Welcome to San Diego and the wonderful Hotel Del Coronado, your home away from home for the first three nights of your American Adventure. Originally built in 1888, this historic hotel once acted as an elegant backdrop for Marilyn Monroe in the classic movie “Some Like it Hot” and includes Thomas Edison and Frank Sinatra amongst its equally impressive roll of previous guests. The hotel’s stunning beachside setting along the silver sands of Coronado Island provides easy access to a host of exciting Watersports and outdoor adventures with lots of trendy restaurants and boutique shops also handily located within walking distance of the resort.
A great choice for your San Diego stopover the hotel’s comfortable rooms and modern facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, a pampering Spa, a fitness centre (with complimentary classes) and fantastic restaurants all combine to make the Hotel Del Coronado a superb destination and a great California jumping off point.
Friendly and knowledgeable, the hotel staff will happily help you with your daily itinerary; spend the morning browsing the shops and galleries dotted along Orange Avenue, Coronado’s main street before heading to the beach for a lazy afternoon by the sea.
Downtown San Diego is only a short drive or a 15 minute ferry trip away – make sure you take the time to visit the Gaslamp Quarter famous for its many restaurants and exciting nightlife. One of the best ways to explore San Diego without getting lost, is aboard the Old Town Trolley, discover how San Diego became the birthplace of California on this two hour, eight stop, narrated tour.
Other popular San Diego attractions include the USS Midway Museuim, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Belmont Park, Sea World, Balboa Park and Aquatica Waterpark – lots to squeeze in during your three night stay in exciting San Diego.
Next stop Greater Palm Springs and three nights at La Quinta Resort and Spa, a Waldorf Astoria resort and an exclusive desert hideaway nestling beneath the Santa Rosa Mountains in the iconic Coachella Valley. A golfer’s paradise, this luxurious desert retreat has an amazing array of amenities offer including five championship golf courses, 23 tennis courts, 41 outdoor pools, seven unique restaurants and a luxurious Spa & Beauty Salon, and a fitness centre – there really is something for everyone at this amazing, family friendly resort.
Well-appointed Spanish style casitas and villa accommodations are spread throughout this idyllic 45 acre desert hideaway featuring either pool, garden or mountain views. Modern facilities include air-conditioning, internet access, flat screen TV, Keurig coffeemaker and minifridges and separate bathrooms with luxurious toiletries. Some of the larger villa style accommodations feature private pools and patios, along with fireplaces and four poster beds.
Dining at La Quinta Resort & Spa is a delightful experience; breakfast lunch and dinner are served in TWENTY6 the resort’s chic 1920’s themed restaurant where menus feature classic American fare – great comfort food served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine based around a strong farm to table ethic and traditional cooking methods at Morgan’s in the Desert or head on over to the Adobe Grill for some delicious for authentic Mexican fare. Ernie’s Bar & Grill and the MD Grill located in the Mountains and Dunes clubhouse completes the dining scene. Enjoy a stroll around the resort’s gardens before browsing your favourite brand in shops around the main plaza, chill out poolside with your favourite cocktail, enjoy a set or two on one of the resort’s 23 tennis courts or sharpen up your swing with a lesson or two form the PGA trained staff at the Golf Academy – do as much or as little as you like at this fantastic resort.
Beyond the resort itself the surrounding valley offers an amazing array of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and desert ATV jeep tours- try an evening ATV jeep tour for amazing views of the desert sky. Don’t miss a trip on the Greater Palm Spring’s Arial Tramway. It’s the world’s largest rotating tramway rising to a height of 8516 feet on a breath-taking two and a half mile journey along the cliffs of Chino Canyon before finally arriving at the pristine wilderness of Mount San Jacinto State Park.
Last stop Santa Monica and your base for the next three nights, the luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows. The hotel’s superb facilities and upscale accommodations combined with its sought after address on Wilshire Boulevard close to the beach, and within easy reach of Santa Monica’s famous Pier makes this Fairmont hotel the perfect base for your stay in Santa Monica. A bike tour offers the ideal way to experience Santa Monica and the surrounding area – travel from the Pier all the way to Venice Beach, taking in the original Muscle Beach on the way, before ending at Venice Beach Boardwalk.
The hotel’s guest rooms and suites feature a host of home comforts including; 42”flat screen TV, Keurig coffeemaker, safe, refreshment centre, high speed internet and bathrooms with fluffy bathrobes and luxury bath products.
The Fairmont Miramar’s bright and breezy bungalows are the perfect place to unwind with extra space and an array of additional amenities. Ideal for larger families or groups of friends travelling together, these luxurious accommodations boast separate bedrooms, bathrooms and plenty of open-plan living spaces to enjoy communal living whilst having the option to relax in your own space. These exclusive bungalows designed by LA local interior designer Michael Berman offer a beachside haven with plush beds, custom-designed furniture, a private furnished patio, switchable privacy glass in the master bath, four Samsung Smart TVs, art collections curated by Joanna Burke and a stunning La Cava Tub in the wet room. Plenty of other additional facilities are available upon request, including a mini refrigerator, microwave and Nespresso machine.
Additional amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, the Exhale Spa, a fitness centre, and Altier an up market jewellery shop. FIG, the hotel’s flagship restaurant and a favourite amongst with discerning local diners concentrates on serving fresh, simply prepared dishes with an emphasis on flavour and quality – for something more casual head to the Lobby Lounge, it’s a great place to get together with friends for some tasty snacks and refreshing drinks.
Outside the hotel there’s a whole world of excitement waiting for you. A bike tour offers the ideal way to experience Santa Monica and the surrounding area – travel from the Pier all the way to Venice Beach, taking in the original Muscle Beach on the way, before ending at Venice Beach Boardwalk. Take a short walk over to Santa Monica Pier and get your photograph taken beneath the famous end of Route 66 sign, and while you’re here take a ride on the pier’s iconic red and yellow Ferris wheel – the views from the top are truly spectacular. The Pier also houses Pacific Park, a full service amusement park along with lots of restaurant’s bars, souvenir shops and lively street performers. No matter what time of day or evening you visit – a trip to Santa Monica’s Pier is always exciting.
Other popular Santa Monica activities include surfing, yoga, ROGA (a combination of running and yoga), swimming, and, of course, browsing the trendy shops and sophisticated boutiques at Santa Monica Place and along 3rd Street Promenade. Call one of our travelplanners 020 3542 8888 to book today.