Travel: The Spirit of the Holidays Flourishes at The Grand Del Mar

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Situated amid a spectacular private reserve in Coastal North County San Diego, The Grand Del Mar is a luxurious retreat that combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxuries of a world-class resort. The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five-Star property features: 249 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites; San Diego’s only Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course; a Forbes Five-Star Renaissance-inspired spa; regional dining, including the award-winning Addison with Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley; four swimming pools; two outdoor tennis courts; an enclave of residential Villas; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.

The Grand Del Mar pampers its guests with its Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five Diamond service, distinctive amenities, ambiance and activities as well as its award-winning dining venues all year round. But for those who travel to the resort during November and December, extra-special surprises and treats are offered – the new Silent Night Package, ensuring a luxurious time away from the seasonal hustle and bustle and family-fun Glow Golf Driving contests. There will be chestnuts roasting at the Front Drive, delectable dining feasts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and much more.


  •          Silent Night Package – Available November 20 through December 21, 2013, includes: Overnight accommodations,  Luxurious The Grand Del Mar bathrobe and sleep mask, Stress relieving massage, Movie Channel credit and In-room dining. Rates start at $695 for single occupancy; and at $975 for double, exclusive of gratuity and hotel tax.
  •         The Grand Finale Package – Available December 31, 2013. Includes Overnight accommodations, Sparkling wine and savory snacks upon arrival, New Year’s Eve seven-course dinner with wine pairings for two at Addison, Complimentary access to The Grand New Year’s Eve Party featuring BETAMAXX – Southern California’s high energy, 80s dance band, Breakfast-in-bed for two and Complimentary overnight valet parking. Rates from $1,495, exclusive of gratuity and hotel tax.


The resort’s award-winning Mediterranean sanctuary and its Haim Salon offer a full menu of  luxurious signature treatments and services as well as these seasonal specials:

  • ·         Holiday Bonus at The Spa

Available Monday through Thursday, December 2013

Unwrap a special holiday bonus – compliments of San Diego’s only Forbes Five-Star spa. Book a 60-minute Therapeuticmassage or any Haim hair service and receive a complimentary upgrade to 90 minutes or a deep-conditioning treatment with a hair service, plus two hours of Explorer’s Club fun for one child (ages 5-12) during appointment. From $195, exclusive of tax and gratuities.

  • ·         Specialty Pedicures at Haim Salon

November: Pumpkin Spice; December: Cranberry

Monthly aromatherapy pedicures feature a changing array of seasonal healing ingredients and include a soothing soak, sugar scrub exfoliation and hydrating body butter application. 90 minutes; $150, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

  • ·         Haim Salon Presents The Grand Entrance Package

Available November through December 2013

Includes shampoo and blow dry or thermal styling, makeup application and spa manicure. $250, inclusive of tax and gratuities.

To make appointments at The Spa at The Grand Del Mar and Haim Salon, please call 858.314.2020.


Holiday Afternoon Tea

From December 4 through December 29; Daily, 2 to 4 p.m. Savor the resort’s elegant Afternoon Tea service complete with delectable savory and sweet holiday delights. Starts at $45.

Chestnut Roasting at the Front Drive

From December 15 through December 25; Daily, 4 to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy the aromas, warmth and tastes of nostalgic chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Complimentary for resort guests.

5th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Tea  

Sunday, December 22, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Monday, December 23, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. It’s a family-friendly tea service (two courses of afternoon tea sandwiches and French pastries) and a 45-minute abridged performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by the Scripps Performing Arts Youth Academy. $58 for adults; $30 for children (ages 4-11), exclusive of tax and gratuity. A portion of ticket sales is donated to Isabella’s Giraffe Club, a non-profit organization committed to providing emotional and educational support for parents with infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Polar Express Pajama Party

Friday, December 20, at 8 p.m. Resort guests attend in their favorite pajamas and bring a pillow for an evening of family fun, which includes enjoying a classic holiday movie while munching on popcorn and sipping hot cocoa. Complimentary for resort guests.

Story Time with Santa

Sunday, December 22, at 4 p.m. St. Nick will alight by The Grand Del Mar’s Christmas tree in the Aria Pavilion for a reading of the iconic classic, “The Night Before Christmas.” Complimentary for resort guests.

Winter Wonders Animal Visit

Friday, December 27, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at the resort’s Explorer’s Club. This is an annual event where animal lovers are invited to mingle with special furry guests sporting their luxuriously showy winter coats. Meet a fox, chinchilla, lynx and more. Complimentary for resort guests.

For reservations, please call, toll-free, 1-877-814-8472; or book online at




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