Best Resorts in California

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.

Guestroom at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San DiegoGuestroom at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego

Best Resorts in California

San Diego Resorts

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. 

Paradise Point Resort & Spa 

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

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. 

Get more information and see the latest reviews for Paradise Point Reserve.

See more San Diego resorts in California. 


Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim

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 Hotel at
Legoland California Resort

Legoland Hotel at Legoland California Resort, Carlsbad California

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.

Get more information and see the latest reviews for Legoland Hotel.

Legoland Resort Official Website


Palm Springs & Indian Wells Resorts

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 Resort & Spa 

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.

Get more information and see the latest reviews for Miramonte Resort and Spa

See more resorts in Palm Springs.


Luxury Spa Resorts in California

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 Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, California Resorts

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. 

Get more information and see the latest reviews for South Coast Winery and Spa


Napa Valley Resorts

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:

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort

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. 

Get more information and see the latest reviews for Roman Spa Hot Springs

See more of the best resorts in Napa Valley.



Mammoth Lakes Resorts

Mammoth Lakes is one of the great ski destinations. Here is the best resort in that area:

Westin Monache Resort Mammoth

Westin Monache Resort Mammoth

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. 

Get more information and see the latest reviews for Westin Mammoth Lakes

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Santa Barbara Resorts

Santa Barbara is a great destination full of great beaches and breathtaking cliffs. Here are our favorite resorts in this spot. 

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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. 

Get more information and see the latest reviews for The Four Seasons Biltmore

The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

The Fess Parker Resort, Santa Barbara

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. 

Get more information and see the latest reviews


Lake Tahoe Resorts

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. 

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The Landing Resort & Spa

The Landing Resort & Spa

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. 

More on The Landing Resort (general review).

More on The Landing Resort - ski resort review


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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