Set on a dramatic stretch of coastline, the luxurious Pantai Inn brings Balinese style to scenic La Jolla. One of the most romantic hotels in San Diego, the Pantai is absolutely lovely, from the custom Bali-inspired decor and imported artwork to the immaculately landscaped grounds and panoramic ocean views. Think teak furniture, hand-carved wall hangings, and lush tropical gardens dotted with statuary, elaborate water features, and exotic hibiscus and plumeria. Ocean view suites are especially spectacular, but all the offerings are charming.
The hotel’s guestrooms range from studios to three-bedroom suites and feature dark bamboo and rattan furnishings, tropical-print cushions, colorful imported artwork, and hand-carved decorative accents. Room amenities vary; some suites include fireplaces, full kitchens, or balconies overlooking the ocean. Full ocean view rooms have large windows.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's no pool but the beach is steps away.
Marble-clad bathrooms make a statement with custom river-pebble shower floors, overhead rain shower heads, and hammered copper sinks and accessories.
The Pantai’s airy, Balinese-style lobby has exposed-beam tiger-stripe bamboo ceilings, smooth marble floors, intricately carved wall hangings, and large picture windows that frame the lush grounds. Tropical-print cushions complement sturdy carved teak furnishings. In the garden, an outdoor sectional in a beautiful floral print encircles a fire pit made of stacked pebble stone, while a courtyard has patio seating and ocean views.
If you’re feeling inspired by the Balinese decor and artwork, the David Alan Collection in Solana Beach (25-minute drive) specializes in high-end Southeast Asian antique objects, custom wood slab furniture, and original contemporary artwork from Balinese and Javanese artists.
Guests can arrange in-room massage services.
The hotel offers a complimentary hot buffet breakfast.
From the hotel, it’s a 5-minute drive to Interstate 5 (known to locals as “The 5”), the main north-south freeway in San Diego. Traffic usually moves along at a good clip but can get really backed up during rush hour. Southbound I-5 goes to the Downtown core while northbound follows the coast. Other highways and roads connect east and west. If you get on Torrey Pines Road, it continues on to UCSD toward the Torrey Pines Natural State Reserve and Del Mar. The road becomes Camino del Mar and after Del Mar turns into Pacific Coast Highway 101.
Charming seaside La Jolla has a lot of dining options, and many of the best are steps from the hotel. Brockton Villa Restaurant (5-minute walk), located in a historic beach bungalow with views, is a beloved brunch spot in La Jolla. Inspired by traditional great rooms, La Valencia’s sophisticated, welcoming restaurant, La Med, features ocean views and California coastal riffs on classic Spanish flavors with an emphasis on seafood. Signature dishes include Baja Shrimp Chilaquiles and the La V Lobster Roll. George’s at the Cove (5-minute walk) is a contemporary classic known for its incredible views, three levels of dining, and elegant seafood-centric cuisine
La Jolla doesn’t have much of a nightlife scene, but there are a few worthy options. Locals and tourists alike hang out at The Spot (5-minute walk), a casual tavern with a fireplace that serves pub grub and drinks. It opened in 1915, making it the longest continuously running restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s a solid option for a happy hour drink or a late-night bite. The oceanfront Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar (5-minute walk) at the Grande Colonial hotel has an elegant marble-topped bar and a happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 pm that’s been known to attract local movers and shakers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you don’t have enough air miles to get to Bali, this romantic hotel is a worthy substitution. Overlooking La Jolla’s stunning coastline, the Pantai Inn boasts Bali-inspired decor, lush gardens, and lovely rooms with ocean views. The upscale seaside neighborhood has it all: beaches, sea lions, and panoramic scenery, not to mention boutiques, restaurants, and bars.