Roadtrip Destinations: A SoCal Stunner


March 25, 2021
Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

An average of 65% of couples consider an oceanfront destination for their wedding away. What’s not to love? Sandy beaches, ocean breezes and crashing waves all conjure up vacation memories and relaxing vibes. One of our favorite destinations that checks off all the aforementioned “boxes” and also offers guests a luxurious atmosphere and safe environment is Hotel del Coronado.

A perfect road-trip distance for many further up the coast in California or just a half a day drive from Arizona and Nevada, the iconic Hotel del Coronado is serving up unforgettable experiences for weddings with safety as their focus. If you were dreaming of that long weekend wedding packed with beach experiences, fine dining, spa treatments and pampering, but are concerned about moving forward with a safe event, The Del might be your perfect fit.

The Del has adopted the EventReady with CleanStay program by Hilton, which is designed to ensure all events are clean, safe and socially responsible. This program isn’t limited to only touchpoints at check-in, mask-wearing and social distancing at the pool. Everything from your food and beverage to your event space and rooms are creatively reimagined so you (and your guests) don’t have to worry about anything besides having fun. 

This spacious resort is spread out over 28 beachfront acres, has 679 guestrooms and suites and is even pet friendly, so you can bring your four-legged guests along as well. Just minutes from San Diego International Airport, this Coronado Island resort is even convenient for those loved ones who choose to fly. 

For those couples looking for a “home-away-from-home” experience, Beach Village at The Del might be just the ticket. Their 78 cottages and villas offer beachfront and ocean views with gourmet kitchens, fireplaces, and some with a private day-tub or fire pit on their ocean view patios. The personalized VIP service will take all the guess (and guest) work out of the equation, guaranteeing a relaxed experience for you and your soon-to-be spouse. 

Activities abound at The Del, no matter if your guests are feeling lazy, sporty or adventurous, there is something for everyone. Choose either a beach or pool cabana for the beach bum guest, painting by the sea or a visit to the spa for the more low-key visitor, and if adventure or fitness is up their ally – spin or yoga on the beach and even surf lessons are a perfect fit. Crowd-pleasing fun like a beach cruiser rental, downtown San Diego pub crawl or a walk to Orange Avenue for an outdoor patio dining experience or shopping are also options.

Hotel del Coronado has a storied past and is known for events. Couples who want to arrive and feel like a guest at their own wedding are in good hands here with their experienced and talented staff. The Del has been throwing celebrations for over a century and romantic memories come naturally in a setting such as this.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do’s Special Digital Edition 2020

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