12 Best Resorts in San Diego for Vacations and Staycations

Through my deep knowledge of San Diego hotels and resorts, I’ve used specific criteria to select the true resorts in town that are popular with families, couples, solo, and even business travelers.

Photo: Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Photo: Rancho Bernardo Inn

This is the top luxury San Diego resort for world-class hospitality, wellness activities, and opulence. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks it as the best resort in California.

Rancho Valencia

Photo: Rancho Bernardo Inn

Its selection of beautiful accommodations includes deluxe villas, spacious rooms, and even adults-only room types surrounding an adults-only pool.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Photo: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The California Cabana rooms are brand new and priced accordingly. The ocean view fire pit rooms are my favorite but keep in mind that you can always book a beach roast separately.

Hotel del Coronado

The family pool area now offers a splash pad and a water slide. If you must have suite accommodations so that you can sleep separately from the kids, they have quite a few nice options.


Suites here tend to price well, and the rooms are comfortable. For longer stays or families who need kitchens, look to the villas, which are outfitted with designer appliances and feel like home.

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

Photo: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

Offers games and activities for the whole family, from a nice bayside pool with cabana rentals and a kids’ pool to lawn games to a water sports rental facility at the shoreline out in front.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Photo: San Diego Mission Bay Resort

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Photo: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts