My husband and I have reached the stage where we (I) finally understand how important it was for our parents to go on vacation...without us. We adore our kids, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary to leave the younger set behind for an adults-only getaway to celebrate our anniversary month. The only problem? The absolute monkeywrench of this global pandemic. The solution? The casual, yet upscale L’Auberge Del Mar.
I knew instantly that we’d look into the absolutely gorgeous beachside “dream home by the sea” when I learned that they renamed our most-used phrase of 2020 tropical distancing. Let’s be honest, how social is distancing when all you can think about are the most updated safety protocols or CDC warnings? L’Auberge has taken care of the hard work for its guests, and it shows. With extremely detailed protocols in place, there isn’t a more relaxing spot to head for a romantic fall escape. A stay at this award-winning Four-Diamond luxury resort is more akin to what you might expect to experience at a private coastal estate with luxurious rooms, gourmet dining an ocean-inspired spa, relaxing pool area and private access to the beach. That’s not even mentioning the property’s panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, inviting firepits and estate-style guest suites.
Appealing to my inner foodie, the resort’s signature restaurant, Coastline, serves up sustainably sourced seafood, seasonal ingredients and a true SoCal style on their open-air terrace. For starters, try the delicious local bluefin poke paired with guacamole, yuzu, sprouts and puffed rice crackers or the shrimp ceviche in a spiced tomato broth accompanied by Japanese yams and salsa macha. For the main course, I went with a wonderful citrus-glazed Mediterranean salmon salad with flavor combinations unlike any I’d ever sampled - cous cous, smashed fingerlings, spiced yogurt, calabrian chiles and mint. My husband opted for the equally delicious Anderson Ranch Steak Salad with charred broccoli panzanella, parmigiana Reggiano, caper-raisin vinaigrette and creamy horseradish.
Soak up Del Mar’s shopping via Electra beach cruiser or electric bikes, or simply stroll down a stretch of sand before heading back to the resort for an open-air meal at Coastline, or a delicious cocktail at Bleu Bar. We swapped out our sandals for swank at in The Living Room, enjoying getting gussied up for the night and not having to share a menu with the 10-and-under crowd. With plush, light, and luxurious rooms to retreat to after lunch for a siesta or after a late night out on the town, there really aren’t any reasons to stay away. Step out of the routine and the rush, and into your dream for a bit: you won’t regret it.
L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar