The Lodge at Torrey Pines: Sun, sea and golf

IF you ever make it down to California, it’s worth plotting a stop in San Diego, the land of sunny resorts, lively beaches, and towering palm trees. The city is not short of upscale resorts and hotels, most of which are fringed along the coastline, isolated from the bustle of tourists.

In that classification is The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a luxury ranch resort perched upon the coastline of Southern California. The lodge offers stunning views of rugged cliffs, sunsets and a distant glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. If putting up here, a camera is essential to capture the magic.

The resort is located in La Jolla, an affluent seaside community surrounded by beaches and resorts, about 24 kilometers away from downtown San Diego, ensuring peace and quiet in the trendy beach town. What sets The Lodge apart from La Jolla’s resorts is the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, which is adjacent to the resort.

Torrey Pines – designed by Rees Jones –  is said to be Southern California’s most iconic golf course and features a North Course and South Course, as well as hosts the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open.

The course is a 36-hole facility and can be booked in advance for tournaments for groups of 16 to 144 while professional staff will take care of players’ needs from beverages to score keeping. To further substantiate The Lodge’s position as a golf haven, guests can also enjoy preferred tee times, special golf packages, a golf pro shop, cart rental and golf school services.

Besides golf, a walk or short drive from The Lodge is the Torrey Pines State Reserve which offers miles of trails for nature walks through forests, sandstone formations, and Black’s Beach along the Pacific. Two guided hikes take off from the hotel daily.

After a full day of hiking and golfing, head to the spa, an area of over 9,500 square space for guests to wind down. Choose from over 14 treatment rooms offering an extensive menu of facials, wraps, hydrotherapy, hand and foot treatments, herbal steam baths, dry saunas and aromatherapy inhalation.

If you’re planning a wedding away from home, The Lodge’s Arroyo Terrace is a picture-perfect venue overlooking the 18th hole of the golf course and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The hotel will provide historical Craftsmen-era décor, catering of farm-to-table food and stellar service from hotel staff. If traveling from Asia, the experience of a destination wedding in San Diego cannot be replicated.

Meanwhile, guests and business travelers from China, South Korea and Japan can access The Lodge’s special language sites for easy booking. And if Asian food is called for, there’s a variety of Chinese restaurants in the town of La Jolla, the most highly rated being P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.

Overseas business travelers also have the option of booking one of the resort’s ten meeting rooms, equipped with high-speed internet and meeting support services, and ranging from a capacity of 10 to 350.

Whether it’s to accommodate a golf holiday, a business trip or a wedding, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is readied to cater to all, making it an ideal choice if traveling to San Diego.