A sprawling property with lush gardens and a luxe hotel that celebrates ranchero history and design.
Inspired by the architecture of Southern California's early Spanish colonists, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa includes almost ten acres of lush grounds (including 600 types of regional plants) dotted with low-rise adobe structures. Despite being surrounded by UCSD and the Salk Institute, the resort feels extremely private and secluded. The effective strategy was to build down into the property --- the trick is that you enter on the third story. The 210 guest rooms and suites encircle two sunken courtyards filled with eucalyptus, lavender and citrus trees (the larger with a fountain). Well-stocked with amenities, all rooms are tastefully decorated in sunset golds and navy along with clean white tones. Although Estancia is also a full-service conference hotel (with a 6,000-square-foot ballroom, permanent break stations, executive boardrooms and 125-seat learning theater), its true purpose is to provide peace and healthy relaxation via luxurious spa treatments, yoga, swimming or hiking on the nearby coastal trails. After the massages, facials and water therapies, guests will enjoy winding down at the Rancho-style Mustangs & Burros outdoor restaurant with its welcoming, casual vibe. Sitting on the patio by the al fresco fireplace, sipping tequila and enjoying live guitar is one of the most romantic things to do in San Diego. Also of note is the on-site Trinitas Cellars wine bar, featuring guest bartenders and wine tastings, flights and classes.