It’s early afternoon and the sun is shimmering inside my poolside cabana. A ready supply of snacks and beverages keeps me anchored to my sun lounger and, as the ocean waves lap outside, I immediately feel at home and relaxed.

This poolside oasis, lined with private cabanas and fan palms, is the centerpiece of Beach Village at The Del, a place where everything is designed to orient you back to the spectacular ocean view.

Located 15 minutes from San Diego International Airport, Hotel del Coronado is an alluring luxury resort. Registered as a National Historic Landmark, the hotel has hosted presidents, royalty and movie stars, among other famous guests, and it’s easy to understand why.

With its breezy mix of Southern California seaside charm, upscale facilities and elevated service, the hotel encourages guests to relax and enjoy personalized attention in a thoroughly private enclave.

Life is equally beautiful at the neighboring Beach Village. Just steps from the iconic hotel, it offers 78 beachfront suites with one, two or three bedrooms, spacious living and dining rooms, fireplaces and gourmet kitchens.

Many suites like mine have ocean-facing balconies, and were it not for the activities on the bicycle-friendly Silver Strand below, I could lounge on my terrace all day, waiting for the next pod of dolphins to appear.

What to do next? A bike rental, perhaps, followed by a surfing or paddleboard lesson? A round of golf at one of San Diego’s 80 courses, a more leisurely afternoon of shopping, a treatment at the hotel’s full-service spa or a sundowner at the hotel’s new private beach club?

Every detail of a stay here is perfectly orchestrated. From the poolside cabanas to toasting s’mores on the beach, the Beach Village delivers on one’s desire for relaxation and indulgence.

If you’re looking for a lifelong vacation, Beach Village ownership opportunities are also available. Owners can enjoy up to 90 days of unbridled luxury in their private cottage or villa and share in the rental revenues the rest of the year.


Dine at 1500 OCEAN, where talented chef Meredith Manee cultivates The Del’s herb and vegetable garden for the freshest garden-to-table flavors.

For a fun outing, rent a seven-speed, tandem or even a four-person surrey at PeDels and cruise along the Silver Strand.

Enjoy a private beach bonfire, tuck your toes in the sand and toast marshmallows for an evening of s’mores on Del Beach.


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Image Credits: Photo courtesy of Beach Village at The Del.