In less than a year Alex and I will be empty nesters and one of our high priorities is to travel more (if we aren’t home we can’t notice that the house feels so empty, right?). We have been adding more and more small getaways to our schedules over the last few months to transition ourselves to this next phase of our lives and help us get into the new “just the two of us” mindset. It’s not easy after 7 kiddos and having never been a couple without kids (we are a blended family).
So when the Fairmont Grand Del Mar reached out about doing a Valentine’s getaway post, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s already one of our favorite destinations and an easy trip from our home plus we love any excuse to visit the beautiful resort. If you haven’t read my original review post on this staycation, you can check it out here!
We hopped in the car this past Sunday and drove just over an hour down the I-5, arriving at noon for early check in. We had a first floor room with direct access to their gorgeous adults only pool and even though the day was rainy, the jacuzzi was giving off and as we were driving in we saw plenty of guys out on the golf course.
The Hotel Atmosphere:
We had the bellman bring our bags to the room and stopped in the restaurant for lunch. The waiter recommended the veal ragu and caesar salad which we shared with a couple of cocktails and their famous pretzel knots. Once we got to the room, management had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting- so romantic! We relaxed and unpacked, then headed to their Center for Wellbeing for some R&R. On a rainy day, there’s really nothing better than a sauna and steam, a jacuzzi and some pampering. The spa offers so many unique signature treatments to choose from or you can just purchase a day pass and use the facilities to relax. They sell some top of the line skin care products and signature clothing and spa lines here as well in case you need a little retail therapy.
The rain cleared a bit and we took the opportunity to soak in their beautiful outdoor jacuzzi and take a stroll around the beautiful grounds. What a day of relaxation, we almost couldn’t pull ourselves out of the coma we were in to get ready for our dinner reservation but the promise of their specialty lobster pizza got us going.
Dining at Grand Del Mar:
We rallied and headed over to the Amaya restaurant for an amazing feast- filet mignon, prawn pasta, lobster pizza, butternut squash and carrot soup and we still made room for dessert. And don’t forget their signature cocktails! The bartender here is super talented and their cocktail menu is off the charts. Their restaurant Addison is our favorite restaurant in Southern California, but it is closed Sundays and Mondays so this time we ate at Amaya and we were not disappointed. You really cannot go wrong either way although the chef’s menu at Addison is an experience you should have at least once. It’s San Diego’s first Michelin starred restaurant and the only five star, five diamond restaurant in the area- last time I ate there, they put literal GOLD FLAKES on my food. I kid you not.
Relaxation and Pool Time:
Thank goodness their nightclub is closed on Sundays because we were way too full and too tired from the spa to dance the night away, but if it had been a Friday or Saturday night, we would have had to experience Club M. How many hotels do you know in this day and age that have an actual nightclub? With live music, comedy, dancing, light bites, and of course cocktails… it’s the perfect way to end the evening.
We crashed into our comfortable bed and slept like babies. In the morning we had easy access right off our private patio to use the jacuzzi first thing in the morning, a regular routine for my hubby while I stayed cozy and relished in not having to drive anyone to school- woohoo! Then we headed back to Amaya for another feast, this time a breakfast one. We ordered the Grand Breakfast, which is actually a fitting name as it was quite grand. Unlimited mimosas or bloody marys (and it’s not even Sunday brunch, what??), juice, coffee, one choice from their egg or griddle menu and one choice from their fruit or grain menu. It’s SO much food. Basically a 2-3 course breakfast. The granola was some of the best I’ve had anywhere.
Hubby and I both were tempted to stay for longer as we were so relaxed and the resort is so inviting and feels so homey. But we had responsibilities (ugh) so we packed up and headed home, looking forward to our next stay…