There are many many resorts in California and it's a very good spot for finding a great one. They are definitely varied here - on the beach, in the desert, great golf, great spas, Disney, SeaWorld and more.
Below are some of our favorite resorts. Some are luxury, some are great for family vacations and some are very good while not breaking the bank.
San Diego has a variety of very good resorts. The San Diego luxury resorts get excellent reviews and are beautiful properties full of luxury rooms, golf courses and spas.
There are also very good 4 star San Diego resorts like Paradise Point below.
A great resort for families and almost next to SeaWorld. Families love this resort, it's got many pools, tennis courts, golf and a full-service spa.
See more San Diego resorts in California.
If you're going on vacation with your family and would like to visit Disneyland, there are some great resorts right on the Disneyland property. Along with the resort, you get special early entry, great pools with waterslides, meals with characters and more.
Have a look at the 3 different Disneyland Resort options.
Legoland Resort is all family and all Lego. You are definitely fully immersed here in the Lego theme and what a blast for the kids!
The Legoland Hotel is a destination in itself. It's right at the entrance of Legoland and all the rooms are Lego themed. You can choose your theme - Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure. The rooms have 2 separate sleeping areas with the child area having bunk beds and more.
Staying here gives you early access into Legoland. There's also children's entertainment every night, interactive lego features like a Castle Play Area, a family restaurant and buffet. There's actually a buffet just for kids.
It looks like an amazing place and we've never come across anything so child focused in all the resorts we've reviewed around the world.
Palm Springs is a great spot if you're looking for a great family vacation, or a spa and golf resort. It's another hot spot for resorts in California. Here is one of the great 4 star resorts:
Miramonte is a 4 star resort in Indian Wells. It's about boutique style resort with 215 spacious rooms. It has an award-winning spa, golf, farm-to-table restaurant, 2 pools and a fitness centre.
Reviewers quite like this resort and like the packages (like the Romance Package), say the spa is great for a girls getaway, and there are many return (and loyal) guests.
See more resorts in Palm Springs.
If you'd like to visit a great resort with a spa, you are spoiled for choice in resorts in California. There are many great ones featured on the page linked above. Here is another great one.
South Coast Winery and Spa is located in Temecula and if you're looking for a resort and winery, this is an excellent option. It is a 4 star resort on the smaller side with around 126 rooms. Aside from the winery, there is a restaurant, full-service Grapeseed Spa with vine-based treatments and and outdoor pool.
Reviews here are excellent with past guests loving the big bath tubs, view of the vineyard, and really, so many other great things. Overall, it gets fantastic comments.
Napa Valley is one of the great resort destinations in California. It's a beautiful spot with many many quality wineries. There are a number of great luxury resorts (click link above).
One of the resorts that gets excellent reviews:
If you are looking for a great resort that is a bit easier on the budget, Roman Spa Hot Springs is a great choice. It's hot springs are set among gardens, private patios and fountains. It's set in the Calistoga wine country. There is a great full-service spa, much to see in the area, outdoor pool, saunas and more.
Reviews are excellent here. Past guests report that the beds are very comfy, it's a great place to pamper yourself and there are many many returns visitors - which is a very good sign.
Mammoth Lakes is one of the great ski destinations. Here is the best resort in that area:
A great ski resort with in the heart of Mammoth Lakes. It has a free ski shuttle, restaurant, outdoor pool, 2 spa tubs, airport shuttle and ski rentals.
Santa Barbara is a great destination full of great beaches and breathtaking cliffs. Here are our favorite resorts in this spot.
Definitely one of the best resorts in Santa Barbara, Four Seasons Biltmore is on the beach and also known for it's great spa. It's a luxury resort with around 200 rooms, an outdoor pool, 3 tennis courts and close to the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Reviews are excellent with past guests loving many things about the resort including the location, 5 star service, spa and more.
In East Beach, Santa Barbara, on the beach and close to the Santa Barbara Zoo. This is a mid-size resort with 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a full-service spa, pool and airport shuttle.
Reviews are good with the location being the main highlight.
Lake Tahoe is a versatile destination offering great skiing in the winter and beautiful nature activities in the summer. It definitely has some of the great resorts in California.
Summer: Lake Tahoe Resorts
Winter: Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
The Landing Resort and Spa is a great resort choice for both the warm season and the ski season. It's right on Lake Tahoe and also has a shuttle to Heavenly Ski Resort. Many have called it the best resort in Lake Tahoe.
To view more resorts in California, see the menu on the right or visit luxury resorts in California to see the really special ones.
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