Alila Marea Beach Resort, Encinitas
Rising Sea Star
What it is
A soon-to-open, sea bluff-side resort with 130 beachy rooms, an all-natural spa and cabana-lined pool with a fire pit.
What it isn't
Hangry. Three locavore restaurants draw from local land and waters; be sure to stop by The Pocket—adjacent to the pool and sandy beach—for craft cocktails.
What we think
The laid-back, sunny personality that epitomizes SoCal is everywhere in this Pacific Ocean-fronting resort. Designers culled from regionally sourced eco finishes— primarily stone and wood—and the result is a brand new retreat that feels right at home. Guest rooms are nothing short of ginormous, starting at 457 square feet, with floor to ceiling glass windows, nautical striped accents, and earthy texture (woven rattans; burnished cement). Perhaps our favorite: the Fire Pit Rooms, where private patios have oversized sectional sofas flanking a gas fire pit, and overlooking either the pool or the waves rolling in on the ocean. The result? You’ll keep on lounging even after twilight falls.
You're here because
You’re on a fitness kick, and the resort has its own gym plus guided hikes and seafront yoga classes for guests.
After a day wandering the umpteen museums at San Diego’s Balboa Park, there’s only one thing on your to-do list: soaking in the resort’s infinity-edged whirlpool before taking a nap in your own private cabana. Vacay at its best.
Restaurants & Bars
VAGA Restaurant & Bar - modern cuisine featuring local and sustainably sourced ingredients
The Pocket - poolside bar and lounge featuring craft cocktails
Coffee Box - café featuring freshly brewed coffee and light bites
Just 30 miles north of San Diego International Airport, and a 14 minute drive from 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden, where you can see some 5,000 plant species, including endangered plants and the biggest grove of bamboo in the nation.