The Grand Del Mar has achieved a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, making it the first and only hotel in San Diego to ever attain Five Stars and the only property in California to earn three 2012 Five-Star awards for Lodging, Spa and Dining. The Five-Star Lodging award places the resort in the elite company of only 57 high-end hotels and resorts throughout the world to hold this designation.

Receiving these recognitions from the Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide) is testament to the continuing mission of The Grand Del Mar to raise the bar for luxury and quality in the region. It is now one of just five properties in the nation with three Forbes Five-Star awards. Other U.S. properties include The Cloister at Sea Island in Georgia; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina; and The Broadmoor in Colorado.

The 2012 Forbes Five-Star recognition marks the second year that The Spa at The Grand Del Mar has received the award, and it is the third year that its signature dining venue, Addison, has earned the Five-Star designation. There are just 30 spas and 25 restaurants in the U.S. with these ratings.

Situated amid a private preserve in Coastal North San Diego County, The Grand Del Mar is a luxurious retreat that combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxuries of a world-class resort. The property features 249 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites; San Diego’s only Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course; a Forbes Five-Star Renaissance-inspired spa; regional dining, including award-winning Addison with Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley; four swimming pools; two outdoor tennis courts; a 20,000-square-foot equestrian center; an enclave of residential Villas; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.

For information call 877-814-8472 or visit www.TheGrandDelMar.com.