Experience the perfect blend of luxury and family fun for your next San Diego Family getaway at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
As a mother, I have always found it challenging to take some time off and relax, especially during family vacations or staycations. However, my recent stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offered my family exactly what we both needed. The resort’s luxurious amenities, stunning surroundings, and excellent customer service gave us exactly what we needed.
Located just 15 minutes from our home in Clairemont, Fairmont Grand Del Mar welcomed us with an enchanting escape. From the moment we turned into the property, a world of beauty, peace, and calmness unfolded. Nestled alongside 400 acres of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Fairmont Grand Del Mar seamlessly merges the simplicity of nature with a luxurious ambiance and an array of family-friendly offerings. You’ll find our TOP 15 reasons below why your next San Diego family getaway should be at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. But first, we wanted to share our recent experience at the resort.
Before I dive into the highlights of our stay, what left a lasting impression in my heart was their evident commitment to curating experiences geared toward creating lasting memories. Their attention to detail creates an environment to detach from everyday life and create priceless memories.
Now, onto our staycation adventure!
We started the day with a one-hour trail ride, which was hands down one of both Kaia’s and my favorite parts of our staycation. Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers an array of equestrian adventures. There’s an inexplicable healing quality to being around horses, and both Kaia and I thoroughly enjoyed our time. I found the stable team to be knowledgeable, exceptionally kind, and engaging, making this experience one of the standout highlights!
P.S. These activities are accessible to everyone, not just hotel guests. See more info below on riding requirements and hours.
Luxe Vibes & Family Fun
The exquisite surroundings and timeless décor of Fairmont Grand Del Mar effortlessly created an atmosphere that felt like a luxurious escape from the ordinary. Their deliberate commitment to accommodating families ensures a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. In fact, the resort offers exceptional amenities for families with children, making it one of the top family-friendly resorts in San Diego County!
Imagine being greeted with a surprise from a treasure chest of goodies upon arrival, the option for kids to have robes and slippers on request, and a collection of board games available for borrowing. They have considered every detail to ensure an enjoyable stay for families, which is a breath of fresh air.
Tis the Season
After an afternoon of horseback riding, enjoying the scenic walks, and some poolside fun (yes, in December), we finished the already perfect day with a Fire Pit reservation at Grand Social, complete with s’mores, bocce ball, Glice Skating, and a visit from Santa himself!
Events & Entertainment
There is never a dull moment at Grand Social! The vibrant atmosphere boasts live entertainment, delectable wood-fired gourmet offerings, craft libations, and engaging lawn games. Grand Social elevates the experience seasonally and during the holidays by transforming its picturesque outdoor space into a wonderland of immersive delights for all.
In addition to our holiday experience in December, we also attended their Halloween Spooktacular, and without a doubt, it stood out as one of the premier Halloween events in town. Don’t miss out on the fun! Everyone can enjoy events and seasonal activities at the hotel. Check out their events calendar, or book a staycation today.
Discover our Top 15 reasons why your next San Diego family getaway should be at Fairmont Grand Del Mar:
Luxurious Amenities for Even the Youngest Guests
Including a surprise from our treasure chest of goodies upon arrival, kids’ robes and slippers upon request, and board games for loan. Spacious rooms, suites, and villas allow the whole family to enjoy time by the stone fireplace or a family meal at the dining room table.
Kid’s Explorer Club
Discover a place that naturally engages the curiosity of children at the Kid’s Explorer Club. From a Canyon Exploration Hike to the pursuit of hidden treasure, kids will venture out to find the magic of the outdoors. Plus, they will create crafts that capture the character of Southern California, like suncatchers and sand art.
Forbes Five-Star Spa
Drop the kids off at the Kids Explorer Club and take well-being to a higher art form at their holistic, Forbes Five-Star spa, where their award-winning menu of services emanates from the belief that true health, wellness, and beauty start from within.
Seasonal Family-Friendly Events
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is known for hosting seasonal and holiday events. Whether you’re visiting during a special occasion or simply enjoying the summer season, there are plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy and create unforgettable memories. For instance, you can watch your favorite family-friendly movie while lounging poolside under the stars, experience swimming with mermaids, enjoy live music, and many more exciting activities true to San Diego style!
Equestrian Center Adventures
Grand Del Mar’s Equestrian Center is Southern California’s most exquisite stable and riding center. The Equestrian Center offers riding and non-riding activities for all ages and levels of experience, featuring scenic trails, a state-of-the-art arena, and overall premium horse care.
Pools for Parents & Families
The pool area at the resort features three family-friendly pools, as well as a peaceful oasis called the Relaxation Pool that is reserved for adults only.
Hiking Trails with Scenic Views
There is plenty of room to roam on The Grand’s expansive 400-acre property. And with Southern California’s spectacular year-round weather, you’ll want to do just that. Located adjacent to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, explore more than 37 miles of hiking trails beginning on the property grounds.
A Little Friendly Competition
Archery: Put your skills to the test at The Grand’s Archery Range. With complimentary bows & arrows, you’ll learn the basics as you aim.
Tennis: Enhance your backswing at The Grand’s two professional-style tennis courts. A lush lawn and shaded viewing terrace set the scene for phenomenal play.
Pickleball: Perfect your Pickleball game. This booming sport has captured the interest of individuals far and wide.
Baby Gear for Your Stay
Traveling with baby gear is absolutely NO FUN! They have partnered with BabyQuip, who we absolutely love, to help you feel even more at home at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
Embark on a glamping getaway designed for your little one, complete with an in-room teepee. How amazing is that?
Gourmet Dining for All Ages
Families can enjoy delicious eats across the resort, whether it’s a smoothie from Cent’Anni Café or pancakes from Amaya. Enjoy a sweet summer escape at Grand Sweets, the new ice cream and candy counter. With their Children’s Dining Program, kids five and under eat free, and kids 6-12 years eat for 50% off when ordering from Amaya’s kid’s menu with an adult guest.
Fido is a part of the family, after all! Ask about their pet-friendly options and bring the ENTIRE family.
Memorable Experiences Beyond Your Stay
Just a short drive from top attractions, renowned beaches, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, La Jolla Cove, and much more. You can always check out San Diego Moms for other nearby events or resources, but we put our money on the simple fact that you won’t need to do that because the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is looking out for you.
Games for Days
From Bocce Ball to Ladder Toss and Corn Hole – they know how to keep your kids entertained so you can sit back and enjoy a cocktail or simply relax.
Join the Club
If you having a blast during your staycation, why not join the club and make it a regular thing? Their Social & Golf Club membership will give you access to exclusive Fairmont Grand Del Mar amenities and thrilling “Members Only” experiences. Once you become a member, you’ll never want to leave!
Third Night FREE
Enjoy the third night FREE when you stay three nights or longer. That’s an extra day to relax with a spa treatment, soak in the sun on the golf course, or explore the trails of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. It is not combinable with other offers or packages.
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It’s not just the destination but each step along the way that creates an unforgettable journey. Discover sunny San Diego —where unparalleled service and hospitality are at the heart of every stay.
Enjoy 15% off your stay when you book from November 1, 2023, to March 29, 2024, for stays through April 30, 2024.
If traveling and making memories are part of your 2024 resolutions, book a stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and experience the ultimate luxury family getaway. Book your family getaway today!
Equestrian Notes & Requirements: The minimum age for trail rides and lessons is seven years old, with a minimum height of 50 inches. Lead-line pony rides are available for children aged 2 to 6. All guests are welcome to engage with the horses at designated times.