Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
With a clifftop position halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is about as close to the Pacific Ocean as you can get – it’s quite possible you’ll see dolphins leaping out of the water right in front of your balcony. The hotel was originally designed as an apartment building and as a result all the suites are unusually large, boasting spacious terraces, living rooms, dining rooms and full gourmet kitchens. The spa offers everything from facials and massages to guided wellness rituals, while the restaurant pairs locally sourced cuisine with over 800 local and international wines. Next to the restaurant is the outdoor pool and a coastal path that’s great to explore on the resort’s complimentary bikes.