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  • <i>California Dreamin.</i> A perfect day at Dolphin Bay Resot & Spa in Shell Beach.
  • Spend sun-kissed afternoons around the immaculate pool.
  • Wild flowers paint the coast halfway between San Fransisco and Los Angeles.
  • Chill out and take in the perfect views.
  • Captivating vistas stretch along California's stunning central coast.
  • Laidback elegance of plush loungers (<i>and</i> everything else, too).
  • The pristine pool illuminates a gorgeous Shell Beach evening.
  • Calm hues + a full kitchen create a home-away-from-home feel in spacious Villas.
  • Savor the distinctly Central Coast flavor of a One-Bedroom Deluxe Villa.
  • Shell Beach horizons stretch out beyond pristine windows.
  • Visit historic (<i>and</i> stunning) Hearst Castle, just nearby.
  • Seaside charm (<i>and</i> panoramas) of a spacious Villa.
  • Serene hues + stunning ocean views of a One-Bedroom Ocean Front Villa.
  • Fresh ambiance (<i>and</i> cuisine) at <i>Lido</i>.
  • Enjoy the view (and yes, the rocky coasts, too).
  • Casual California elegance welcomes you to Dolphin Bay.
  • Warm up with a romantic fireside rendezvous.
  • Light + delicious dishes at <i>Lido</i>.
  • Sample local wine country cuisine (<i>and</i> the superb wine, too) at laidback <i>Lido</i>.
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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Shell Beach, California

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Super-spacious accommodations with amenity-stocked kitchens give this central California oceanfront property a home-away-from-home feel ideal for longer stays or special occasions.

The Scoop

Tall palms and a sweeping lawn accent this coastal resort's condo-like villas, which range from 1,000-square-foot one-bedrooms to 2,200-square-foot two-bedroom penthouse suites. Outfitted with contemporary dark wood and wicker furnishings, the 62 units feature flat-screen televisions with surround sound, iPod docking stations, walk-in closets, washer/dryer combo units, and large kitchens with granite countertops and all the accessories needed to cook up a feast. Every room has a balcony or patio, and the oceanfront ones afford views of playful dolphins and stunning sunsets. The property also offers a full-service spa, a round-the-clock fitness center, and a restaurant with more than 300 wine selections, with an emphasis on local labels. Visit Property Website

Insider Tips

For a quieter stay, book a villa in the south building, which contains the spa; management tries to keep it adults-only.

The three penthouse suites provide gourmet kitchens with extra accoutrements such as islands, Wolf ranges, and Sub-Zero refrigerators.

Awards and Recognitions

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Four-Diamond Award

- Preferred Boutique

Preferred Airport

Arrive at San Luis Obispo County Airport (SBP), which is approximately 18 miles from the resort. Anticipate about 20 minutes of travel time.

2727 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, California, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Beach Access
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa On Property
  • Fitness Center
  • Wireless Internet
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios
  • Full Kitchens
  • Flat-Panel Televisions
  • DVD Players
  • Washer/Dryers
  • Walk-In Closets
Dining & Nightlife
  • 1 Restaurant
  • Poolside Dining
  • Picnics
  • Live Entertainment
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Rates Include:
  • 4-person occupancy
  • Fruit plate upon arrival
  • Board game, bicycle and DVD rentals
  • Internet access
  • 24-hour Fitness Center access
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Shell Beach

Surf. Sand. Sun. A classic beach town, California style, in the center of the Golden Coast.

Don't Miss

Top Attraction: Avila Wine Trail. Tour seven picturesque wineries, some with ocean views, and sample a variety of reds and whites, along with sparkling and dessert wines. Read More

Top Restaurant: Lido Restaurant. California Costal Cuisine showcasing the bounty of local and organic farms, ranches and culinary artisans in the Central Coast region. 2727 Shell Beach Rd, Shell Beach, CA; 805/773-8900. Read More

Best Dessert Spot: Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab. Every Wednesday at 7PM, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor presents a 30-minute interactive show during which the audience helps create a new ice cream flavor, which is sold the following week. 114 West Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA; 805/474-4068. Read More

Best Best: Avila Beach. Come sunbathe on this stretch of sand or head into the waves for some snorkeling, surfing, or kayaking. Take Exit 195 (Avila Beach Drive) from Hwy 101.
Captivating cliffs carve Central California's sun-kissed coastline.

Captivating cliffs carve Central California's sun-kissed coastline.

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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Shell Beach, California

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