Award-winning Fairmont Grand Del Mar to celebrate 9th anniversary

Tucked into the beautiful Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in Carmel Valley, Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a special place to get away, even if you're just coming from down the street.

With its quietly sophisticated Mediterranean style, renowned restaurants and award-winning spa, this Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond property is TripAdvisor's #1 Luxury Hotel in California.

It's also a great neighbor.

In honor of its upcoming 9th anniversary, Fairmont Grand Del Mar is celebrating the community with an exclusive promotion. Rates start from $295 per night and include a complimentary bottle of bubbly, self-parking and a $50 on-property dining credit. Booking dates are Sept. 19-30 for travel by Dec. 23. Blackout dates apply.

This is the perfect time to invite friends and family for a visit or plan a staycation.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar features 249 guestrooms, including 31 luxurious suites. All have balconies offering stunning views of the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the Canyon Preserve or one of the resort's four heated swimming pools.

Set on 400 lush acres, Fairmont Grand Del Mar has a surprisingly intimate feel. Thanks to a staff of 700, the level of service is impeccable, and many of the employees have been there since the hotel opened. In fact, there's a statue by one of the pools titled "Self-Made Man," which is dedicated to "all the self-made men and women who created the Grand Del Mar."

And if you stay at the hotel, you can take advantage of the complimentary round-trip transportation to the beach. You don't have to worry about parking or carrying chairs. Everything will be set up for you.

Even without an overnight stay, though, there are so many ways for local residents to turn Fairmont Grand Del Mar into a second home.

With a variety of dining options, there's a restaurant for every meal and occasion. Probably the best known is Addison, the award-winning signature fine dining restaurant featuring contemporary French cuisine from Chef William Bradley, who has a unique 11-course menu planned for the 10th anniversary.

Each course will represent one year of the restaurant, with an extra for good luck, of course. At $250 per person, this dinner is likely to be the subject of fond memories for years to come.

Amaya, which is open all day and offers both indoor and outdoor seating, has just changed its own menu to a Southern Italian theme. For a more casual bite, lunch at the Clubhouse Grill features a lobster roll likely to become an obsession, and Cent'Anni is the place to pick up an afternoon snack of gelato and macarons.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar also serves a traditional afternoon tea in the cozy library, accompanied by pastries, sandwiches and music.

And, at night, Club M is the place to be. This local favorite offers great drinks, live music and guest DJs.

The definition of pampering, the spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is one of only two dozen spas in the country awarded five stars by Forbes. With 11 treatment rooms, you can custom a massage or facial or indulge in natural therapies incorporating replenishing mud and clay.

Because Fairmont Grand Del Mar understands that moms need some time for themselves, they offer two hours of free childcare in the Kids Club. This, in itself, is a great excuse for a massage!

Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a gorgeous setting for weddings and other special events, and the designers have thought of everything. There's even concrete hidden under the lawn so heels don't get stuck.

Go pay a neighborly visit to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and experience accessible luxury. To take advantage of the anniversary promotion, book at www.fairmont.com/san-diego or call 855-314-2030.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar is located at 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, 92130.

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