Nestled on a dazzling bit of coastline in San Diego’s North County region, Oceanside was once a relatively sleepy town, populated mostly by surf-obsessed locals and U.S. Marines who live and work at nearby Camp Pendleton. But thanks to the imminent opening of two new Hyatt sister properties, Mission Pacific Hotel and the Seabird Resort, Oceanside should prepare to see a new influx of tourists.
Located on the water, with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, the hotels offer absurdly easy access to the beach. (Should guests require slightly balmier water temperatures, there is also an oceanfront pool and spa, located on a sprawling patio.) The rooms are entirely serviceable, with minimalist, West Coast–y design touches, such as shiplap walls, earthy textures, and plush furnishings.
The two properties, more than 14 years in the making, were developed by Value Retail founder Scott Malkin and his firm, S. D. Malkin Properties. Previously, the team has tackled everything from luxury retail outlet “villages” in Europe and China to the Two Rodeo Drive shopping mall, in Beverly Hills.
Dining options abound. High/Low, California chef Tara Lazar’s beachside café, features inventively conceived dishes with an emphasis on natural, fresh ingredients. Valle, which opens in July, will be helmed by Roberto Alcocer, one of Baja’s most celebrated chefs. The hotels also highlight a rotating assortment of works by local artists.
Should guests be tempted to venture out, there are ample reasons to do so. Do not miss the whole roasted sea bream at Dija Mara, which features Balinese cuisine prepared using Japanese techniques. (The natural-wine list and selection of local craft beers should also be properly explored.)
And it’s never a bad idea to drive down the coast to hit up surf spots in Encinitas (Swami’s and Cardiff Reef) and spend the afternoon wandering around Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, in La Jolla, which offers some of Southern California’s most spectacular views. While you’re at it, stop by Las Olas, a low-key but delicious Mexican restaurant right on the beach, for some mahi-mahi tacos and a pitcher of flame-roasted-chile margaritas.
Julia Vitale is a Senior Editor for Air Mail