San Diego is the second largest city in California and has history that extends back beyond the birth of our nation. Pressed up against the glimmering California coastline, the influences of the once Spanish territory is deeply rooted in the culture, art, and architecture of the region.

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar embodies the signature charm and uniquely Californian style that pervades the area. Beyond surface-level beauty, few properties can compete with the insurmountable attractions on offer. Rated as TripAdvisor’s #1 luxury hotel in California, a stay here means getting your fill of golf, swimming, tennis, surfing, and strolling the abounding desert landscape. If it sounds like a perfect weekend getaway, and, well, it is.

When you walk into the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, you are instantly confronted with the exquisite interior and the grandiose atmosphere of the lobby. But this is only a mere taste of the opulence guests can expect to find. The sparkling marble floors and plush leather furniture speak to the rich quality of what has become a California institution.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit the desert oasis of San Diego, the sunshine never stops permeating. Naturally, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar has an abundance of outdoor pools where guests can soak up those golden California rays and cool off in the tranquil water. Lounge poolside with a margarita or burn some energy doing laps.

If a jacuzzi is more your style, there are indoor saunas and hot tubs scattered around the property. Treat yourself to a spa day because you deserve it. It is the perfect place to unwind and find your inner zen.

Southern California is a great place to go to work on the green. The landscapes are stunning, the weather is amicable year-round, and there is enough space to inspire anyone’s sense of being. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar has its own 18-hole championship course to practice your putting or driving techniques. Don’t expect Tom Fazio to simply roll over though! It is one of the most awarded and challenging courses there is.

What better place to saddle up and ride off into the sunset than California? With stables on site, guides lead daily horseback riding tours into the surrounding desert. The trails are magnificent and will fuel your nostalgia as you get your wild west on in the wild west.

The only five star and five diamond dining experience in Southern California is at the Addison, virtually guaranteeing you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more exquisite meal. Celebrated for its delicate French influence while staying true to local, seasonal ingredients, the four-course tasting menu is simply divine.

If you are looking for libations, fear not! The Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s wine cellar is top-notch and more extensive than even your wildest imagination. It’s a huge point of pride and has been recognized with Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award” six years and counting. Any vintage and varietal can be found here.

When you’re finally ready to call it a night, retreat to your room and fall into the covers. The rooms mirror the style of the hotel, which was modeled after the best of Europe. You’ll find touches of influence from Spain’s regal palaces, France’s coastal retreats and Florence’s decorative arts.

There’s nothing not to love about this unparalleled bastion of southern California architecture. Everything from the pristine landscaping to the pools screams opulence. If you’re looking for an exquisite place to hold an event, the grand lawn is the perfect backdrop to the movie of your life.