With endless summer-like weather, miles of sand, stylish accommodations and sultry nightlife, it’s simple to see why San Diego receives so many guests. This sundrenched destination has a lot to offer. The list of things to sip, savor, see and do is lengthy and savvy travelers wish to check those boxes in style. Luckily, modern luxury is defined less by frills and more by thrills, comfort and conveniences designed for those who want it all. In this exclusive guide, brought to you by Expedia.com, we highlight five deluxe ways to stay, play, wine, dine and experience this Southern California city like a star.
Photo from Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado’s curvaceous architecture, iconic red roofs and coastal backdrop put it at the top of tourist’s must see and stay lists. Book a room within the vintage Victorian hotel and you’ll be amidst the excitement and buzz. Celebrities seeking seclusion however, forego the crowds and sojourn instead at the exclusive Beach Colony at the Del. Blending seamlessly within the historic hotel’s compound these ritzy beachside cottages and villas offer high-end amenities and personalized services in a posh, private (and pricelessly peaceful) setting.
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Speakeasies, nightclubs and lounges can be found in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. A-listers seeking first class accommodations with close proximity to the party choose the lavish lofts at Andaz. These modern well-appointed rooms provide respite and relaxation between festivities. All abodes present sleek, sexy design, but the truly elite reserve a Cabana Suite. Here, a sequestered spiral staircase leads to the hotel’s renowned RoofTop600 where your private poolside shelter awaits. Perched high above the city, posh patrons enjoy craft libations, gourmet canapés and panoramic views of the city.
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While a visit to So Cal wine country is certainly worth the drive, oenophiles craving high-class convenience hop a chopper and fly. Reserve a ride with Corporate Helicopters and soar above La Jolla and Solana Beach before veering towards Temecula Valley’s picturesque vineyards. The pilot supplies a narrated tour as you hover and zoom over lush landscapes before touching down at Thornton Winery. Once landed, your pampered posse can sample varietals and pose for pictures amongst the vines during your exclusive wine tasting and tour of the grounds. Savor a handcrafted lunch paired with sparkling wine before your private flight whisks you back to the city.
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Sailing is an essential slice of the San Diego experience and there are several ways to get on the water. Most include pre-set itineraries plus a boatful of shipmates. Passengers privy to a more stylish voyage reserve a vessel with San Diego Sailing Tours. These privately chartered yachts come complete with captain, creature comforts and a full day designed by you. Cruise the coastline, head for open water and try your hand at the helm or simply spend the day sipping wine while dolphins, whales and pinnipeds provide the entertainment.
Photo from Xtreme Adventures
Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument, Old Town San Diego, Torrey Pines State Preserve – these are just a few of San Diego’s quintessential sights. So how do top-notch, hot-to-trot travelers take it all in? From behind the wheel of an eye-catching, insanely fast, ultra-lux sports car. Tour the town like a rock star when you reserve a radical ride from Xtreme Adventures. This super-slick auto outlet sets you up with your choice of a Ferrari F430 Spider or Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Private instruction on the F1 style paddle shifters prepares you for the road then you’re off on the driving adventure of a lifetime. Best of all, this refined rental is yours for a full 24 hours.
Image Credits: Photo from Hotel Del Coronado.