Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County

Hotels in Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County

With its private entrance to Legoland, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa couldn’t be more convenient. After a day of kid stuff, grown-ups can indulge with a massage at the Ocean Pearl Spa.

Formerly Four Seasons Resort, Aviara

This seaside Spanish colonial has rooms with terraces and an Arnold Palmer–designed golf course. 

The sunny seaside town of Del Mar, between L.A. and San Diego, offers an increasingly hard-to-find slice of old-school SoCal relaxation.

This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees. The grounds also include two large fire pits, as well as a heated pool and adults-only Jacuzzi.

Founded by Deborah Szekely over 50 years ago, the Golden Door is inspired by the Honjin inns in Japan and is designed to provide guests with an immersive spa experience characterized by Asian influences and European techniques.

Immensely appealing for both kids (playroom, water park, and Guitar Hero-equipped teen center) and parents (43,000-square-foot spa and holistic center founded by Deepak Chopra).

A grande dame among destination spas, this Provençal-style retreat 40 miles north of San Diego has just emerged from a head- to-toe renovation.