With its near-perfect weather and beautiful beaches, southern California is a frequent destination for honeymooners and others wishing a romantic getaway. Up and down the California coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and even inland to the desert, romantics have many choices of locations where they can relax with someone special.
The Willows Palm Springs Inn
The Willows Palm Springs Inn is a boutique hotel with only eight rooms, located in one of the oldest buildings still standing in Palm Springs. Built high on the mountainside overlooking Palm Springs in the 1920s, the Willows Palm Springs Inn features unique antique touches such as tiled floors and redwood ceilings. The property includes a desert garden, an outdoor pool and a waterfall and is frequently booked to host weddings. Guests stay in romantic, individually decorated rooms, some of which feature silver chandeliers, secluded patios, rock showers, waterfalls and handmade tiles. Guests enjoy a three-course breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres daily, and a full spa is also available.
The Catalina Canyon Resort and Spa
Located on the Catalina Island, 26 miles off the southern California coast, the Catalina Canyon Resort and Spa is a full-service resort and spa in the hills overlooking Avalon, the one town on the otherwise private island. Guest rooms all feature private balconies or patios, and the king spa rooms have a private hot tub as well. The spa on-site offers massages and body wraps in private candlelit rooms, and any service can be set up for couples. During the high season, the Canyon Bar and Grill serves breakfast and dinner and offers scenic views. Shuttle service is available from the hotel into the town of Avalon, where cars are banned, but parasailing, scuba diving, hiking, shopping and snorkeling are all available.
Hotel Del Coronado
The Hotel Del Coronado in the Coronado beach area of San Diego was built in 1988 and is a National Historic Landmark. According to the Wedding Channel, it is the most popular wedding destination in the U.S. Special packages for romantic couples include either couples' massages or champagne and roses delivered to your room. Guests can stay in the historic Victorian building or in more modern cabanas, with larger suites available; many rooms have ocean views. The Hotel Del Coronado features a full spa, which Travel and Leisure magazine named one of the top 20 hotel spas in the world. The hotel has five restaurants, ranging from casual dining to fine dining. Located on the beach, the hotel provides beach chairs to all guests, and offers sailboat rentals, golf, yoga, bike rentals, and s'mores and champagne on the beach for romantic couples.
San Ysidro Ranch
Hidden in the hills above Santa Barbara, the San Ysidro Ranch was voted the No. 4 hotel in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine and was the site of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon. Individual cottages or gardens are available for weddings, or couples can reserve the entire hotel Private cottages and suites are all individually decorated, with suites featuring hand-carved fireplaces and private patios with hot tubs. The San Ysidro Rancy offers an outdoor pool, a gym, in-room massage, and yoga. Also available are hiking, bicycling, and day trips to beaches, shopping and wineries. On the ranch property is the Stonehouse restaurant, which is housed in a 100-year-old building and features creekside dining and a deck with an ocean view.
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