What do you get when you combine a gorgeous cloud-free afternoon, floral-patterned sundresses, and a shimmering turquoise pool flanked by a hacienda-style boutique hotel? We like to think it’s the ultimate recipe for a perfect daycation in beautiful San Diego, California!
San Diego is not only home to dozens of stunning resorts, but it’s also the birthplace of ResortPass, and our growing team of talented, passionate people who thrive on adventure, exploration, and travel. So we did what any 9-5er would only dream of doing on a Monday afternoon: we packed our sandals, popped on our floppy and flat-brimmed hats, and ventured off to the Estancia La Jolla for lunch, cocktails, and one too many candid photos.
The pool area at Estancia is cozy, yet upscale, surrounded by lush greenery and wildflowers at every turn. Day beds, several cabanas, and comfortable lounge chairs line the inviting space. After checking in at the spa, we immediately set up shop around an open table shaded by a large umbrella, and eagerly perused the cocktail menu.
Meet our amazing team! From left to right, we have Alison, Jordan, Amanda, and Melissa. Taylor, not pictured in this shot, works out of LA and took turns playing cameraman. (Pretty cool fun fact: Our CEO, Amanda Szabo, used to be a wedding videographer, so of course, she brought all of her snazzy camera equipment to our outing!)
The drinks were not only pretty to look at, but refreshing and tasty. The Kombucha Mule was a unique twist on the much-loved Moscow Mule, while the Madison martini was fruity and gingery in a way that wasn’t overpowering. We also tried the Cadillac Margarita, which was mixed to perfection with a dollop of cointreau swirled on top. The Sangrita was spicy and sassy, with jalapeno syrup for a flavorful kick.
It wasn’t long before we found ourselves taking over a nearby cabana and posing as we waited for our lunch. After a couple of hours of basking in the sun, we wrapped up our gathering, reflecting on how enjoyable it was. Ah, the perks of living in a city where sunshine and countless vacations collide!
Overall, the Estancia provides a mix of zen, warmth, relaxation, and fun, ideal for all occasions. It felt like we were in paradise! Whether you’re seeking a romantic day date, a family fun day with your littles, or an intimate get-together with a group of girlfriends, this beautiful property fits the bill.
What We Loved: The resort aesthetics, the Cadillac Margarita, the friendly bartender who gave us our 2nd round, gratis!
What We Ordered: Turkey Wrap, Fish Tacos, Caesar Salad, Vegan Wrap
Cocktails We Tried: Madison, Kombucha Mule, Cadillac Margarita, Sangrita
Temperature: 72 degrees and sunny (but it sure felt like 80!)
What do you think? Could the Estancia La Jolla be your next daycation? Day passes start at just $25 for adults, and day beds and cabanas are available, too! Click here to learn more.