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Can't-Miss Coastal Resorts in California

From mud baths to mineral hot tubs, plan a coastal resort vacation now at these top spots in the Golden State. You won't regret it.

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April 21, 2021

Want to treat yourself to a staycation? You’re in luck. California is home to countless incredible coastal resorts that put you in the right place. Here, you’ll find everything you need to relax, unwind, and take time for yourself. From mud baths to mineral hot tubs, the best coastal resorts boast rejuvenating spas in the most stunning seaside setting. 

Stop waiting around—plan a coastal resort vacation now at these top spots in the Golden State.  

Coastal Resort Vacations to Take in Northern California

Wish to go on the perfect spa getaway? The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay is the ideal luxury hotel for that. Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton.

The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay

Location: 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay

Want to experience a five-star coastal vacation? The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay is as close to the ocean as you can get. This elegant coastal view resort offers a worthwhile experience with unbeatable views of the Pacific.

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Deluxe rooms, luxurious hot tubs, and a wide range of spa services are here to make your stay as opulent as possible. With over 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, you’ll never get bored here. Take a swing at one of the two championship golf courses, sit back in your chair by the fire pits, and take a moment to admire the oceanside sunset. 

At The Stanford Inn by the Sea you can enjoy breathtaking sunset views over lush gardens. Photo courtesy of The Stanford Inn by the Sea.

The Stanford Inn by the Sea

Location: 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino

The Stanford Inn by the Sea perfectly embodies the beauty and excitement of the Mendocino Coast. Here, relaxation mode is always on. Reconnect with nature without skimping on comfort on a luxury coastal vacation at this resort. 

The immaculate rooms are covered with pine and redwood, creating a blend of rustic and elegant. The dining experience at The Stanford Inn by the Sea is equally exquisite—the gourmet plant-based cuisine is nationally acclaimed. Enjoy bike rides around the resort and go for walks among Mendocino’s scenic forests; you’ll never want to leave this place.

Timber Cove Resort is perched on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of Timber Cove Resort.

Timber Cove Resort

Location: 21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle? A coastal vacation at Timber Cove Resort is something you won’t regret. A true seaside hideaway, Timber Cove Resort boasts an atmosphere that’s both rustic and intimate—it’s exactly what you need for a peaceful staycation.

While people flock here for the breathtaking ocean views, the resort has a lot more to offer. Featuring an incredible farm-to-table restaurant, Timber Cove Resort makes every meal memorable. With LP record players and fireplaces in every room, your relaxation is never interrupted at this coastal view resort.

Central Coast Beach Resorts

It's always the perfect day to go for a swim at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. Photo courtesy of Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa.

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

Location: 2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa is all about California dreamin’. Everything at this Central Coast beach resort is thought through—from contemporary suites to the outstanding Lido Restaurant, your stay is worth every penny.

Spend your mornings in the fitness center, then take a dip in the infinity-edge pool. When it’s time to treat yourself, head over to the spa for a facial and guided wellness ritual. Whatever you do, don’t leave before watching the sun disappear beneath the ocean.

The Oasis Waterfall Lagoon is literally the definition of relaxation. Photo courtesy of Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

Location: 1215 Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo

We don’t know about you, but we’re always down to stay at enviable hot springs resorts in California. Speaking of, the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa is all about wellness and fun in the sun. Get away from it all and find peace at this Central Coast beach resort—it’s time to discover the healing powers of nature at the hot tubs.

This coastal resort features three different types of hot springs. Soak in the hillside hot tubs for unmatched views of nature. Or, enjoy total seclusion and privacy at the in-room hot tubs. If you want to feel like royalty, rent out the Oasis Waterfall Lagoon to nurture your skin, body, and soul.

As your stay comes to its end, you’ll realize that Sycamore Mineral Springs is a true sanctuary of unlimited relaxation.

If you wish to go on a luxurious escape, look no further than Ventana Big Sur. Photo courtesy of Ventana Big Sur.

Ventana Big Sur

Location: 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur is the ideal coastal resort for a romantic, intimate escape. Situated on 160 acres of forests along the coast, this paradisiacal retreat features rustic-chic tent cabins that look like they’re out of this world. The forest, ocean, and mountains follow you every step of the way. 

When you’re not snoozing on the hammocks, soak in the hot tubs or lounge by the heated pools for complete tranquility. Take in the gorgeous surroundings of possibly your best luxury coast vacation. Before you call it a day, relax in the rainfall shower and make your way to the plush king-sized bed for a good night’s sleep. 

The Best Coastal Resorts in Southern California

Enjoy a romantic getaway at the most luxurious coastal resort in the Golden State. Photo courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach.

Montage Laguna Beach

Location: 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

If you’re going to Laguna Beach for your next SoCal staycation, Montage Laguna Beach is your home away from home. Every room of this coastal resort boasts magnificent views of the Pacific—you feel like you've been transported to a tropical paradise. 

Montage Laguna Beach is perched on a bluff right above the sea—you’re mere steps away from splashing around. Before you hit the beach, take advantage of all the top-notch amenities like dry redwood saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms. Try the best of California’s coastal cuisine at one of three on-site restaurants. This luxury coast vacation is one that won’t be easy to top.

Whenever you go on vacation to The Resort at Pelican Hill, make sure to enjoy the expansive views. Photo courtesy of The Resort at Pelican Hill.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Location: 22701 South Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast

Looking for a staycation around L.A.? The Resort at Pelican Hill is less than an hour away from the City of Angels. Offering a unique ambiance and Palladian-inspired architecture, this coastal view resort promises a comfortable stay. 

Nestled atop 504 acres of coastal bluffs, the resort boasts residential-style villas and bungalows for complete privacy. Relax to the max at the iconic Coliseum Pool, where mosaic tile bottoms allow you to have a five-star Mediterranean experience. Play a round or two of golf at one of the 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed courses. No matter what you do at this coastal resort, you know the Pacific Ocean views will be with you the entire time. 

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