Five California Getaways for the Luxury Traveler

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It’s time to start planning your next luxury vacation. If you’ve been dreaming California dreams, and are looking to create a magical weekend getaway for you and your special someone, there are only a select few destinations that will provide you with all the makings of an absolutely unforgettable vacation experience.

If you’re looking to spend a few days basking in all the luxury that the California coast has to offer, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll outline five absolutely stellar vacation destinations that will provide you with all the luxury and comfort you could ask for.

Read on, and enjoy!

A Wine Country Getaway – Senza Hotel

Senza Hotel Napa Valley

Located in the Salvador community of the lush and beautiful Napa Valley, Senza is located on two acres of towering redwoods and surrounded by gardens and vineyards. The luxury resort is ideally suited for couples looking for a romantic getaway, but of course, all guests are welcome.

One of the few luxury resorts that doesn’t feature its own private golf course, you’ll find a lot to love here, including hot tubs, a full featured fitness center, and an on-site spa with a full menu of service offerings sure to make even the most discerning visitor smile. The resort is located just five miles from the heart of Napa itself, and if you want to stay here but journey out by day to Sacremento, it’s a scant hour’s drive away.

Senza is relatively small, with just forty-one rooms and suites that give it a cozy, intimate feel, and all guests are treated to breakfast in the morning, and a wine and cheese reception, held every evening. While there is no restaurant on the property, there’s scant need, as there are a number of world-class dining options in Napa itself, catering to every taste and preference.

You’ll find rooms here surprisingly modestly priced at $209 a night and up, with suites starting at $296 a night. If you’ve never been, this is a must-see destination.

Weekend At the Sonoma Mission

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Fountain

Another wine country destination that’s worth mentioning because it has something that truly sets it apart: Geothermal mineral water pools, which guests are invited to relax in to their heart’s content. Few things are more soothing at the end of a fun filled day than to unwind in one of the pools.

The Mission is nestled between more than forty wineries and sits on fourteen lush, beautifully landscaped acres. Offering full five-star amenities, a deluxe golf course, and a full featured wellness center, including a spa that offers a vast array of services, including facials, water therapy, and both Kur and Watsu treatments, in addition to the aforementioned mineral springs, making this an ideal destination for singles and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Best of all, the Mission offers a number of attractive package deals that can save you money. These include the Sonoma Valley Winemaker Signature Package, starting at $899 a night, which includes a deluxe suite with a fireplace, breakfast, a bathing ritual, valet parking, a private wine tour, and more.

If you’re looking for something a bit more modest in scope and scale, you can try the Food & Wine Experience package, which starts at $439 a night, includes a two-night stay, a four-course tasting menu and tasting passes for two to a local winery. Of course, if you’d rather not invest in a package, you can simply book a room, and if you opt to go that route, rates start at $269 a night. Visit their website today to check out all the other package deals offered, and to see views of the grounds. They’re simply magical.

Off The Beaten Path – Ojai Valley Inn

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

If you’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway, then consider something a little off the beaten path. The Ojai Valley Inn is tucked away just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, and offers a sprawling 220 acre Spanish Colonial estate to explore together.

A popular destination among the Hollywood elites, this quiet and tranquil resort offers all the five-star treatment you’d expect from a destination that caters to Hollywood Royalty. You can play a few rounds of golf of the par-70 course, or enjoy a decadent spa treatment featuring ritual baths, massage therapy, and more. In fact, you could spend your whole vacation without ever leaving the estate if you choose to do so. A small town has grown up around the spa, featuring fountains, gardens, a delightful café, and even a hair and nail salon. Prices here start at a surprisingly reasonable $341 a night.

Pure Luxury – US Grant

US Grant Lobby San Diego

The US Grant is, not only an iconic landmark in San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter, but it is the epitome of luxury, and an ideal vacation destination. With 270 rooms, including 43 suites, there are plenty of options here, so you should plan to come back year after year to try them all.

From the moment you enter the hotel, you’ll be struck by its beauty and majesty. Beautiful artwork adorns the walls, lavish silk carpets on the floors, and sparkling, crystal chandeliers at every turn. As a vacation destination, the US Grant is hard to beat, because of its proximity to the best that San Diego has to offer. You’re within easy walking distance of the city’s best nightlife, restaurants and entertainment venues, making it hard to top.

If you opt to stay, consider upgrading to one of the deluxe suites, which features a roomy 770 square feet of space, and includes a 10’ square marble, walk-in shower, or try the decadent Presidential Penthouse, which is a rooftop suite offering divine views of the city. If you’re on a budget, but don’t want to sacrifice on luxury, you can book a room at the US Grant for as little as $219 a night, with prices going up considerably for access to the various suites.

A Rustic Retreat – El Capitan Canyon

El Capitan Canyon Hotel

Luxury means different things to different people. For some, it means five star hotels, room service around the clock, and a concierge to cater to your every whim. For others though, luxury is about getting away from it all, and if that’s what you’re looking for, no mention of luxury California vacations would be complete without mentioning the el Capitan Resort. El Capitan Canyon is the best of both worlds. It puts you in the center of nature, and all the splendor that it has to offer, but it does so by nestling you in deluxe accommodations in the form of upscale cabins you can rent during your stay.

If you’re a fan of outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking and surfing, but don’t want to sacrifice the luxury aspect of your vacation, el Capitan is the destination for you. All rooms are equipped with full amenities, including high speed wireless internet access so you can keep in touch with the world around you if you desire, and the luxury cabins come complete with fireplaces and Jacuzzis to help you unwind after a day spent adventuring. The best part? Cabin rates start at just $225 a night during the summer months. Reserve yours today!


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