teaching facility emphasizes family fun via a golf-oriented jungle gym for kids while also appealing to avid players via acclaimed instruction and custom club-fitting. A popular equestrian center, a Five-Star spa, a classic, Old Hollywood-style swimming pool shaded by tall palms and one of Southern California’s finest restaurants, Addison, round out an impressive amenity package.
For other budgets: Guest rooms at the hotel start at $395 per night.
Book it: fairmont.com/san-diego/