cated within easy walking distance of the
center, including the upcoming 400-room
InterContinental San Diego. The hotel is
scheduled to open in September as part
of the BRIC (Broadway + Pacific) development that also includes the dual-branded
Marriott SpringHill Suites-Residence Inn,
which opened last year. When the new hotel opens, BRIC will have about 800 rooms,
60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant
space and 50,000 feet of event and meeting
Wellness options at downtown hotels
include bike rentals and a “Rock Spa” at the
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. The Westgate
Hotel recently opened a new wellness center. The new $14 million four-level AquaVie
offers cardio training, strength coaching, a
pool and the full-service Spa at AquaVie.
As a way to boost their wellness offerings, a number of hotels have created
partnerships with established fitness
companies. The Manchester Grand Hyatt
has partnered with CorePower Yoga and
StayClassy Bikes, while the US Grant works
with On Demand Lifestyles to offer personalized workouts with elite athletes.
Just north of downtown in Mission Bay,
the Paradise Point Resort & Spa launched
a new teambuilding activity in partnership
with Road Runner Sports where groups
can receive custom running shoes and set
up 5K runs or walks during breakouts. Paradise Point also has a full-service marina
offering aquatic activities such as sailing,
kayaking and paddleboarding.
For those who want to take their fitness
up a notch, Coronado is home to the Navy
Seals. According to the San Diego Tourism
Authority’s Sitton, groups can book workouts with former Navy Seals through the
“It can be very intimidating,” Sitton said.
“But they’re all very good looking.”
Perhaps not quite as intimidating are
the activities offered by the historic Hotel
del Coronado, though they still make for a
challenging workout. One of the most pop-
ular options, according to Sitton, involves
riding the stationary bikes overlooking
the Pacific as the sun rises. The program
is called Beach Spin and is set up on the
resort’s Paseo Lawn.
“Whether groups are looking for
high-impact fitness or wellness-inspired
activities, The Del boasts an array of op-
tions for teambuilding like scavenger hunts
and races, to fun workouts like boot camp,
yoga and Beach Spin,” said Cheryl Fergu-
son, director of sales for the Hotel del Coro-
nado. “Most recently, The Del relaunched
Mermaid Fitness for the season, which is a
big hit with both group and leisure guests.”
Other Coronado experiences include
beach volleyball, sailing trips and surfing
La Jolla/Del Mar
While known for its water-related activities,
San Diego’s varied terrain also includes
desert, mountain and inland valleys that
offer popular hiking and biking trails,
such as those at Torrey Pines State Natural
Preserve, as well as a lot of variety for
attendees who want to hit the links. This is
especially true in the communities of La
Jolla and Del Mar, with the Lodge at Torrey
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Latest + Greatest
➜ The Hotel Republic San Diego (http://
hotelrepublicsd.com) opened last
November in the downtown area as part
of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. It
features 258 guest rooms and 16,000
square feet of meeting and event space.
➜ The InterContinental San Diego (www.
intercontinental.com) is slated to open
in September with 400 rooms, an
8,000-square-foot fourth-floor pool deck
and an outdoor terrace.
➜ The TownePlace Suites San Diego
Downtown ( www.marriott.com) is scheduled to open in March. The new hotel
will feature 98 suites and share meeting
space with the Holiday Inn Express.
➜ The new Carte Hotel & Suites San Diego
( www.cartehotel.com) is expected to
open at the end of this year in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. The new
hotel will feature 240 guest rooms and
suites, a restaurant, wine shop, athletic
club and meeting space.
➜ In March, a new service called The
Hopper ( http://ridethehopperbus.com) is
expected to launch. The double-decker
bus will provide hop-on, hop-off service
to six locations around San Diego,
including Old Town, Balboa Park, the
Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village.
➜ The Kona Kai Resort & Spa (www.
resortkonakai.com) on Shelter Island
recently completed an expansion. The
project included new suites and an out-
door terrace, upgraded pool area and a
renovated spa. The hotel now offers 170
guest rooms and 55,000 square feet of
indoor/outdoor meeting space.
➜ The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
( www.sheratoncarlsbad.com) is undergoing a major renovation project that,
upon completion later this year, will
create a dual-branded Westin/Sheraton
Carlsbad Resorts & Spa. The combined
hotels will feature 402 guest rooms
(207 at the Westin and 169 at the
Sheraton) and 75,000 square feet of
combined meeting space. The renovation of the Sheraton, which includes
48 newly constructed two-bedroom
suites, is expected to be completed in
the spring, with the Westin scheduled to
open this summer.
➜ Last year, L’Auberge Del Mar (www.
laubergedelmar.com) completed a
renovation project that included its
121 guest rooms and public areas. A
big focus of the project was the hotel’s
10,000 square feet of meeting space,
which includes two ballrooms with
terraces and six meeting rooms.
RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT
& SPA, RANCHO SANTA FE