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Soak It Up: California Hotels with Private In-Room Jacuzzis

Up the romance ante on your next California holiday by booking a hotel room with a private, in-room jacuzzi. From Napa Valley to San Diego, these are our picks for where jacuzzi fans should book their next romantic vacay.

I’ve spent the day attempting to learn to surf Santa Monica’s waves, but clearly, this just isn’t my sport. After two hours of trying to ride a wave with zero success, I’m ready to smack my boyfriend with the surfboard for even suggesting this romantic bonding adventure. The only saving grace is that as soon as I drag this giant foam board onto the beach and leave it with our instructor, I can hobble a few more blocks up to my room at the hotel Le Meridien Delfina and throw my bruised body straight into the private jacuzzi on the balcony of our one bedroom suite.

Talk about a sweet way to end the day. After 10 minutes under the jets and the popping of a celebratory bottle of champagne, I’m ready to forgive the guy. By the time the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean in front of us, the love is coming back. There is nothing a hot tub can’t fix, I’m convinced – even better when you don’t have to share it with anyone you didn’t specifically invite (an added bonus in this Covid-19 era).

Up the romance ante on your next California holiday with a significant other by booking a hotel room with a private, in-room jacuzzi. In some places, this means a jetted tub, but others offer balcony hot tubs made for two. From Napa Valley to San Diego, these are our picks for where jacuzzi fans should book their next romantic vacay.

Oceanfront Chic with Balcony Hot Tubs in Los Angeles

With fabulous ocean and city views from its hilltop perch just a few blocks from the beach and located within walking distance from the Pier in Santa Monica, the Hotel Le Meridien Delfina combines romance with chic style in its one-bedroom suites. Best of all, these come with private hot tubs set on a balcony facing the ocean. Pop open a bottle of champagne and settle in with your loved one in time to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Afterward, order room service and have it set up at the table in the dining space. The suites are designed forward with a retro-modern look — think framed photography, bold prints, and eclectic furnishings like cream padded headboards.

If you’d rather not dine in your room, the Longitude Bar and Restaurant serves California cooking with swimming pool views. There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance of Le Meridien, including family-owned El Texate a local favorite for its delicious Oaxacan dishes, 175 different tequilas, and live music.

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

Santa Monica
8.4 Very good (2196 reviews)

Romantic Vacation for a Good Cause in Calistoga

When you stay at Mount View Hotel and Spa, in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, you are actually helping make a difference in someone’s life. The property donates 50 percent of its lodging profits to local causes that help support women, children, health, and the environment.

For romantic relaxation, book the Artist Cottages with a personal jacuzzi on a private outdoor patio. The studio-sized cottage also features a luxe mattress with a feather bed topper and duvet. Other one-of-a-kind romantic in-room amenities include an easel, paint and canvas, just in case you and your partner get the urge to unleash some creative talent.

While at the Mount View Spa, you can book a couple’s massage with a CBD or reflexology add on. Make sure to check out the co-ed Himalayan Salt sauna before or after your treatment. The spa also has a mineral whirlpool and heated swimming pool.

To top it off, there are two in-house restaurants – Veraison and Johnny’s. Veraison features French and Spanish influenced bistro fare and a curated wine list, both of which are constantly rotating. Johnny’s serves up American comfort fare in pub-like environs with five TVs tuned to sports and entertainment coverage.

Mount View Hotel & Spa

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1662 reviews)

Old Fashioned Romantic Elegance in Santa Barbara

In a quiet Santa Barbara residential neighborhood, the Simpson House Inn is a luxe estate hotel. There are rooms in the main manor home and a separate carriage house, but you’ll want to book one of the stand-alone cottages for an in-room jacuzzi experience. These feature antique queen beds, river-rock-faced wood burning fireplaces, private fountain courtyards and a fabulous jacuzzi set in a bay window.

The Simpson House also offers a “Romance Package” that includes accommodations, a chocolate-covered strawberries and chilled Laurent Perrier Champagne set-up upon arrival, and a rose petal and candle presentation at turndown.

Another romance focused perk? In-room spa services. If you are celebrating a babymoon, then book mom a Pre-Natal Massage. There are also Swedish, Deep Pressure and Warm Herbal Oil massage treatment selections.

Simpson House Inn

Santa Barbara
9.8 Excellent (1180 reviews)

Desert Dalliance in Palm Springs

Combine golf and romance in the desert with a vacation at the Westin Desert Willows Palm Springs. For an in-room jacuzzi, you’ll want to book the one bedroom villa. Besides the jetted tub it, comes with Westin’s signature, super comfy Heavenly beds topped with quality linens and a choice of pillows. They also feature stylish decor and amenities like full kitchens should you wish to cook some of your meals in privacy. Oh, and there’s also a gas fireplace in the living space fronting a furnished balcony for cuddling on chilly nights.

When it comes time to tee up, guests have access to the adjacent Desert Willow Golf Resort. Here, you’ll find two championship courses that are considered the Coachella Valley’s best 36 holes, as well as the world class Palm Desert Golf Academy should you wish to brush up on your swing with some pro instruction.

Westin Desert Willow Villas

Top rated
Palm Desert
9.2 Excellent (5479 reviews)

Beachfront Romance in San Diego

On a bluff overlooking San Diego’s Pacific Beach, the four-diamond Pacific Terrace Hotel is another romantic property where you can book a room with an ocean view and a private jacuzzi. To get the tub, you’ll need to reserve one of the suites. These come in a number of sizes and with either partial or full ocean views, but all feature jetted tubs and separate showers in marble bathrooms.

The suites are spacious and done up with ornate wood beds with blue accent pillows and gold hued wallpaper. They also have fully furnished patios or balconies to catch one of the stellar sunsets this beach is famous for.

After settling in, hop on one of the hotel’s beach cruiser bikes and ride down to the Pacific Beach Boardwalk for drinks or a bite to eat. If you’d rather just lounge by the pool, plenty of sun-loungers, cabanas and a daily happy hour make it more than possible. There’s also direct beach access.

Pacific Terrace Hotel

Top rated
San Diego
9.4 Excellent (2564 reviews)

Suite Life Soaking in San Francisco

You’ll need to book at least a Junior Suite at The Marker in San Francisco’s Theater District for access to a private in-room jacuzzi. The tubs in these suites are five-feet-long and there are adjacent showers and designer toiletries from Jonathan Adler. If you need something with even more space, check out the One Bedroom Spa Suites, which are 625 sq ft and come with six-foot spa tubs. Organize an in-room couples massage service for another romantic perk.

This beaux-arts style boutique property also features eclectic decor in the rooms and suites — think silk pillows printed with traditional Asian designs, block print curtains and bold wallpaper motifs. The hotel dates back to 1910 and the public areas are equally design forward with wall murals, grand wood staircases and opulent furnishings.

If shopping is on your activity list, then you’ll love The Marker’s location, just two blocks west of Union Square. Considered San Francisco’s version of Rodeo Drive or 5th Ave, it is home to brick-and-motor shops for designer brands like Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Saks. After shopping, hop on the cable car for a romantic ride down to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner. Admittedly, both are touristy spots, but also a serious part of San Francisco’s romantic cultural appeal.

The Marker San Francisco

San Francisco
8.3 Very good (2409 reviews)