Blink for a minute and you might believe that you are at a Tuscan countryside palace or Mediterranean villa thanks to inspiration from architect Addison Mizner’s vision come to life. Grand winding staircases lead to outdoor dining spaces and the four pools, Alhambra style arches decorate pavilions made for elaborate weddings and special events, and leather and velvet tufted seats grace the library while marble acanthus columns flank the lobby entrance. All work together harmoniously — this is classic, Old World Fairmont luxury at its finest.
Deluxe veranda queen rooms with spacious marble bathroom complete with European style soaking tub, and closet are spacious and inviting. The verandas overlooking well manicured gardens dotted with Italian Cyprus and palm trees, against the terracotta-pink exterior of the property, achieve a transporting reverie.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Amaya serves Italian-influenced California cuisine with classic dishes like the osso bucco with polenta and gremolata, spiny lobster a la plancha and meyer lemon butter or prawn carbonara made with squid ink linguini. Afternoon tea in the library is an elegant treat with an array of tea sandwiches, scones and pastries served with a chilled glass of sparkling wine and warm cup of tea.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you’re in a betting mood, The Del Mar Racetrack is less than files miles from the hotel.
This original hotel article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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