L'Auberge Del Mar, a Destination Hotel, Del Mar, CA:
The L'Auberge Del Mar is a gem of a hotel in the heart of Del Mar, a relaxing Southern Californian coastal village that feels like a true escape. The service is as warm as a cozy summer evening, and the hotel — like the town of Del Mar itself — has the laid-back charm of a beach town that never got spoiled by tourism. Each of the 120 rooms has a private balcony or patio and is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean. While there, treat yourself to a spa service, sip a cocktail by the pool, or have the beach valet set up a chair on the sand for you (they'll also drive you directly down to the beach).
Looking for something active? You can take out a bike (manual or electric) to see the town for the day, skate in the outdoor roller rink, or arrange a surf lesson with hotel partner Fulcrum Surf
(ask for Luiz, a three-time Brazilian surf champion, who will not just teach you how to surf, but also how to be a surfer). In the evenings, enjoy a meal at Kitchen 1540, where Executive Chef Nathan Lingle's locally-sourced dishes are inventive, delicious, and almost too pretty to eat. Although chill vibes are the norm, the hotel also knows when to bring it: It's the home of the official after-party
for the Opening Day of the Del Mar Racetrack in July. (Photo via L'Auberge Del Mar)