L’Auberge Del Mar
Reopened in early June 2008 after a seven-month, $26 million renovation, L’Auberge Del Mar marries luxury and the beach. A new 12-foot-tall waterfall and pool bar complement its remodeled lobby and 120 guest rooms and suites with white horizontal blinds, woven grass wallpaper, and the colors of the local beach: pale golds, tans, and sea-foam green.
Insider Tip: Book early for July and August, the peak time for the nearby Del Mar racetrack; rooms fill up quickly.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.