Estancia La Jolla Pet-Friendly San Diego Sanctuary

A Superb Stay to Spark Both Romance and Woofmance

By Si Si Penaloza

From cozy fireplaces to two person kayaks, an over-the-top romantic getaway to Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa knows no bounds. Set on ten pristinely manicured acres, San Diego’s beloved ranch-style sanctuary pampers guests and pets alike with exemplary service against a picturesque Southern California backdrop. Aromatic citrus trees and cascades of bougainvillea frame inviting arch ways and aisles, creating a labyrinth of botanical splendor.

The former 1880s equestrian estate oozes romance, charm and conviviality, ideal for couples who can’t stand the thought of traveling without their fur baby. Estancia La Jolla’s outdoor fire pits and spellbinding water features are intricately woven throughout the meditative grounds. There are more spots for you to kick back with your pup than you can shake a stick at!


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We loved the low-slung, Spanish colonial–style architecture wrapped around sun-kissed open courtyards. It’s the perfect setting to take it down a notch and truly unwind. Oversized rocking chairs are perfect for you and your lap dog, while your partner takes in the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course nearby. Stand out amenities include a heated saltwater pool and spa with meditation garden. Best of all? This 210-room hotel is a quick jaunt from La Jolla and Del Mar’s renowned beaches.

Cozy up in a wingback reading chair and enjoy the calm oasis of your suite; Italian linens and moisturizing bath amenities are ready to soothe your soul. Open the windows and let the divine scent of native herbs and aromatic flowers waft in — rosemary, sage, lavender and thyme are neatly rooted amidst hundreds of citrus, eucalyptus and pine trees.

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For those that go for charm over flash, Estancia La Jolla is a beloved pin-up property. This is the ideal place to reignite lost passion and rekindle wedded bliss. Devout care has gone into maintaining the character of this historic property. La Jolla’s upscale resorts are an impressive field, luring discriminating international guests.

A throwback to old school California charms, Estancia is the kind of laid back lodge where busy couples chase an escape from the stress of civilian responsibilities. Slip on your Dolce & Gabbana sandals and Dior sunglasses, or head down in a crisp T-Shirt – the scene here is lavish and laid back all at once. It’s simply not as crowded here as it is in the bustling hub of La Jolla. Here, should you decide to get down on one knee, tourists won’t be uploading Instagrams of your besotted devotion on the spot.

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The culinary options at Estancia are relaxed and elegant all at once, in keeping with the overall tone of the hotel. Adobe El Restaurante has an upscale style and serves California cuisine – brunch classics like waffles and pancakes are a standout here. Mustangs & Burros serves elevated Mexican specialties, pairing fiery flavors with fine wine.

If you’re in the mood to get social, Estancia La Jolla’s laid back take on nightlife will suit those who tire of busy bars with adrenaline fueled drinks and DJs. The hotel does entertaining rather well, completely in keeping with their more discerning clientele. Estancia’s indoor-outdoor Bodega Wine Bar is made for intimate têteà-têtes over top tier tapas, with a California wine program accented by cocktails that feature the resort’s own small batch bitters.

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On my stay, I swooned over breakfast in bed for nearly an hour – which pretty much says it all. From personalized notes at turn down, to pool staff tucking extra towels by your lounger before you even ask, the team at Estancia truly thinks of everything. Service is top notch when you splurge on a private cabana at the resort swimming pool: think plush loungers, water, juice selection, stocked fresh fruit and replenished sporty snacks.Fresh tropical fruit is one of the simplest pleasures here, so go on and stock up on the real Vitamin C. Private cabanas prove hugely popular during peak season, so best to book in advance.

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For elite clientele enjoying the La Jolla’s best spa day at Estancia, customized service is what makes this venue such a perennial favorite. The spa here is a wonderland of delights, the Andalusian design touches are a discreet nod to the sensual hedonism of early Spain. The steam rooms are piping hot, as they should be; the therapists stunningly chic. An attendant brings you artisanal white tea and dried fruit presented with near ritualistic plating flourishes – fire up your Instagram!

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The resort was conceived for discerning travelers, those who expect the finest and are prepared to pay for it. Despite its reputation for luxury, Estancia  is not glitzy or forbiddingly glamorous. The secret of the property’s enduring prominence is the enticing synergy of its location in a region famous for fabulous living and soulful reinvention.This is by far La Jolla’s most secluded and romantic getaway for sun-starved East Coasters with a pet in tow. No need to suffer separation anxiety with such a stellar pet-friendly resort in such a spellbinding destination.

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